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Smart BIM Compliance

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  • Full or part time
    Dr H Li
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

BIM (Building Information Modelling) processes and implementation technology has brought about revolutionary change for construction industry. BIM standards, including data representation, naming and classification, process integration, exchanging requirement and collaboration mechanism, etc., are vital for BIM implementation. Internationally, many counties are working on BIM standards. The UK government mandated BIM practice starting from April 2016; and now is working on BIM level 3 standards development. UK BIM standards are becoming ISO standards, bringing about significant impact in UK, EU and commonwealth countries. BuildingSMART, an international organisation which aims to improve information exchange between software applications used in the construction industry, is also contributing to the development of BIM ISO standards. These standards are helping the construction industry to improve productivity, but it is not clear now how to become comprehensively BIM compliant, to conduct qualitative and quantitative quality checking, and realize BIM based life cycle data and information sharing and integration. Current tools are more manual based, and lack mature and smart ways to support the quality checking. Specifically, for large scale international projects, it is important to understand firstly to understand relevant BIM standards for different countries; and then, for the selected BIM standards, ensuring compliance with those requirements. Furthermore, based on completed BIM projects, there is a need to further conclude the knowledge, to compare different BIM standards, and hence to be able to realize a new generation of semantic based digital standards. Such standards are highly demanded by the construction industry, as they can be used to realize the full potential of BIM and lead the way of future development of construction industry.

Applicants should achieve 2:1 or higher in a relevant subject area e.g. civil engineering, architecture engineering, civil & environmental engineering, construction management; or GIS related area;

Desirable skills will include excellent computing techniques, e.g. algorithm development, programming and system design.

Candidates must have obtained their first degree before the programme start date. If English is not the applicant’s first language, then they must obtain 6.5 IELTS with at least 5.5 in each subscore (or equivalent qualification). The studentship is open to home or EU students. International students may apply but must confirm that they are able to pay the difference between the home and international fee rate (approx. £15,000pa) themselves. The studentship will cover home/EU tuition fees, and provide a tax-free annual stipend of £14,777 per annum with annual increments.

Funding Notes

This studentship is open to Home or EU candidates, and provides for Tuition fees (home/EU rate) and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (approx. £14,777 stipend for academic year 2018/19)

Overseas candidates may apply but must confirm that they are able pay the difference between home and overseas fees (approx. £15K pa) themselves.


Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( ) including;

• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
• Current academic transcripts

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of either April, July or October 2019.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference HL-PSE-19.

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