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Data fusion for operational optimisation and facility management

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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About the Project

The ESR will decompose the facilities management domain into a series of stakeholders, business processes, data definitions and exchange requirements with the ultimate objective of representing this information in a standardised reusable format by using the Information Delivery Manual (IDM) methodology. Development of which will include process related inputs from ESRs 8&9. The overarching objective is to deliver a rule-based facilities management Model View Definition (MVD) for the IFC data model (ISO standard 16739) and in doing so, defining any necessary extensions to the IFC data model. Expected Results: The ESR’s expected results include the following: 1) objective domain reviews of facilities management and Model View Definitions (MVDs); 2) characterisation of the facilities management domain in line with standardized BIM conventions, detailing omissions or shortcomings with the latest version of the IFC data model, and 3) development of a facilities management MVD for use by the industry at large, particularly through BIM-based CAD software and quality checking tools.

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.
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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.

Contact details for checking PhD Eligibility: Academic requirements: Minimum of 2.1 honours qualification in a BE/ME engineering degree
English Language Requirements:
For further details contact: Oran O’Rua, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland [Email Address Removed], +353 1 7161787
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