Timothy Olawumi
timothy olawumi

Dr Timothy Olawumi MRICS. FHEA. MGBCN. MHKGBC. AHKIPM

Lecturer

Biography

Dr. Timothy Olawumi is a Lecturer (Assistant Prof.) at the School of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom. He has previously worked at the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (CNERC) and the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Also, he has worked as an academic and professional in Nigeria at the Federal University of Technology Akure and some local and multi-national construction companies. He worked on some projects in Nigeria, including a US$4 million World Bank-funded bridge construction and highway rehabilitation project. He obtained a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (QS world university ranking #65). His doctoral thesis was rated "Excellent"—the highest rating possible—by the board of examiners. At Edinburgh Napier, he leads the delivery of a suite of undergraduate (incl. for graduate apprenticeship) and postgraduate modules.

He is an RICS Chartered Surveyor, a member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council, Green Building Council of Nigeria, the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also on the Editorial Board of 6 reputable journals, four of which are SCI-indexed (Web of Science)—including a Springer Nature journal & Heliyon Engineering (Elsevier). He serves as a grant assessor for key funding agencies such as UKRI - AHRC, EPSRC & MRC, as well as the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships, where he belongs to their respective Peer Review College/Research Grants Board.
He is an active reviewer for 55 international and renowned journals, of which 43 are SCI-indexed (Publons). Dr. Timothy has an excellent track record of very high-quality scholarly and research publications as either a lead author or a co-author for peer-reviewed journals, books, and major international conference publications.

He has authored over 60 papers (3080+ citations [h-index: 26; i10-index: 39]) — consisting of journal papers (45+), book chapters, technical reports, and conference papers as of February 2024. One of his published papers is listed as a Top 1% "Highly Cited Paper" in the field of Engineering—Web of Science Core Collection, the year 2019–2023, and another eleven (11) journal papers are categorised as "Hot Paper" and within the top 2-10% of various research categories.

He is a recipient of multiple prestigious and international awards. He was recently ◉ ranked among the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists by Elsevier BV and Stanford University and ◉ recognised as one of the "Top 25 Outstanding Scientists" of high potential globally in the field of sustainability (across disciplines) for the year 2022 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Other awards include ◉ HKIPM Project Management Achievement Awards in December 2022 (Research Project category). ◉ Research Excellence Award of the BIM Africa Innovation Awards 2021 (out of the 289 nominations received) in November 2021; and ◉ awards from the Australian Institute of Building in 2019 and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB HK) in 2018.
He has also secured grant funding (from three competitive grants) from the Research Grant Council (RGC Hong Kong) and the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre, inclusive of recent funding from the RGC (2022-2023) as a Co-I. In 2021, he received a grant from the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) to produce a textbook for publication in 2023.

Timothy's research is generally interdisciplinary. It emphasises the application of technologies (BIM, Industry 4.0 [AI, big data, blockchain, cloud-based systems], GIS, RFID, etc.) and data-driven techniques in construction management and engineering issues. Timothy's research interests include construction management, green buildings and sustainability, blockchain and AI in construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), modular integrated construction/offsite construction, sustainable construction and informatics, supply chain management, and digital engineering.

He is available for research collaborations and consultancies and is willing to hear from prospective research postgraduate (MPhil. & PhD) students.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Committe Member, Research & Development Team. Green Building Council Nigeria (GBCN)
  • Panel & planning committee member - WRITETOLEAD 1.0. Organised by YQSF and the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS)
  • BIMAfrica - Development and delivery of the first BIM report for Africa - "African BIM Report 2020"
  • BIMAfrica Research and Development Committee
  • Review and amendments of the Building and Engineering Standard of Measurement (BESMM 4) of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS)

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Review Panel - 12th Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Conference
  • Session Chair for Building Information Modelling (BIM) - RICS COBRA 2018 conference
  • Committee Member - the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (CIC) & CIBSC Technical Workshop
  • HKIPM Delegate to the 3rd International BIM Awards cum Conference of the buildingSMART International (Hong Kong)
  • Technical Committee Member - Joint International Conference co-organized by the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria and De-Montfort University, UK
  • Organizing and Programme Committee Member - NIQS 2-Day National Seminar

 

