Imperial College London

Dr Shanjing (Alexander) Zhou

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Casual - Student demonstrator - lower rate



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Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus







His research interests lie in innovation strategies, new business models, and entrepreneurship in transforming construction. He also has great experiences in BIM, computational design, and industrialized construction.



Construction Young Innovator by CIC - 2022

Outstanding Paper in the 27th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, 2022

HKIBIM 2021, 2020 Merit Prize for Projects

The HKIE Young Engineers Arthur & Louise May Memorial Scholarship, 2019, 2020, 2021

Teaching & Executive Education

  1. Lecturer (Executive Education), at Imperial College Business School for DfMA and IDD Leadership, DfMA and BIM Leadership
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant - Business and Project Management (Undergraduate course), Innovation in Civil Engineering (Master course) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. Workshops for government authorities, including HKSAR Transport Department, Singapore BCA, etc. 

Entreprenership EXPERIENCE

2021- Co-founder of AutoSafe LimitedAutoSafe has raised over one million HK dollars from several government-led and other angel funds. It aims to bring advanced computer vision, and data analytics techniques to solve health and safety issues in one of the capstone sectors in the world

2018- Co-founder of MES Digital Limited in Hong Kong, a digital consultant has great exposure in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Trained as a civil and structural engineer and BIMer, Alexander has broad and hands-on business and research development experience in Hong Kong, mainland China, Macau, Malaysia, Switzerland, the UK. He is now leading the Group's BD and R&D strategies globally.

2014-2017 Civil & Structural Engineer with HKIE and Asia Allied Infrastructure Group, involved in several mega infrastructure projects in Hong Kong including MTRC Kwun Tong Line Extension, Wanchai Development II as well as several residential and commercial projects in Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and Malaysia. 


  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Imperial College London, Thesis title: Industrialized construction and firm strategies: towards modularization and digitally-enabled product platforms
  • MSc(Distinction) in Integrated Project Delivery, the University of Hong Kong 
  • BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 



Liu H, Cheng JCP, Gan VJL, et al., 2022, A novel Data-Driven framework based on BIM and knowledge graph for automatic model auditing and Quantity Take-off, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Vol:54, ISSN:1474-0346, Pages:1-17

Liu H, Cheng JCP, Gan VJL, et al., 2022, A knowledge model-based BIM framework for automatic code-compliant quantity take-off, Automation in Construction, Vol:133, ISSN:0926-5805, Pages:104024-104024


Zhou A, Mosca L, Whyte J, Project-Based Firms and platforms: Cases of Digitally-Enabled Product Platforms, 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) (Virtual)

Zhou A, Mosca L, Whyte J, Open platform and value appropriation: cases from digitally-enabled product platforms, 28TH IPDMC Innovation and Product Development Management Conference 2021

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