Otago Polytechnic

Research from David Finnie

Departments: College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences


David's academic field is in Construction Law and Procurement. He is currently conducting doctoral level research in early-contractor involvement (ECI). He has written a range of journal articles, and technical papers, presented at international conferences, and has advised on a number of projects, including a proposed $150 million re-development of Scott Base, Antarctica.
Beginning his career in construction as an apprentice carpenter, David then worked for six years as a Contracts Managers for a large construction company before beginning teaching in 2010. He progressed his studies, completing a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying, a Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying), and Masters of Construction (Construction Law).
David serves on the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) National Research Committee and is the Educational Representative on the NZIQS Dunedin Branch Board. He also acts as a construction degree monitor for NZQA.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Finnie, D., A.; Ali, Naseem, A.; & Park, K. (2017) Enhancing Off-site Manufacturing through Early-Contractor Involvement (ECI). Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law
ISSN 1751-4304 | E-ISSN 1751-4312, Ahead of Print, https://doi.org/10.1680/jmapl.17.00029
Published Online: December 06, 2017. https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jmapl.17.00029

Finnie, D. A. (2016) Adjudication and arbitration and the associated barriers to litigation. 20th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress.

Finnie, D., Fersterer, C., Qi, Z., Terpstra, C. and Findlay, J. (2014) A student project development for multidisciplinary programs at Otago Polytechnic, 2014 Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2014), Wellington, New Zealand.


Finnie, F. (2015) What's it really worth? NZ Construction News (21) April-May, 2015

Finnie, F. (2014) Effective planning to improve productivity and reduce rework. NZ Construction News Aug-Sept, 2014

Journal Article

Finnie, D. A. & Ali, Naseem, A. (2015) The New Zealand Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 - For Better or Worse? Construction Economics and Building, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 4, p. 95-105, November 2015. ISSN 2204-9029.

Finnie, D. (2013) Comparison of Time Adjustment Clauses between DZ3910, AS4000 and STCC. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 13(1), 66-84.

Finnie, D. A. (2012) Contract delay: what is it and how are we performing? Construction Economics and Building, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 83-91, February 2012. ISSN 2204-9029.

Thesis – Masters/Doctoral

Finnie, D. (2015) Clarifying buildability obligations in construction contracts . Masters of Construction with Distinction, Massey University.

Research and Expertise