We are pleased to invite you to the next in the series of CHOBE webinars. This one, “Digital Built Environment and Data Science” is the 1st to be delivered by one of the successful Special Interest Group projects that we are funding throughout this financial year. It is a collaborative project led by Ulster University Belfast with Northumbria University

Who should attend this webinar?

This webinar should appeal to all Built Environment educators who are developing curricula that prepare new graduates with more advanced digital skills to face new and emerging challenges in the industry,

It will investigate the challenges facing Built Environment educators when developing curricula that enable BE learners to obtain advanced knowledge and data analytics skills, in particular the integration of Construction Data Modelling (e.g. BIM) with Data Analytics tools (e.g. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), in addition to applying and managing the digital technologies themselves.

The webinar aims to:

  • Explore a common understanding of and implementation strategies for the integration of Digital Built Environment and Data Science disciplines.
  • Discuss the preliminary findings of the SIG project.


About the presenters


Prof Ibrahim Motawa (The SIG Lead) is a Professor of Digital Construction and BIM at Ulster University, Belfast. He is the course director of the MSc Digital Construction Analytics and BIM with over 100 publications in this field. He has secured external grant funding from Innovate UK, European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government, SFC, and QAA. He has run a number of KTP projects in the areas of BIM; data visualisation and analytics; and Digital Twining for construction.


Prof Ashraf Salama is Chair of Architecture and Urbanism and Head of the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He is co-Director of the UNESCO/UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education. He is the chief editor of the Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research and honorary editor of Open House International.


Dr Niraj Thurairajah is an Associate Professor and leads the Construction Futures research group at Northumbria University. He jointly coordinates the CIB working commission W055 on Construction Industry Economics and is an elected committee member of ARCOM. His research cover people and process aspects of the built environment including digitalisation, decarbonisation and resilience.


How to join the webinar


As usual, the webinar will be delivered via Zoom


To reserve a place please email janek@chobe.org.uk.