CME @ TU/e

The increasingly dynamic complexity of construction and, consequently, the changing perception of interests and values have initiated the development of a special program in the area between ‘construction engineering' and ‘scientific management and economics'.

Background

The traditional, solely technical approach regarding research and education needed to be converted into an approach from the viewpoint of process development, in which social aspects, organizational issues and management methodologies are integrated with technology. The focus on processes is gaining attention from those in charge of technical management and implementation. To evaluate different options in a technological and social context and to test practical feasibility, a process-oriented approach to development is needed. A major feature of the MSc program presented is therefore that it is process and organization oriented: the central focus in this program is on the management and implementation of urban development processes with particular emphasis on smart cities.

Smart cities

The world population has reached a historic new balance: since 2010 more than 50% of the population is living in urban areas according to the United Nations. In 2050 this proportion is expected to be grown to almost 70%. The UN demands a shift in thinking to direct construction and reconstruction of urban settlements, in order to avoid risky developments for societies. In the CME program, the following smart cities topics are offered:

Energy Neutral Cities
Due to global warming and the depletion of fossil fuels, there is a need for alternative methods to generate, consume, store and distribute energy. Cities have ambitions to become energy neutral but lack methods to achieve these goals. Research and education in this field will contribute to more reliable and comprehensive models to estimate the effects of new renewable energy technologies on the district level.

Urban Management
Cities are inherently complex systems with many different stake-holders and long term policies. Nevertheless cities are seen as the main drives local and global changes. Research and education in this field will contribute to socio-economic models that are needed to manage these systems and forecast spatial effects and financial risks of policy measures by considering the emerging area of urban informatics (i.e. using sensors, gps, social network data for urban systems).

Building Information Management
Information management is crucial for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction process. Standards in Building modelling and City modelling are increasingly adopted by the building sector but still much research is needed to advance communication and BIG data mining. Research and education in this field will contribute to this international effort to improve interoperability and open data management.

Approach

Business-case approaches, including subjects such as analysis of life cycle values, risk analyses, engineering systems for services and organization design are emphasized within this context. The approaches in the research topics aim at the realization and maintenance of sustainable, safe and healthy urban areas using smart technologies, within organizational and financial boundaries.