Niraj Thurairajah

Biography

Niraj Thurairajah is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. He currently teaches on our MSc Construction Project Management course, as well as BSc (Hons) courses in Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Real Estate.

Niraj started his academic career in 2002 at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. While conducting lectures, mainly in the areas of quantity surveying, project management and construction management, he worked part-time as a consultant quantity surveyor undertaking pre and post-quantity surveying work. In 2004, he joined the University of Salford on a scholarship to read his PhD.

Joining Birmingham City University in 2007, he took a research fellow post at the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) and was then promoted to an academic coordinator position. During his time with the University, he has made more than 30 peer reviewed publications and managed several research engagement projects, such as OBREE, ACBEE, ExcelDL and more.

Current Activity

Niraj teaches modules in quantity surveying and construction project management to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Areas of Expertise
  • Construction project management
  • Building information modelling
  • Construction economics
  • Pre and post contract procedures
  • Project estimating
  • Measurement
  • Design procedures
  • Contract procedures
  • Technology enhanced teaching and learning
Qualifications

PhD in Construction Project Management
BSc (Hons) Building Economics

Research

Niraj has a variety of research interests covering people and process-related aspects of the built environment. This includes:

  • Construction Innovation and Building Information Modeling: Niraj leads the MSc (Construction Project Management) Innovation in Construction module and is interested in people and process related aspects of BIM. His current research focus is on commercial management aspects of BIM and the cultural transformation of construction cost consultants.
  • Education in built environment: Niraj was an Academic Coordinator in the UK Higher Education Academy’s Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) before moving to the University. He managed and contributed to various accelerating change agenda initiatives to foster collaboration and dialogue between industry, higher education and professional bodies, thus encouraging the provision of more relevant education for the future and improving the quality of student output.
  • Disaster resilience: Niraj is part of CIB Task Group 63 on Disasters and the Built Environment and is mainly interested in capacity building for disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction, disaster risk reduction and stakeholder management. He has contributed to RICS funded disaster resilience projects that focused on developing knowledge management capacity for disaster management in the built environment.
Publications

Robson, A., Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N. (2016) Studying ‘cost as information’ to account for construction improvements, included in Construction Management and Economics

Tochukwu, B., Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N. (2016) Developing SMEs as environmental businesses, included in Construction Innovation 16(1)

Thurairajah, Niraj and Lees, M. and Ganeshamoorthy, S. (2016) Knowledge acquisition to address the skills challenges in the UK Constuction Industry. Proceedings of CIB World Congress

Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N. (2015) Construction Education in the New Digital World

Boyd, D., Thurairajah, N., Leonard, M. (2015) Housing – the digital revolution

Parn, E., Colombage, L., Thurairajah, N. (2015) Affordances of BIM during the Architectural Design Process, International Postgraduate Research Conference, Salford, Manchester, UK

Thurairajah, Niraj and Lees, M. and Ganeshamoorthy, S. (2015) Turning knowledge into action: skills development and challenges in BIM projects. In: ARCOM Doctoral Workshop

Cidik, M.S. and Boyd, D. and Thurairajah, N. (2014) Leveraging collaboration through the use of building information models. In: 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, 1 September 2014 through 3 September 2014, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Cidik, M.S. and Boyd, D. and Thurairajah, N. (2014) Understanding the polarized perspectives in BIM enabled projects. In: 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013, 2 September 2013 through 4 September 2013, Reading; United Kingdom

Cidik M.S., Boyd, D. Thurairajah N and Hill S.(2014) ‘BIM and Conceptual Design Sustainability Analysis: An Information Categorization Framework’, Associated Schools of Construction Conference’, Washington 26th – 28th March, Available online: http://ascpro.ascweb.org/chair/paper/CPRT194002014.pdf

Robson A., Boyd, D. and Thurairajah N.(2014) ‘UK Construction Supply Chain Attitudes to BIM’, Associated Schools of Construction Conference, Washington 26th – 28th March, Available online: http://ascpro.ascweb.org/chair/paper/CPRT224002014.pdf

Onyido, Tochukwu and Boyd, David and Thurairajah, Niraj (2014) The Implications of Supply Chain Localisation for the Evolving Sustainable Energy Products Market in the UK Built Environment. In: CIB 2014 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, 4th - 7th May 2014, Kandalama, Sri Lanka

Thurairajah, N. (2013) ‘Advantages and challenges of using BIM’, paper presented at the 49th ASC Annual International Conference, California Polytechnic State University (with D. Goucher)

Thurairajah, N. (2013) ‘Understanding the polarised perspectives in BIM enabled projects’, paper presented at the ARCOM Annual Conference, Reading (with D. Boyd and M.S. Cıdık)

Cidik, M.S. and Boyd, D. and Thurairajah, N. (2013) The BIM information needs for sustainability in conceptual design. In: ARCOM Doctoral Workshop on BIM Management and Interoperability, 20th June 2013, Birmingham City University

Thurairajah, N. (2012) 'Usability and impact of BIM on early estimation practices: a cost consultant's perspective', paper presented at the International Congress on Construction Management Research, Montreal (with D. Goucher)

Thurairajah, N. (2012) ‘Using synchronous web conferencing to enhance situated distance learner experience in built environment context’ paper presented at the 48th ASC Annual International Conference, Birmingham City University (with B. McAdam, and A. Williams)

Thurairajah, N. (2010) ‘Using skills gap analysis in construction management to stimulate a demand led model of curriculum’ paper presented at the CIB world congress 2010, The University of Salford (with P. Mullin and A. Williams)

Thurairajah, N. (2010) ‘Measuring Human Intellectual Capital Transfer in HEI-Industry Engagements’ paper presented at the CIB world congress 2010, The University of Salford (with M. Lees)

Thurairajah, N. (2009) ‘Work Based learning: working the curriculum’, University of Salford, Salford (with A. Williams)

Thurairajah, N. (2009) ‘Improving performance through HEI-Industry engagements in the built environment’, Industry and Higher Education, (23)1, pp. 39-49 (with J. Underwood and A. Williams)

Thurairajah, N. (2009) ‘ACBEE Phase IV – Intellectual capital perspective in employer engagements’, University of Salford, Salford (with M. Lees and A. Williams)

Thurairajah, N. (2009) ‘Increasing the effectiveness of disaster management strategies by sharing knowledge and good practice’, RICS, London (with R. Haigh, D. Amaratunga, D. Baldry and Pathirage, C.)

Thurairajah, N. (2008) ‘An Empirical study of the cultural and behavioural challenges in the UK construction partnering’ paper presented at the Building Resilience conference, The University of Salford (with R. Haigh and R.D.G. Amaratunga)

Haigh, R., Amaratunga, D., Baldry, D., Pathirage, C. and Thurairajah, N. (2009) Increasing the effectiveness of disaster management strategies by sharing knowledge and good practice RICS, London.

Thurairajah, N., Lees, M. and Williams, A. (2009) ACBEE Phase IV – Intellectual capital perspective in employer engagements University of Salford, Salford.