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Prof. Dawood research   has  been  recognised in the UK’s best breakthrough list. The list of breakthroughs, compiled by Universities UK, demonstrates how UK universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives and also highlights the less celebrated, but vital breakthroughs, that transform lives.



Professor Dawood is a member of the senior management team (Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, AD for R&I) at the School Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies (SCEDT). This school was formed in 1st Oct 2019 following a restructuring at Teesside University to create ‘super schools’ and reduce the number of school at university. Previously he was Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at School of Science, Engineering & Design (SSED). As the AD for R&I, his main responsibilities are:  creating a vibrant research culture; leading and growing research and innovation; contribute to the University's research strategic vision and mission; develop international collaboration; maintain a high quality of research impact, respond to local and national grand challenges (in particular decarbonisation of industrial sector, Digital City and Biologics). He is responsible for REF2021 submission of three big UoAs, Engineering, Design and Computing with 100 staff expecting to be returned.  Prof. Dawood developed and operationalised school research strategy focusing on increase capacity and capabilities to deliver research projects and outputs. He developed ‘Industry Facing’ strategy within the school to enable research teams to develop solutions for industrial challenges: Decarbonisation, Digital Health, Smart Energy Systems and Transforming Construction.  Operationalisation of  the strategy  was accomplished through alignment of the research base to local and national industry strategies to deliver applied research, research consultancy   and knowledge transfer.

For the past four years, the university and schools  have embraced a research transformational agenda  in which research activities and outputs has been valued and is included as part of the academic workload of staff. The school’s KPIs (research income, PhD competition, international collaboration and research culture)  have been improved year on year  and most importantly our REF submission will be  substantially   increased  from 13 FT staff  in 2014 to 100  in 2021. 

Prof. Dawood works closely with  the PVC (Research and Innovation) at Teesside University (Prof Simon Hodgson)  as he was part of PVC team  to development of 5 years University strategy. The focus is on building  excellence, and embrace substantial   growth  through investing in and developing talent, increasing international collaboration and implementing fair and transparent approaches to research evaluation. One of main pillars of the strategy is to create a diverse and vibrant research culture where potential is recognised, talent nurtured, integrity valued, and success rewarded and celebrated. Prof. Dawood is leading two major grand challenges at the university and working directly with PVC to develop advance digital technologies and Sustainable Engineering. These grand challenges are the drivers for research and innovations at the university and have contributed to substantial improvements of research culture and multi-disciplinary research themes. 


Professor Dawood manages research budget for both internal and external funding. Total external budget is £1.3 million (spent) per year and internal allocation of QR and OH is around £500K (exclude PhDs studentships and Research fellows funding). He also manages professors and readers and staff with significant research workload  and outputs at the school.


Professor Dawood has significant and long-standing experience of working with major industrial partners in the UK and Overseas to develop and apply  research results as part of further collaborative projects. In particular, he is currently running international research and development projects in South Korea, Japan, Qatar, Europe and USA in the areas of 5D modelling, serious game engine technology application of digital technologies for energy efficient buildings. Furthermore, he is  regularly invited to be a keynote presenter in  international events.


With a substantial working experience in higher education in the UK, he has successfully secured and led international research projects; graduating more than 27 PhDs students; consultancy; business engagement, knowledge transfer partnership (10 KTPs successfully completed and currently running 2 KTPs).  He  generated  more than £7 million in research grants from EU, Innovate UK, Qatar Foundation, British Council, EU FP6, EU FP7 and H2020.


Professor Nashwan Dawood’s research is focused on project construction management and the application of digital construction and processes and energy reduction in buildings. This has ranged across a number of research topics including BIM technologies and processes, sustainability, Information Technologies and Systems (5D, VR, Integrated databases).  In addition hehas extensive experience of leading internationally recognised research work in BIM technology, digital construction/built-environment and processes and in the application of 5D modelling in construction processes, and has successfully generated peer reviewed funded projects from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Technology Strategy Board, and EU H2020. His currently involved in 5 EU H2020 projects.

Professor Dawood has published over 220 research papers, and sits on the editorial board of a number of journals and conferences. His work has been recognized outside of the academic sphere, for example with its short-listing for the Constructing Excellence Innovation Award.


