The Digital Construction Research Unit (DiCRU) at the University of Strathclyde evaluates and develops advanced technologies, methodologies and approaches for cutting-edge Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the performance of the construction industry.
The Unit aims to examine the relationships between technologies, processes, and people. Our goal is to develop quality research and to maximise impact through dissemination and research-led teaching, while influencing policy and decision-making.
The Digital Construction Research Unit (DiCRU) is led by Dr Zhen Chen, Lecturer in Construction Management and director of the MSc in Advanced Construction Technologies & Building Information Management. Dr Chen has both an academic and professional career in the built environment, working for companies, professional bodies, and universities worldwide.
The research group addresses a strategic priority for the Department of Architecture to explore and develop advanced ICT methodologies and systems in response to UK and global interest in digital transformation and the optimization of resources in the construction industry.
Key research areas
We seek to extend knowledge of Digital Integrated practices and innovative trans-disciplinary solutions. Our research areas are also addressed in our MSc in Advanced Construction Technologies & BIM. Our research areas include:
BIM, Big Data, & IoT for Intelligent Buildings
The Built Environment is rapidly changing with the move towards a resource efficient circular economy and the drive for more efficient, agile and customisable manufacturing through Industry 4.0. Our work in this area aims to integrate intelligent smart systems in conjunction with big-data concepts to improve construction performance.
Intelligent Decision Support Systems for Construction & Megaprojects
Our work involves the development and validation of decision support systems for construction problems and for managing megaprojects. We examine the impact of qualitative/quantitative and static/dynamic measures on design/construction/operation stages. We study the interdependency among technologies; processes; and people to develop integrated interfaces.
Sustainable & Energy Efficient buildings
Industrial informatics for smart and energy efficient buildings have huge potential to make significant contributions to sustainable systems. Our work within this area covers applications for communication and control infrastructures; systems dynamic, predictive analytics; energy control, optimization, and demand response.
To learn more about DiCRU, download the Digital Construction Research Unit Booklet.
In collaboration with industry partners, we act as a knowledge hub and a conduit for facilitating a paradigm shift within the industry.
- Andrew Agapiou
- Invited speakers
|Lilia Potseluyko Amobi||A Framework for Improving Business and Technical Operations within Timber Frame Self-Build Housing Sector by Applying Integrated VR/AR and BIM Technologies|
|Saiful Fazli Bin Ramli||The Application of Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM) Processes for Building Conservation Works|
|Silpa Singharajwarapan||BIM integrated building code checking system for Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Soukaina Elaouad||Social sustainability and BIM|
|Mohammed Almhdawi||An Integrated Risk Management Decision Support System for Oil and Gas Construction Projects|
|Andrew Graham||Using immersive technologies for architectural applications|
|Seyedmohammadsale Seyedzadeh Kharazi||Hybrid Optical Fibre Based Daylighting & LED High Power Source for Buildings|
|Ambark Bareka||An analytic approach to adopting BIM overlay in Libya|
|Ozaer Zaed||A framework of BIM education in Libya|
Research grants & projects
- Development of a BIM-Integrated Virtual Showroom for Offsite Manufactured Production
Funded by: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) with Norscot Joinery LTD
- The effective design and delivery of megaprojects in the European Union (COST Action TU1003)
Funded by: The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), Horizon 2020, European Union.
- Chen Z. (2019) Grand challenges in construction management. Frontiers in Built Environment. 5:31.
- Motawa I. and Oladokun M. (2019). Modelling the effect of occupants’ behaviour on household carbon emissions, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 33(2).
- Boateng P., Chen Z. and Ogunlana S. (2017). Megaproject Risk Analysis and Simulation: A Dynamic Systems Approach. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 360 pages.
- Motawa I. (2017). Spoken dialogue BIM systems – an application of Big Data in construction. Journal of Facilities, Vol. 35 Issue: 13/14, pp.787-800.
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