- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid
- School of Civil Engineering
The complexity of decision-making during the execution of construction projects has been the driving force for several research initiatives over the last decade to propose decision-making support systems for construction projects. Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been proven effective to support construction decision-making by providing a centralised platform that facilitates capturing and retrieving project information at a high level of accuracy, especially when coupled with the recent advancements in data capturing techniques. In addition, Operational Research (OR) digital techniques, such as digital twin simulation and optimisation, have been recently utilised to develop live virtual models that are capable of testing decision scenarios on construction projects’ objectives before execution. On the other hand, several approaches have been proposed to promote lean principles in construction decision-making, such as the Last Planner System and Target Value Design. <br /> <br /> This project is to explore the interface between BIM, OR, and Lean Construction to develop a decision-making support system that enables project managers to evaluate their decisions based on accurate project data utilising the analytical capabilities of OR techniques while maintaining lean practices to minimise waste and improve productivity. Other aspects of integration will be investigated including tackling industry barriers to using digital technology in decision-making and the technical requirements to implement the proposed system.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for <em><strong>PHD Civil Engineering FT</strong></em> and in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>A Lean-Based System for Decision-Making in Construction Projects Integrating BIM and Operations Simulation</strong></em> as well as <a href="http://eps.leeds.ac.uk/civil-engineering/staff/12755/dr-mohammed-abdelmegid">Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents at the point you submit your application:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants (open from October 2023). <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China (open from October 2023). The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important: </strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under this studentship.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>
<p>For further information please contact the Doctoral College Admissions<br /> e: <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a></p> <p>For further information about this project, please contact Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid </p> <p>e: <a href="mailto:M.Abdelmegid@leeds.ac.uk">M.Abdelmegid@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>
<h3 class="heading heading--sm">Linked research areas</h3>