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Prof David Greenwood


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

David graduated from Cambridge University and his postgraduate qualifications include an MSc in Construction Management (Herriot-Watt University), and a PhD from the Department of Construction Engineering & Management (Reading University).

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and was a board member of Constructing Excellence North East from 2003 to 2007. Before entering academia he worked for some 10 years as Site Engineer and Senior Estimator in the Construction Industry. He has authored over 150 publications, has held research funding from the EPSRC, AHRC, UK and international government agencies, and has carried out training and consultancy work for industrial and professional organisations in the UK, continental Europe, the Far East, and Middle East. He is on the review and/or editorial panels of 14 academic journals, a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, and a former Chairman of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM). He is a director of BIM Academy (Enterprises) Ltd a university spin-out company specialising in Building Information Modelling.

David has taught on many aspects of Construction Management to all Built Environment disciplines and at levels from HNC to higher degree. He currently supervises 7 research degree students, has supervised 20 to completion and has examined over 40 PhDs in the UK, France, India and Australia. He has been external examiner on taught courses at Sheffield Hallam (2001 - 2006), Kingston (2002 - 2006), and Reading (2009 - 2012) Universities.

His leisure pursuits include literature, languages, music (baroque to blues) travel (emphasis on history, archaeology, cultures and people) and sport (formerly rugby, cricket and squash, but now restricted to cycling, sailing and a little golf). He is a member of the Literary and Philosophical Association of Newcastle upon Tyne.


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David Greenwood

Key Publications

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  • RINNO: Towards an Open Renovation Platform for Integrated Design and Delivery of Deep Renovation Projects, Lynn, T., Rosati, P., Egli, A., Krinidis, S., Angelakoglou, K., Sougkakis, V., Tzovaras, D., Kassem, M., Greenwood, D., Doukari, O. 27 May 2021, In: Sustainability
  • An integrated approach to learning from project-related failures, Chiponde, D., Gledson, B., Greenwood, D. 2020, Proceedings 36th Annual ARCOM Conference, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
  • Automatic generation of building information models from digitized plans, Doukari, O., Greenwood, D. 1 May 2020, In: Automation in Construction
  • Data transfer between digital models of built assets and their operation & maintenance systems, Rogage, K., Greenwood, D. 13 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Information Technology in Construction
  • The complexities of managing historic buildings with BIM, Charlton, J., Kelly, K., Greenwood, D., Moreton, L. 15 May 2020, In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
  • Various definitions provided for use in OUP Dictionary of Building Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering 2nd Edition (i..e GLEDSON proposed 35 definitions)., Gledson, B., Greenwood, D., Thurairajah, N. 6 Feb 2020, A dictionary of construction, surveying, and civil engineering, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Blockchain in the built environment and construction industry: A systematic review, conceptual models and practical use cases, Li, J., Greenwood, D., Kassem, M. Jun 2019, In: Automation in Construction
  • Examining Construction and Project Management Perspectives of Project-Based Failure, Chiponde, D., Gledson, B., Greenwood, D. 2 Sep 2019, ARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference – Leeds, UK
  • Exploring the Designer-Constructor Teamwork Interface to improve Collaboration: A review of current literature, Ponton, H., Osborne, A., Greenwood, D., Thompson, N. 2 Sep 2019, ARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference – Leeds, UK
  • The power of humour to unite and divide: a case study of design coordination meetings in construction, Ponton, H., Osborne, A., Thompson, N., Greenwood, D. 4 Nov 2019, In: Construction Management and Economics

Professional Activity

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  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: ARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference – Leeds, UK 2019
  • Other: Failure and learning in UK project-based organisations: A cross-sector examination of actor approaches, intentions, and behaviours 2018
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Proceedings of the 30th Annual ARCOM Conference 2014

PGR Supervision

  • Nnamdi Maduka The Role of Knowledge Management in Assisting Key Stakeholders in Making Informed Decisions in Delivering Sustainable Retrofitted Building Projects Start Date: 18/04/2016 End Date: 10/04/2019
  • Andrew Parry The Improvement of Delay Analysis in the UK Construction Industry Start Date: 22/01/2014 End Date: 25/02/2016
  • Barry Gledson Innovation diffusion within the UK construction sector: a study of the adoption of 4D BIM Start Date: 23/03/2016 End Date: 10/11/2017
  • Oliver Jones Human Experience and Visual Behaviour in Physical and Virtual Environments Start Date: 21/07/2008 End Date: 25/02/2016
  • Vasil Atanasov Reduction of Transaction Costs in Construction Projects: a conceptual model for an Automated Delay Analysis System. Start Date: 19/09/2021
  • Ian Wyre A Methodology for Spatial Archaeology: Visualising the Legacy of Medieval Newcastle Upon Tyne using Digital and Virtual Toolsets Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 13/06/2016
  • Ramesh Vahidi Conceptual Framework for Trade-Off Decisions in Projects Start Date: 18/11/2011 End Date: 30/07/2015
  • Romil Salah The Influence of National Culture on the Practice of Project Management: A Study of Information and Communication Technology Projects in Saudi Arabia Start Date: 06/01/2014 End Date: 03/10/2016
  • Jelisaveta Mihajlovic The Challenge of Policy Coordination: Interpreting the Governance of Historic City Centres in Serbia Start Date: 25/01/2010 End Date: 03/10/2016
  • Thai Lou An investigation of the potential lean- BIM synergies in the UK construction industry Start Date: 05/03/2014 End Date: 09/10/2018
  • Allan Douglas The Implementation of a Management Information System for a Construction SME: An Analysis of Decisions and Their Impact Start Date: 09/10/2006 End Date: 25/01/2017
  • Serife Boyacioglu An Artificial intelligence-driven delay analysis system for construction projects (AIDASCon) Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Kenneth Kelly The potential of integrating BIM within the management of heritage built assets. Start Date: 31/08/2017
  • Touria Bouazza The Design of Healthcare Facilities: Knowledge, Methods and Effectiveness Start Date: 25/05/2016 End Date: 01/06/2020
  • Haitham Alshareef The Design and Feasibility of an Appropriate Procurement Solution for Libya’s Road Infrastructure Start Date: 29/01/2014 End Date: 27/10/2017
  • Saiful Abu Hasan Sazalli Innovation System: The Industrialised Building Systems in the Malaysian Housing Construction Start Date: 01/02/2011


  • Construction Managment PhD March 01 2001
  • Construction Managment MSc September 01 1980
  • Fellow (FCIOB) & Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) 2015

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