BIM Research Engineer

The Construction Innovation Hub is a government-funded programme on a mission to transform the UK construction industry.  Combining the world-class expertise of the BRE (Building Research Establishment), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), the Hub wants to change the way our buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured and connected within our built environment by embracing modern methods of construction and digital ways of working.


We have a number of exciting new roles for BIM Research Engineers. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a key focus for BRE and for the CIH programme. Key to the delivery of BIM is the requirement for structured data. As such, we are seeking to employ experienced BIM Engineers to aid with the definitions of UK construction data standards, tools and demonstrator projects. These roles will work in a collaborative way with other multi-disciplinary colleagues across a range of projects.

This is a great opportunity to work on leading edge research in the construction sector, working with a number of expert organisations across the country.

BRE is a world leading, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings and infrastructure, through research, knowledge dissemination and the delivery of a wide range of services.

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Role Profile

The role of the BIM Research Engineer will be to:

  • Support the development of BIM data processes and software tools
  • Support the mapping of BIM data structures and properties from relevant standards and documents
  • Support the implementation and testing of data sets on whole lifecycle demonstrator projects
  • Work independently and with collaborative teams
  • Develop data schema and templates
  • Development of databases and software code
  • technical reports and presentations underpinned by robust evidence
  • Support the scoping and development of project proposals
  • Present findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • Deliver presentations at conferences and workshops
  • Attend regular technical meetings with partners in Coventry, Cambridge, and London


Skills and Experience

Suitable candidates will ideally have most of the following:

  • A degree in computer science, architecture, building design and technology or surveying.
  • An understanding of Infomation Management Frameworks, principles of the BIM Framework and a reasonable understanding of the current BIM software, open data standards and processes.
  • Knowledge of data structures, databases, data types, measurements in a variety of computer-based languages would be useful.
  • An understanding of the use and capabilities of some of the software tools from vendors such as Autodesk, Bentley, Graphisoft or Solibri
  • A comprehension of current construction standards and the ability to interpret these in a digital approach.
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to meet deadlines and work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • The ability to communicate complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, Visio and databases
  • Interest in software programming, graphical interfaces or scripting.


Additional skills which would be of advantage:

  • Understanding of Data Schema approaches such as Express, IFC, OWL,
  • Familiar with Agile approach, JIRA, Sharepoint, One Note and Data Analytics
  • Knowledge of a variety of digital information exchange and querying languages including the XML-family (XSLT, XPATH, XQUERY). OWL RDF, SPARQL, SHAQL, SQL
  • Knowledge of a variety of formats common in the delivery of project information particularly OpenBIM and OpenOffice
  • Experience in Geometric Modelling techniques
  • Experience in Data Modelling techniques
  • Understanding of ISO19650


Key Words:

  • Architectural Technology
  • Information Science
  • Data Science
  • Digital Construction
  • Building Information Modelling


Location of Role

  • You will be based at BRE in Watford with regular partner meetings in Coventry, Cambridge and London

BRE is an equal opportunities employer.

Whilst this advert may state a specific location or hours, we encourage flexibility and are happy to have a conversation on how this role could be fulfilled in a different way.

Please also note that should we receive a large number of applications for the role, we may close the advert sooner than the specified closing date, so do apply at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.