Project management’s focus ranges from confined site construction, dispute resolution, plant management, construction law to risk/quality management and expatriate assignment, all within a framework of stakeholder engagement. Particular expertise has been developed in Building Information Modelling (BIM), urban construction management, sustainable project management strategies, dispute resolution and procurement methods. Construction Management research aims to provide; through high quality, industry orientated focus, specific Construction Project Management specialisms, that address theoretical concepts and applications linked to the practical needs of our industry partners. Emphasis is placed on a holistic approach in the management of Consulting, Contracting and Client organisations in the successful consideration of the needs of the sector; while paying particular attention to the ever-changing environment. With Dr. Xianhai Meng developing supply chain and facilities management tools and techniques; Ron Coates focusing on risk, quality and programme management, accompanied by Dr. Marina Marinelli specializing in earthmoving equipment management and maintenance; Dr. Ashwini Konanahalli, in expatriate management within the AEC sector and Dr. John Spillane; in BIM, confined site construction and dispute resolution; a wide array of project management topics are included.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a new approach and underlying ethos to the design and build process for all construction professionals large and small. BIM represents a design as combinations of "objects" – vague and undefined, generic or product-specific, solid shapes or void-space oriented, that carry their geometry, relations and attributes. The BIM process enables a virtual information model to be handed from the design team (architects, surveyors, civil, structural and building services engineers, etc.) to the main contractor and subcontractors and then on to the owner/operator; each professional adds discipline-specific data to the single shared model. With a number of publications, KTP’s and Fusion grants led by Dr. John Spillane, the emergence of a BIM specialism within the cluster is supported by Dr. Marina Marinelli, Dr. Ashwini Konanahalli and Ron Coates. Within Construction Management Research, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming a specialism driven by the needs of the industry. With two Fusion Projects (Intertrade Ireland) with 3rdDimension and Kilcawley Construction; in addition to two KTP’s with Ostick & Williams Architects and WDR & RT Taggart, Construction Management is quickly developing as a centre of excellence in industry led and practice based application of Building Information Modelling knowledge within the construction sector.
Confined Site Construction
With the continued population influx into urban centers, there comes increased pressure on the resources to sustain such growth. To this end, urban, brown field development within city centre locations has intensified in recent years, resulting in the management of confined site environments becoming the norm. Research by Dr. John Spillane, in conjunction with Dr. Ashwini Konanahalli and Ron Coates has developed an area of expertise in the project management of such inherently complex environments.
Expatriate Management and Assignments
International assignments have dominated international human resource management research for decades. But Construction management research has largely overlooked the challenges associated with personnel management on international projects/assignments. As a result, very little is known about how AEC professionals perceive their international experience or how their perceptions vary with the country of assignment. Construction Management team, led by Dr. Ashwini Konanahalli, Dr. John Spillane and Ron Coates, is striving to address this deficiency in subject area, by exploring a host of emerging concepts like Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Emotional Intelligence (EI) to name a few.