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Professor HaiJiang Li

Professor HaiJiang Li

Professor - Chair in BIM for Smart Engineering

Email
lih@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5133
Campuses
S2.10C, Queen's Buildings - South Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

NEWS - We Computational Mechanics and Engineering AI (CMAI) group is recuriting a new Lecturer, if you are interested, please contact me... 

NEWS - Cardiff University (Prof. Haijiang Li) works with UCL (Prof. Tim Broyd; Dr. Qiuchen Lu) to host EG-ICE 2023 in London - please visit the website for more information - 


Professor HaiJiang LI
(BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FBCS) 
Chair in BIM for Smart Engineering
Research Group Head - Computational Mechanics & Engineering AI

Editor-in-Chief: Construction Innovation (ESCI, CiteScore 5.9, Q1 top10%) 
Associate Editor: Automation in Construction (IF - 10.517, No.1 in Civil Engineering, CiteScore 15, Q1 top10%) 
Vice Chair - European Group of Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE) 
Standards Committee Technical Executive - buildingSMART 
BIM for Smart Engineering Joint Centre - https://bimse.uk 

Research Areas - For more than 20 years, Prof. Li has been working towards a new generation smart computational engineering platform underpinned by super power computing, big data and machine learning, inter-linked domain knowledge, artificial intelligence algorithms and BIM based standardization across sectors throughout project life cycle, to support large scale engineering data / information / knowledge processing, smart engineering optimization and holistic decision making to help to achieve sustainable and resilient infrastructure system and built environment.

Prof. Li has been intensively working in civil, structural, hydraulic and maritime engineering, through digital twinning along with smart design, modelling, analysis, simulation, reasoning, optimization & management in support of smart energy in buildings, district and cities; water distribution and urban water management; sustainable and resilient cities and built environment development including emergency response and management.

Research Focuses -
(1) Fundamental life cycle and across domains complex data, information and knowledge processing 
(2) Large scale data driven engineering computing, data analytics and optimization
(3) Knowledge based and artificial intelligence supported holistic and systematic decision making

Funding and Team: Prof. Li has secured significant research funds from UK, EU and China, as a Principal/Co-Investigator, the total project value is about £38M (£8M as PI, funding sources include EPSRC, NERC, EU FP7/H2020, InnovateUK, WEFO and industry funding). He has established the BIM for Smart Engineering research theme in Cardiff University since 2006, leading the BIM for Smart Engineering Research Group, Centre, Lab (focusing on HPC, BIM, VR/AR/MR, Digital Twins) and MSc programme, working with a team of more than 50 research fellows/associates/PhDs in total since 2006. Prof. Li has secured more than £1.1M industry investment (2018-2023) to support BIM and Smart Engineering related research projects.

Academic Impact - Prof. Li has produced more than 200 publications (papers, books, patents and official reports), and currently is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Construction Innovation (ESCI - CiteScore 5.9; Q1 top 10% ), and associate Editor for the Journal of Automation in Construction (IF - 10.517; No.1 in Civil Engineering; CiteScore 15; Q1 top 10%); He also serves as editorial board members for other 5 international journals; and reviewers for EPSRC (UK), NSERC (Canada), EU, China, Singapore funding applications and 50+ international journals and conferences (as scientific committees / chairs); delivered 50+ invited / keynote speeches in UK, EU, China and USA. He is a Fellow of British Computer Society, member of EPSRC Peer Review College. He has actively been engaging with most of the major international associations regarding BIM and ICT in AEC domain, e.g. EG-ICE, ICCCBE, CIBW78, ECPPM and ASCE. He has been leading/participating UK, EU FP7 / H2020 research projects intensively and created a significant international base for academic and industry collaboration; he is the Vice Chair for EG-ICE: European Group of Intelligent Computing in Engineering, which is a highly established international academic association in BIM and intelligent computing area.

