MRes/PhD Studentship: Internet of Things (IoT) Application for Facilities Management and Asset Management of Complex Heritage Estates

University of Brighton - SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training

Funding for: UK students, fees and stipend, EU students, fees only
Funding amount: 4 year integrated MRes/PhD studentship in the SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training (
Closes: Thursday 19th April, 2018, 17:00

Project description:

Building upon the relevant theories, this project will provide novel insights by investigating how Building Information Modelling (BIM) can effectively be utilised to facilitate restoration, repair and maintenance in heritage buildings. This project seeks to explore ways in which BIM static models can be enhanced by adding dynamic and live data streams for real-time assistance in decision making. An innovative aspect of the project will be facilitated through integration of BIM with data collected by other technologies linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) such as point-cloud scanning, drone radiometric, and drone building and site survey solutions as well as mixed, augmented and virtual reality (MAVR). This project will take the UK Government “Soft Landing” strategy to the next level to apply it to one of the most iconic Cathedrals in the south of England – Chichester Cathedral and its entire estate – with dissemination through the Church of England (CoE) Heritage team based in London.       

Developing a single case study approach with multiple units of analysis as its core knowledge claim belonging in ‘pragmatism’ research paradigm, this research uses in-depth review and interpretation of historic and drawing documents and as-built surveys to build a BIM model. This will then be used as a platform to incorporate live drawing/3D visual data collected through point-cloud scans, and drone surveys as well as non-drawing/non-visual data to account for the status-quo of the premises and the requirements in current practices in facilities management of the Cathedral to provide the premises/assets/facilities managers with an effective and timely tool for managing and maintenance of complex heritage buildings.

Interviews are likely to take place at the beginning of May. Please mention in your covering letter if you will not be available at this time. Remote interviews (e.g. via skype) are possible if necessary.

Contact for more information:

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How to apply:

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Your application should include:

  • A substantial covering letter (2-3 pages) including:

- a clear explanation of your motivation for applying for this project
- a statement of your understanding of your eligibility according to the information provided at: and

  • A short research proposal (max. 1000 words) taking into consideration the project research questions
  • A full CV
  • Contact details for two academic references
  • Proof of meeting the UCL English language proficiency requirements where necessary.
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