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Discussion papers

These featured articles draw upon the research and/or discussions of construction and infrastructure development professionals across academia and industry.

By sharing the research findings, insights and reflections below, we aim to contribute to the wider dialogue and support beneficial transformation within the industry.

 

Potential breakthrough for bridge failure prediction

July 2020

 

A new study led by Kasun Kariyawasam (Gates Cambridge Scholar and PhD student at the Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge) could be a real step forward in addressing the major cause of bridge failure. >> Read more.

This article first appeared (here) on the Gates Cambridge website, and subsequently via New Civil Engineer (here) and The Engineer (here).

 

Taking note: Improving visualisation of data in BIM for better decision-making

May 2020

Exploring the opportunity for BIM notations to empower the next generation of supervisors and engineers. This case study is based upon a paper delivered at the IC3E conference (2019), presenting research from a Construction Engineering Master’s dissertation titled: Exploiting Music and Dance Notation to Improve Visualization of Data in BIM by Marcel Broekmaat MSc, Director of Product Management, Trimble Connect Collaboration Software, Trimble Inc. >> Read more

This piece first appeared in the May 2020 issue of Civil Engineering Surveyor, the journal of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

 

Methodology for quantifying the benefits of offsite construction

May 2020

CIRIA and the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge, have launched a new guidance framework to unlock evidence-based assessments of offsite construction and data driven decision-making for the industry. The guide urges the construction industry to unify project performance monitoring by applying a consistent methodology. >> Read more

This article first appeared in the May 2020 issue of Planning and Building Control Today (PBC Today) - replicated here with their kind permission.

 

How to make a leader

April 2020

Dr Kristen MacAskill, Course Director, Construction Engineering Master's at the University of Cambridge, talks to Abigail Tomkins at the Civil Engineering Surveyor about what kinds of leader construction needs, and what an academic programme can do to nurture them. >> Read more

This interview first appeared in the April 2020 issue of Civil Engineering Surveyor, the journal of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

 

Offsite construction: progressing the dialogue in the Construction Engineering Master's programme

July 2019

Advancing modern methods of construction is a core part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy as detailed in the Construction Sector Deal, which supports an ambition to shake up an industry that is in clear need of change. >> Read more