International BIM standards & policy - Prof. Li has been working with open BIM buildingSMART since 2010, serving first as a committee member of BuildingSMART UK technical group, together with BRE (Building Research Establishment), advising the UK government on their BIM policy making and industry implementation agenda; and now as a Standards Committee Technical Executive (SCTE) – buildingSMART international, overseeing international open BIM standards developments and personally leading IFC Ports & Waterways standards development project. In China, Prof. Li serves as a guest BIM scientist for China State Construction Engineering Group & China Communications Construction Company. A BIM policy book was published in 2019 - "CHINA, USA & UK BIM STANDARDS AND POLICY" (China Construction Industry Publisher) to comprehensively introduce and compare the BIM standards and policies in China, USA and UK.

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2008

  • Li, H., Miles, J. C., Stevenson, G. and Poulter, R. 2008. Web enabled 3D collaborative conceptual design and facility management. Presented at: Intelligent Computing in Engineering (ICE08), Plymouth, UK, 2-4 July 2008 Presented at Rafiq, Y. and Sternad, M. eds.Intelligent Computing in Engineering 2008 conference. Plymouth: American Society of Civil Engineers pp. 250-259.

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Teaching

Prof. Haijiang Li has been playing the leading role for promoting BIM research, teaching & training in Cardiff since 2006.

BIM has been enabling a revolutionary way of working for the worldwide construction industry since it was first coined in 2003. It now triggers a worldwide tipping point to completely transform the oldest while still with the lowest productivity construction industry. At present, there are urgent demands for BIM graduates at all levels from UK & worldwide in AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industry. 

In 2018, Prof. Li developed a MSc programme - BIM for Smart Engineering  to welcome master students all over the world who are interested in BIM in Engineering. The programme has put Cardiff into the front tier for BIM training and education in UK and worldwide.

A new research oriented MSc Programme -- Engineering AI is currently under development, and expected to open in 2023/24. if you are interested, please contact Prof. Li via - lih@cardiff.ac.uk 

Module Leader for three BIM core modules:

BIM Computing and Information Processing (ENT516)
Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (ENT768)
Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (EN4308)

Other modules involved:

Integrated Building/Infrastructure Design
(ENT510 & EN4102)
Engineering Case Study (ENT725)
Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geo-environmental, Water) (ENT509)

COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING AI GROUP

I am the Group Head for Computational Mechanics and Engineering AI (CMAI) in Cardiff Engineering School.


CMAI has established their international stands on developing next generation smart computational engineering solutions to enable the digital transformation for built environment. CMAI’s physics and mechanics informed Engineering AI, which is data-driven, enabling smart materials, structure and digital twin development, aligns well with major funding priorities. The research substantializes domain-oriented AI algorithms, to make a breakthrough towards generic, responsible and explainable AI, to enable human-centered digitalization for the built environment.

CMAI focuses on three main areas:  

  1. Computational models for advanced smart materials 
  2. Computational models for advanced structures and meta-structures 
  3. Advanced BIM and Physics informed Digital Twins 

The first one, in short, Smart Materials, involves state of the art topics such as modelling of micro- and nano-structured materials and composites, electroactive materials, biological materials (*), quasicrystals (*) and architected meta-materials (*), which means we can produce bespoke manmade new materials to help achieving net-zero sustainable built environment.  

Regarding the second, in short, Smart Structures, the topics are composite aerospace structures, finite elements method for multiscale problems (*), robust aircraft design optimisation, uncertainty quantification and management in engineering applications (*), smoothed-particle hydrodynamics for modelling flow of particulate composites, modelling of meta-structures for elastic waves (*), structural dynamics (*), dynamical systems, elastic waves propagation and absorption (*), structural optimization, topological mechanics (*), which means we can understand and produce novel and sustainable structural at all scales to help achieving long lasting and sustainable built environment. 

The third area, Digital Twins,  focuses on the pioneering physics informed data driven engineering AI and their applied smart engineering applications,  including Symbolic Mathematics, Game Playing, Neutral Networks, Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic, Robotics and Natural Language Processing (*); multi-dimensional BIM data, information and knowledge processing (*); Large scale smart engineering computing, data analytics and optimization (*); and Knowledge based / cognitive modelling and artificial intelligence supported holistic decision making (*), which means we can understand super complex engineering issues and produce holistic and systems approach to enable human centred digitalization.  

