The Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE) was established in April 1999 following an expansion of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) prestigious Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scheme and had its first intake of Research Engineers (REs) in October 1999. Since then, the Centre has supported over 130 innovative EngD research projects in partnership with more than 75 different sponsoring companies throughout the built environment sector under the following research themes:
- Innovative Construction Technologies
- Construction Business Processes
- Advanced Information and Communications Technologies
- Sustainable Design
- Transport and Infrastructure.
The Centre has seen its training provision and subsequent impact expand beyond core design and construction subject areas, supported by leading engineering companies, to the provision of cutting-edge research and innovation that spans and influences the entire life-cycle of construction and transport in the built environment. The annual intake of companies and students equates to 10 projects per year. We typically have 40 research projects, with industrial sponsors and REs, running at any point in time.
Our mission statement
“To act as a focal point for addressing the Built Environment's research, development and innovation needs through the supply of high-calibre individuals and the highest quality research to bring about a step change in industry practice”.
Our aim and objectives
The CICE’s aim is to act as a focal point for addressing the industry’s research and development needs through the supply of specialist staff that will bring about a step change in industry practice.
The key objectives of CICE are to:
- sustain a high quality research and training programme that meets the needs of industry, and enhances the knowledge base;
- maintain close partnership with the industrial sponsors in addressing their core technical and business needs, and to broaden industry participation in the CICE; and,
- produce high-calibre, doctoral graduates who can drive innovation in the industry with a high level of technical, managerial and business competence.