Ken Thomas

Ken Thomas
SETU · School of Engineering

BE MA PhD CEng MIEI EUR ING
Build Digital Project www.builddigitalproject.ie , EU-CALOHE2 www.calohee.eu , SABRE Research Centre @ SETU

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Introduction
Head of School of Engineering (Dean) at South East Technological University (SETU), Waterford, Ireland. Chartered Engineer, Lecturer, Researcher, Research Supervisor and External Examiner. Co-Founder and Director of Construction IT Alliance www.cita.ie Director of 3DWIT Additive Manufacturing Training Centre www.3dwit.ie Lead on HCI Pillar 3 AMASE Project amase.ie

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Publications (27)
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The use of additive manufacturing (AM) has grown exponentially in recent years and has many advantages, including feasibility, over other conventional processes in many current applications. The use of a second process, for example, machining, improves the surface finish and in this case, the use of two processes is known as hybrid manufacturing. H...
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Dielectric nanocomposite elastomers based on poly(styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene) (SEBS) and SEBS-grafted-maleic anhydride (SEBS-g-MA) with barium titanate (BT) suitable for electroactive applications were successfully manufactured by using two corotating twin extrusion systems. The main purpose of the work was to investigate the thermal, mechan...
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This paper focuses on a joint academia-industry BIM partnership in Ireland. The partnership was based on €3 million design and build project that was developed via a tender process in late 2012 using 'traditional' technology (including 2D CAD). The successful tender was led by Clancy Construction and their team gave the tender information to Waterf...
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Context: The Brazil’s ‘Ciência sem Fronteiras’ (CsF) initiative has led to a phenomenal number of students from universities in Brazil experiencing engineering education in different parts of the world. Ireland has been very successful on a per capita basis of attracting CsF students with over 3,443 attending typically for a full academic year in t...
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Nano-structured dielectric thermoplastic elastomers (DTEs) such as poly(styrene-co-ethylene-co-butylene-styrene) [SEBS] and poly(styrene-co-ethylene-co-butylene-styrene) –grafted-maleic anhydride[SEBS-g-MA] triblock co-polymers have been shown to have superior mechanical performances relative to conventional dielectric elastomers such as silicones...
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This paper describes the development and implementation of a curriculum for a new level 8 degree in Sustainable Civil Engineering in Ireland. The programme maintains the core outcomes essential for a civil engineering degree, reinforced by programme accreditation, while providing engineering graduates of tomorrow with the new technical and non-tech...
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The main aim of this paper is to develop the early case for a new Competence Centre dedicated to industry led research in the Irish construction industry. It incorporates the results of a survey carried out by the Construction IT Aliance (CITA) and also identifies similiar centres carrying out industry led research around the world. Results from th...
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This chapter concerns the design, delivery and management of a unique part-time postgraduate MSc in Construction Project Management (MScCPM) programme through an industry-academia partnership in Ireland during the period 2007-2010. The partners are BAM Contractors, part of the wider Royal BAM Group based in The Netherlands, and Waterford Institute...
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As part of an on-going doctoral study, a constructivist approach to grounded theory is being used to develop an integrated model of knowledge management (KM) for the leading Irish construction organisations. Using multiple data collection methods; employees in a number of these organisations have participated, from recent graduates through to senio...
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Knowledge management (KM) is now recognized for its potential to bring considerable gains to construction organizations, their projects and individual workers through social and technological interventions. There is however, a paucity of empirical research in this area, and furthermore a lack of integrated KM models in the literature. Continuing re...
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The implementation of lessons learned (LL) practices within construction organizations are viewed as an important part of knowledge management (KM), having the potential to improve the outcomes of a project. PJ Hegarty & Sons, a leading Irish construction organization, has recently implemented such practices as part of the Engineers Ireland Continu...
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Considered to be one of the most dynamic and complex industrial environments construction is a project-based industry which is recognised as being poor at learning on a consistent basis, improving performance and is notoriously slow in adapting to progressive change. Traditionally labour-intensive organisations employing a full workforce of tradesm...
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K (2007) The application of knowledge management practices in the procurement and construction of cleanroom projects. Many of the world's largest biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies have established production facilities in Ireland in recent years. The country's leading contracting firm, Sisk have developed an expertise in co...
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K (2007) Assessing the potential for construction collaboration technologies (CCT) in small to medium enterprises in the Irish construction industry. The problems associated with fragmentation of the construction process have been well documented. The adoption of Construction Collaboration Technologies (CCT) has been posited as a solution to the po...
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Research into knowledge management (KM) in the global construction sector has proliferated in recent years. The need for individuals to develop and learn within this paradigm indicates that continuing professional development (CPD) has a part to play. There is however a distinct lack of empirical evidence on this topic in the context of the Irish c...
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An investigation into the development of knowledge management systems within the leading Irish construction companies. The benefits that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can bring to a construction company within the Irish Construction Industry have yet to fully materialise. However the membership and activities of the Construction...
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The problem of how construction industries around the world can exploit the potential of Information Technology (IT) for the benefit of participants has been the focus of attention for various individuals, enterprises, institutions and governments in recent years. Consideration of how the Irish construction industry should approach this problem has...
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There is a debate concerning the appropriate extent, content and delivery of IT education for AEC programmes. The aim of the research work described in this paper was to generate information to assist the debate, specifically in Ireland, but the results and conclusions may also be of relevance to other countries. A survey of the relevant Heads of A...
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Despite the benefits which knowledge management (KM) can bring to construction organisations there appears to be a lack of understanding in relation to both knowledge and its management in practice. In the context of Irish construction, both Engineers Ireland (EI), and the Construction Information Technology Alliance (CITA) have identified KM as im...
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This paper reflects on the development, activities and deliverables of the Construction IT Alliance in the Republic of Ireland. This alliance was formed in 2001 with the vision of harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies in the Irish construction sector. CITA is a prime example of academia-industry-government collabora...
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This paper concerns the IT Education of Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals. It reflects on the relationship between these professionals and how the AEC Industry should change for the better of all stakeholders. These changes include a greater and improved use of IT, but the implementation of such changes has been disappoi...
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The current use of Information Technology (IT) by the leading Architectural, Consulting Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Contracting firms in the Republic of Ireland is assessed. Estimates of the future use of IT by these firms and the Irish construction sector in general are also included. The results are based on a wide ranging questionnaire s...

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