Skip to main content
Business

Construction and urban living

Shaping the future of construction to increase productivity, performance and quality

Construction and urban living

We're pioneering the development and implementation of technologies that transform the way we plan, design, operate and maintain the buildings and infrastructure around us. That means putting people at the heart of building design and manufacture. By doing this, we create more efficient and safer buildings that are future-proofed and fully reflect the needs of their users.

The construction sector is ripe for disruption - there is a need for improving productivity, performance and quality, without compromising health and safety. Whether through consultancy or collaborative research we can work with you to solve your business challenges.

Our academic experts have capabilities in digital, energy, manufacturing and construction and we have knowledge and experience on a range of projects including digital techniques to design buildings, precision manufacturing processes, as well as driving reductions in waste and energy consumption to promote sustainable and cost effective solutions.

One of our key areas of expertise, Building Information Modelling (BIM), is internationally recognised. Our research into the development of integrated 5D modelling - 3D modelling that includes time efficiency and cost management dimensions - has been employed in the ground breaking 'Virtual Construction Site' development, which enabled project managers from the likes of Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Skanska to visualise detailed information prior to commencing construction.

Our expertise:

  • Modern methods of construction (MMC)
  • Measurement of whole-life asset performance
  • Modular building design
  • Lifecycle information flow in construction processes
  • Smart algorithms for efficient construction scheduling
  • Machine learning for smart grid and built environment
  • Building information modelling (BIM) and 5D modeling
  • Reducing waste during construction
  • Cyber physical system simulation and optimization
  • Predictive controls
  • Energy informatics and demand response
  • Energy blockchain
  • Augmented reality applications in the built environment.
  • Materials and structural testing
Talk to us today

Research groups:

  • Software & Systems Research Group
  • Smart Systems and Energy Informatics Research Group

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund:

  • AI & Digital
  • Transforming construction

We guarantee quality. All our business services carry the Customer First Standard, a quality mark recognising excellent customer service. And we can also help you source financial support.

Our business service charter sets out our commitment to a professional business service for all our clients.