Laser Scanning for the restoration of listed and historic buildings
The KTP aimed to use Laser Scanning and BIM integration to improve the business efficiency and win new work. This in turn aimed to deliver for the business a competitive sector lead, improve service, reduce risk, improve margins by more accurate tender costing, ensure more accurate information for the supply chain, reduce/ eliminate rework, and develop Strategic Design & Build partnerships with consultants who want accurate information on existing buildings.
The KTP associate travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam with TB to support her in a British Council funded HEP (higher Education Partnership) project in February 2018. This visit yielded a publication with the partner institution and has also built links with the partner institution which will lead to further collaborative projects.
Tara Brooks, Principal Investigator (Queen's University Belfast)
John Meneely, Co-Investigator (Queen's University Belfast)
James O'Neill, KTP Associate (Woodvale Construction Ltd)
Yvonne Conroy, Company Supervisor (Woodvale Construction Ltd)
Impact of Research
The KTP contributed to the Company strategy of tendering for BIM projects, they were successful in obtaining their first BIM project. The project was the new internal fit-out project for the medical simulation room at QUB - Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences. This was a BIM Level 2 project, an opportunity for the BIM Manager to transfer knowledge and embed BIM throughout the team in line with the Group’s BIM Strategy.
As a result of this KTP, the company were independently certified to ISO 19650 BIM Level 2 by the BSI in March 2020.
The link to the knowledge base partner has enabled the academic supervisor to undertake numerous (21) research interviews with operatives from the company, in three qualitative research projects.
The results of this KTP partnership have directly informed the teaching of the academic supervisor, who delivers a module at Masters Level (BIM Project Management Programme) in Queen's University titled 'Emerging Digital Technology.' The KTP project has been used as a case study in the laser scanning / 3d reality capture element of this module.
This KTP was rated outstanding by the KTP rating panel (only 20% of completed projects are rated outstanding).
Major grants and funding
Funded by KTP Grant Innovate UK £190,637.
The content of BIM short courses in Vietnam: current approaches and recommendations. Nguyen, B. N., Brooks, T., Hoai, A. L. T. & Nguyen, Q., Oct 2018, p. 261-273.” (Not submitted for REF consideration).
Irish construction cross border trade and Brexit: Practitioner perceptions on the periphery of Europe. Brooks, T., Scott, L., Spillane, J. & Hayward, K., 01 Jan 2020, In: Construction Management and Economics. 38, 1, p. 71-90 21 p.
LEAD PROJECT INVESTIGATOR Tara Brooks studied architecture at Liverpool University and the Bartlett and qualified as an architect in 2000, working in London, York and Belfast for 10 years before specialising in project management. She worked in bid management, procurement and project planning for several construction contractors for 8 years before becoming a full time academic. She enjoys continued connection to industry through a number of active KTPs. Her areas of research include digital construction, procurement, and quality management and its effectiveness in practice.
The project includes a collaborative research team from Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Woodvale Construction Company Ltd:
- Dr Tara Brooks (QUB Principal Investigator)
- Woodvale Construction Company Ltd