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PhD in Engineering: Smart BIM Compliance

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Key facts

Application deadline 31 March 2019
Start date April 2019, July 2019, October 2019.
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

BIM (Building Information Modelling) processes and implementation technology has brought about revolutionary change for the construction industry. 

BIM standards, including data representation, naming and classification, process integration, exchanging requirement and collaboration mechanism etc, are vital for BIM implementation. Internationally, many counties are working on BIM standards. The UK government mandated BIM practice starting from April 2016 and is now working on BIM level 3 standards development. UK BIM standards are becoming ISO standards, bringing about significant impact in UK, EU and commonwealth countries.

BuildingSMART, an international organisation which aims to improve information exchange between software applications used in the construction industry, is also contributing to the development of BIM ISO standards. These standards are helping the construction industry to improve productivity, but it is not clear now how to become comprehensively BIM compliant, to conduct qualitative and quantitative quality checking, and realize BIM based life cycle data and information sharing and integration.

Current tools are more manual based, and lack mature and smart ways to support the quality checking. Specifically, for large scale international projects, it is important to understand to first understand relevant BIM standards for different countries, and then, for the selected BIM standards, to ensure compliance with those requirements. Furthermore, based on completed BIM projects, there is a need to further conclude the knowledge, to compare different BIM standards, and hence to be able to realise a new generation of semantic based digital standards. Such standards are highly demanded by the construction industry, as they can be used to realize the full potential of BIM and lead the way of future development of construction industry.


Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
This studentship is open to Home or EU candidates. Overseas candidates may apply but must confirm that they are able pay the difference between home and overseas fees themselves.
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

Applicants should achieve 2:1 or higher in a relevant subject area eg civil engineering, architecture engineering, civil and environmental engineering, construction management; or GIS related area.

Desirable skills will include excellent computing techniques, eg algorithm development, programming and system design.

Candidates must have obtained their first degree before the programme start date. If English is not the applicant’s first language, then they must obtain 6.5 IELTS with at least 5.5 in each subscore (or equivalent qualification).

Please apply to the PhD in Engineering with a start date of either April 2019, July 2019, or October 2019 by the deadline of 31 March 2019.

Applications must include:

  • an upload of your CV
  • a personal statement/covering letter
  • two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
  • current academic transcripts.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship/grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference HL/PSE19.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

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