Building Innovation Partnership

Infrastructure engineered for improved resilience, quality and affordability

The Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) is an industry-led research programme focussed on improving infrastructure planning, design, construction and management processes, and the development of engineering solutions that improve the resilience and affordability of our built assets.

This seven-year research programme (2018-2025) is a Quake Centre initiative, based at the University of Canterbury and supported by the Government Research Partnerships Scheme ($5 million) and industry ($7.5 million).

Research Programme

The BIP programme is being delivered through three inter-linked themes:

THEME 1

Better Investment Decisions

(Initial focus 3-waters)

THEME 2

Enabling Intergrated design, Construction and Operation

(BIM/Data Analytics/AI/Digital Manufacture/Digital Construction)

THEME 3

Fit-for-Purpose Building Components

(Initial focus non-structural elements)

The outcomes expected of the BIP programme include:

  • Improving infrastructure planning and investment decision-making by developing asset management tools that utilise big data, simulation and sensing technologies, and knowledge of the needs of communities. (Theme 1)
  • Improving building design, consenting and construction efficiencies by supporting the use of digital building methods and information-sharing processes, including digital twins and BIM-based consenting. (Theme 2)
  • Improving the resilience and sustainability of buildings by developing new products/systems and design methods for the non-structural elements of buildings. (Theme 3)
  • A smarter, more productive and more sustainable building industry. (Overall programme)

Meet the team

Dr Robert Finch

Dr Robert Finch

BIP Leader

Quake Centre

Prof Larry Bellamy

Prof Larry Bellamy

Research Director

Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury

Greg Preston

Greg Preston

Research Manager

Quake Centre

Dr Theuns Henning

Dr Theuns Henning

Theme 1 Research Leader

Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland

John Mackie

John Mackie

Theme 1 Industry Champion

Christchurch City Council

Prof Robert Amor

Prof Robert Amor

Theme 2 Research Leader

Computer Science, University of Auckland

Ben Broad

Ben Broad

Theme 2 Industry Champion

Trimble

Prof Rajesh Dhakal

Prof Rajesh Dhakal

Theme 3 Research Leader

Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury

Prof Tim Sullivan

Prof Tim Sullivan

Theme 3 Research Leader

Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury

Jan Stanway

Jan Stanway

Theme 3 Industry Champion

WSP Opus