Dr Saheed Ajayi

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Saheed is currently a reader in digital construction and project management in the School of Built Environment and Engineering. His research interests are in Building Information Modelling (BIM), Sustainable Construction, Competency-based Modelling and Construction Informatics (the use of Digital Technologies such as Big Data Analytics, IoT and Machine Learning in Construction). Saheed holds a PhD in Construction and Architectural Management, MSc in Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Building and a BSc (Hons) in Architecture. Prior to joining the academia, he has worked in various capacities within the construction industry as a design/project architect and construction project manager. Over the years, he has been involved in various collaborative and multidisciplinary research involving key players within the UK construction industry. He has executed various externally funded projects with a combined value of up to £4.5 million. Some of his ongoing projects include Auto-BIM, with a value of £896, 935 in collaboration with Balfour Beatty PLC and LiVE-TAP that has a total value of £495, 128. Saheed has published widely in academic and professional journals, and he is currently a reviewer for many reputable international journals within his areas of interest.

As a lecturer, his teaching is underpinned by the concept of “students as partners”. As such, he believes in a collaborative learning environment where students are increasingly engaged and involved in learning and teaching assessment, pedagogical consultancy, subject-based inquiry and scholarship of teaching and learning. He enjoys using various technology-enhanced teaching resources, such as Kahoot, Piazza and PollEv, among others, for enhancing students’ engagement and experience.

Saheed is a Chartered Construction Management (MCIOB) and a Fellow of Higher Education Authority (FHEA).

Current Teaching

Saheed teaches on various courses across the built environment including:

  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Construction Management
  • Real Estate and Property Management

He currently teaches and contributes to various modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These include:

  • Conservation, Adaptation and Refurbishment of Buildings
  • Advanced Construction Technology
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Building Information Modelling for Design, Construction and Operation
  • Construction Technological Innovation
  • Dissertation

Research Interests

Saheed’s research cuts across the built environment and he has competencies and experience of collaborative and multidisciplinary research involving built environment professionals, IT experts and entrepreneurs. His specific research interests include:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Health in Buildings
  • Construction waste management
  • Competency-based Modelling
  • Construction Informatics (the use of Digital Technologies such as Big Data Analytics, IoT and Machine Learning in Construction)

Saheed welcomes applications from PhD candidates in any of these areas.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (46)

Chapters (1)

  • Oyegoke AS; Awodele O; Ajayi S (2019) Managing construction risks and uncertainties. In: Ogunlana SO; Dey P Risk Management in Engineering and Construction: Tools and Techniques. : Taylor and Francis, pp. 285-305.

Conference proceedings (10)

  • Ajayi S; Brinklow-Harris J; Alaka HA; Dauda JA (2019) Managing the Benefits and Impediments to Offsite Construction in the UK Construction Industry. In: Association of Researchers in Construction Management Leeds Beckett University 02/09/2019 00:00:00. : Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp. 577-586.
  • Iyakoregha M; Mahamadu A-M; Manu P; Aigbavboa C; Ajayi S (2018) Competencies needed by construction project managers for BIM-enabled projects. In: 10th Construction Industry Development Board Postgraduate Conference Port Elizabeth, South Africa 25/02/2018 00:00:00. : , pp. 531-538.
  • Alaka H; Oyedele L; Toriola-Coker O; Owolabi H; Akinade O; Bilal M; Ajayi S (2015) Methodological approach of construction businesses failure prediction studies: A review. In: 31st Annual ARCOM Conference Lincoln, UK 07/09/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. 1291-1300.
  • Alaka H; Oyedele L; Bilal M; Olugbenga A; Hakeem O; Ajayi S (2015) Bankruptcy prediction of construction businesses: Towards a big data analytics approach. In: . : , pp. 347-352.
  • Alaka H; Oyedele LO; Kadiri KO; Owolabi HO; Ajayi SO; Akinadé OO; Bilal M (2015) Corporate factors influencing sustainable construction enterprise. In: . : , pp. 399-409.
  • Ajayi SO; Oyedele LO; Kadiri KO; David SA (2015) Building Sustainability and Building Health: An Inextricable Synergy. In: . : , pp. 379-389.
  • Ajayi SO; Oyedele LO; Kadiri KO; Bilal M; Akinade OO; Alaka AA; Owolabi HA (2015) Industry culture as causative agents of construction waste: A need for cultural change. In: . : , pp. 162-172.
  • Owolabi HA; Oyedele LO; Alaka HA; Ajayi SO; Akinade OO; Bilal M (2015) Stimulating the Bankability of PFI/PPP Infrastructures through the UK Government Guarantees: Prospects and Challenges. In: . : , pp. 115-126.
  • Ajayi SO; Oyedele LO; Akinadé OO; Alaka H (2014) Ineffectiveness of construction waste management strategies: Knowledge gap analysis. In: . : , pp. 261-280.
  • Ajayi SO; Oyedele LO; Alaka H; Bilal M; Akinade OO (2014) Expository study of building related health issues: Need for safety measures. In: . : , pp. 521-532.