Ruidong Chang

Dr Ruidong Chang

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Ruidong Chang joined the University of Adelaide in 2020, after working as a joint research fellow at Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, and Department of Building, National University of Singapore, and an assistant professor at Bond University. His specialised research area is building a multi-dimensional (Materials-Energy-Water-Emissions nexus) environmental monitoring and modelling platform for construction projects through advanced data collection, processing and storage techniques. Optimising one environmental aspect (e.g. reducing energy consumption) may be achieved by a compromised performance on other aspects (e.g. increased material and water usage). Therefore, a truly sustainable system needs to be designed considering whole-spectrum, multi-dimensional environmental impacts simultaneously.

He has participated in various research projects funded or supported by institutions such as the Building Construction Authority of Singapore, National Science Foundation of China and International Energy Agency.

Ruidong's field of research is construction management. His team conducts interdisciplinary research linking construction engineering, computer science, environmental governance and management science to address grand environmental challenges facing the construction sector.

His research focus is 1) at the project level, building a multi-dimensional (Materials-Energy-Water-Emissions nexus) environmental monitoring (what happened) and modelling (what could happen) platform for construction projects through advanced data collection, processing and storage techniques such as Building Information Modelling, ultimately enabling the formation of Environmental Digital Twins for Construction. Based on this foundation, Ruidong then looks at 2) the firms' adoption decision making of innovative practices improving project environmental performance at the construction company/industry level, using various management and behaviour theories such as the socio-technical transition theory, innovation diffusion theory and the theory of planned behaviour, as well as the 3) government policies transitioning the construction industry towards higher environmental performance at the policy level based on governance theories such as the innovation policy mix approach. All of these areas are examined under the direction of Construction 5.0, namely how to leverage new technologies to enable sustainable construction. 

His team is currently working on the following topics:

Monitor schedule
Construction schedule monitoring through integrating low-cost laser scanning, computer vision and building information modelling (BIM)-PhD student Yanquan Zhang

Monitor particle emissions
Particulate matters monitoring and visualisations for construction activities through integrating sensors, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and virtual reality-PhD student Xingyue Fang

Monitor materials and waste
Material flow analysis (MFA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) of plastic wastes from construction-PhD student Liancheng Li
Monitoring illegal dumping of construction/demolition waste -PhD student Linwei Du

Model energy and CO2 emissions
Simulate the impacts of extreme weather events on the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of building stocks-PhD student Xin Li

Integrated modelling
Materials-Energy-Water-Emissions nexus in green buildings
Multi-dimensional environmental monitoring system for construction projects using Internet-of-Things (IoT)-new PhD student Mirhosseini Seyed Armin


Ruidong has participated in various research projects. Some recent examples are as follows.


Building Back More Sustainable Vineyards in Adelaide Hills & Beyond-CI, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, DISR - Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants

Construction environmental monitoring kit development, CI, contract research by Sarah Construction Pty Ltd


Constructing knowledge Graph for Green Building Information Modelling-CI, ECMS ECR/MCR Seed Funding

Matching Building Information Modelling with the real-world construction: Developing a real-time construction monitoring system through on-site sensing and computer vision-CI, ECMS ECR/MCR Seed Funding


How evolving cooperation network of engineering project supply chain affect project performance? CI, National Science Foundation of China. 


Mapping the Knowledge Domains of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Low-carbon Buildings, CI, funded by the Faculty Research Fund, Bond University.

Addictive Construction for Post-Disaster Redevelopment: Developing a 3D Printed Net-Zero Energy House in Ya'an, Project Advisor, funded by Mingxi Charity Foundation and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


IEA-EBC Annex 66: Definition and simulation of occupant behaviour in buildings; Subtask E: Applications in building design and operations, Participant, supported by International Energy Agency (IEA).

Holistic life-cycle cost analysis and real-world test-bedding for Building Integrating Photovoltaics (BIPV) facades, Research Fellow, funded by Building Construction Authority of Singapore, as well as Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Administrative Committee of China.

Social-Technical Transition towards Low-Carbon Prefabrication: A Behavioral Network Perspective, CI, funded by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China, and Chongqing Social Science Foundation.

Ruidong has taught/coordinated the following subjects

6D Building Information Modelling

Integrated Measurement and Professional Practice

Sustainable Refurbishment and Retrofit

Construction Management and Technology II

Research Dissertations

Cost Planning and Management

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Promoting the Circularity of PVC in the Construction Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nirusika Rajenthiran
    2023 Co-Supervisor Using Cognitive Digital Twin to achieve Net zero Carbon Emission in Residential Buildings Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Buddhika Priyankara Arsecularatne
    2023 Co-Supervisor Integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Augmented Reality (AR) for Process Automation of Modular Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Umesha Sasanthi Weerapperuma
    2022 Co-Supervisor Toward Net Zero - Study of construction industry preparedness, practices and attitudes toward a decarbonised future Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Michael Arthur Phillips-Ryder
    2022 Principal Supervisor Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Residential Electricity demand Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xin Li
    2021 Principal Supervisor Automating Indoor Construction Progress Monitoring in the Era of Industry 4.0-Integrating Low-Cost Laser Scanning and Computer Vision Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yanquan Zhang
    2021 Principal Supervisor Reducing the impacts of airborne particulate matters from construction sites: Integrating field monitoring and BIM-based CFD Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xingyue Fang
    2021 Co-Supervisor Managing Illegal Dumping of Solid Waste Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Linwei Du
    2021 Co-Supervisor Towards sustainable recovery of waste plastics with Australian construction industry: transition scenarios and environmental impact evaluation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Liancheng Li
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Incorporation of Embodied Energy into Building Energy-Efficiency Codes: A Pathway to Life-Cycle Net-Zero Energy Building in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hossein Omrany
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Green Building Allen Press United States
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Journal reviewer for more than 20 journals. Reviewer for: Energy; Energy Policy; Renewable Energy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Sustainable Cities and Society; Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Sustainable Production and Consumption; Environmental Development; Sustainability; Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy; AIMS Energy; Habitat International; Automation in Construction; Journal of Construction Engineering and Management; Journal of Management in Engineering; Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management; International Journal of Construction Management; Open Journal Civil Engineering; Frontiers in Engineering Management, Applied Sciences etc... Journal Review Various -
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135440
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor Level Four
  • Room: 456B
  • Org Unit: Construction Management

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