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Research interests


Ruoyu's main research interests focus on Building Information Modelling (BIM) pedagogy, construction safety education, construction waste management especially recycled aggregate concrete, and off-site manufacturing for construction.


In recent years, Ruoyu has been working on funded research projects related to: (1) applications of digital technologies in off-site manufactured building foundation prototype; and (2) BIM and virtual reality to enhance construction employees' behavioural safety performance. Ruoyu is also continuing the educational research of BIM in collaborating with international partners in embedding BIM in the curriculum of construction management. Specifically, BIM education can be extended from a single module to digitalisation in the programme perspective. The BIM pedagogical studies will maintain the cycle of research-informed teaching and teaching-informed research.  

Scholarly biography

Ruoyu's main research outputs can be summarized in BIM pedagogy-based research, construction waste management, workers’ construction safety issues, and recycled aggregate concrete made from construction wastes. In recent years Ruoyu has been working on developing interdisciplinary research and integrating these aforementioned research topics, for example, adopting BIM in C&D waste management and as the digital platform during the life cycle of off-site construction projects. More integrated research is being planned for Ruoyu's scholarly work, including BIM used for health and safety monitoring, BIM for waste generation estimate, and Internet of Things applied in the performance monitoring of off-site construction projects. Ruoyu perceives that BIM, as part of Internet of Things, can be further developed to be integrated with off-site construction, construction safety management, innovative construction materials, and integrated project delivery system.

Ruoyu is a research member of Group of Construction Engineering and Management at University of Brighton. He has authored in 53 peer-reviewed journal articles, 17 conference proceedings, one book chapter, and one patented innovation in reusing construction wastes as sustainable construction materials. A total of 50 of these journal articles are indexed in Web of Science, and he has been either the leading author or corresponding author for 32 of them. These journals include: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE); Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE); Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice (ASCE); Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE); Journal of Cleaner Production; Safety Science; Automation in Construction; Resources, Conservation & Recycling; Building Research & Information; as well as Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management, etc.

Ruoyu also serves as a peer reviewer for ten international journals in the field of built environment and civil engineering. He is an Editorial Advisory Panel Member of ICE’s International Journal Management, Procurement and Law, and an associate member for CRIOCM Youth Committee in Construction Management.

Approach to teaching

Ruoyu has been teaching modules related to Building Information Modelling (BIM), civil engineering materials, structural design, foundation and concrete, and construction technology.

Ruoyu's teaching interests focus on BIM and digitalisation for construction management. Ruoyu highly emphasizes on adopting digital technologies to create an information hub to reduce the fragmentation and increase the integration between different disciplines in built environment and civil engineering. The innovative teaching work led by Ruoyu or through collaboration can be found in these following academic publications:

1. Jin R.*, Yang T., Piroozfar P., Kang B.G, Wanatowski D., and Hancock C.M. (2018). “Project-based pedagogy in interdisciplinary building design adopting BIM.”Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. In Press, https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-07-2017-0119.

2. Jin R.*, Tang L., Hancock C.M., and Allan L. (2016). “BIM-based multidisciplinary building design practice-a case study.”HealthyHousing2016: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings, November 2016, Brisbane, Australia. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/58107c8eb9c71

3.Jin R.*, Zou P.X.W., Bo L., PiroozfarP., and Painting N. (2019). “Comparisons of students’ perceptions on BIM practice among Australia, China and U.K.” Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. In Press, https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-07-2018-0275.

4. Zou P.X.W., Xu X., Jin R.*, Painting N., and Li B. (2019). “Investigation of AEC students’ perceptions towards BIM practice-a case study of Swinburne University of Technology.”Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. 145(3): 05019002. https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29EI.1943-5541.0000410.

Supervisory Interests

Ruoyu's supervisory interests to postgraduate students include: BIM-related applications in construction project management and built environment, construction waste management, off-site construction, construction safety, and recycled aggregate concrete.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Ohio State University

Master, University of New Mexico

Bachelor, Chongqing University

External positions

Editorial board member, International Journal Management, Procurement and Law

Associate member, The Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management

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Research Output

Feasibility Study of Tractor-Test Vehicle Technique for Practical Structural Condition Assessment of Beam-Like Bridge Deck

Yang, Y., Cheng, Q., Zhu, Y., Wang, L. & Jin, R. R., 1 Jan 2020, In : Remote Sensing. 12, 114.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Mechanical Properties of Recycled Aggregate Concrete Modified by Nano-particles

    Gao, C., Huang, L., Yan, L., Jin, R. R. & Chen, H., 10 Jan 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 241, 118030.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Adopting a QCA Approach to Investigating the Risks Involved in Mega projects from Auditing Perspective

    Ma, L., Zhang, B., Cui, M. & Jin, R., 20 Jan 2019, In : Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society. 2019, 4037859.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Adopting recycled aggregates as sustainable construction materials: A review of the scientific literature

    Chen, W., Jin, R., Xu, Y., Wanatowski, D., Li, B., Yan, L., Pan, Z. & Yang, Y., 28 May 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 218, p. 483-496 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle