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Blockchain-enabled CBIM for life-cycle data provenance

UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management

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About the Project

To develop a framework for decentralised, immutable, secure, and transparent data streams across built assets’ lifecycle and increase operational effectiveness through the integration of CBIM with principles of blockchain technology. The explicit goals are: (i) Review existing legislative and regulatory information drivers surrounding BIM, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the built environment to formulate requirements for blockchain-enabled CBIM; (ii) Develop a methodology to code and implement smart contracts within the CBIM platform; (iii) Devise and implement blockchain-enabled CBIM strategies for facility management; (iv) Prototype, test, calibrate and validate the developed tools, through user engagement with facility managers and other relevant stakeholders, in the form of ‘living labs’. Expected Results: The ESR will develop a methodology for ensuring data provenance during the handover from CBIM to facility management systems and throughout built assets’ lifecycle by authoring, incorporating and executing smart contracts based on principles of blockchain technology. This will safeguard the accountability chain throughout built assets’ elements and hence improve assets’ quality assurance and operational efficiency. The ESR will benefit from the facilities-management expertise of BAM, as well as training on programming smart contracts (University College London) and product and process modelling (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Technical University of Berlin).

This ESR position is part of the CBIM network, a consortium of European partners with complementary world-leading expertise from academia and industry, is offering 14 fully funded PhD and one Post Doc position for highly talented people who are eligible for study at any one of its partner universities. Each ESR will be employed full time at one of the CBIM partner universities or at one of the three CBIM beneficiary companies. Those employed directly by the universities will enrol for PhD study at the same university; those employed by partner companies will enrol at one of the five universities for external PhD studies. CBIM is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network call under grant no. 860555.

Please see Recruitment, Eligibility and Mobility: Successful candidates will be employed for a maximum period of three years full-time equivalent and receive a generous financial package plus an additional mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN). A career development plan will be prepared in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner institutions of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment.

 All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). An ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
 Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: on the date of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. Date of Recruitment normally means the first day of the employment of the fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract).
 Researchers can be of any nationality.
 There is no age limit.
 Applicants must hold a research (thesis) Master’s degree in engineering, architecture or computer science.

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