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Christmas Newsletter 2019

As this rapidly passing year draws to a close, and we begin to turn our minds to the annual Christmas break and preparations for the New Year, it is an good time to review some of the exciting activities that have been underway within the Centre recently. As you will know, the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation is focused on undertaking world-class research into improving project delivery and systems integration within and across infrastructure sectors such as transport, water, energy and buildings.

The recent CSEI annual showcase held on 14th November 2019 was an great opportunity to present some of our research and collaborations to a wider audience of partners, members, industry representatives and colleagues. Over 60 people attended to hear how the Centre and our academics have worked with partners to deliver valued research and recognised impact across a number of partner challenge areas - link: read the full report here.

Next year promises to be an exciting one with our focus on Systems Engineering research continuing apace into 2020 and as we look towards CSEI's 10th anniversary. With our new Impact and Development Manager (James McGilvray) joining this month, next year's activities will include a fresh focus on building deeper connections with partners and developing impact opportunities through the application and deployment of our research in industry. Watch this space!  Wishing you season’s greetings.



CSEI engagement

The team has engaged with industry through participation in and speaking at a number of events including Construction Leadership Councils Roadmapping workshop, UK, 27 August, Bentley Year in Infrastructure, Singapore, 21-24 October, Laing O'Rourke Graduate Development Programme, UK, 5 December, European Conference on Computing in Construction, Greece, 10-12 July, 29th Annual INCOSE Symposium, USA, 20-25 July, CIBW78, UK, 18-20 September, SEEDS Conference, UK 11-12 September.

Continuing the executive development / CPD thread, in September CSEI successfully delivered the second of two Systems Engineering and Innovation Leadership courses. Organized by UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) through Imperial College London’s Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, Bristol University’s Systems Centre, with input from University of Twente, the Netherlands, the course was designed to support the development of the next generation of leaders for Systems Engineering in infrastructure and got some great feedback

Recent journal papers and conferences

Nikoli?, D., Maftei L., and Whyte J (2019). Becoming familiar: how infrastructure engineers begin to use collaborative virtual reality in their interdisciplinary practice, ITcon, 24, 489-508.

Hall, D. M., Whyte J. K. and Lessing, J. (2019). Mirror-breaking strategies to enable digital manufacturing in Silicon Valley construction firms: a comparative case study. Construction Management and Economics, 1-18.

Iuorio, O., Wallace, A. and Simpson, K. (2019). Prefabs in the North of England: Technological, Environmental and Social Innovations, Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, 11(14), pages 1-14.

Zhang, R., Zhou, S., Tahmasebi, S., and Whyte, J. (2019). Long-standing themes and new developments in offsite construction: The case of UK housing, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Civil Engineering, 172 (6), 129-135.

Soman, R.K. (2019), Modelling construction scheduling constraints using Shapes Constraint Language (SHACL), European Conference on Computing in Construction (EC³ 2019), Crete, Greece, 10-12 July 2019.

Babovic, F., Chen, L., Gamble, C., Genes, C., Fitzgerald, J., Pierce, K., Punzo, G., and Whyte, J. (2019), A decision-tree for modelling approaches to use a digital twin in analysing systems interdependencies in infrastructure projects, Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2019, Leeds, UK, 19-20 September 2019.

Wee, T.a.A., M (2018), A product planning framework for mass-customisation in construction, in 15th International Design Conference 2018. 2018: Dubrovnik, Croatia. p. 917–928.

Kind regards

The CSEI team

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