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Mingyu Zhu

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Mingyu Zhu

G.19a Cassie Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU


About Mingyu Zhu

Before joining the CDT, I was a research associate at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of Northumbria University. The project, funded by CDBB,  developed a unique parametric design based methodology for estimating total energy usage in a building utilising BIM framework and protocols ( I hold M.Arch of Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture,  which is the oldest independent schools of architecture in the UK and one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world. Also I received B.Arch of Architecture from the Southeast University, China.


Prior to moving to the academia in 2019, I worked in the AEC industry. I was an architect at Gensler Shanghai office and was involved in several projects including the super high-rise Shanghai Tower. I also worked as a senior project manager at Skyline CG Nottingham and provided visualisation solutions for UK developers and architectural firms like Atkins, BDP, Berkeley Group and Chapman Taylor.


My development into geospatial systems is largely related with the design, construction and management of the urban built environment. The digitisation of infrastructure and built assets is my main research field. In my M.Res thesis, I used the Urban Science Building of Newcastle University as a case study, and developed an energy benchmarking methods based on its prediction and operation energy consumption data.


PhD topic

Supported by the Dstl MOD, my PhD is focused on using digital twin concepts to understand urban dynamics and provide real-time situational awareness. The Port of Tyne is the test ground and I will work closely with its 2050 innovation hub.


It aims to develop synthetic data model utilising real-time data to monitor and discover the irregularity of the infrastructure, especially those with scarce data. The digital model will conduct retrospective analysis using the data fusion methods to review previous incidents to acquire insights for policy maker to adopt proactive strategies and response.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems is providing with me abundant resources and research training in areas that include, digital assets, computing power, industrial partnership and intellectual support. In the long term, I plan to keep working on the intellectual transference between the subject of geospatial engineering and built environment.

For more information, please visit my website.

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