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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


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 12 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, 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
  • Exploring the Designer-Constructor Teamwork Interface to improve Collaboration, Ponton, H., Osborne, A., Greenwood, D., Thompson, N. 2 Sep 2019
  • The power of humour to unite and divide, Ponton, H., Osborne, A., Thompson, N., Greenwood, D. 4 Nov 2019, In: Construction Management and Economics
  • Understanding the complexities of managing historic buildings through heritage BIM, Kelly, K., Charlton, J., Greenwood, D. 18 Sep 2019
  • Analysis of competencies for effective virtual team leadership in building successful organisations, Maduka, N., Edwards, H., Greenwood, D., Osborne, A., Babatunde, S. 5 Mar 2018, In: Benchmarking

PGR Supervision

  • Serife Boyacioglu Start: 01/10/2020
  • Kenneth Kelly Start: 31/08/2017
  • Kenneth Kelly Start: 31/08/2017
  • Touria Bouazza The Design of Healthcare Facilities: Knowledge, Methods and Effectiveness Start: 25/05/2016
  • Vasil Atanasov Start: 01/10/2017
  • Nnamdi Maduka The Role of Knowledge Management in Assisting Key Stakeholders in Making Informed Decisions in Delivering Sustainable Retrofitted Building Projects Start: 18/04/2016
  • Thai Lou Start: 05/03/2014
  • Haitham Alshareef The Design and Feasibility of an Appropriate Procurement Solution for Libya’s Road Infrastructure Start: 29/01/2014
  • Barry Gledson Innovation diffusion within the UK construction sector: a study of the adoption of 4D BIM Start: 23/03/2016
  • Saiful Abu Hasan Sazalli Innovation System: The Industrialised Building Systems in the Malaysian Housing Construction Start: 01/02/2011

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

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