In all those topics the group is present at a level recognised as at least internationally excellent. Those indicated with the (*) are trendy topics that are attracting most of the attention of the world-leading research centres. 

RESEARCH PROJECTS 

Project title

Duration

Value to Cardiff

DIGIBRIDGE: Physics-informed AI Digital Twins supported Smart Bridge Structural Safety, Funding: WEFO

Nov. 2021-Dec.2022

£248,560

DIGIBRIDGE: BIM and Digital Twins in support of Smart Bridge Structural Surveying, Funding: Innovate UK

Sep.2021-Sep.2024

£363,300

Digi-Transportation - Digital Construction and Asset Management for Transportation Infrastructure - standards, key technology and knowledge transfer  

01/01/2021- 31/12/2023

£50,000

MetaBIM: Smart BIM Meta-Standards and Quality Assurance Research and Development  

01/01/2019-12/31/2022

£300,000

IFC-Harbour: Open BIM IFC standard and supporting platform for water transportation infrastructure - stage 2 

01/02/2019-01/02/2023

£365,000
Total value:¥12M 

IFC-Harbour: Open BIM IFC standard and supporting platform for water transportation infrastructure - stage 1  

01/10/2017-30/09/2020

£115,485
total value ¥3M  

IFC-Harbour: Open BIM IFC standard and supporting platform for water transportation infrastructure - preliminary research

04/01/2017-03/04/2017

£35,960
total value ¥1M 

BIMEET: BIM-based EU - wide Standardized Qualification Framework for achieving Energy Efficiency Training  Funding: EC H2020

01/04/2017-31/03/2019

€123,125
total value
€998,417

BIM4QA: BIM governance framework supporting multi-facet project and organization quality assurance  Funding: KESS2 & Enterprise Ltd.

01/10/2017-30/09/2020

£98,566

Green Construction – Funding: Ministry of Science and Technology, China

2016- 2020

total value: ¥90M

Future BIM: Enhancing the key understanding future BIM and its roadmap development Funding: Royal Academy Engineering

13/06/2016-24/07/2016

£4,572

REACH: Resilience to earthquake induced landslide risk in china Funding: NERC& NSFC - National Science Foundation of China

25/01/2016-24/01/2019

£502,952
total value £1M 

BIM4VET: Standardised Vocational BIM Training in Europe Funding: EC - ERASMUS+

01/09/2015-31/08/2017

£66,985 
total value
€273K      

BIM4EA: Facilitating the release of geographical and built asset data Funding: UK Environmental Agency

15/03/2015-31/05/2015

£100,000

GovernBIM: BIM execution governance across lifecycle and supply chains Funding: EPSRC & Dawnus, Ferrovial Agroman JV

01/10/2015-31/03/2019

£84,000

OptiCloudBIM - Research on key technologies of Cloud, BIM and energy big data processing framework for Shanghai City, China Funding: Education Committee in Shanghai City China

15/06/2014-14/06/2016

£19,753
total value ¥1M 

WISDOM: Water analytics and intelligent sensing for demand optimised management Funding: EC FP7

01/02/2014-31/01/2017

£352,687 
total value
€4.4M    

BIM4Highway: Developing a BIM based Real Time Decision Making System for Highways Asset Management Funding: EPSRC & AEC3

01/10/2014-30/09/2017

£56,000

OntoCrowd - Knowledge mining based on massive simulation Funding: EPSRC & ENGIN

01/10/2014-01/10/2017

£56,000

BIM4H&E: Using BIM to enhance construction safety Funding: China Scholarship Council

01/10/2014 -30/09/2017

£83,000

PERFORMER: Portable, exhaustive, reliable, flexible and optimized approach to monitoring and evaluation of building performance Funding: EC FP7

