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A Digital Twin Execution Plan for Construction Projects


Key facts

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
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Digital twins (DTs) have emerged as a powerful technology enabling seamless data exchange between physical construction sites and virtual digital models. However, successful DT implementation requires addressing both technical requirements and social readiness within construction organisations. This interdisciplinary PhD project aims to develop a comprehensive Digital Twin Execution Plan (DTEP) framework to guide the adoption of DTs as socio-technical systems in construction projects.<br /> <br />

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>This research will develop and empirically validate a DTEP through expert inputs and case studies. Key objectives include:</p> <ol depth="0"> <li index="0">Investigate current industry practices, challenges and requirements for DT implementation through interviews and surveys with construction professionals.</li> <li index="1">Formulate a detailed, multi-level DTEP covering aspects like performance metrics, training, process re-engineering, infrastructure planning, and cultural transition.</li> <li index="4">Validate the DTEP through pilot implementations on real construction projects and iterate based on feedback.</li> <li index="1">Develop mechanisms to model the dynamic interrelationships between the social and technical dimensions within the socio-technical DT framework using systems modelling approaches.</li> <li index="2">Benchmark the framework against established practices in other sectors such as manufacturing to identify improvement opportunities.</li> <li index="5">Explore policy, legal and commercial considerations surrounding DTEP adoption as contractual requirements.</li> </ol> <p>Expected Outputs:</p> <ul depth="0"> <li index="0">A validated DTEP framework synthesising technical and social factors for DT implementation</li> <li index="1">Simulation models capturing socio-technical system dynamics</li> <li index="2">Implementation guides and toolkits for construction stakeholders</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;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>, in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>A Digital Twin Execution Plan for Construction Projects</strong></em> as well as <a href="">Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid</a> as your proposed supervisor&nbsp;and <strong>in the finance section, please state clearly the funding that you are applying for, if you are self-funding or externally sponsored</strong>.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;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. &nbsp;Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. &nbsp;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> </ul>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

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.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

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.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants <strong>(closing date: 8 April 2024 at 17:00)</strong>. <a href="">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> &ndash;The&nbsp;<a href="">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to nationals of China open from October 2024). The&nbsp;<a href="">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to support US citizens. <a href="">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><em><strong>Important:&nbsp;</strong></em> 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 <em><strong>not</strong></em> covered under this studentship.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about this project, please contact Dr Mohammed Abdelmegid&nbsp;by email to&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email to&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>

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