There are many lessons to be learnt from traditional heritage buildings on global level. Such lessons will help us to appreciate our global heritage and at the same time to transfer some of the knowledge in design and materials to our future buildings and urban developments. Over centuries, people have managed to design buildings to be sustainable in terms of heating and cooling requirements using clever design and sustainable materials utilised from the local environment. For example, in the Gulf, places such as Kuwait can experience temperatures of up to 52℃. Heritage buildings in the Gulf region were designed to maximise shading, reduce thermal gain of the sun radiation, regulate building temperature and enhance air circulation. The design features and materials of old buildings provide important lessons for future sustainable development. This project will focus on modelling and monitoring traditional buildings in hot regions to evaluate their thermal performance and temperature fluctuation; and understand how their material’s selection support this. The work will consist of developing 3D historical Information models (HIM). This is based on a three stages semi-automatic approach leading to the generation of a data rich historical information model to support a sustainable energy monitoring and materials design. Materials research and characterisation will be conducted and results assessed to evaluate energy performance and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).
To develop a 3D historical information models (HIM) for heritage buildings to support the future reservation and sustainability of future buildings using the lessons learnt from the past.
Key research questions:
- What lessons can we learn from global heritage buildings to help in designing more sustainable buildings for the future via learning from the thermal performance and eco-friendly materials?
- How technologies such as simulation, infrared thermography, 3D laser scanning and optical scanning can be integrated together with materials research to develop an effective historical Information models (HIM) to support future sustainability development?
- To use infrared thermography to investigate the temperature profile of buildings.
- Installation of temperature and humidity sensors to monitor internal and external temperature over lengthy periods of time (summer and winter).
- Study the materials used and construction techniques; and assess how they can be used in future buildings and modern urban environments.
- 3D laser scanning of the building to develop 3D smart models.
- Conduct simulation on the building’s models to evaluate energy performance.
- Integration of the data in a 3D historical Information model (HIM).
- Explore key parameters that influence the sustainability in terms of materials and design features.
- Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh
- Professor Benachir Medjoub
For the eligibility criteria, please visit our how to apply page.
How to apply
We are looking for motivated, engaged individuals to join our doctoral community. If you are interested in applying for one of the proposed Studentship projects, visit the "how to apply" page to access our application portal: please note, you will need to use the ‘NTU Doctoral Application 21/22’ form.
As you are applying for a project, your application should clearly outline which of the projects advertised you wish to apply in Summary of Proposed Research Topic. In Research Proposal and Personal Statement, please give up to 1,500 word statement of why you are interested in the project you are applying for and how you would engage with the research proposed. Think about the outline and research aims for the project and how you would approach them, as well as showing your understanding of the field and how the project will contribute to or challenge existing research. Your statement should focus on the framework of the project, to give the panel a clear idea of your understanding of the research project/topic. You will also need to include a bibliography or reference list for any work you cite.
Your skills, experience, motivation for pursuing doctoral study, and interest in the field should be included as part of your 500 word Previous Experience and Personal Statement.
Please note that only applications to the advertised projects will be accepted as part of this funding call; do not use your application to propose your own research project.
The application deadline is Friday 18 February 2022.
Fees and funding
This project is fully-funded by the Cultural Heritage Research Peak Studentship Scheme.