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Job Reference : SRF19603
Location : Whiteknights Reading UK
Closing Date : 29/07/2017
Live Date : 29/06/2017
Salary : £29,301 per annum
Employment Type : AR-Research
School / Function : School of the Built Environment
Department : Construction Management & Engineering
Hours Per week : 1.00 FTE
Contract Duration : Full-time,Fixed-term for up to 12 months


PhD vacancy: Managing the effects of weather through advanced analytics

Supervised by:  Dr S Smith & Dr Pablo Ballesteros-Pérez

  • Close date Monday, July 31, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

    Project Description

Managing the impacts of weather on major UK infrastructure projects has become the next cutting edge research area, potentially delivering huge benefits for industry and society as a whole. This fully funded joint EPSRC-Industry PhD Research Studentship is an exciting opportunity to be embedded into high profile UK projects with Costain, one of the leading UK infrastructure companies, and undertake research that will have great impact.

The ability of infrastructure owners, developers and managers to execute infrastructure projects in a cost and time efficient manner depends heavily on the ability to plan (and later manage) the execution of these projects. One of the key challenges faced by these stakeholders is weather variability and its productivity impact, as meteorological conditions significantly influence the ability to perform most outdoors construction activities. However, predicting weather conditions at the planning stage of a construction project, even at lead times relevant to operational decision-making of infrastructure, is problematic. Also although historical weather data can be (and has been) used to inform on likelihood of weather events, this approach only offers a limited way to account for delays, rather than reducing them. .

The project will be supported by Costain - recognised as innovators of technologies for construction - where the research will be applied to the context of current, past, and future construction projects. Taking advantage of recent advances in forecast skill at longer lead times, this project will apply these forecast data alongside more traditional weather forecast data for improving on-site operational decisions during the construction and operation stages of infrastructure projects. Looking at ensemble-forecasts, stochastic system modelling will be developed to better inform of the consequences of decisions in geographically disperse infrastructure projects.

Your work will be supported by the TSBE Centre as part of the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading. The TSBE is a dynamic, industry facing, doctoral training centre that drives collaborative research within technologies for the sustainable built environment with a programme helping over 40 Research Engineers to become the thought leaders of the future.

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Energy and Environmental Engineering at

Funding Notes

Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Physical Science (incl. meteorology), or Mathematics
Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EU students (please see Research Council website for further information regarding eligibility).

Funding Details:
• Starts - September 2017
• 4 year award
• Tuition fees plus stipend of £18,000 pa

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