2012 IMCRC Knowledge Exchange Project
The IMCRC Knowledge Exchange project was established to increase the take-up of research findings from Loughborough University's Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC).
The IMCRC was a Centre of research excellence funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It completed its 10-year programme of research in 2011. Its researchers collaborated with British and international businesses to create and promote cutting-edge research. Centre researchers worked with 200 construction sector organisations to develop new product and process technologies, decision-making guidelines, models, support tools, handbooks and strategies.
At the centre of the Exchange was a team led by Patricia Carrillo - a knowledge and strategic management professional - dedicated to connecting organisations with experts from the IMCRC.
- Provide information on the construction tools, techniques and knowledge produced by the IMCRC.
- Run workshops for organisations on construction topics to share experiences, knowledge, lessons learned and best practices.
- Identify areas of common interest and create knowledge exchange programmes matching the requirements of individual organisations.
- Facilitate closer engagement between the relevant experts and organisations with an interest in any area of the IMCRC's scope.
Areas of expertise
Structural engineering and design management
Simon is Professor of Structural Engineering and has undertaken industry-focused research for over 30 years into design management, concrete materials and structural design. The latter includes fibre-reinforced and sprayed concretes and most recently additive manufacturing, where his team have developed a novel 3D concrete printing process. A strong believer in extending academic research into practice, Simon has served on BSi and CEN committees, is a consultant member of the Sprayed Concrete Association, the Association of Concrete Industrial Flooring Contractors and the Higher Education Design Quality Forum. In 2001 he co-founded Adept Management, an international consultancy specialising in design and engineering management, exploiting his research in design process improvement.
Simon worked as a site engineer for Tarmac Construction and structural design engineer for Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners before joining Loughborough University in 1984.
Large scale additive manufacturing and building energy systems
Richard is interested in people and their relationships with and impact upon buildings, technology and energy. His current research projects and his industrial background are multi-disciplinary. His previous research experience has been in the management and installation of building services systems, in the modelling of energy and processes and the associated uncertainty. He also has experience with data mining, optimisation and with fault detection and condition monitoring.
Richard is currently exploring additive manufacturing, a technology that opens up a new approach to the conception and design of building components and their energy and aesthetic performance.
Richard worked for five years as a building services coordinator for Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd before joining the University as a lecturer in 2007.
Knowledge and strategic management in construction
Patricia Carrillo has been researching knowledge management in the construction industry since 1999. Her research collaborators in the UK have included consultants such as Arup and Mott McDonald and contractors such as Interserve and Simons Group. Among her overseas collaborators have been leading Canadian oil and gas companies, including Petro Canada, Suncor and Encana, and North American EPC companies, including MWH, CH2M Hill, Fluor Corporation and SNC Lavalin.
Her other research interests and expertise lie in strategic management, mergers and acquisitions, improving business performance, IT in construction and PFI procurement.
Patricia Carrillo has a BSc in civil engineering, an MSc in construction management and a PhD for research on mergers and acquisitions in the construction industry. She has worked as a civil engineer in Trinidad for a client organisation and an engineering consulting company.
Solutions, project performance and strategy
Andrew's research focuses on the social rules and processes that affect people working as members of project teams and supply chains. Working with large and small project-based organisations, he has developed new approaches to managing people in complex, temporary environments, and to integrating human resource management (HRM) practices with business objectives. He has written and edited seven textbooks and handbooks on HRM practice within the sector including the leading text HRM in Construction Projects. Andrew has also led a concurrent stream of research looking critically at projects and project performance and in designing resilient and adaptive organisations. He advises a range of project-based organisations on building capabilities and resilient supply chains.
Construction innovation and health and safety
Alistair is the European Construction Institute (ECI)/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of complex project management. He joined Loughborough University in 1993, following a career in civil engineering and construction management, especially in complex projects.
He is Project Director of the ECI Safety, Health and Environment task force and coordinator of the Conseil Internationale de Batiment (cib) working commission on construction health & safety. He has led many health and safety research projects funded by the UK and US governments and industry. He served on the London 2012 health & safety legacy steering group and led several research projects on the Olympic Park developments.
He also has an impressive research track record in technical innovation – particularly in offsite construction. He is a founding member of the influential UK industry body Buildoffsite and has led a number of overseas trade missions.
Project management and planning and design of healthcare infrastructure
Andrew's research focuses on measuring and improving the socio-economic aspects of construction performance, including construction value, sustainability, performance improvement, total quality management (TQM) and benchmarking. At present, he is researching innovative planning and design solutions for health and care infrastructure, continuous improvement and the project management of large construction projects.
In earlier research, he has investigated construction productivity, the motivation and development of human resources, and a range of project-management topics, especially integrated design and construction, integrated supply chains, partnering and less adversarial long-term relationships.
In all, Andrew has more than 30 years' design, construction and industry-focused research experience. Before joining Loughborough University in 1981, he worked as a construction engineer and structural engineer on a wide range of projects.
Process mapping, e-commerce and mobile ICT
Tony Thorpe is Professor of Construction IT and Dean of the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. He joined Loughborough in 1979 and undertook research on advanced IT systems in construction under secondment to industry and the Building Research Establishment. His research has largely revolved around data capture at site level and the deployment of appropriate IT to support construction activities. He was a founding member of the COMIT initiative (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT).
Currently he is involved in developing the concepts and techniques for freeform construction and investigating the data requirements for new nuclear construction. He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building and the British Computer Society.
For further information contact
Professor of Strategic Management in Construction
School of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU
Tel: +44 (0) 1509 222634