Editorial Activity

  • Guest Editor of Special Issue 'Value-added Circularity: Beyond Construction and Demolition Waste Management'. Frontiers in Built Environment
  • Guest Editor of Special Issue - 'Information Technologies in Construction: Present Status and Future Trends'. Buildings MDPI
  • Editorial Board Member - Frontiers in Built Environment
  • Lead Editor of Special Issue - 'Digitalizing and greening the built environment'. Frontiers in Built Environment
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
  • Editorial Board Member - Advances in Civil Engineering

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • 'Top 25 Outstanding Scientists' globally in the field of Sustainability - German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). (Oct 2022)
  • 'Research Excellence Award' - BIM Africa Innovation Awards 2021 (Nov 2)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) Book Sponsorship [2021-2023]
  • 'Professional Excellence Merit Award' - Australian Institute of Building [2019]
  • 'Outstanding Paper Awards 2018 (Gold Award)' - Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB HK)
  • 3 Outstanding Reviewer Awards (Elsevier)

 

Grant Reviewer

  • EPSRC Peer Review College

 

Invited Speaker

  • "Research Writing & Reporting". Art 'n' Science of Writing Ethical Research (AnSWER). A research writing bootcamp for students. Organised by the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) and YQSF Diaspora. (Oct 2022)
  • "Communication in Research". Young Adults Skill Acquisition - BootCamp 1.0 - Research Development. South Carolina, USA. (February 2022)
  • "Dynamic Career Planning: Exploring Opportunities and Dealing with Challenges in Global Uncertainties" - Learning Forum. ANSHK, Hong Kong (April 2022)
  • "How does BIM facilitate Carbon Reduction during Construction Projects?" Construction Carbon Talk. YORhub TalkShow. United Kingdom. (June 2022)
  • "Getting Published in High Impact Journals: Salient Tips". Women Academics in Construction (WAiC) Webinar. (Sept. 2022)
  • QS Academy National Event - "Green Building and the Quantity Surveyor". [Organised by QS Academy and the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. (October 2021)
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing - CIBSC Conference and Academic Exchange. Sponsored under the "Thousand Talents Plan" of the Ministry of Education, China. January 2018

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Professional Member - Green Building Council Nigeria (GBCN)
  • Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member - Hong Kong Green Building Council
  • Member - BIMAfrica
  • Member - BuildingSMART International
  • Associate Member - Hong Kong Institute of Project Management

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Co-Chair. "Peculiar Youth Fellowship". Edinburgh, UK.
  • Field Officer (Volunteering) - sensitised, triggered, and monitored 54 local communities in Bekwarra LGA (Nigeria) on their open defecation free (ODF) status.

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External PhD examiner at the University of Melbourne, Australia
  • External PhD examiner at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa

 

Reviewing

  • Special Issue Proposal Reviewer. Advances in Civil Engineering. March 2022
  • Special Issue Proposal Reviewer. Advances in Civil Engineering. May 2022
  • Special Issue Proposal Reviewer. Advances in Civil Engineering
  • 3 Outstanding Reviewer Awards (Elsevier)
  • Active reviewer for 51 reputable international journals (40 of which are SCI-inedexed) - Over 200 manuscript reviews to date). Full details at: https://tinyurl.com/Publons-TIM

 

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Critical factors that influence lean premise design implementation: a case of Hong Kong high-rise buildings

Journal Article
Lam, E. W., Chan, A. P., Olawumi, T. O., Wong, I., & Kazeem, K. O. (in press)
Critical factors that influence lean premise design implementation: a case of Hong Kong high-rise buildings. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2024.2302416
When a building design fails to meet the end-user's needs after construction, it is considered faulty. Faulty designs often lead to renovation, demolition, and material waste....

Sustainability concepts in global high-rise residential buildings: a scientometric and systematic review

Journal Article
Lam, E. W., Chan, A. P., Olawumi, T. O., Wong, I., & Kazeem, K. O. (2024)
Sustainability concepts in global high-rise residential buildings: a scientometric and systematic review. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 13(2), 425-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/sasbe-04-2023-0094
Purpose Sustainability has been the subject of several scientific investigations. Many researchers in the construction industry have also examined a range of sustainability-re...

