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Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE is the Chair of the Research Strategy Advisory Group for the Centre for Digital Built Britain. In addition, Dr Jennifer Schooling is the Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction since April 2013. CSIC focuses on how better data and information from a wide range of sensing systems can be used to improve our understanding of our infrastructure, leading to better design, construction and management practices. CSIC has strong collaborations with industry, developing and demonstrating innovations on real construction and infrastructure projects, and developing standards and guidance to enable implementation. Jennifer is founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Smart Infrastructure and Construction Proceedings journal (ICE) and a member of PAS185 smart cities security standard steering group and the UKCRIC standing committee. She has also recently served as a member of ICE’s State of the Nation 2017 ‘Digital Transformation’ Steering Group, the Tideway Innovation Forum and Tideway Academic Advisory Group. Since joining CSIC, Jennifer has secured £7.6M in grant funding from EPSRC and Innovate UK for the Centre, including an additional five years’ core funding awarded to enable the Centre to expand its valuable work.

Prior to joining the Centre Jennifer worked for Arup, the global engineering consultancy, for six years.  There she led the firm’s Research Business, delivering research strategy development to aid clients in targeting their investments to improve their productivity and competitiveness. During her work managing complex interdisciplinary research projects for clients she developed a strong understanding of the demands placed on our infrastructure and the challenges of extending the design life of existing assets – of which more is being demanded all the time. Jennifer was also Arup’s Research Relationships Manager for the UK, working with staff and academic partners to develop strong collaborative relationships and managing the firm’s research investments.

Before joining Arup, Jennifer spent seven years working for Edwards Vacuum (then BOC Edwards) as a manager for New Product Introductions, leading a cross-disciplinary team to design and bring into production high speed turbo-molecular pumps for the semiconductor and scientific industries across the world.

Jennifer has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge.



Key publications: 

Moving from building information models to digital twins for operation and maintenance (Lu, Q., Xie, X., Parlikad, A.K., Schooling, J.M. and Konstantinou, E., 2020.)

James Heaton, Ajith Kumar Parlikad, Jennifer Schooling, (2019), A Building Information Modelling approach to the alignment of organisational objectives to Asset Information Requirements. Automation in Construction, Volume 104, August 2019, Pages 14-26

Qiuchen Lu; Ajith Kumar Parlikad; Philip Woodall; Gishan Don Ranasinghe; Xiang Xie; Zhenglin Liang; Eirini Konstantinou; James Heaton; and Jennifer Schooling; 'Developing a Digital Twin at Building and City Levels: Case Study of West Cambridge Campus', Journal of Management in Engineering, Volume 36 Issue 3 - May 2020

Lu, Q., Xie, X., Parlikad, A.K. and Schooling, J.M., 2020. Digital twin-enabled anomaly detection for built asset monitoring in operation and maintenance. Automation in Construction, 118, p.103277.

Xie, X., Lu, Q., Rodenas-Herraiz, D., Parlikad, A., & Schooling, J. (2020). Visualised inspection system for monitoring environmental anomalies during daily operation and maintenanceEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management

Other publications: 
Chair of the Research Strategy Advisory Group
Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
Dr Jennifer  Schooling