Professor of Construction - University of Birmingham
David Boyd is Professor of Construction in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment. He leads a research team that is investigating digital construction focusing on the better use of Building Information Modelling within practice as an engagement tool between disciplines. He is joint coordinator of the international construction research organisation CIB Clients and Users in Construction working commission, is on the committee of the Birmingham Best Practice Club and has been chair of ARCOM (the Association of Researchers in Construction Management). Although an engineer, he is better known for his sociological and management perceptions of the built environment including developing approaches to inter-disciplinarily. His major contribution has been to develop a model of projects in the industry as complex adaptive socio-technical systems which he used to analyse construction clients and this was published as a book. He developed this work as principle investigator on a DTI funded project extending the concept of Knowledge Management with 10 construction SMEs. He was joint principle investigator on an AHRC funded project to have a Philosopher in Residence in 3 construction companies which explored perceptual expertise-in-practice. He works closely with many professional and construction companies developing practical ways to improve the industry.