FEIT Research Project Database

Building 4.0 CRC

Project Leader: Ngoc Tuan Nguyen
Staff: Prof Tuan Ngo
Primary Contact: Ngoc Tuan Nguyen (tuan.nguyen@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: artificial intelligence; civil engineering; concrete technology; finite element modelling
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering


Building 4.0 CRC was established as part of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre program in 2020. Through deep collaboration and new technologies of the 4th industrial age, Building 4.0 CRC will catapult the industry into an efficient, connected and customer-centric future. The CRC aims to capture new opportunities across the whole value chain in cooperation with government, research and industry organisations.

Our three integrated research programs will help to ensure that we deliver on:

  • new industry-wide culture, practices and standard protocols that will enable the transformation of the entire sector;
  • new building processes and techniques through leveraging the latest technologies, data science and AI; and
  • improvements to building “hardware” and processes, and their interaction with our digital and sectoral programs, to ultimately improve all aspects of the key building phases (development, design, production, assembly, operation, maintenance and end-of-life).

We are also creating pathways for future employees to develop new, tech-focused skills through a deep understanding of the industry’s needs and culture.

Furthermore, Building 4.0 CRC’s research projects will place Australia at the forefront of global developments in the advanced manufacture of buildings.



The student’s PhD research proposal must align with CRC objectives, focusing on the following key research subject areas:

o High-Performance Materials and Building Systems

o Generative/Computational Design and Building Information Modelling

o Digital Twins/Digital Engineering

o AI-based optimisation of the performance of digital builds

o Data-Driven and Physics-Based Simulations for improving Safety, Resilience and


o Waste reduction and Decarbonisation Techniques for Building Industry

o Net Zero Buildings

o Circular Economy and Life Cycle Analysis Methodologies


Further information: https://building4pointzero.org/