PhD scholarship to research the impact of digital technologies in construction industry

22 March 2017

EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Scholarship: Business model transformation via data-driven innovation and big data analytics 

This PhD scholarship is provided for the exploration of the transformational impact of digital technologies in construction projects.

The successful candidate will investigate the challenges and opportunities offered by the deployment of big data analytics solutions across the supply chain of the construction industry. Supervision will be provided jointly by the University of Edinburgh Business School and EPCC.

Purpose

The key purpose of this project is to identify new business opportunities through the innovative generation and use of data.

Research topics

Relevant data-driven innovation research that may be pursued includes:

  • Gamification and incentives to data generation
  • Data storage and integration
  • Artificial Intelligence/Operational Research approaches for data-driven predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • Legal and commercial aspects in supply chain data interaction
  • Transformative use of data across the construction supply chain.

Business benefits

The successful candidate will develop data-driven decision-support tools that will assist decision-making processes at a strategic, tactical and operational level. This will be achieved by focusing on a portfolio of construction sites belonging to engineering company Costain’s major infrastructure projects – for example Highway England and Network Rail.

Academic benefits

From an academic standpoint, interaction with site managers and the mapping and analysis of existing business processes in the context of major infrastructure projects offers many practice-inspired challenges on which big data analytics solutions, such as data-driven automated reasoning tools, can be applied.

Project impact

It is expected that impact will be delivered in the form of managerial insights ultimately leading to enhanced operational efficiency, for example enhanced utilisation of assets, reduced plant idling, and reduced fuel consumption.

How to apply

Applications for this scholarship should be made through the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Contact

Dr Roberto Rossi, University of Edinburgh Business School
Dr Rob Baxter, EPCC

CASE Awards: Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) provide funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice.

 

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Contact

Tracy Peet
+44 (0) 131 650 5362
t.peet@epcc.ed.ac.uk

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