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Dr Ling Ma
1-19 torrington place
Tel: 02076791903
  • Lecturer in Construction Management
  • The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
I have worked with researchers from culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse background. 
I received my PhD in Construction Management at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China in June 2013. 
I worked as a postdoctoral researcher and adjunct lecturer at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology for three years since December 2013. 
I did a secondment at Georgia Institute of Technology in the US for six months in 2015 which was partially supported by the Marie Curie IRSES program. 
I started my lectureship at the University of Huddersfield in the UK in 2017 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2018. 
I also had a short-term visit to the University of Hong Kong in 2018. 
I joined the University College London in February 2019.
Research Themes
Research Summary

My research promotes smart and resilient infrastructure, such as tunnels, buildings, and highway/railway bridges, with digital technologies, such as data mining, remote sensing, photogrammetry, digital twin, and virtual/augmented reality.

Working with Wuhan Metro Co., Ltd in China I developed a safety early-warning system using data mining of over five million geotechnical monitoring records to achieve zero fatality in 6-year constructions of tunnels over 200 kilometres.
  • Ma, L.*, Ding, L., and Luo, H. (2014). “Non-linear description of ground settlement over twin tunnels in soil.” Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 42, 144–151.
  • Guo, J.*, Ding, L., Luo, H., Zhou, C., and Ma, L. (2014). “Wavelet prediction method for ground deformation induced by tunneling.” Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 41(1).
  • Ma, L., Luo, HB*, et al. (2013). “Safety risk analysis based on a geotechnical instrumentation data warehouse in metro tunnel project.” Automation in Construction, 34, 75–84.
  • Ding, L., Ma, L.*, Luo, H., Yu, M., and Wu, X. (2011). “Wavelet Analysis for tunneling-induced ground settlement based on a stochastic model.” Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 26(5), 619–628.
Working with the insurance association in Israel I developed a laser scanning system that automatically generates 3D information models of earthquake-damaged buildings to facilitate search & rescue teams finding victims within 72 hours after a disaster.
  • Ma, L.*, Sacks, R., et al. (2016). “Preparation of Synthetic As-Damaged Models for Post-Earthquake BIM Reconstruction Research.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 30(3).
  • Zeibak-Shini, R.*, Sacks, R., Ma, L., and Filin, S. (2016). “Towards generation of as-damaged BIM models using laser-scanning and as-built BIM: First estimate of as-damaged locations of reinforced concrete frame members in masonry infill structures.” Advanced Engineering Informatics, 30(3), 312–326.
  • Ma, L.*, Sacks, R., and Zeibak-Shini, R. (2015). “Information modeling of earthquake-damaged reinforced concrete structures.” Advanced Engineering Informatics, 29(3), 396–407.
Working with the Georgia Department of Transportation in the US I developed a model reconstruction and semantic enrichment engine that can digitize the 15,000 highway bridges for asset management in the state of Georgia.
  • Sacks, R., Kedar, A., Borrmann, A., Ma, L.*, et al. (2018). “SeeBridge as next generation bridge inspection: Overview, Information Delivery Manual and Model View Definition.” Automation in Construction, 90.
  • Ma, L.*, Sacks, R., et al. (2017). “3D Object Classification Using Geometric Features and Pairwise Relationships.” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 33(2).
  • Sacks, R., Ma, L.*, et al. (2017). “Semantic Enrichment for Building Information Modeling: Procedure for Compiling Inference Rules and Operators for Complex Geometry.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 31(6), 04017062.
Working with Network Rail in the UK I developed a new structural inspection system with photogrammetry and immersive technologies to replace the traditional, dangerous, inefficient, and non-informatic inspection approach for examining 30,000 ageing railway bridges.
Visit the following link to see the demos of photogrammetry and immersive applications:

Teaching Summary

  • BCPM0067 Technology Studies
  • Course leader of MSc Dissertation

01-FEB-2017 – 31-JAN-2019 RA -> Lecturer -> Senior Lecturer Architecture and 3D design University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
01-APR-2015 – 30-SEP-2015 Visiting scholar School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
01-DEC-2013 – 31-JAN-2017 Postdoc -> Adjunct Lecturer Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Academic Background
2013   Doctor of Philosophy Huazhong University of Science and Technology
2008   Bachelor of Science Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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