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Dr Sergio Rodriguez-Trejo is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Management and Researcher in Engineering/BIM technologies and processes. He is in charge of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. 

Dr Rodriguez holds a PhD in Construction Technology awarded at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) on Energy and air quality improvement in residential buildings. He is a fellow of the Advance HE (FHEA) and holds master’s degrees in Architecture and quality of Construction and remained a chartered Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) until 2018.

He studies the built environment monitoring and improvement professionally as a Principal Architect for several developers from 2005 onwards. As a researcher, he focuses on IAQ, IEQ, thin insulations, ML in construction, Waste optimisation, carbon abatement, facility management, and BIM. Currently, he is listed on the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and collaborates with structural engineers in resolving bespoke structural timber designs.

He acted as Acting Principal lecturer for Marketing and Recruitment (Engineering), to renovate and freshen the activities attracting talented students to the Engineering disciplines at Teesside University. As such, he speaks to Y12, Y13 and Y4 to Y6 students in STEM activities such as the ones organised by EDT (Engineering Development Trust) titled “Insight to Sustainability - 100k Celebration” last 1st February 2022.

He liaises with the Chartered Institution of Building (CIOB) for course accreditation and students’ membership, the Council of Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE) as head of the programme, as well as with the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) as an active member of the Teesside Branch, liaising with companies both in the ICE meetings, as in the TUILG.

As an EBE Champion for Construction and Civil engineering he liaises with enterprises, external stakeholders and professional and institutional bodies to look for collaboration opportunities, ranging from KTP projects, Apprenticeships, internships, and innovation projects. This has fructified in collaborations with Corksol-UK, Thirteen Housing Group, Sir Robert McAlpine, Jacobs, the Institute of civil engineers (ICE), and the Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland council building departments.

He has experience in knowledge transfer and research-informed teaching and talks as an invited speaker in conferences like the ICE technical webinar and virtual site visit, and moderator for international conferences as BuildUp seminars (2019) and Virtual Renewable Energy (2021) and acted as a juror for the Robert Stephenson 2022 awards, organised by the ICE and other engineering bodies in the category for small sized projects.

He sits in a number of industry groups and participates in Management groups at Teesside University.

As a course leader for BSc (Hons) Construction Management he has up-to-date specialist knowledge and connection to technologies, and employer requirements and participates actively in the creation of research materials.

He oversees the development of whole new courses HDA Construction site and Design Management, and module design in the area of digital technologies in Construction, as well as teaches for the BEng/MEng/HDA Civil Engineering.


As per publications, his record includes highly ranked journal publications such as  Applied Energy, and Automation in Construction:

He was awarded and lead a research-funded project, investigating the coordination of external and internal 360-photogrammetry with domain BIM models. A sample of Campus buildings is found in the link (

He has scientifically coordinated and led proposals for H2020 and Horizon Europe programme with €4 million requested for Teesside University

He was a Co-investigator for the project "Putting people at the heart of future social housing design and manufacture" for the Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+) initiative (

Since 2020 he acts as a Regional Associate Editor for the Q1 SASBE journal and guest editor for the Sustainability journal special issue ‘Towards Sustainable Building & Infrastructure Operations & Maintenance (O&M)’.

He supervises UG/PG dissertation projects and currently has the following PhD projects:

  • BIM enabled Lean Construction applied to timber construction for social housing, as DOS, to finish in October 2025
  • Enhancing The Efficiency Of BIM In Construction Waste Management By Applying Artificial Intelligence And Lean Principles as DOS, to finish during 2023
  • IM in FIM: Visualisation of a Comprehensive Asset Information Model as the second supervisor to finish during 2022.
  • The Role of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Energy Analysis/Reduction in Buildings as the third supervisor to finish during 2022
  • The Role of BIM Level 3+ and Associated Data Analytics and Visualisations Technologies in Increasing Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment (Buildings and Infrastructure) as the second supervisor, to finish during 2022
  • Product design for ageing population housing based on human-centred design principles as the third supervisor, to finish during 2022.
  • An Integrated Framework For Interactive Audio-Visual Based Construction work Orders Management as the third supervisor, to finish during 2023


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