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Funded PhD Opportunity

Building Information Modelling (BIM): an approach to supporting modal shifts in human journeying for Northern Ireland.

Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


This scholarship is linked to the Northern Ireland Programme for Government.


Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be used to construct and communicate complex journeying options to inform and influence commuter choice.


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is used extensively to electronically represent the integrated design and construction of complex buildings and infrastructure projects in urban and rural environments. An example is the Crossrail project in London (see above). Despite the vital role BIM plays in modern construction, very little research has been done to investigate how the approach could be adopted to support Government agencies in the communication and influencing of modal shifts in journeying options across disparate infrastructures in Northern Ireland. BIM represents a powerful means to effectively communicate and explain journeying options to inform and influence commuter choice. By aligning integrated platforms of complex information, BIM can generate specific and simulated data on sequencing, scheduling, constraints (clash detection) and cost. Executed well, BIM could have a profound influence on the commuter’s decision-making process such as, whether or not to adopt a new mode of transport; how to plan and manage new and existing journeys as well as encourage changes to life-style choices.

This PhD study will seek to determine how BIM could effectively inform policy-makers in determining a better understanding of the decision-making process occurring within modal shifts in human journeying and help prevent poor policy implementation thereby enabling commuters to make the best decisions possible.


This PhD research proposed will be carried out to explore the potential benefits of BIM in supporting new strategies to implement modal shifts in infrastructure. The aim of the study will be:

*to increase policy-makers’ and scholars’ awareness about the importance of BIM as a fresh approach to communicating complex journeying options across and between infrastructures, and

*to provide guidance on how BIM can be used to support shifts in commuter decision-making and encourage changes to life-style choices.


Eadie, R and Rice M. (2016), Level 6 Building Information Modelling (BIM) Civil Engineering Curriculum, in Proceedings of the 6th International Education, Science and Innovations conference, Pernik, Bulgaria, European Polytechnical University 10-11 June 2016 (This was a paper presented in the plenary session).

Murphy, M. E. and Nahod, M. M. (2016), Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. (Pending publication)

Eadie, R., Browne, M., Odeyinka, H., McKeown, C., & McNiff, S. (2015). A survey of current status of and perceived changes required for BIM adoption in the UK. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 5(1), 4-21.

Murphy, M., Perera, S., and Heaney, SG (2015) Innovation management model: a tool for sustained implementation of product innovation into construction projects. Construction Management and Economics, 33 (3). pp. 209-232.

Eadie. R, McLernon, T., and Patton, A. (2015) An Investigation into the Legal Issues Relating to Building Information Modelling (BIM),  in Proceedings of RICS AUBEA 2015, Sydney Australia, 8-10 July 2015, 8pp.

Eadie, R., Comiskey, D., & McKane, M. (2014). Teaching BIM in a multidisciplinary department. Proceeding of Education, Science and Innovations.

Murphy, M. E. (2014). Implementing innovation: a stakeholder competency-based approach for BIM. Construction Innovation, 14(4), 433-452.

Eadie, R., Odeyinka, H., Browne, M., McKeown, C., & Yohanis, M. (2014). Building information modelling adoption: an analysis of the barriers to implementation. Journal of Engineering and Architecture, 2(1), 77-101.

Eadie, R, Heanen, A and Hall, J (2014) Civil Engineering and the Interoperability between Building Information Modelling (BIM) and E-Procurement, In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Civil Engineering Design and Construction (Science and Practice), Varna, Bulgaria.

Eadie, R., Browne, M., Odeyinka, H., McKeown, C., & McNiff, S. (2013). BIM implementation throughout the UK construction project lifecycle: An analysis. Automation in Construction, 36, 145-151.

Eadie, R., Odeyinka, H., Browne, M., McKeown, C., & Yohanis, M. (2013). An analysis of the drivers for adopting building information modelling. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), 18(17), 338-352.

Murphy, M. E. Heaney G. and Perera S. (2013) Modelling construction innovation constraints: A tool for sustaining innovation in projects; In: Hajdu, M.: Skibniewski, M. (eds.) Proceedings, Creative Construction Conference 2013, 6-9 July 2013, Budapest, Hungary, pp.: 525-535

Murphy, et al., (2011) A methodology for evaluating construction innovation constraints through project stakeholder competencies and FMEA, Journal of Construction Innovation, Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 11 Iss: 4, pp.416 – 440

Murphy M, Perera R.S. and Heaney S.G. (2008), Building Design Innovation: Expansion of Classification Linkages Through Case Study Analysis Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 6, No. 2, ISSN 1726-0531 pp 99-111.

Murphy et al., (2006) Effecting sustained innovation in the construction procurement process Proceedings from the 2nd International Conference of Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Conference for Construction Innovation, Gold Coast, Australia pp161, 12-14th March.

Book chapters: Murphy M, Heaney S.G. and Perera R.S. (2006), Developing a Methodology for Effecting Sustained Building Design Innovation in the Construction Procurement Process Chapter 12 pp 99 - 102, Edited by Brown, K., K. Hampson and P. Brandon. 2006 Clients Driving Construction Innovation: Moving Ideas into Practice. Brisbane: Australia, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, Icon.Net Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-7410712-8-3.

Essential criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement



    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 14,777 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Monday 19 February 2018

Interview Date
mid March 2018


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Contact supervisor

Dr Robert Eadie

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