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Research into Modern Methods of Construction

YORhub is delighted to be working in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University School of Built Environment, Engineering & Computing to sponsor two PhD students. In this article we feature Ali M. Saad who is researching Modern Methods of Construction.

PhD project overview

Ali began working with YORhub in September 2020 under the guidance and supervision of Fergus Aitken, YORbuild2 and YORbuild Major Works  Framework Programme Manager.

He is researching how existing project procurement strategies must change to enable effective diffusion of MMC, and investigating the role of contractors in driving such innovation through their commercial and technical approaches in achieving the essential client-supplier alignment.

The public sector has the capability to drive and inspire clients and suppliers to be more engaged in procuring and providing MMC projects. This should enable public clients and MMC suppliers to extract more value from MMC and maximise the economic, environmental and social advantages.

MMC has yet to reach its potential due to different challenges acting as inhibitors that limit such innovative approaches. The PhD study will look into these inhibitors categorized as contractual, technical, and commercial challenges that would subsequently be linked to the current procurement strategies from the demand side aligned with the business models from the supply side. This will lead to further understanding on what must change in order to favour those methods through an explicit, standardized, and well-structured framework that would enable MMC to be better adopted.

I would like to thank YORhub for this unique opportunity that will challenge all my experiences, skills, and knowledge towards being focused on one key aspect: contributing towards a better built environment for the region.

Ali Saad, PhD Student

About Ali

Ali has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Lebanon and a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) in Construction Management from Coventry University where he was awarded the Best MSc Student Award for the year of 2018. Ali has also been awarded the BREEAM Approved Graduate certificate and Chartered Management Institute level 7 certificates.

Professionally, he has  worked within one of Dubai’s largest companies and has held managerial positions on major projects including Hilton Dubai, Marriott Palm, and Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the exotic Palm Jumairah, the world’s largest man-built island. Prior to that he worked as an intern on a project for the Lebanese National Museum in Saida, one of the oldest cities in the world, where the works were carried out in collaboration with the British Museum.

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