Building Physics

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 3 months

Proposed start date: 1st August 2018

Keywords: Automation, visualisation, dashboard development, parametric design and modelling, grasshopper

Please note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

Project Background

Arup is an independent firm of designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Arup Research is part of the Arup Foresight, Research and Innovation team and works to increase the value, visibility and social usefulness of Arup’s research investments. We lead programs that test early and high-risk technologies, methodologies and ideas in real-world scenarios. Working collaboratively with industry, university, government and community partners, Arup Research tackles the problems we expect to encounter over the coming decade. Arup Research identifies trends and problems in collaboration with Arup Foresight. We run about 70 projects each year across Australasia and about 500 globally. For a sample of our projects go to:

Working directly within the Buildings Team, the role offers the chance to immerse yourself into solving the problems that come with major construction projects that are currently in design or construction.

Research to be Conducted

We are seeking an intern to work with our engineers and designers in the Sustainable Buildings Design Team in Melbourne to work on a variety of projects including:
– Developing dashboards to convey technical engineering assessments to clients
– Prototype web-based project portals to connect engineers and designers throughout the design process
– Prototype a multi-dis parametric project delivery to better visualise spaces in a 3D environment for clients
– Automate reports and quality checks for various applications including environmental performance buildings audits, NABERS, Town Planning, DTSJV3, grasshopper calculations etc

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student who is passionate about digital technology and its ability to improve sustainable building and precinct design and construction.

The candidate will demonstrate competence in:
• Grasshopper tool development
• Dashboard development
• Spreadsheet and document automation

Commercial and communication
• Able to work in a commercial environment where colleagues don’t have much time to spend on research and development. This means being efficient when talking with engineers and designers, and working around their needs
• Able to ‘speak’ both digital technology and engineering languages. You will be working with engineers, who have expertise in structural, mechanical, electrical, façade and building physics engineering. All are interested in developing their programming and automation skills, but most are not experts in this area. You will need to be able to ‘speak’ both languages, and communicate your approach and work simply.
• Open and keen to share your knowledge and skills with others.

Planning & Organising
• Concerned with outcomes, thinking things through and making contingencies
• Organised, methodical and thorough in approach to work in order to meet deadlines
• Demonstrates the skills to focus on the main issue, enabling a quick solution
• Able to produce clear and simple documentation of technical processes

• Experience or background in engineering or architecture

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the internship are:
– Delivery of a series of automation and development projects, under the supervision of the engineering team
– A report and accompanying simple PowerPoint deck detailing the various projects undertaken
– Clear documentation of the methods for each project that can be picked up by a similarly qualified person
– Delivery of a series of presentations and informal learning sessions, where you have shared your skills with the wider team

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university
Applications Close

 29 July 2018


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