Conrad Boton
Conrad Boton
Dipl. d’Ingénieur des Travaux (Abomey-Calavi, Bénin), M.Sc. (Senghor, Égypte), Ph.D. (Université de Lorraine, France)
Département de génie de la construction

Looking for an outstanding Ph.D student

9 juin 2017

ETS-Montreal is a Canadian academic institution with an applied engineering-centred mission. It maintains close relationships with companies and engineering organisations, and is dedicated to the training of highly qualified personnel through education and research.

PhD Project Description

With the rise of Building Information Modeling (BIM), the industry seems at a crossroads. Indeed, BIM appears to have the potential to solve a number of persistent problems in the sector (interoperability, optimization of information flows, etc.) that will lead to improvements in productivity. While early studies focused on interoperability issues and other technological improvements, it appeared quite soon that the great value of BIM lay in the collaboration and the optimization of information flows throughout the project life cycle, which is deemed as the source for most of the current limitations of the BIM approach.

Some recent research has been dedicated to improving BIM based on best practices from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) approach in other discrete manufacturing industries. Indeed, the philosophy and overall objectives of BIM are similar to PLM and many similarities exist between the current upheavals in construction and the changes observed in complex manufacturing industries a few years ago with the arrival of the PLM approach. Besides, the concepts of the Bill of Materials (BOM) and Product Structure are widely used in many industrial sectors and central to PLM systems. These two concepts are used in manufacturing industries to convey information throughout the entire lifecycle of a project, and PLM systems would not be the same without a Product Structure and a BOM to organize and exchange data.

The overall objective of this Ph.D. research work is to provide a factual and precise comparative approach which could eventually lead to a cross pollination from the PLM approach to the BIM approach. It is expected to:

  • compare the construction industry with other comparable discrete manufacturing industries in order to state how these two industries are comparable.
  • compare the BIM and the PLM approaches from the standpoint of the product structure and the collaboration and information exchange practices.
  • develop a framework for information-centered BIM-based project management.

To conduct this work, we are looking for a top-ranking Ph.D. candidate, with proven skills in construction management as well as information and communication technologies.

  • Comfortable with Design Science reasoning
  • Knowledge of BIM and/or PLM software environments
  • Experience in technical or scientific writing
  • Creative, adaptable and autonomous
  • Good communication skills


  • Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory
  • Spoken knowledge of French is encouraged

Application file

  • A CV
  • A motivation letter
  • Any other document you may think useful to be considered in your application file



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