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CAVA Postdoctoral Fellow

ela Gholami

AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Elaheh Gholami is a postdoctoral AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow at CAVA in Digital Architecture on a collaborative project with AECOM. She holds a PhD degree in Architecture from University of Liverpool and MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design from Cardiff University. Her research focuses on the transformative potential of BIM (Building Information Management) technology towards the goal of enhancing performance simulation of retrofit projects in the residential sector. Her research is regarded to be one of the first in the UK that implements BIM in a small-scale retrofit process and which developed guidelines for its wider adoption. She has held several teaching assistant positions in sustainability and BIM Masters courses over a period of four years at the University of Liverpool and worked as a RA, in collaboration with BRE, CARILLION, CI, VRM, LEEDS, on the S_IMPLER project which built a cross-functional understanding of BIM operational processes, technology requirements and clients’ problems.

Her current research investigates the addition of a 4th dimension in the visualisation of 3D BIM models and design, using immersive, holographic technology (Mircosoft HoloLens).The outcome of the research is going to be a proof of concept for a “virtual information model” and a critical evaluation of how immersive models can be created that link with existing systems.