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Digital Twins: Towards an Overarching Framework for the Built Environment (2024)
Journal Article
Bagireanu, A., Bros-Williamson, J., Duncheva, M., & Currie, J. (2024). Digital Twins: Towards an Overarching Framework for the Built Environment. Architectural and Environmental Engineering, 18(1), 1-11

Digital Twins (DTs) have entered the built environment from more established industries like aviation and manufacturing, although there has never been a common goal for utilising DTs at scale. Their assimilation into the built environment lacked its... Read More about Digital Twins: Towards an Overarching Framework for the Built Environment.

Timber in Construction: Skills Action Plan (2023)
Report
Duncheva, M., Vokes, C., Connell-Skinner, K., & Hairstans, R. (2023). Timber in Construction: Skills Action Plan. Hereford: New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering (NMITE)

The UK needs to increase the use of timber in construction to achieve its Net Zero targets. But strengthening timber supply chains and boosting use of homegrown timber needs a workforce able to make best use of this renewable resource. The Timber... Read More about Timber in Construction: Skills Action Plan.

Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design (2021)
Journal Article
BuHamdan, S., Duncheva, T., & Alwisy, A. (2021). Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 147(3), https://doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%2

The sustainability of the urban built environment has previously been investigated through many angles in relation to the growing global urban population and provision of energy-efficient housing. One emerging trend in sustainable medium-density cons... Read More about Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design.

Offsite Ready Booklets (2020)
Report
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., Henquel, V., Leitch, K., Stinson, J., Plant O'Toole, E., Bros-Williamson, J., Livingstone, A., De Saint-Sernin, A., Hairstans, R., Hillier, J., Bentley, A., Barran, R., Avins, L., Setiati, D., Richards, L., & Ferriz-Papi, J. A.

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems (2020)
Report
Mora, L., Deakin, M., Reid, A., Hairstans, R., Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., Smith, M., Smith, P., & Lang, V. (2020). Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems. Construction Scotland Innovation C

The purpose of this project is to provide evidence of the potential contribution offsite construction offers to address the challenges faced by the affordable housing sector in Scotland. Funding for the project is drawn from the Construction Scotland... Read More about Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems.

Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. (2019)
Book Chapter
Hairstans, R., & Duncheva, T. (2019). Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. In J. S. Goulding, & F. P. Rahimian (Eds.), Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction: People, Process and Technology. Taylor & Francis

The manufacture and pre-assembly of components, elements or modules offsite before installation into their final location are evident throughout construction history. Medieval carpenters’ pre-manufacturing the frames of buildings in their yards to en... Read More about Core off-site manufacture industry drivers..

Multifaceted Productivity Comparison of Off-Site Timber Manufacturing Strategies in Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom (2019)
Journal Article
Duncheva, T., & Bradley, F. F. (2019). Multifaceted Productivity Comparison of Off-Site Timber Manufacturing Strategies in Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 145(8), https://doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%

Offsite construction methods have been suggested as a necessity for improving the efficiency and productivity of the construction industry through implementation of automation and lean principles in a controlled factory environment, known as Modern M... Read More about Multifaceted Productivity Comparison of Off-Site Timber Manufacturing Strategies in Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom.

Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems (2019)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Duncheva, T., & Hairstans, R. (2019). Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems. In Proceedings of the 2019 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit (116-123). https://doi.org/10.29173/mocs84

The construction industry is facing productivity stagnation across the globe, and several hypotheses to explain this phenomenon exist, most often associated with low use of digitisation, skills shortages and unpredictable market trends. Yet the econo... Read More about Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems.

Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process. (2018)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Duncheva, T., BuHamdan, S., Hairstans, R., & Al-Hussein, M. (2018). Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process. In A. G. BRUZZONE, F. DE FELICE, C. FRYDMAN, F. LONGO, M. MASSEI, & A. SOLIS (Eds.), MAS 2018

There is a global need for sustainable urban housing and offsite timber systems such as Cross Laminated Timber construction can be part of the solution to this need. However, the health and safety (H&S) impacts of CLT installation technologies have n... Read More about Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process..

Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood (2018)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., & Hairstans, R. (2018, June). Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood. Poster presented at Timber 2018

The UK produces high quantities of softwood timber through forestry plantations concentrated in Scotland, however this resource is currently under-used and its full potential for application in construction is still to be realized. However, the focus... Read More about Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood.

A comparison between Volumetric Timber Manufacturing Strategies in the UK and mainland Europe (2016)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Duncheva, M., & Bradley, F. F. (2016, September). A comparison between Volumetric Timber Manufacturing Strategies in the UK and mainland Europe. Paper presented at Modular and Offsite Construction Summit (MOC)

The construction sector in the UK is currently being challenged by an urgent need to produce housing. This requirement is within a context of increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission legislation and tough goals to reduce build time by 50% and... Read More about A comparison between Volumetric Timber Manufacturing Strategies in the UK and mainland Europe.