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Dr Claudio Benghi

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Claudio's PhD research investigated the issues of interoperability for construction and defined a strategy to promote the uptake of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) infrastructure for it.

Claudio Benghi

Claudio studied as an architect at Politecnico di Milano in Italy because of his fascination with composition and complexity in the built environment. In time, expanding his interest in the area of information sciences, he has discovered the freedom and beauty of theoretical models, developing his career in the realm of information tools and technologies for the built environment, architecture, engineering and construction.

His PhD research investigated the issues of interoperability for construction and defined a strategy to promote the uptake of networked service solutions to support it.


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Other interests include contemporary art, design, complexity theory and the newly discovered field of artificial intelligence; many of these come together in my role of production director for Aether & Hemera, a collaborative artistic endeavour that allows me to explore areas of electronic design and embedded systems development for the creation of immersive interactive sound and lighting artworks.


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Following his passion for Process Integration Claudio is currently pushing the agenda of Northumbria University in the area of built environment design, construction and operations towards cloud computing; the current focus is connected with the development of a robust and sustainable interoperable middleware environment for Building Information Modelling.

Professional Activity

Beyond the research and enterprise activities listed below Claudio acts in dissemination and knowledge transfer activities such as web-seminars for the RICS ( and Continuous Professional Development courses in the area of Risk and Value Management.

Current/Recent Projects

2014, principal-investigator on the 2 month long  “planBIM” project awarded by the TSB for the creation of  “A common building information modelling solution to support the UK Level 2 BIM strategy”

2014, co-investigator on the 2 month long  “Digital Bim Toolbox” project awarded by the TSB for the creation of  “a fully costed, scheduled and de-risked digital plan of works and classification system”

2013, co-investigator on the 4 month long  “Viscenario” enterprise R&D project commissioned by Viscenario for the creation of  an iOS 3D viewer component for IFC based Facility Management application.

2012, co-investigator on the 24 month long “CASCADE” project awarded by the TSB: “Supporting supply chain interoperability using integrated collaborative building information models”.

2011, co-investigator on the “iCIM (Interoperable Carbon Information Modelling)” project awarded by the TSB for the development of  a “collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) online tool that facilitates carbon assessment of a building, by informing designers regarding their decisions and impact of their decisions throughout the building life-cycle.”

Sponsors and Collaborators

Claudio’s main collaborations have been developed through research and enterprise projects homed at Northumbria University’s BIM Academy.

The principal focus of activities in this area revolves around the development and exploitation of the open source Xbim project (eXtensible Building Information Modelling Toolkit) for the creation of bespoke BIM middleware applications based on the BuildingSmart IFC standard.

Collaborations and research projects included partners such as 4Projects (, AEC3 (, theNBS (, BRE (, RIBA Enterprises (, VINCI Construction (, Kingspan ( 24 Ore Software (, and other international companies.

Key Publications

Benghi C., (2014) Knowledge driven value optimisation through the use of multi-dimensional Building Information Models, Big Data collection and Machine Learning, ICEC 2014 World Congress, Re-Engineering Total Cost Management, Milano, 20-22 October 2014

Lockley, Steve, Greenwood, David, Matthews, Jane and Benghi, Claudio (2013) Constraints in authoring BIM components for optimal data reuse and interoperability. International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM), 2 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2156-1710

Benghi, Claudio and Ronchi, Gloria (2013) Which is your brass voice?: Using artificial intelligence to produce an interactive light and sound artwork. In: ArtsIT 2013: Third International Conference on Arts and Technology, 21-23 March 2013, Milan, Italy.

Kassem, Mohamad, Dawood, Nashwan, Benghi, Claudio, Siddiqui, Mohsin and Mitchell, Donald (2010) Coordinaton and visualization of distributed schedules in the construction supply chain: A potential solution. In: CONVR 2010:10th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality 2010, 4-5 November 2010, Sendai, Japan.

Dawood, Nashwan, Benghi, Claudio, Sanches, Romeu and Chavada, Rajiv (2010) An interactive lean system for resource planning of earthwork operations. In: IGLC18: 18th International Group for Lean Construction Conference, 14-16 July 2010, Haifa, Israel.

Benghi, Claudio and Dawood, Nashwan (2008) A regulatory approach to foster interoperability: how it trends can help to innovate the {AEC} sector process. In: Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions W55: Building Economics and W65: Organisation and Management of Construction, 15-17 November 2008, Dubai.

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My Google Scholar page can be found here


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