02/09/2013 - 1/09/2017

£459,505 
Total value
€8.2 M   

CloudBIM: To develop an innovative private cloud system to support multi-business collaboration, utilizing governance and versioning, for the construction industry using building information modelling Funding: KTP and Wakemans Ltd

01/02/2013 -31/01/2015

£133,033   

Wanda: Developing a real time abstraction & Discharge permitting process for catchment regulation and optimised water management Funding: Innovate UK

01/08/2013 -31/07/2016

£224,959 
Total value 
£1.2M    

Infrastructure-BIM: A Contractor’s perspective of Infrastructure Information Modelling  Funding: EPSRC & Alun Griffiths Contractors, Ltd.

01/07/2013 -31/12/2016

£79,399

RESILIENT: Coupling Renewable, Storage and ICT'S, for low carbon intelligent energy management at district level  Funding: EC FP7

01/09/2012 - 1/08/2016

£527,442 
total value
€8.1M    

SPORTE2: Intelligent Management System to integrate and control energy generation, consumption and exchange for European Sport Recreation Buildings Funding: EC FP7

06/07/2012 - 8/02/2014

£235,871 
total value
€4.7M    

RegBIM: BIM- based Regulatory Compliance Design Environment, Funding: Innovate UK

01/02/2012 - 1/01/2014

£127,278 
Total value 
£1.1M   

KNOWHOIEM: Knowledge based energy management for public buildings through holistic information modelling and 3D visualisation, Funding: EC FP7

01/09/2011 - 1/08/2014

£286,252 
Total value:€4.5M 

SCriPT: Sustainable Construction Service Platform Funding: Welsh Assembly Government (A4B)

01/01/2010 - 0/06/2013

£339,295

Digital building - From conceptual design through to life-long management Funding: EPSRC CASE & ActivePlan Solutions Ltd.

01/07/2006 -01/10/2009

£83,092

 

Supervision

OPPORTUNITIES...

There are several research associate / assistant roles and several fully funded PhD scholarships available (from industry / China Scholarship Council) for applications in the area of BIM supported Smart Engineering. If you are interested, email  lih@cardiff.ac.uk, and application link is - click to submit your PhD application

