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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology

Laing O'Rourke Centre - Research

Research forms a key pillar upon which the Centre stands in order to drive transformation in the construction sector. 

The Centre delivers a research portfolio directly aligned to the needs of the industry and places a strong emphasis on technology and innovation – covering all of the strategic areas highlighted by the Construction Sector Deal (2018) as key for delivering transformative goals. Use the categories below to browse the current projects and programmes. 

Accompanying research themes include Net-zero Carbon, skills and housing.

Research is conducted by our academic staff, PhD students, research associates and Construction Engineering Master's (CEM) students, in collaboration with partners across academia and industry.

Visit our resources tab to explore research outputs, including published papers and reportsimpact case studies, articles and CEM dissertations on a wide variety of topics.


Since its launch the Centre has been a catalyst for multiple new partnerships, collaborations and research projects that have delivered tangible benefits for all stakeholders and leveraged substantial additional research funds. Collaboration offers industry access to the brightest minds and the opportunity to benefit from evidence-based research targeting specific challenges. We invite partnerships to engender the research, innovation, leadership, and impact that will transform the future of the construction industry. 

Please contact our Centre Manager to start the conversation so that, together, we can discuss how you might get involved in current or future research, or how we can help you solve your problems. 


Read more at: Digital Engineering, Data and Computer Vision
Computer Vision

Digital Engineering, Data and Computer Vision

Digital Engineering encompasses a vast and growing area of study including everything from on-site automation and machine learning to exploring the use of building information modelling or satellite data for infrastructure monitoring.

Read more at: Offsite Construction and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)
Offsite Manufacturing - Laing O'Rourke

Offsite Construction and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)

Offsite Construction encompasses a broad range of practises to do with the planning, design, manufacture and assembly of elements away from the site where the final project will be put together.

Read more at: Procurement, Performance & Productivity
Procurement and Productivity

Procurement, Performance & Productivity

Browse the CEM dissertations researching procurement, process, skills and productivity.

Read more at: Satellite Monitoring Group
Processing synthetic aperture radar data to understand earth surface movement. Processed images from European Space Agency (ESA) data.

Satellite Monitoring Group

The satellite monitoring research group builds upon research into remote sensing for urban environments, specifically the use of satellite imagery for infrastructure monitoring.

Read more at: Sensor Systems
Sensor Systems

Sensor Systems

Smart sensor systems are providing us the opportunity to gather data throughout all stages of the infrastructure life cycle.

Read more at: CIT Laboratory
Construction Information Technology (CIT) Laboratory

CIT Laboratory

The Construction Information Technology (CIT) Lab , part of the Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering Technology, is set up for sensing, information retrieval, and knowledge discovery from infrastructure data.