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Prof David Greenwood

Professor of Construction Management Director, BIM Academy (Enterprises) Ltd.

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).

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

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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Main areas of research include the uptake of ICT in construction (particularly Building Information Modelling and the application of Visualisation technology), sustainable building, and procedural, contractual and organisational change within the industry.

Keynote speaker:

First International Conference of the BIM Academic Forum, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, 14 September, 2016

UK National BIM Conference (Newcastle, 2012)

European Informed Cities Forum (Newcastle, 2010)

Invited speaker:

Construction Industry Summit (London, 2016)

Eco Build Conference (London, 2013)

Construction Information Technology Alliance (Dublin, 2012)

RICS (London 2012, Cambridge 2012)

Sponsors and Collaborators

Current and recent research is/has been supported by EPSRC, InnovateUK, EU Tempus, and the UK DTI, as well as industry funders. Collaborators include the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group, Ryder Architecture, Bond Dickinson LLP,  The Egyptian National Housing & Building Research Center, Jadavpur University (Kolkata, India), the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and the Universities of Twente (Netherlands) and Chalmers (Sweden) as well as several UK Universities.

Current/Recent Projects

  • City Scale Building Information Modelling - State of the Art Research, Future Cities Catapult (2017), Co-investigator
  • Tier2Tier: A collaboration interface between construction main contractors and their supply chain specialist sub-contractors, Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) (2015-17), Co-investigator
  • DECC-MR (Digital Engineering for Customised Compliance in Maintenance Regimes),  Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) (2015-16), Principal Investigator
  • Building Information Modeling: Integrated Design Environment for Engineering Education, (with 3 European and 5 Egyptian Universities), EU TEMPUS IV (2014 - 2017), European Co-ordinator
  • Establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training at Damascus University in Syria, EU TEMPUS IV (2010 - 2013) Co-investigator
  • The National Research Project on Identifying Prerequisite Procedures for Sustainable Building in Egypt, Egyptian  National Housing & Building Research Center (2009-2011)  Principal Investigator

Key Publications

Gledson, Barry and Greenwood, David (2016) Surveying the extent and use of 4D BIM in the UK. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), 21. pp. 57-71. ISSN 1874-4753

Malsane, Sagar, Matthews, Jane, Lockley, Steve, Love, Peter and Greenwood, David (2015) Development of an object model for automated compliance checking. Automation in Construction, 49 (Part A). pp. 51-58. ISSN 0926-5805

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

Greenwood, David and Gledson, Barry (2012) The efficient scheduling of resources in engineering construction projects: reflections on a case study from Iran. Construction Management and Economics, 30 (8). pp. 687-695. ISSN 0144-6193

Greenwood, David and Wu, Shuwei (2012) Establishing the association between collaborative working and construction project performance based upon client and contractor perceptions. Construction Management and Economics, 30 (4). pp. 299-308. ISSN 0144-6193

Hamza, Neveen and Greenwood, David (2009) Energy conservation regulations: impacts on design and procurement of low energy buildings. Building and Environment, 44 (5). pp. 929-936. ISSN 0360-1323

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Information for prospective research students:

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD or MSc by research exist in the areas identified above.

Further information may be obtained from The Graduate School.

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