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Gimhan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University. His expertise includes the broad areas of quantity surveying, project management, megaprojects, system dynamics, and systems thinking. His educational qualifications are as follows:

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management - 2012
  • MSc Construction Project Management - 2013
  • MSc Quantity Surveying - 2015
  • PhD Construction Management - 2021

Roles & Responsibilities

His current role involves the following responsibilities:


  • Modules - Cost Control Principles; Cost Modelling and Measurement; Measurement and Cost Evaluation; Shaping Tomorrow Together (A,B), Design Project
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc research dissertations


  • Admissions Tutor - BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying/Construction Project Management programmes
  • Year 01 Co-ordinator 


  • Current Research Projects: 
    • Net-zero carbon and the project manager: readiness, challenges, and pathways for the delivery of carbon-free major projects - Funded by the Association for Project Management, UK 
  • PhD/EngD Supervision:
    • Baisil Varghese Oommen - A qualitative study on the effects of Artificial Intelligence and Ambient Intelligence in a UAE-based Construction Contracting Organization via application testing in ongoing projects and manufacturing processes
    • Mohammed Adamu Duhu - Cost optimization of Nigerian oil and gas megaprojects

Research interests

  • System dynamics and systems thinking in construction
  • Cost overruns in megaprojects
  • Behavioural economics in project management
  • Application of AI, data science, digital twins, and blockchain in construction
  • Net-zero Carbon and delivery of megaprojects/major programmes
  • Methodological developments in qualitative research
  • Learning and teaching in the built environment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Policy Council Member - UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society


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