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Pushpitha Kalutara

BEng (Civil Engineering), PhD (Civil Engineering)
Head of Course - Built Environment
School of Engineering and Technology
Rockhampton North
Building 30 - Room 1-16
Level 1
About Me

Dr Pushpitha Kalutara has over 17 years of post-graduate experience in the built environment area in particular within construction management, project management and facility management disciplines, both in academia and industry. He received his BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and completed his PhD at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. During his PhD, he was an active researcher of ARC linkage funded industrial research project in the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. He collaborated with six Victorian local councils and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to fulfil the targets of research which was to develop an integrated decision-making model for the sustainable management of community buildings in Australia. For this work, he received the post-graduate research award from Engineers Australia and National Asset Management Council in 2013. Before Joining CQU, he has worked as a sessional academic at QUT, post-doctoral research fellow/lecturer at RMIT University, a sessional lecturer and unit coordinator at Victoria University and sessional academic at Deakin University. He has already published research outcomes in a number of international journals and conferences and his current research interest areas include building information modelling, facility/asset management, lean procurement and construction and value management in construction. He is currently serving as a reviewer of international A* journal (Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management). During his over 7 years industry experience, he has engaged in a number of diverse civil engineering projects (construction of roads, a water treatment plant, primary electrical substations, telecommunication towers and new production line installation) and building projects.

General
Background

Civil engineering

Construction management

Project management

Asset/ Facility management

Universities Studied At

The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia

Universities Worked At

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia

Victoria University, Footscray, Australia

Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Australia

Awards

Post Graduate Research Award by Engineers Australia and National Asset Management Council in 2013

Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) by Australian Research Council (ARC) Industry Linkage Scheme in 2010

Previous teaching

University
Role
Duration
From
To
Deakin University Melbourne, Australia Sessional Academic July Nov Mar July 2016 2016 2017 2017 Nov Feb Jun Nov 2016 2017 2017 2017
Victoria University Melbourne, Australia Unit Coordinator Feb July 2016 2016 July Dec 2016 2016
RMIT University Melbourne, Australia Assistant Lecturer July Feb 2015 2016 Dec July 2015 2016
Queensland University of Technologies Brisbane, Australia Sessional Academic July 2009 Feb 2010

Professional Experience

Organisation
Role
Duration
From
To
Hume City Council, Broadmeadows, Australia Asset Engineer Apr 2014 July 2014
Ipswich Water, Ipswich City Council, Ipswich, Australia Engineer- water and Wastewater Operations Feb 2009 July 2009
Hitachi Plant Technologies (Japan) Pty Ltd Project Engineer May 2008 Aug 2008
Huawei Technologies (China) Pty Ltd Civil Engineer Apr 2007 May 2008
Merbok MDF Lanka (Malaysia) Pty Ltd Project Engineer June 2003 Apr 2007
Engineering Enterprises (Sri Lanka) Pty Ltd Site Engineer July 2002 May 2003
Isuru Engineering (Sri Lanka) Pty Ltd Trainee Civil Engineer Nov 2000 Apr 2001

Professional Interests

Civil engineering

Construction management

Project management

Asset/facility management

Computer Software

Project Planning : Microsoft project
Structural/Design : SAP, Prokon, Mfeep, AutoCAD, Revit
Statistical/Analysis : Minitab, SPSS, Matlab, Nvivo
General : Microsoft Office Suite

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Building
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy

At the level of Principal Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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