Technical offices in construction projects record work orders and requests paper/spreadsheet formats. Further down the project pipeline, the same format is used to assign work orders to staff. This tedious, time consuming, and an error prone process often results in an inefficient resource management. To improve the tracking of construction information, this research proposes development of a low-cost audio-visual application framework that utilises commonly available communication tools such as Building Information Management (BIM), Augmented Reality (AR) and Interactive Voice Response (IVR), to provide automatic management of work orders and improve decision making in construction projects. The proposed research involves: 1) an in-depth analysis of the possible site events and work process needs related to construction activities; 2) a framework that integrates several components, e.g. cloud-based BIM and IVR services, AR and mobile applications in order to support the aforementioned activities. The project aims to deliver three main technical solutions: 1) work order data collection template to assure data quality and accuracy, using: AR, mobile application, and cloud based IVR systems; 2) work order domain ontology to search and retrieve construction work order information; and 3) BIM-based visualisation and computer technologies to support construction projects’ decision making, hence improving processes related to delay management, claims handling, as well as other construction disputes. Such a system will generate detailed work order information that clearly shows the evolution of all work process and their accurate timing on the daily segments for each activity. The developed framework will be validated through a series of case real-life case studies and expert inputs. This research contributes to construction efficiency through the facilitating interactions between site personnel and head offices and the provision of timely and legitimate construction data for decision-making; assisting construction firms to have better control over projects and more effective communication throughout construction projects.
The principal supervisor for this project is Farzad Rahimian.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF19/EE/MCE/RAHIMIAN) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Friday 25 January 2019
Start Date: 1 October 2019
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The studentship is available to Students Worldwide, and covers full fees and a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19, this is £14,777 pa).