Based in the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, Ranjith Soman is currently undertaking a PhD that is co-funded by Bentley Systems and a Skempton scholarship. Building on the team’s track-record of research on virtual reality and the built environment, it focuses on developing and implementing a framework to enable bidirectional information flow between the construction site and construction office to aid construction monitoring and control. This doctoral work will use the potential of augmented reality to enable interactive visualisation of data acquired directly from the construction site and develop next-generation construction progress monitoring practices.. An early prototype demonstrates the feasibility of the approach. The next steps of the research are to develop the tool to querying building information data across different formats, and combine this with constraint logic programming to develop and evaluate the performance of a new approach to look-ahead planning.

Professor Jennifer Whyte

Ranjith Soman