Øystein Mejlænder-Larsen | Photo: Bo Mathisen

Business PhD receives lots of industry interest

In his Business PhD, Øystein Mejlænder-Larsen is studying how the use of project execution models and Building Information Modelling (BIM) can make the construction process more efficient, based on experiences from the oil and gas industry.

20. January 2016

His research has received a lot of attention from businesses and academia, which suggests that this is a hot topic. The oil and gas industry has made great leaps forward in using project execution models and 3D design environments to manage and implement projects. Project execution models include a logical sequence of critical project activities, with the progress and quality requirements being integrated at important milestones in order to ensure predictable project execution. 3D design environments are the equivalent of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry.

“Construction projects keep getting bigger and more complex, and the industry would benefit by learning from how related industries execute their projects. I wanted to investigate this, and it was natural to start by looking at the oil and gas industry, which has invested heavily in developing new technology, and which has a long history of executing large and complex projects, both offshore and onshore,” says Mejlænder-Larsen.

Lots of industry interest

At the end of August, the Research Council of Norway published a news article about Mejlænder Larsen’s PhD and the research project Sam-BIM on its Business PhD and BIA pages. The Research Council has also produced a presentation on his PhD project, which is being widely distributed to potential candidates, supervisors, companies, etc. as advertisement for the Business PhD scheme.

The PhD project has also garnered a lot of attention and positive feedback from the construction industry. Several articles have been written about it, and Mejlænder-Larsen keeps receiving invitations to hold lectures. His work is also supporting the research project Sam-BIM, which is looking at how to use BIM as a catalyst to increase coordination within construction projects. Sam-BIM has the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, Multiconsult and Link Arkitektur as its industry partners and NTNU, SINTEF and FAFO as its research partners.