PhD Researchers  

    1. Graph driven Digital Twin in support of dynamic tunnel design and maintenance, Sicheng Zhao (CSC funded visiting PhD) 
    2. Micro-services based Digital Twin supporting smart bridge maintenance, Chengzhang Chai 
    3. Connected Digital Twins And Explainable Ai Supporting Collaborative Emergency Response, Kehong Chen 
    4. Machine learning supproted self-compact concrete performance prediction, Tianyi Cui
    5. MetaBIM – smart BIM compliance Checking and supporting platform development, ZHU Xiaofeng
    6. Theoretical framework on Information Processing, AN Yi
    7. IoTs for Digital bridge Infrastructure surveying, XIONG Guanyu
    8. BIM & Digital Twins for smart bridge asset management, GAO Yan
    9. BIM4QA - Governance Framework Supporting Multi-facet Project and Organization Quality Assurance RAWDIN Alan
    10. Machine learning and Knowledge engineering in support of comprehensive comfort building design, BIE Sisi
    11. Mechanics informed Digital Twins for bridge design and maintenance, SONG Honghong (CSC funded visiting PhD)
    12. Ontological BIM supporting smart bridge design and analysis, JIANG Yali (CSC funded visiting PhD)
    13. Overheating risk reduction in UK buildings, Mousa Alrasheed 
    14. BIM data fusion engine in support of holistic building design, XIANG Lini (externally funded visiting PhD)
    15. Damage identification and maintenance decision optimization of bridges based on Digital Twin, YANG Siyao (externally funded visiting PhD)
    16. BIM Supported Smart Manufacturing for Construction Digitalization, SU Tengxiang (2018-2022)
    17. Holistic design based on knowledge processing and surrogate modelling, KHUDHAIR Ali (2018-2022)
    18. Knowledge-based AI to supporting parametric railway tunnel design and optimization, LING Jiaxin (CSC funded visiting PhD, 2021-22)
    19. Ontology modelling for road maintenance, ZHANG Rujie, CSC funded visiting PhD, 2019-2020
    20. Holistic design for Pile system, MENG Kun, CSC funded visiting PhD, 2019-2020
    21. Resilient and sustainable urban infrastructures CERE Giulia, 01/10/2016 - 30/09/2020
    22. Zero carbon housing in Iraq SHALLAL Balsam Alwan, 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2019
    23. Govern-BIM: BIM execution governance across lifecycle and supply chains, GOONETILLAKE Jaliya, 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2019
    24. BIM based Collective Decision Support for Value for money evaluation in PPP, REN Guoqian, 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2019
    25. BIM supported Sustainable Structure Design, ZHANG Jisong (CSC funded Visiting PhD), 2017-2018  
    26. Knowledge mining for holistic design decision making by leveraging information models for crowd behaviour analysis, BOJE Calin, 2014-2018 
    27. Ontological representations for integrated smart cities modelling & data analytics HOWELL Shaun, 2013-17
    28. The Development of Urban Sustainability Assessment Framework for Iraqi cities AMEEN Raed, 2013-17
    29. A Proposed Framework for Resilience to Biological Disasters; The Case of Mers-COV Threat in Transient Mass Gathering Event ALSHEHRI Saud, 2012-2016
    30. BIM based combined optimization and reasoning for smart building and district energy management JAYAN Bejay, 2012-2016
    31. A Consensus-based Framework for The Sustainable Urban Planning Development of The City of Riyadh ALI Alqahtany, 2011-2015
    32. End User Oriented BIM Enabled Multi-Functional Virtual Environment Supporting Building Emergency Planning and Evacuation WANG Bin, 2011-2015
    33. BIM-Based Smart Compliance Checking to Enhance Environmental Sustainability KASIM Tala, 2011-2014
    34. A Strategic Decision-Making Framework for Organisational BIM Implementation CHEN keyu, 2011-2015
    35. BIM based holistic approach for multi-objective integrated design using ontology HOU Shangjie, 2011-2015
    36. HPC / Cloud computing based engineering optimization YANG Chunfeng (visiting PhD), 2012-2014
    37. Dynamic Cloud computing platform development for engineering optimization LI Zhaojun (visiting PhD), 2013-2014
    38. Managing Innovation in Public Research and Development Organisations Using A Combined Delphi And Analytical Hierarchy Process Approach MEESAPAWONG Pawadee, 2009-2013
    39. A Comparative Study of Operating Theatre Management Systems, AL OJAIMI Abdulkarim, 2009-2012
    40. Digital building - From conceptual design through to life-long management DIBLEY Michael, 2007-2011
    41. Infrastructure-BIM: A Contractor’s perspective of Infrastructure Information Modelling, BRADLEY Alex 
    42. BIM4H&E: Using BIM to enhance construction safety GAO Shang
    43. Governance and assessment framework for BIM based highway asset management, LAMB Simon
    44. BIMChain - BIM & Blockchain, ARTHUR Steven
    45. Data governance network for life cycle BIM execution, Mohamed Binesmael

    Research Assisstants / Associates / Fellows   

    1. Alex Bradley - IFC Ports & Waterways Standard and Platform Development 
    2. Tom Bower - MetaBIM - Smart BIM Certification (automation) Project
    3. Guoqian Ren - Digital Twins - for Cities and Harbours Project
    4. Alan Rawdin - AutoBIM - BIM processes automation
    5. Ioan Petri - SCRIPT & SPORTE2 Projects (completed)
    6. Baris Yuce - SPORTE2 Project (completed)
    7. Tom Beach - REGBIM Project (completed)
    8. Jean-Laurent Hippolyte - RESILIENT Project (completed)
    9. Yang Liu - WANDA Project (completed)
    10. Wanqing Zhao - REACH Project (completed)
    11. Michael Dibley- KNOWHOIEM Project (completed)
    12. Ian Wilson - SCRIPT Project (completed)

    Past projects