Paul has experience of working within construction as both a practitioner and academic. Prior to entering academia, he spent several years in the industry working for national and international organisations.
Paul's work experience includes construction management, project planning, estimating, tendering and cost engineering on multi-million pound building and civil engineering projects. Since working at Sheffield Hallam University he has developed and taught across several courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in addition to professional courses and CPD work for professionals and industry. He remains active in personal research and research supervision in the field of construction management, having supervised and examined candidates at MPhil, EngD and PhD levels. Numerous papers have been published in peer reviewed journals including national and international conference proceedings.
Teaching interests are focused around project management systems, e-learning environments and research methods.
Teaching interests are focused around project management systems, multimedia systems and e-learning environments.
Research interests include information modelling, the application of artificial intelligence techniques to construction processes, construction automation, and advanced information and communication systems. Several research projects have been carried out with National construction organisations involving the analysis of construction processes, construction productivity, and the development of management information systems.
Research work has been directed at increasing the efficiency of industry through effective utilisation of information technology. In particular, his work has focused on the development of integrated information systems, knowledge-based systems, multimedia systems and digital construction.
Cross-faculty research has also been carried out between the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanties and Science, Technology and Arts, involving simulation work related to construction processes, the development of web-based multimedia systems and the analysis and design of computer applications for construction. Additional work continues with the development of automated systems involving grammatical inference and elastic matching techniques applied to ground engineering.
Paul is a former Chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) UK and a member of the Management Board of Construct IT for business. He sits on various committees and development groups within SHU involving postgraduate teaching, learning and assessment in addition to research