Dr Ruodan Lu

PhD (Cantab)

  • Lecturer in Digital Construction

Research and expertise

I am a researcher with 15 years of multicultural working and studying experience.I completed my PhD thesis “Automated generation of geometric digital twins of existing reinforced concrete bridges” at the Construction Information Technology Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in 2019 followed by joining Loughborough University as a Lecturer in the same year. My research interests span digital twin, point clouds, computer vision, computer graphics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Current research activity 

  • digital twin technology, BIM
  • IoT, laser scanning technology
  • artificial intelligence 
  • construction professional well-being

Recent publications


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School’s programmes including:


  • Collaborative BIM Design Project
  • 3D BIM Auditing and Coordination 
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests


  • Federated Building Information Modelling
  • Principles and Application of BIM
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests



I was born and raised in Chengdu China and then moved to France when I was a teenager. I received my BEng degree from Henri Poincaré University and MEng degree from INSA in France. After having worked as a chartered structural engineer for several years, I made a transition to research in construction information technology, in which civil engineering and artificial intelligence intersect. After completing my doctoral thesis on digital twin at the University of Cambridge, I joined the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Digital Construction. Being an active researcher in digital construction, I have a particular interest in construction IT, digital technology, artificial intelligence, and their applications in civil engineering and construction personnel. 

Professional affiliations

  • Senior Member of Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Selected awards

  • Finalist of EPSRC Connected Nation Pioneers Award, Category: Making Digital Technology Work for People, United Kingdom, 2018
  • IET Award, Category: Information Technology, United Kingdom, 2018
  • FIATECH CETI AWARD, Category: Outstanding Student Research Project, Construction Industry Institute, United States, 2018
  • 1stPrize, 11th ICCEM (Innovation Competition in Construction Engineering and Management) Tsinghua University-Gammon Construction, China – Hong Kong, 2018 
  • 1st Prize, The First British-Chinese High-level Talent Business Plan Competition, Category: Electronic Information and Artificial Intelligence, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, United Kingdom, 2018
  • 1stPrize, Young Innovator and Entrepreneur Competition, European-Chinese Association & European Times Culture Media Group, France, 2018
  • RISE Best Poster Award, Category: Design, innovation and Creativity, Leeds Beckett University, SEEDS Conference, United Kingdom, 2018 
  • 1stPrize, LC3 Construction Innovation Competition, Greece, 2017