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University Research & Development Grants


23 November 2004

The School of Civil Engineering has had success in the recently announced University of Sydney Research and Development Grants. The successful projects and researchers are

Dr Li Liu, "The joint effects of project governance mechanisms and organizational controls on project performance" $18,000

This project directly addresses the under-performance of IT projects by empirically testing the hypothesis that project governance mechanisms (e.g. use of project sponsor, project office, project committees and project reviews) impact on an organization's project delivery capability by enabling the functioning of organizational controls (output, behaviour or input based controls). The results will shed light on how organizations can design and use project governance mechanisms and control mechanisms jointly to improve project performance. The findings will advance the current knowledge on project management and organizational design; such advances will produce significant economic benefits for the national economy and improve the capabilities of organizations to achieve strategic objectives through delivering IT projects within constraints.

Dr Dong-Sheng Jeng, "Three-dimensional model for wave-seabed interaction around the head of a breakwater" $20,000



A/Prof Kim Rasmussen, "Innovative blast-resistant structural composite members" $15,000

This project aims to develop innovative structural members with high resistance to blast loading. Concrete-filled stainless steel tubes will be tested to failure under lateral pressure to determine the enhancement of strength and ductility produced by the composite action of concrete and the surrounding tube. The idea is to exploit the effects of concrete confinement and pronounced increase in the strength of stainless steel alloys at high strain rates, to produce a structural member with superior strength and ductility. The project addresses the ARC National priority area of safeguarding Australia.

Congratulations to Li, Dong and Kim.

Li Liu
Li Liu

Dong-Sheng Jeng
Dong-Sheng Jeng

Kim Rasmussen
Kim Rasmussen