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Construction Information Technology Laboratory


There is a EPSRC FIBE2 CDT PhD studentship opportunity open, funded by AVEVA and BP: Digitising Industrial Facilities.

Project Details: There is a growing awareness that industrial facility owners are managing very expensive and complex facilities with data that is too little or too outdated but most of all not integrated. This leads to suboptimal facility design, construction and operation. The Digital Twin concept offers a theoretically viable solution to this problem. However, we currently do not know (i) how to structure an industrial facility Digital Twin or (ii) how to cost-effectively construct and maintain it. This project aims to address these two knowledge gaps.

The Digitising Industrial Facilities project will focus on geometry and visual data of large scale energy assets to maintain feasibility. In this project, the student will: a) collaborate with the FIBE2 Partners and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to conduct a user requirements analysis for the purpose of deriving a geometric Digital Twin data structure; b) develop a matching method for comparing captured data with the geometric digital twin to construct and maintain it; c) if time allows, develop a data fusion method for linking other forms of data into the geometric digital twin.

Informal enquires about this post can be made to Dr Ioannis Brilakis ( ).

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