Digital Twins to support community resilience

   School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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  Prof Patricia Carrillo  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project


The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, underlining the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world (REF, 2021).

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering boasts world-class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.


This research combines two current challenges for the built environment – the need for digital models for our community and the integration of those models into other systems and models that support the resilience of our society.

There is widespread support for the development of digital twins in our built infrastructure. These include the Hackitt Report which identified the need to develop a “Golden Thread” of information for buildings that cover their design, development and operation. The Construction Innovation Hub proposes that the digital twin can be used to simulate future scenarios to improve resilience and performance.

However, to date, the focus has been on individual buildings instead of wider communities. Moreover, a major challenge lies with the interoperability of digital twins and the other systems and models that support resilience within a community. This project aims to produce a road map of the level of detail required for digital twins to facilitate interoperability with other systems and models, at different levels of granularity. For example, how it can link with planning systems, flood models, and energy consumption systems. The methodology to be adopted will involve developing a digital twin of a local community and investigating the level of detail that should be provided to support interoperability with other modelling tools.

The successful applicant will join the Digital Transformation theme of the school’s Construction Management Group. This group has extensive teaching and research expertise in BIM and digital twins.


Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a construction-related subject and have experience in developing building information models. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.


Applications should be made online and must include an outline research proposal. Under the programme name, please select 'Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering'. Please quote reference ABCE23/PC.

Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

UK FEE Full-time degree per annum - £4,500
INTERNATIONAL FEE Full-time degree per annum - £24,100

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