School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Dr Robby Soetanto B.Eng, M.Eng, Ph.D, PGCert, FHEA, MASCE

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Senior Lecturer in Construction Management

Previous employment:  

  • Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management and Leader of Construction Management Research Group, Coventry University, UK (2007 – 2012)
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Loughborough University, UK (2002 – 2007)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Wolverhampton, UK (2001 – 2002)
  • Civil Engineer, PT Sinar Galaxy, Indonesia (1995 – 1996)
  • Assistant Lecturer, Petra Christian University, Indonesia (1993 – 1996)
  • Assistant to the Head of Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Petra Christian University, Indonesia (1994 – 1995)


  • PhD in Construction Management and Engineering, 2002 (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
  • MEng in Construction Engineering and Management, 1998 (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)
  • BEng in Civil Engineering, 1995 (Petra Christian University, Indonesia)
  • PGCert in Higher Education Professional Practice, 2009 (Coventry University, UK) 

Broad interests and expertise

Robby has spent the last 15 years in researching human factors in the built environment context. His broad interests include: 

Cognitive mapping applications in future studies and scenario development Sustainability assessment within BIM environment Flood damage assessment and remediation Construction productivity and performance Construction project coalition performance interaction.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE)



Research interests

  • Real-time collaboration in global virtual team
  • BIM education
  • Sustainability with BIM
  • Community/ social resilience to extreme weather

Research project

  • Principal Investigator in ‘BIM-Hub’ – A learning hub for international problem-based learning (funded by The Higher Education Academy; project pa

Previous research projects

  • Learning to Create a Better Built Environment: Global Multi-disciplinary Learning in Construction Education - Hewlett Packard Catalyst Initiative project (January 2011 - December 2012, Principal Investigator, US$160k)
  • Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) research programme (EPSRC, 2008-2012, Consortium funding £1.6m, £105k allocated to my WP)
  • Simulating the performance of concrete structures using virtual prototyping techniques with particular emphasis on standardisation and pre-assembly of components through the use of hybrid concrete (‘HyCon’, the application of Virtual Reality technology, EPSRC/IMCRC, 2002-2004)
  • Respect for people strategies for improved construction project performance: a project to develop effective teamwork, leadership and empowerment strategies through learning across process and construction sectors (EPSRC/IMCRC, 2004-2005)
  • Sustained competitiveness in the UK construction sector: a fresh perspective ‘The Big Ideas’ (EPSRC, 2005-2007)
  • Benchmarking of building surveyors’ practice on the assessment of flood-damaged domestic properties (Lloyds TSB Insurance).
  • Visiting Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (Sept 2010 - Jan 2012)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Salford (Feb 2009, Feb 2010, Feb 2011)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Reading (Oct 2008, Nov 2009)
  • Executive Committee Member (Publications Officer) of Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
  • Chair of the Third International World of Construction Project Management Conference at Technology Park, Coventry University (Main sponsor: Chartered Institute of Building) (October 2010)
  • Chair of the Sustainable Building and Construction Conference (sponsored by CIB, iiSBE, UNEP, FIDIC, VINCI Construction, Arup Associates) (July 2013)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Structural Survey Journal, Emerald
  • Doctoral External Examiner at the University of Salford, UK
  • Doctoral External Examiner at Aston University, UK
  • Reviewer for proposal submitted to ESRC-DFID Research Programme