Software Engineer – Advanced Methods of Construction (AMC) - KTP Associate

£30,000 - £35,000

Birmingham, West Midlands - 27 months

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Job description

Hadley Industries Holdings Ltd. and The School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU) are looking to appoint a high calibre graduate for an exciting opportunity in the cross disciplinary areas of web development, Building Information Modelling, data science and computer programming. BCU is a large and diverse place to study right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre.

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme co-funding by a grant through Innovate UK. It is essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure this position. KTPs offer a wide range of benefits including access to a £4,500 Personal Development budget to upskill during the project. For more information on KTP please go to https://bcuadvantage.co.uk/innovate/ktp/

When invited for interview, candidates should be prepared to explicitly and effectively explain how their skill-set and goals meet with the requirements described for the position.

The successful candidate will be employed by the University and will be based full time at Hadley’s office at 123 West Bromwich Street, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3AZ, where they will lead on the technical development of the project, supported by academics from BCU’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The position is for 27 months. The expected start date is as soon as is possible within October 2021.

Goal and objectives

The goal of the successful candidate is to develop a web-based innovative design tool, called HOPE (Hadley Offsite Product Engineering) to automate existing, unstructured, costly, and lengthy processes in the selection, evaluation, costing, carbon footprint assessment, benefit realisation, and data sharing of new modular housing products. HOPE will generate design and construction efficiencies which in turn will boost the take up of their steel products.

Key objectives include:

– Manage Hadley’s modular product data (ontology development) for knowledge engineering
– Link data for performance modelling
– Develop and publish web-based software tools
– Transfer knowledge on performance modelling, data integration and semantic web technology;
– Disseminate project outcomes to key stakeholders to contribute to industry transformation
– Streamline the specification of modular homes through application of the developed tools

The skills developed in this project will support Hadley’s modular house delivery plan through engaging potential customers and improving the modular products. The recruited web developer is expected to develop their discipline-specific knowledge of information management for modular construction. This role is a steppingstone for an enthusiastic candidate to develop a leading role in information management a major global steel manufacturer.

The research project main objectives are:

– Define, represent, model, manage Hadley’s modular product data (ontology development) for knowledge engineering
– Link data for performance modelling; develop web-based software tools
– Transfer knowledge on performance modelling, data integration and semantic web technology; disseminate project outcomes to key stakeholders to contribute to industry transformation
– Deliver impetus for construction specifiers and designers to switch to steel-framed modular buildings by eliminating iterative design repetitions and simplifying the specification of modular homes.
– Increase substantially Hadley’s sales revenue from steel components and steel-framed modular buildings.

Skills and Experience

You should have a good first degree and post-graduate degree in computing, software engineering, or computer science, or a related discipline, excellent programming skills, and great communication skills and experience of successfully working as part of a team. We expect the post holder to have the following technical knowledge and personal skills:
Technical Knowledge

Essential
-Proven software engineering skills and the ability to develop mature software components beyond research prototypes
-Experience in building Linked Data platforms and knowledge graphs
-Experience with at least one framework for building semantic web applications: OWLAPI, RDFLib, Jena
– Experience with at least one of the following programming languages: Python, Java
– Experience with HTML5, CSS and React

Desirable

– Experience with Triple Stores (such as GraphDb, Virtuoso, etc.) and/or Property Graphs (such as Neo4J,etc.)Strong experience in Semantic web technologies and formats (at least: RDF, OWL, SPARQL)
– Experience in managing data from different sources;
– Good understanding of Ontologies and Ontological Engineering
– Knowledge in managing data for Building Information Modelling (BIM)
– General knowledge of construction and manufacturing practices (e.g. building design, production, assembly on site)

Personal Skills

Essential

– Excellent communication skills and should be willing to actively and effectively communicate between a range of specialists.
– Effective interpersonal skills to establish good working relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and industrial partners will be essential.
– Ability to develop knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis techniques.
– Willingness to take ownership of the project, developing skills in financial, project management, multidisciplinary working, etc.
– Excellent communication, time management and problem-solving skills and be confident in dealing with clients. Client management means critical and creative thinking capability so they need to be open, friendly and adaptable.
– Enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to take a proactive role that will successfully deliver the work plan in the proposal.

Desirable

– Willingness to learn new technologies independently and look for solutions
– Ability to breakdown a substantial assignment into manageable tasks
– Self-critical and pragmatic in resolving problems throughout the project period
– Work independently and report development in regular meetings with project supervisor and academic team

Located in a modern £300m city centre campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement.

For more information on the role please contact Franco Cheung, Mark Kelly or Edlira Vakaj at: franco.cheung@bcu.ac.uk/mark.kelly@bcu.ac.uk/edlira.vakaj@bcu.ac.uk

Project description

Define, represent, model, manage Hadley’s modular product data (ontology development) for knowledge engineering
Link data for performance modelling; develop web-based software tools
Transfer knowledge on performance modelling, data integration and semantic web technology; disseminate project outcomes to key stakeholders to contribute to industry transformation
Deliver impetus for construction specifiers and designers to switch to steel-framed modular buildings by eliminating iterative design repetitions and simplifying the specification of modular homes.
Increase substantially Hadley’s sales revenue from steel components and steel-framed modular buildings.

