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Incorporating Knowledge Management into the Planning of Infrastructure Projects

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid, Dr C Unterhitzenberger  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Infrastructure projects are typically complex and dynamic, in which the design of operations and construction methods can play a significant role in the successful delivery of such mega projects in terms of key objectives such as schedule, cost, environmental, and safety performance. Accordingly, the early planning stage of infrastructure projects requires dedicated effort by several stakeholders (e.g., public sector, consultants, contractors, suppliers) to design operations and construction methods aiming to optimise performance while satisfying project constraints. Such a stage might span over multiple years and include considerable analysis and evaluations of alternatives before setting foot on site. However, the experience and knowledge obtained during infrastructure project planning often reside within the minds of the people involved in the process with no formal process to retain that intellectual capital and derive value from it during the later stages of project execution and asset operation. 

This project will investigate the role of knowledge management during the planning stage of infrastructure projects to ensure the successful delivery and operation of the infrastructure asset. The aim is to support the development of resilient knowledge management systems that are embedded in the planning process of infrastructure projects considering internal and external factors such as the technical requirements, procurement systems, human perception of knowledge, organisational culture, emerging technologies, and intellectual property rights. 

Funding Notes

A highly competitive EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant (currently £17,668 for session 2022/23) for 3.5 years.  An additional Top-Up of £3,000 per year for 3.5 years is available to previous University of Leeds graduates. This opportunity is open to all applicants, with a number of awards for Non-UK nationals limited by UKRI.  All candidates will be placed into the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.

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