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Toward a quantitative risk analysis framework to identify non-conforming building products
Non-conforming building products are an emerging concern to both regulators and consumers. This paper describes the global supply and logistic network as a form of radical innovation and demonstrates how failure to identify the evolution of this radical innovation has produced gaps in the existing regulatory framework. This finding suggests that the existing frequency-based risk management model may be sub-optimal to manage non-conforming building products. To manage this form of radical innovation, this paper describes the need to develop a more effective risk management process that identifies and manages uncertainties. The findings of this paper have implications for both regulators and the construction sector in jurisdictions that source products from the global supply network.
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Darryl O’Brien is Head of Course, Undergraduate Built Environment at Central Queensland University where he lectures in Building Surveying and the Built Environment. Darryl is a current member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveying and is a past QLD/NT Vice President. Prior to joining CQU, Darryl was a Queenslandbased private building surveyor and planning consultant involved in a range of building and planning projects. He holds bachelor degrees in both Building Surveying and Building Design and a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and is a recent PhD graduate. Darryl’s doctoral research examined how to best optimise building codes in response to ongoing demographic and technological change. Darryl’s other research engagement includes ethics and conflict of interest; the identification and management of non-conforming building products; managing demographic change and environmental docility; and the history of building code development.