Emlyn Witt

Emlyn Witt
Tallinn University of Technology | TTU · Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

PhD

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With the recent technological advancement in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, building control authorities in a number of countries are trying to integrate BIM into their building permit processes. Nevertheless, considering the involvement of multiple stakeholders and contexts, adopting BIM in any organization is chal...
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Digitalization of the AEC-FM industry has resulted in the reassessment of knowledge, knowledge management, teaching and learning, workflows and networks, roles, and relevance. Consequently, new approaches to teaching and learning to meet the demands of new jobs and abilities, new channels of communication, and a new awareness are required. Building...
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Public organizations responsible for building permits are increasingly considering the potential applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in their workflows, but BIM adoption still remains a complex challenge. This research aims to investigate the factors affecting BIM adoption for building permits through a case study of a public organ...
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This research explores the practical feasibility and effectiveness of BIM-enabled education in teaching the topic of project cash flows to construction management students. Using a participatory action research methodology, a BIM-enabled cash flow exercise was developed, carried out and refined in a construction investment course to simulate integr...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the formal procedures for international research collaborations and other interpersonal knowledge sharing practices. COVID-19 restrictions are largely affecting the way of conducting the usual project and research activities. The advice of health authorities is to find an alternative method for these...
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The evaluation of engineering education interventions is important to gauge their impact and whether they achieve their intended objectives. Building Information Modelling (BIM) educational interventions are increasingly common at universities globally and their implementation is often accompanied by ad hoc evaluation practices and sometimes little...
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Digitalization is driving changes in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate (AEC+ RE) industry and a central feature of this digital transformation is Building Information Modelling (BIM) which refers to the integrated digital representation of all building-related information. A BIM-enabled Learning Environment (BLE) aimed at...
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BIM adoption is a complex process and relatively little information exists on the BIM adoption processes of public authorities. This research aims to address this gap by examining how a contemporary public authority is approaching BIM adoption for their building permitting process. Firstly, a systematic literature review was carried out to understa...
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Digitalisation of the construction industry is both driving changes in construction education to meet emerging industry needs and providing opportunities for new delivery approaches. Universities are responding to these challenges in diverse ways including in their use of Building Information Modelling for construction education (BfCE). This resear...
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Purpose – Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a revolutionary innovation in the construction industry to virtually design and manage projects throughout the building lifecycle. Although Estonia is one of the foremost countries in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, BIM adoption in the Estonian construction industry is sti...
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Despite an international consensus for housing to be "built back better" (BBB) following disasters, and the considerable resources expended on reconstruction efforts globally, the management of post-disaster housing reconstruction programmes often leaves much to be desired. This research presents a framework for the management of post-disaster hous...
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Following major disasters, stakeholders appropriate substantial resources for permanent housing reconstruction to mitigate disaster risk and to facilitate sustainable community resilience to disasters. Many stakeholders have, however, identified permanent housing reconstruction as one of the least successful humanitarian interventions as many housi...
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Following the increasing occurrence of large-scale disasters, several permanent housing reconstruction programmes have been initiated particularly in developing countries. However, stakeholders within the international development and humanitarian sector have identified permanent housing intervention as ineffective and one of the least successful s...
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The United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 specifically calls for "multi hazard and solution-driven research in disaster risk management to address gaps, obstacles, interdependencies and social, economic, educational and environmental challenges and disaster risks". The Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Tra...
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After large scale disasters, reconstruction is often initiated by stakeholders to minimize disaster impacts and to mitigate a recurrence. For most reconstruction programmes, priority is given to reconstruction of permanent housing in consideration of the multiplying effects of housing reconstruction on social and economic recovery and the developme...
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The effects of disasters on the built environment go beyond physical destruction of buildings and infrastructure. This research considers the built environment from a systems perspective at the city scale to enable an examination of disaster impacts including not only damage to physical assets but also the disruption of flows and the spatial redist...
