Application of Construction 4.0

Host Faculty: Engineering
General Subject Area: Structural Engineering
Project Level: PhD
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The project uses state-of-the-art computer technology to improve sustainability, reduce construction cost and time, improve safety performance, enhance building quality, and reduce construction waste. Construction 4.0 will use Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction life cycle, Internet of Things (IoT) for efficient monitoring, and Big Data (BD) for consider the options required as the final decision is optimised given constraints such as initial cost, lifecycle cost, construction duration, sustainability, safety, and traditional indigenous values systems.
The work will support the University of Canterbury component of the HERA Construction 4.0 Circular Design task. It involves:
- Liaison with key stakeholders (including indigenous representation) regarding structural form, optimisation constraint weightings, and required output, for case study buildings.
- Developing of computer models for architectural form selection, structural analysis and optimisation, BIM/detailing, data collection, likely construction time and cost, sustainability, human well-being, and outputs for stakeholders.
- Experimental studies will also be considered, time and funding permitting.


Supervisor: Gregory MacRae

Key qualifications and skills

The successful candidate will have a history of exceptional academic performance, excellent communication skills, a master’s degree from a top university, and be a native English communicator or have an IELTS score of at least 7.0. Preferably they will have excellent skills in structural engineering, construction management, earthquake engineering, computer programming, and handshaking, and optimisation.

Does the project come with funding

Yes - $25k/year

Final date for receiving applications

30 January 2023


Structural engineering; construction; computer programming; and handshaking; optimisation