An opportunity has arisen to conduct research on how new manufacturing technologies and production processes are transforming construction. You will contribute to projects within the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation related to its first theme on ‘production systems’ and will have the ambition to develop your own research trajectory that supports the aims of the Centre. It is anticipated that there will be significant procurement and business model change associated with innovation in the construction sector. The aim of this post is to develop new knowledge, as well as practical insights to inform engineers and managers in organizations as they seek to implement radically new tools and processes within production processes. Full details.................

Reference ENG00498
Date posted 6 September 2018
Closing date 12 October 2018


The digitisation of engineering has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for using simulation and visualisation tools for innovation (Dodgson, Gann, and Salter, 2007). Research across management, design and engineering has shown that these tools have a powerful influence on the design, construction and the operation of assets in the built environment (Whyte and Nikolić, 2018). In this project, we will be investigating how these tools shape the way clients and their supply chains jointly explore new service and product configurations and thus create more value through innovation. These tools have the potential to unlock substantial innovation in infrastructure for two main reasons. Firstly, they enable learning through playful experimentation in addition to traditional back-and-forth information exchange (e.g. tender documents; presentations), which makes for a more creative and nuanced exploration of possible service and product configurations. Secondly, they help build a shared understanding of the project’s value drivers and thus better focus innovation efforts. This study would inform whether, where, when and how to roll these tools out in practice and what sorts of benefits would be generated by doing so. 

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