Facilitators and benefits of implementing lean premise design: A case of Hong Kong high-rise buildings

Journal Article
Lam, E. W., Chan, A. P., Olawumi, T. O., Wong, I., & Kazeem, K. O. (2023)
Facilitators and benefits of implementing lean premise design: A case of Hong Kong high-rise buildings. Journal of Building Engineering, 80, Article 108013. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2023.108013
Defective design, poor stakeholder participation, and a mismatch between design provisions and end-user requirements cause most building construction waste. However, lean buil...

Global Application of Digital Twins and Virtual Reality in the Construction Industry: A Systematic Literature Review

Book Chapter
Kazeem, K. O., Olawaumi, T. O., & Fernando, N. (in press)
Global Application of Digital Twins and Virtual Reality in the Construction Industry: A Systematic Literature Review. In Innovations, Disruptions, and Future Trends in the Global Construction Industry. Taylor & Francis
When compared to a computer-generated environment with scenes and objects that appear real, virtual reality (VR) immerses the user in their surroundings. A DT is a virtual mod...

Assessment of symmetries and asymmetries on barriers to circular economy adoption in the construction industry towards zero waste: A survey of international experts

Journal Article
Oluleye, B. I., Chan, D. W., Olawumi, T. O., & Saka, A. B. (2023)
Assessment of symmetries and asymmetries on barriers to circular economy adoption in the construction industry towards zero waste: A survey of international experts. Building and Environment, 228, Article 109885. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109885
This study evaluates simultaneously the symmetries and asymmetries on the classification of barriers to circular economy (CE) adoption in the building construction industry (B...

Developing a hybrid risk assessment method for prioritizing the critical risks of temporary accommodation sites after destructive earthquakes

Journal Article
Dabiri, M., Sarvari, H., Chan, D. W., & Olawumi, T. O. (2022)
Developing a hybrid risk assessment method for prioritizing the critical risks of temporary accommodation sites after destructive earthquakes. Habitat International, 128, Article 102667. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2022.102667
One of the most critical challenges in preventive planning and disaster management is the multitudinous uncertainties involved in decision-making. Previous studies showed the ...

Modelling The Drivers Of Data Science Techniques For Real Estate Professionals In The Fourth Industrial Revolution Era

Journal Article
Osunsanmi, T., Olawumi, T., Smith, A., Deakin, M., Jaradat, S., Aigbavboa, C., …Oyeyipo, O. (in press)
Modelling The Drivers Of Data Science Techniques For Real Estate Professionals In The Fourth Industrial Revolution Era. Property Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/PM-05-2022-0034
The study aims to develop a model that supports the application of data science techniques for real estate professionals in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) era. The pre...

Editorial: Digitalizing and greening the built environment

Journal Article
Olawumi, T. O., Chan, D. W. M., Wong, J. K. W., & Oshodi, O. (2022)
Editorial: Digitalizing and greening the built environment. Frontiers in Built Environment, 8, Article 989535. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2022.989535

Comparative analysis of the barriers to smart sustainable practices adoption in the construction industry between Hong Kong and Nigeria

Journal Article
Chan, D. W., Olawumi, T. O., Saka, A. B., & Ekundayo, D. (in press)
Comparative analysis of the barriers to smart sustainable practices adoption in the construction industry between Hong Kong and Nigeria. International journal of construction management, https://doi.org/10.1080/15623599.2022.2108973
The deployment of digital systems has facilitated process improvement in building construction, including for green practices implementation. However, it has encountered sever...

Barriers to circular economy adoption and concomitant implementation strategies in building construction and demolition waste management: A PRISMA and interpretive structural modeling approach

Journal Article
Oluleye, B. I., Chan, D. W., & Olawumi, T. O. (2022)
Barriers to circular economy adoption and concomitant implementation strategies in building construction and demolition waste management: A PRISMA and interpretive structural modeling approach. Habitat International, 126(August), 102615. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2022.102615
Waste generated by building construction and demolition (BCD) activities contributes to the major proportion of urban solid waste. A large amount of the waste is still sent to...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Co-I: Cloud-Based system to facilitate End-Users Oriented Design (EOD) for effective sustainability practices in high-rise residential buildings. Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. (started: Jan 2022 - Dec 2023)
  • Application of Blockchain Technology to sustainable supply chain managment: A case for MiC projects. Hong Kong Polytechnic University [Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (CNERC)]
  • Research Grants Council (HK) and the Sustainable City Lab - Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Co-Supervision at Durban University of Technology, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.