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2014 winners of the International Innovation & Research Awards announced


30th January 2015

The Chartered Institute of Building announces 2014’s top innovators and researchers working on built environment ideas.

To highlight the importance of innovation and research the CIOB’s annual International Innovation & Research Awards was founded more than 10 years ago. Its aim is to raise performance levels, enhance best practice and ultimately improve the quality of the built environment. Importantly it also encourages the brightest industry newcomers; the recent graduates and post graduates who are already making a valuable contribution and could lead on innovation in the future.

The 2014 competition registered 178 entries from 17 different countries with cash prizes on offer of up to £2,000. The judging panel consists of 17 judges, including CIOB I&R Panel members and invited guests. Six Premier Award winners were selected to recognise their outstanding achievements in academic research and industry innovation.   

Professor Stuart Green MCIOB, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “The entries to the CIOB International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards once again surpassed all expectations. The judging panel was unanimous in their assessment that the overall quality standard was the best ever. Innovation in the built environment is undoubtedly alive and well. Several of the entries were nothing short of inspirational.

“It has been especially gratifying to see excellence spread so evenly across the different award categories. Industry participation in the CIOB I&R awards gets stronger every year, and the quality of the entries from the university sector bodes well for the next generation of innovators.”

For further information about the I&R Awards please go to


Innovation Achiever’s Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Mr Robert Harris, MCIOB and Mr Stanley Whetstone (OXYPOD, UK)
‘OXYPOD: A Clear Solution to Energy Efficiency’

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Mr Mathew Holloway and Mr Thomas Lipinski (Q-Bot Ltd., UK)
‘Q-Bot: Significantly Reducing the Cost of Insulating Buildings Using Robotic Solutions’

Merit Award (trophy and certificate) 

Dr Amar Bennadji (Robert Gordon University, UK) and Mr Mike Tweats (Icynene Kishorn Insulation, UK)
‘Improving Energy Efficiency of Traditionally Built Constructions’


Digital Innovation Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Mrs Heba Bevan (Cambridge University, UK)
‘Utterberry Wireless Sensors for Built Environment Monitoring’

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Dr Maxwell Mallia-Parfitt and Prof Jennifer Whyte (University of Reading, UK)
‘3D MOVE: Mobile Immersive Visualization Environment’

Merit Award (trophy and certificate) 

Mr Kieran Standing and Mr Antonio Torres (Bam Ferrovial Kier JV, UK)
‘BIM Development for the Crossrail Farringdon Station’


Innovation in Education & Training Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)
Dr Robby Soetanto (Loughborough University, UK)
‘BIM-Hub: Educating Future Built Environment Professionals to Work in BIM Environment’

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Mr Phil Pyatt (Education & Employers Taskforce, UK)
‘Inspiring the Future’

Merit Award (trophy and certificate) 

Dr Kung Wing (Andy) Ng, MCIOB, Dr Wing Tak (Arthur) Leung, MCIOB and Dr Tak Wa (Caroline) Chan (City University of Hong Kong)
‘A Discovery-Enriched Smart Mobile Phone App for Teaching and Learning Materials Development’


Research Paper Award

Premier Award (£2000, trophy and certificate)

Dr Yingbin Feng (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
‘Effect of Safety Investments on Safety Performance of Building Projects’ (published in Safety Science, Vol.59, pp.28-45, 2013)

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Prof Craig Langston, MCIOB (Bond University, Australia)
‘Construction Efficiency:  A Tale of Two Developed Countries’ (published in Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol.21 No.3, pp. 320-335, 2014)

Merit Award (trophy and certificate) 

Dr Libby Schweber (University of Reading, UK) and Dr Hasan Haroglu, MCIOB (Kingston University, UK)
‘Comparing the Fit between BREEAM Assessment and Design Processes (published in Building Research & Information, Vol.42, No.3, pp. 300-317, 2014)


Undergraduate Dissertation Award

Premier Award (£1000, trophy and certificate)

Ms Wei Yan (Eileen) Chin (BSc in Project and Facilities Management, National University of Singapore)
‘Risk Identification and Allocation of Singapore Construction Joint Venture Projects with Developing Countries’

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Mr Richard Smith (BSc in Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Loughborough University, UK)
‘The Effectiveness of Current Smart Home Technologies to Improve Energy Efficiency’

Merit Award (trophy and certificate) 

Mr Mark Doherty (BSc in Construction Management, Leeds Beckett University, UK)
‘Does NEC3 Aid Collaboration in Construction?’


Masters Dissertation Award

Premier Award (£1000, trophy and certificate)

Mr Dean Elder (MSc in Infrastructure Engineering, University of Ulster, UK)
‘Improving the Safety of Single Carriageways in Northern Ireland’

Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)

Mr Susumu Isoda (MSc in Construction Management, University of Reading, UK)
‘Japanese Construction Contractors in the International Market’

Merit Award (trophy and certificate) 

Mr Hassan Ahmadu (MSc in Project Management, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria)
‘Modelling Building Construction Durations in Nigeria’ 



Dr Chung-Chin Kao
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