About the business

The School of Engineering and the Built Environment is partnering with Hadley Industries Holdings Ltd. on a 27-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Hadley is a leading cold rollforming steel manufacturer (https://www.hadleygroup.com). Recently, the company is developing new steel modular products for construction with a plan to apply the latest digital technology to improve customer engagement and productivity. Hadley Industries Holdings Limited ('Hadley') produces cold rolled steel, supplied to every industrial sector, including construction. A key part of its growth strategy has been also to manufacture unique steel products for use in specific sectors. For construction, it already produces products such as light gauge steel frames, mezzanine flooring, and roof trusses. To grow its sales in the construction sector, Hadley is moving from just supplying components, to supplying most of the key components for a complete house, in modular form.

Manufacturing

IT

Minimum 2.1 and ideally Masters degree in Computer Science or a related field (e.g., data science, artificial intelligence);

21 August 2021

26 September 2021

31 October 2021

082021-360


Hadley Industries Holdings Ltd. and The School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU) are looking to appoint a high calibre graduate for an exciting opportunity in the cross disciplinary areas of web development, Building Information Modelling, data science and computer programming. BCU is a large and diverse place to study right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre.

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme co-funding by a grant through Innovate UK. It is essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure this position. KTPs offer a wide range of benefits including access to a £4,500 Personal Development budget to upskill during the project. For more information on KTP please go to https://bcuadvantage.co.uk/innovate/ktp/

When invited for interview, candidates should be prepared to explicitly and effectively explain how their skill-set and goals meet with the requirements described for the position.

The successful candidate will be employed by the University and will be based full time at Hadley’s office at 123 West Bromwich Street, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3AZ, where they will lead on the technical development of the project, supported by academics from BCU’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The position is for 27 months. The expected start date is as soon as is possible within October 2021.

Goal and objectives

The goal of the successful candidate is to develop a web-based innovative design tool, called HOPE (Hadley Offsite Product Engineering) to automate existing, unstructured, costly, and lengthy processes in the selection, evaluation, costing, carbon footprint assessment, benefit realisation, and data sharing of new modular housing products. HOPE will generate design and construction efficiencies which in turn will boost the take up of their steel products.

Key objectives include:

– Manage Hadley’s modular product data (ontology development) for knowledge engineering
– Link data for performance modelling
– Develop and publish web-based software tools
– Transfer knowledge on performance modelling, data integration and semantic web technology;
– Disseminate project outcomes to key stakeholders to contribute to industry transformation
– Streamline the specification of modular homes through application of the developed tools

The skills developed in this project will support Hadley’s modular house delivery plan through engaging potential customers and improving the modular products. The recruited web developer is expected to develop their discipline-specific knowledge of information management for modular construction. This role is a steppingstone for an enthusiastic candidate to develop a leading role in information management a major global steel manufacturer.

The research project main objectives are:

– Define, represent, model, manage Hadley’s modular product data (ontology development) for knowledge engineering
– Link data for performance modelling; develop web-based software tools
– Transfer knowledge on performance modelling, data integration and semantic web technology; disseminate project outcomes to key stakeholders to contribute to industry transformation
– Deliver impetus for construction specifiers and designers to switch to steel-framed modular buildings by eliminating iterative design repetitions and simplifying the specification of modular homes.
– Increase substantially Hadley’s sales revenue from steel components and steel-framed modular buildings.

Skills and Experience

You should have a good first degree and post-graduate degree in computing, software engineering, or computer science, or a related discipline, excellent programming skills, and great communication skills and experience of successfully working as part of a team. We expect the post holder to have the following technical knowledge and personal skills:
Technical Knowledge

Essential
-Proven software engineering skills and the ability to develop mature software components beyond research prototypes
-Experience in building Linked Data platforms and knowledge graphs
-Experience with at least one framework for building semantic web applications: OWLAPI, RDFLib, Jena
– Experience with at least one of the following programming languages: Python, Java
– Experience with HTML5, CSS and React

Desirable

– Experience with Triple Stores (such as GraphDb, Virtuoso, etc.) and/or Property Graphs (such as Neo4J,etc.)Strong experience in Semantic web technologies and formats (at least: RDF, OWL, SPARQL)
– Experience in managing data from different sources;
– Good understanding of Ontologies and Ontological Engineering
– Knowledge in managing data for Building Information Modelling (BIM)
– General knowledge of construction and manufacturing practices (e.g. building design, production, assembly on site)

Personal Skills

Essential

– Excellent communication skills and should be willing to actively and effectively communicate between a range of specialists.
– Effective interpersonal skills to establish good working relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and industrial partners will be essential.
– Ability to develop knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis techniques.
– Willingness to take ownership of the project, developing skills in financial, project management, multidisciplinary working, etc.
– Excellent communication, time management and problem-solving skills and be confident in dealing with clients. Client management means critical and creative thinking capability so they need to be open, friendly and adaptable.
– Enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to take a proactive role that will successfully deliver the work plan in the proposal.

Desirable

– Willingness to learn new technologies independently and look for solutions
– Ability to breakdown a substantial assignment into manageable tasks
– Self-critical and pragmatic in resolving problems throughout the project period
– Work independently and report development in regular meetings with project supervisor and academic team

Located in a modern £300m city centre campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement.

For more information on the role please contact Franco Cheung, Mark Kelly or Edlira Vakaj at: franco.cheung@bcu.ac.uk/mark.kelly@bcu.ac.uk/edlira.vakaj@bcu.ac.uk