EngD Studentship: The Application of Model-Based Systems Engineering Requirements to a BIM-centric Virtual Railway Network

Loughborough University

Start date: 01/04/2018       

Interview date: 5-16 February 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Steven Yeomans

Secondary supervisors: Prof Tony Thorpe & Dr Zulfikar Adamu


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University, via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

Project Detail:

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of High Speed Two – the largest construction project in Europe – and ensure it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways. Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, HS2 is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design build and operation of the HS2 railway. As the system integration authority, and to meet the virtual railway vision, HS2 is looking to develop and apply a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology to their Building Information Modelling (BIM) framework.

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited

The project’s aim is to develop a novel approach to requirements capture in BIM, to facilitate automation and visualisation of the validation process; helping to improve communication, quality, productivity and risk reduction.  For further information go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/cice/vacancies/

Entry requirements:

Applicants will need at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a background in civil/construction engineering. Knowledge of Building Information Modelling is essential, and a relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage. Other desirable skills: Model-Based Systems Engineering, systems thinking, virtual reality, programming, requirements capture, and agile/rapid development methodologies. 

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

Funding information:

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st April 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,413 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Contact details:

For information about the research project, please contact:

Name: Dr Steven Yeomans

Email address: s.g.yeomans@lboro.ac.uk  

Telephone number: (01509) 228 523

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mrs Jackie Williams

Email address:  J.Williams2@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number: (01509) 228 549

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P01/BIM

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