A Contractor`s perspective of Infrastructure Information Modelling

Cardiff School of Engineering – PhD Studentship Advertisement Template
Dr Haijiang Li, Professor Bob Lark
Programme of Study
PhD in Engineering
Project Title
Infrastructure-BIM: A Contractor’s perspective of Infrastructure
Information Modelling
Start Date
1st July 2013
3 years full time
Source of Funding
Cardiff School of Engineering/Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
Project Summary
The worldwide implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM)
technologies and strategies has developed significantly over the last two
years and the UK is now catching up as a result of a better government
strategy (top-down), which is pushing industry to adopt BIM by 2016. By
this date all public construction projects need to be BIM compatible.
There is therefore an urgent demand by UK industry, for more
appropriate BIM implementation solutions. Furthermore, current BIM
solutions are mainly focussed on buildings/structures, and largely from a
designer’s point of view. As such, there is a need for research to develop
detailed implementation strategies, relevant open standards, key
implementation frameworks and ICT solutions for civil & infrastructure
engineering projects to facilitate their whole life cycle management. It is
within this context that the proposed research project will timely and
innovatively address the aforementioned issues and will be key to further
expanding BIM to address other aspects of the AEC construction industry,
e.g. civil engineering and its associated infrastructure – bridges, roads,
flood prevention schemes etc., specifically from a contractor’s point of
view. Because of this, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd are very keen to
contribute to this project, which is expected to completely re-shape
existing workflows, procedures, management strategies and frameworks.
It is also expected to have an impact on the wider UK construction
industry due to the implementation and compliance of the project with
open standards. The project will focus on, from a contractor’s
perspective, new generation integration and collaboration techniques,
including the investigation and definition of new governance models and
collaboration protocols, and the development of new work flow and
implementation processes and supporting ICT infrastructures to improve
productivity. The project will also seek to provide candidate industrial
standards for the implementation and exploitation of BIM based
infrastructure information modelling.
Number of Awards
Amount of Funding
The full award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and will provide an
annual stipend (£13,590 in 2012/13).
The studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas candidates
Academic Criteria
Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1
and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to
demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
Contact for further
Dr Haijian Li, [email protected]
Applications can be made online at:
http://cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgraduate/applying/how-toapply.html .
How to apply
ABOVE ON YOUR APPLICATION. (For online applications, please put the
reference in the “Prospective Supervisor” section.
Deadline for
31st March 2013