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PhD Studentship: Maximising the Benefit of Building Information Modelling through the Seamless Process of Capturing As-Built Information into Asset Information Models for the Efficient Operation & Maintenance of TfGM's Built Assets

University of Salford

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Salford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,824 stipend p.a. plus fee waiver
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th February 2019
Closes: 8th March 2019

The studentship is supported by the University of Salford and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Academic Supervisor: Professor Jason Underwood

Academic Co-Supervisor: Mr Andrew Fleming

Industrial Supervisor: Gemma Birchall

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

  • A fee waiver
  • A stipend of £15,824 p.a. for three and a half years
  • All bench fees and consumable costs
  • Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: 8th March 2019

Interviews will be held week commencing: 25th March 2019

The candidate must be in a position to register by 7th May 2019


For decades, UK Government and Industry reports have continually criticised the construction industry for its poor performance, low productivity, inefficient practices, adversarial behaviours, silo mindsets and for focussing too much on the short-term, rather than the long term and lowest price, rather than best value. These reports have not only provided a critique, but also a number of recommendations for improvements to the industry, in particular, to deliver better whole life value from built environment assets/estates from CAPEX through to operational management.

In May 2011, the UK Government launched its Construction Strategy, which included a formal commitment to drive change through the digital transformation of the UK construction industry. The primary driver of this was to address the issues of ensuring the UK derives full value from its centrally procured public sector built environment assets/estates. In terms of deriving improved whole life value from built environment assets/estates, this not only includes the capital delivery, but also deriving improved value post-construction by developing the capability to determine and capture the required operational digital data during the capital delivery phase that can then seamlessly flow through to enabling the efficient operation of built environment assets/estates.

TfGM are continuing to develop their Digital Construction capability to gain operational efficiencies through quality Asset Information Models (AIM), particularly during the capital delivery phase. However, it is perceived there is insufficient research in the industry to enable developing their capital delivery through to operation capability.

The aim of this project is to use current TfGM projects as case studies to establish their Information Requirements for the handover As-Built Information model and explore how this model can be extracted, during capital delivery, to seamlessly flow through the lifecycle to become an Asset Information Model (AIM) and utilised of their built environments assets.


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Funding Eligibility:

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. Please visit:

Enquiries: Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Jason Underwood by email:

Curriculum vitae and supporting statement explaining their interest should be sent to

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