Having an exemplary record of accomplishments of international academic status, Prof Dawood demonstrates the ability to successfully lead multi-disciplinary research and enterprise projects. The quality of his research work is judged to be internationally leading. He has the privilege of being invited as a key note speaker for more than 10 leading international conferences and seminars around the world (including CIB W78, Qatar BIM, Association of Civil Engineering). He is  currently the coordinator of H2020 DR-BoB ( Demand Response in Block of Buildings, total value 5M) and was the coordinator of EU FP7 IDEAS project (4 million Euro), Principal Investigator of Qatar Foundation project ($900K), three British Council projects with South Korea, Qatar University, and Russia, EPSRC iCASE with a major training and  multimedia company (DDL) and seven KTP projects with Colour UD, Ryder Architect, SoTech, Hodgson Saywer,  DKS Architect, Applied Integration and Unasys. He has successfully initiated CONVR (Construction applications in virtual reality conference) which has been running for the past 20 years at different international venues. CONVR 2019 will be held in November in Thailand. Moreover, prof. Dawood is a visiting professor at a number of institutions including Technion (Israel), Taiwan National University (Taiwan), Osaka and Miyagi Universities (Japan).

Summary of Research Interests

  • project and risk management in the heavy civil engineering industry
  • ICT4EE (Information and communication technologies for the built environment
  • cost forecasting and analysis
  • virtual reality and visualisation application in the construction processes
  • 4D/5D construction planning and scheduling
  • simulation and optimisation technologies in the precast concrete industry
  • applying game engines to construction training.

Examples of funded projects include:

IntUBE Project: EU FP7 project (3 million euro), Intelligent Use of Buildings’ Energy Information (EU FP7)

Visual integration of construction supply chain, (£120K) with Deepdale solution, KTP project.

Develop environmental, cost and construction design technologies using Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems (£120K), KTP project.

Interactive training platform to precipitate construction safety, using a virtual environment modelling (£80K) , EPSRC Industrial Case.

Visualisation and Optimisation of Construction Schedules, British Council, PMI2 in conjunction with a host of South Korean universities and companies (£35K).

Development of 5D methodology and tools for managing the construction of capital projects, KTP.

NETWORK: EPSRC Network of Experts in VR applied to construction processes and products.

DTI grant - £400,000 for Succeeding through Innovation Programme with the University of Nottingham, Buchen, Tarmac, Aggregate Industries and the British Precast Federation (2006-08).

Architectural 3D and CCIR grant - value £60,000 to identify the value of 4D planning in the UK construction industry (2005-08).

ERDF and One N East - value £400,000 to establish a regional centre for construction-based SMEs to provide research, advisory and training facilities in the North East (2003-06).

NSF (USA) - developing methodologies to integrate LEWIS (Lean Enterprise Web Information System) that is currently developed at Teesside with SEEK (Scalable Extraction of Enterprise Knowledge) currently developed by University of Florida (2003-06).

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering - £15,000 to further develop VIRCON tools to suite Balfour Beatty business processes (2002-04).

MOTA group (Portugal) - £16,000 to develop a simulation model for road construction projects (2002-03).

Teesside University - £5,000 to develop an integrated simulation /virtual reality system (2002-03).

EPSRC and industry-funded grant - £110,000 for a network of experts in virtual reality applied to construction processes and products (2001-07).

ROPA grant - £110,000 to develop an innovative dynamic managerial control system: an application to the building product industry (2001-03).

EPSRC, IMI in conjunction with UCL, UMIST and Wolverhampton University - £50,0000 for a virtual construction site, to provide a desktop strategic decision support system allowing planners to trade off the temporal sequencing of tasks with their special distribution using virtual reality technologies (2000-04).

Japanese Science Agency, STA fellowship in the Ministry of Construction, Public Works Research Institute grant - £20,000 to develop a methodology for managing risk of infrastructure projects (2000).

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Construction management, sustainability and ICT for energy efficient buildings, Information Technologies and Systems (4D, VR, Integrated databases), 4/5D planning and management of off-site production, risk management, intelligent decision support systems, cost forecasting and control and business processes.


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