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European climate strategy foresees measures to increase energy efficiency, competitiveness and the energy security of Europe by decreasing energy consumption. As buildings are responsible for 40% of the total energy consumption in the European Union, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive sets energy consumption reduction targets for the mem...
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There is an urgent need to improve the management of housing reconstruction programmes. Post-disaster housing reconstruction represents a significant portion of global property investment but its management has often proved to be ineffective. Although the post-disaster context makes management more challenging, it also offers exceptional opportunit...
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Due to European climate strategy (Horizon 2020), requirements for energy efficiency have become stricter and a considerable proportion of buildings cannot fulfil these terms. This paper focuses on housing stock in residential areas in Estonia that is nearing the end of its service life and has recently been renovated with ETICS (External Thermal In...
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The recently agreed Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 calls for reducing the exposure and vulnerability of communities and thus preventing the creation of new disaster risks. It specifically identifies the need to use post-disaster reconstruction to "Build Back Better" and thus emphasizes the strategic importance of housing rec...
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The built environment must adapt to a rapidly changing context and, since buildings have relatively long lives, this must primarily be achieved through retrofitting the existing building stock rather than by replacing it. We therefore need robust approaches to evaluating the cost-effectiveness of retrofit investments.Some guidance for performing in...
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The built environment is becoming progressively more complex and dynamic. These changes impose growing challenges on construction professionals in terms of disaster risk reduction. Construction innovations also have the potential to positively contribute to promoting disaster resilience and mitigating climate change. This initial investigation of t...
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Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings offer one way to reduce energy use in the built environment and thus contribute to mitigating global climate change. This paper is focused on analyzing the reasons for degradation of External Insulation Composite system facades in order to develop sustainable and cost-effective solutions for dwelling stock renovation. W...
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The construction industry is central to the promotion of disaster resilience through building procurement, design, construction, etc. It plays a key role in responding to disasters - dealing with collapsed and damaged buildings and infrastructure and providing temporary shelter and services to affected communities - and also in post-disaster recons...
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Recent reports suggest that even the current industry skills needs are not being adequately met with graduate capabilities falling short of industry expectations. If higher education institutions (HEIs) are to respond effectively to the current and future challenges, a robust conceptual appreciation of the education-industry skills context is requi...
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Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) may be considered to represent a range of procurement routes characterized by the integration of many project elements into a single contract with an output-based pricing mechanism. At the other end of the same continuum of procurement routes are less integrated arrangements with more input-based pricing (‘traditi...
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The lifelong learning concept has been at the centre of many national education reforms in the past decade and higher education policy has been considerably shaped by it. At a policy level, a simple, elegant vision of integration and mutual dependence between learners, industry and higher education institutions is prescribed. When investigated in m...
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A Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) represent a range of procurement routes characterized by the integration of many project elements into a single contract with output-based pricing mechanisms. The other end of the same continuum of procurement routes is populated by less integrated arrangements with more input-based pricing (commonly referred to...
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A mismatch between graduates' competences and labour market skills requirements has been identified as one of the main factors behind graduate unemployment and employer dissatisfaction in the construction industry. Typically, higher education institutions (HEIs) are engaged with students for only the duration of their study programmes and course de...
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Education globalisation is a reality today. Students from different countries can participate in exchange programmes in universities worldwide. However, this makes sense only if students understand the language of instruction. For large and industrialised nations there is no problem, they teach in their native language and there are always foreign...
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A Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) represent a range of procurement routes characterized by the integra-tion of many project elements into a single contract with output-based pricing mechanisms. The other end of the same continuum of procurement routes is populated by less integrated arrangements with more input-based pricing (com-monly referred...

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The BENEDICT (BIM-enabled Learning Environment for Digital Construction) project is aimed at leveraging the emerging possibilities of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to enhance the education of Real Estate and Construction professionals by developing an innovative, BIM-enabled Learning Environment which offers more realistic, immersive and integrated learning experiences. More information at https://benedictproject.eu/
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Structured Data as a Key for Building Information Modelling (BIM)
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TO BRIDGE THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE.