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Researcher profile for Dr. Don Samarasinghe

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Dr. Don Samarasinghe

Don.Samarasinghe@op.ac.nz

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0401-2482

Don is a highly enthusiastic research and education professional with a passion for developing and unleashing the potential of tertiary students. His key strengths include conducting construction industry based research, developing programmes of learning and delivering virtual and face to face Degree level classes on key construction management subjects. His qualifications include a PhD in Engineering (Construction Management), a First Class Honours Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (GDTE). He has extensive experience in curriculum design, delivery, assessment and moderation in the New Zealand tertiary education sector. This includes developing qualifications such as a Bachelor of Construction, a Graduate Diploma and a Masters of Professional Practice in Construction/Engineering Management.

He is able to effectively engage with the industry by conducting construction site visits, participating in industry workshops and being part of NZIOB, ENZ, EBANZ, EBAA and NZGBC industry bodies. He has strong connections with graduates who are working in the construction sector as well as IPL learners (Capable NZ) who have significant work experience within the New Zealand construction sector. He has proven ability to perform academic administration duties in accordance with institutional policies (worked as Programme Manager at New Zealand Institute of Studies). Academic consultancy includes external moderation for tertiary education providers, external marking and course design. Currently working with Capable NZ to develop high quality scientific content to promote construction programmes. Examples include: Virtual Reality & Construction, Block chain Technology, 3D Printing, BIM and Offsite Construction.

As a high performing team member, Don contributed to developing the “OP Observer” tool and published two research papers with the experiential learning team. He also developed VR based sustainable building model together with IT and construction students and published two research papers. He is currently working on research projects with AUT and Massey University researchers. He is an active member of OPAIC research and ethics committee. His research interests lie between the areas of construction innovation, construction supply chain management and digitisation in construction.


Qualifications
PhD in Construction Management – Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (2014)
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (First Class Honours) – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2009)
Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (GDTE): Level 7 – Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand (2019)

Teaching Areas
Construction Technology, Construction Research Project, Construction Programming, Construction Innovation, Value Management, Construction Research Project, Quality Assurance and Site Safety.

Research Interests (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Don_Amila_Sajeevan_Samarasinghe)
Construction Innovation, Construction Supply Chain Management, Digitisation in Construction and Construction Education (Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice)

Research Review Work
Research paper reviewer for International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management (IJCSCM)
Research paper reviewer for International Structural Engineering and Construction Society (ISEC)
Research paper reviewer for IEEE EDUCON – Global Engineering Education 2019
Research paper reviewer for SCOPE Journal

Recent Publications
Samarasinghe, D. A. S., Baghaei, N., & Stemmet, L., (2020). Persuasive Virtual Reality: Promoting Earth Buildings in New Zealand. Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Persuasive Technologies, Aalborg, Denmark.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2020). Development of framework for building materials-related decisions: A case study. Paper presented at the Fifth Australasia and South-East Asia Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ASEA SEC 5), Christchurch, New Zealand.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2020). Addressing the Housing Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of Housing Affordability Policies in Australia and New Zealand. International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management, 10 (2).
Li, H., & Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2020). Analysis of factors affecting design Buildability in New Zealand construction Projects. Paper presented at the New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S., Huang, C., Hou, W. (2020). Analysis of affordable housing policies: Understanding why kiwi build failed. Paper presented at the New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.
Sinyakova, L., & Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2020). Analysis of Papercrete as a way of reducing heat loss in New Zealand timber-framed Paper presented at the New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.
Chen, H., & Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2020). The factors constraining the adoption of prefabrication in New Zealand residential construction sector. Paper presented at the New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2019). A reflection of an effective assessment practice in the bachelor of construction programme: An experiential learning case study in New Zealand. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Flexible Learning), 1(4).
Samarasinghe, D. A. S., Abd-Latif, S., & Baghaei, N. (2019). Virtual reality models for promoting learner engagement in construction studies. Paper presented at the IEEE EDUCON - Global Engineering Education, Dubai, UAE.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S., & Nistor, V. M. (2019). OP Observer: A class observation tool for measuring the effectiveness of teaching practice. Paper presented at the 11th Asian Conference on Education (ACE2019), Tokyo, Japan.
Nistor, V. M., & Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2019). Assessment of staff performance on experiential leaning and reflective practice. IAFOR Journal of Education.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2019). My transformational and reflective journey through GDTE. Paper presented at the Professional Practice Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Zhou, Y., & Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2019). How to be work ready: A guideline for quantity surveying graduates in New Zealand. Paper presented at the Professional Practice Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S. (2014). Building materials supply chains: An evaluative study of the New Zealand residential construction. Construction Management. Auckland, AUT University, New Zealand. PhD.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S., Tookey, J. E., & Rotimi, J. O. B. (2013). Supply chain collaboration in the new zealand house construction. In T. W. Yiu & V. Gonzalez (Eds.), 38th Annual Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Educators Association (AUBEA), Auckland, New Zealand.
Samarasinghe, D. A. S., Tookey, J. E., Rotimi, J. O. B., Windapo, A. O., & Thiruchelvam, S. (2012). Examining construction materials purchasing practices. In I. Kamardeen, S. Newton, B. Lim, & M. Loosemore (Eds.), 37th Annual Conference of Australasian Universities Building Education Association. (AUBEA) (565−574). Sydney, Australia.

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