The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Dr Qiuchen Lu

Lecturer in Digital Built Asset and Facility Management

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
27th Aug 2019

Research summary

Qiuchen's research interests focus on (1) automation and digitisation in asset & facility management (e.g., digital twin (DT) in city and building levels, image processing, IoT, AR/VR); (2) data-driven techniques (e.g., ML/AI, data processing techniques, cloud-based computing technologies); and (3) asset & facility management innovation (e.g., activity theory-based analysis and dialectical system model).

Teaching summary

Qiuchen mainly contributes in three modules: BCPM0060 – Introduction to the Built Environment, BARC0092 – Making Cities and BCPM0071, Professional Skills for Project Management. She is also the deputy programme lead for the MSc Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management (DIBAM).


Dr. Qiuchen Lu became a Lecturer in Digital Built Asset and Facility Management at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL), since August 2019. Before joining in UCL, Qiuchen was a research associate based at Asset Management Group, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), and also worked at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and Centre of Digital Built Britain (CDBB), Department of Engineering, the University of Cambridge. Dr. Lu mainly focused on the project ‘Digital Twin (DT) Project’ in building and city levels in Cambridge. A dynamic DT with multi-layered information models was developed to integrate heterogeneous data sources, support intelligent cloud-based data query, provide smarter AI-based decision-making processes and further bridge the gap between human relationships with buildings/regions via a more intelligent, visual and sustainable channels. She received her MPhil degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the PhD degree in the University of Hong Kong in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

Dr. Lu is currently an Associate Member of ASCE (The American Society of Civil Engineers) and the Editor (Chinese Language) of Building Information Model (BIM) Dictionary, BIMe INITIATIVE. She is the reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, such as Automation in Construction, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering etc.