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    Foreword
    Duffield, C ; Hui, FKP ; Wilson, S ; Duffield, C ; Hui, FKP ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019-11-01)
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    Potential Infrastructure Enhancements for Ports and Cities: Conclusions, Future Research and Policy Concepts
    Duffield, C ; Wahyuni, S ; Parikesit, D ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S ; Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
    The final chapter of this research monograph draws together key points from each of the chapters. It summarises key findings from the research and poses questions that would benefit from future/further research.
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    Initial Investigation into the Effectiveness of Australian Ports’ Governance and Management Structures
    Al-Daghlas, H ; Hui, K ; Duffield, C ; Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
    The ninth chapter considers effectiveness of port governance and management structures in Australia. It briefly reviews Australian port reform, before considering private, local and international investment in Australia; the make-up of investors in major city ports in Australia; and the need to carefully assess foreign investment in critical infrastructure. Asset recycling in Australia is discussed. Factors identified from focus group discussions (in Australia) with key port stakeholders that help improve or act as obstacles to governance/policy, and that help improve or hinder management structures in ports, are also presented.
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    Comparative Efficiency Analysis of Australian and Indonesian Ports
    Hui, K ; Duffield, C ; Chin, A ; Huang, H ; Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
    A comparative analysis of Australian and Indonesian port efficiency is presented in the sixth chapter. The analysis utilises the Data Envelope Analysis model to quantify and measure the efficiency of ports, focusing on port and container cargoes. Ports included in the benchmarking included major Australian, Indonesian and Chinese international ports. International benchmarking of port facilities provides an opportunity to identify areas for improvement.
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    Funding and Financing Infrastructure: Indonesia and Australia
    Duffield, C ; DUFFIELD, R ; Wilson, S ; Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
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    Infrastructure Planning, Challenges and Risks
    Duffield, C ; DUFFIELD, R ; Wilson, S ; Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
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    Infrastructure Investment in Indonesia - The Economic Context
    Duffield, C ; DUFFIELD, R ; Wilson, S ; Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
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    Infrastructure Investment in Indonesia: A Focus on Ports
    Duffield, C ; Hui, K ; Wilson, S ; Duffield, C ; Hui, FKP ; Wilson, S (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
    Infrastructure Investment in Indonesia: A Focus on Ports presents an important and original collation of current material investigating the efficient facilitation of major infrastructure projects in Indonesia and Australia, with an emphasis on infrastructure investment and a focus on port planning and development. This interdisciplinary collection—spanning the disciplines of engineering, law and planning—draws helpfully on a range of practical and theoretical perspectives. It is the collaborative effort of leading experts in the fields of infrastructure project initiation and financing, and is based on international research conducted by the University of Melbourne, Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Gadjah Mada. The volume opens with a macroscopic perspective, outlining the broader economic situations confronting Indonesia and Australia, before adopting a more microscopic perspective to closely examine the issues surrounding major infrastructure investment in both countries. Detailed case studies are provided, key challenges are identified, and evidence-based solutions are offered. These solutions respond to such topical issues as how to overcome delays in infrastructure project initiation; how to enhance project decision-making for the selection and evaluation of projects; how to improve overall efficiency in the arrangement of project finance and governance; and how to increase the return provided by investment in infrastructure. Special focus is given to proposed improvements to the portal cities of Indonesia in the areas of major infrastructure project governance, policies, engagement, operation and processes. By rigorously investigating the economic, transport, finance and policy aspects of infrastructure investment, this book will be a valuable resource for policy makers and government officials in Indonesia and Australia, infrastructure investment organisations, and companies involved in exporting services between Indonesia and Australia. This book will also be of interest to researchers and students of infrastructure planning and financing, setting a solid foundation for subsequent investigations of financing options for large-scale infrastructure developments
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    Improving design performance by alliance between contractors and designers in international hydropower EPC projects from the perspective of Chinese construction companies
    Zhang, Q ; Tang, W ; Liu, J ; Duffield, C ; Hui, FKP ; Zhang, L ; Zhang, X (MDPI AG, 2018-04-13)
    © 2018 by the authors. Extant literature lacks a systematic framework addressing the mechanisms of the alliance functional process and its impacts on management activities together with performance in delivering Engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) projects. This study quantitatively investigates the cause-effect relationships among these themes by building and validating a conceptual model of contractor-designer alliance in international hydropower EPC projects. With the support of data collected from an industry survey, the results reveal the key design problems, application of contractor-designer alliance, design management level and performance, which form a sound basis for design management emphasis in EPC activities, e.g., sufficiently considering sustainability of hydropower projects by incorporating environmental, social, and economic factors into designs. The path analysis indicates that the contractor-designer alliance can not only improve design performance by enhancing design management, but also directly promote design performance. This research has significant contributions to the body of knowledge by building interdisciplinary linkages between the areas of alliance, design management, and performance, theoretically demonstrating the mechanism of how interfirm cooperation functions to achieve superior design outcomes of hydropower EPC projects. Understanding these causal relationships will be crucial for contractors and designers to optimally allocate their complementary resources for seeking better design solutions in dealing with both technical issues and sustainability factors.
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    Visual Tools for Analyzing and Organizing Engineering Data and Information
    Hui, K ; Zarei, H ; Duffield, C ; Mostafa, S ; Rahnamayiezekavat, P (IGI Global, 2019)
    The chapter examines the use of visual tools in inquiry-based learning in post graduate engineering education. Engineering information has traditionally been communicated using engineering drawings and engineering graphics. With the advancement of technology, engineers are now empowered to work with data, information and to computer generated graphics. The ability to visualise data is fast becoming an important part of an engineer’s tool kit and skill sets. Just as engineering graphics have been used to aid product visualisation, knowledge of visual tools such as graphs, charts, fishbone diagrams, and one-pagers, posters etc are important as they have been successfully employed in the industry for decades as a basis for organisational learning and dissemination of information. However, many educational institutions still rely on text-based learning, which may rely on linguistic abilities to convey complex concepts. Visual learning tools such as a poster can overcome some of the disadvantages of language by showing complex relationships in diagrams or in a visual manner. In properly structured exercises, learners can also acquire knowledge and know-how by using visual tools to represent ideas in a similar manner. In this book chapter, we examine some of the visual tools that are commonly used in industry, we will attempt to explain the significance by using learning theories and showing examples of how they can be applied in a learning environment. In particular, we showcase how a poster can be used to combine a variety of visual tools to present information in a logical and consistent manner. We will also give a report on on-going education research work done use of one-pager or poster as a visual learning tool. Students reported benefits in poster exercise compared with a written assignment. This chapter also discusses the educational and managerial significance of using visual tools to greater effectiveness as the ability to communicate technical information is an important part of an engineer’s training and has significant implications on an engineer’s effectiveness.