Digital construction and quantity surveying

By Dr Karen Blay

We asked Dr Karen Blay (MCP, BSc, PgCert, MSc, PhD, FHEA), a lecturer in Digital Construction & Quantity Surveying at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, her thoughts on leading a research project…

I led a research project on information resilience, funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, Cambridge. Information, which is the underpinning driver in the Digitalised Built Environment (DBE), is exposed to varying threats which affect the intrinsic, relational and security dimensions of information quality.

The research I led developed an information resilience framework which provided a holistic view, and outlined the capabilities and requirements needed to ensure the resilience of information throughout its lifecycle, from creation to use, storage, reuse, preservation and, ultimately, destruction.

This holistic process has informed future digital policies and supplemented existing work on information security risk. The research is timely because information, which is the core of digitalisation in the built environment, is vulnerable to diverse threats throughout its lifespan and requires a holistic model to facilitate its resilience. More about the research can be found here.

My current research is on adapting Enterprise Information Systems to maximize information value, whilst ensuring security, traceability and inclusion.

Read more on my journey and experiences in the first issue of The Academic Woman, which will be available on by mid-September.

You can follow Karen on Twitter: @karenbblay