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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) - Liverpool John Moores University
  • MSc Construction Project Management (2013) - Liverpool John Moores University
  • MSc Quantity Surveying (2015) - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • PhD Construction Management (2020) - Heriot-Watt University

Roles & Responsibilities

His current role primarily involves the following responsibilities:

Teaching: BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying/Construction Project Management programmes

  • Modules - Cost Control Principles (Y1); Cost Modelling and Measurement (Y2); Measurement and Cost Evaluation (Y3); Shaping Tomorrow Together (Y1), Design Project (Y4)
  • Dissertation Supervision - BSc and MSc research dissertations

Administrative: BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying/Construction Project Management programmes

  • UG Admissions Tutor - assisting the UG recruitment teams on offers for potential applicants, planning and scheduling departmental open-day activities, liason with the marketing team on public outreach activities
  • Year 01 Co-ordinator - planning and scheduling departmental induction activities for new and returning students, student-staff co-ordination on Y1 student matters and feedback
  • Athena Swan committee member - Co-lead of action points for increasing the female student numbers in CPM/QS


  • Completed Research Projects
    • Principal investigator - 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 (APM), UK.                                           Link: https://www.apm.org.uk/resources/research/research-fund/are-we-ready-for-net-zero-in-project-management/ 
  • PhD/EngD Supervision (Ongoing):
    • Baisil Varghese Oommen - Use of DNNs in construction cost estimating for main contracting organisations in the UAE
    • Abubakar Bagudo Muhammad - Improving cost estimation of oil and gas decommissioning megaprojects using a RCF-Bayesian framework
    • Abubakar Sadiq Tukur - Unveiling the dynamics of innovation integration in megaprojects
    • Adedoyin Ibosiola - Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies for energy megaprojects in Nigeria
    • Hayford Pittri - BIM-enabled Blockchains for embodied carbon tracking within the supply chains of construction projects
    • Mohammed Adamu Duhu (2nd) - Cost optimization of Nigerian oil and gas megaprojects

Research interests

  • System dynamics and systems thinking for complex problems in the built environment
  • Cost overruns in megaprojects
  • Behavioural project management
  • AI, digital twins, and blockchain in construction
  • Net-zero carbon and delivery of megaprojects/major programmes
  • Methodological developments in qualitative research
  • Learning and teaching advancements 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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