Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Room: 6E 4.12
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386816

PhD Supervision

Alex is interested in supervising students studying:

  • Communication and BIM
  • Managing project complexity
  • Decision making models
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainable construction management skills
  • Learning and teaching innovation

Dr Alex Copping


Alex is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management. He is Director of Studies for the MSc in International Construction Management taught by distance learning.

Alex gained his PhD from De Montfort University and his MSc from Loughborough University. Before entering academia he has worked for Kier as a site engineer, Trafalgar House Construction as a design and build manager, as a research fellow in the Estate Management Office of De Montfort University and as a research consultant for Babcock Construction.


Alex's research interests in the area of Construction Project Management revolve around the relationship between project complexity, project management methodologies and the management of resources pertaining to “integrated delivery” in project environments. Within this theme he is currently supervising PhD projects addressing issues of process innovation, including BIM maturity assessment tools, knowledge sharing, value benchmarking and sustainable construction management practices in refurbishment projects.
Alex also has a research interest in teaching and learning innovations which has naturally evolved from managing distance and flexible learning programmes and the need to develop innovative methods of delivery. He has a particular passion for exploring the concept of ‘life-long-learning’ and the ‘learner journey’ and recent research projects include: problem-based e-learning; feedback practices for e-tutors; unit evaluation techniques for distance learning delivery; the web residency habits of students; the use of animation as a teaching resource.


Alex has extensive experience in programme management, curriculum development and content writing for flexible delivery. He has acted as a visiting critic to several Universities around the world. He has worked as an independent consultant on a number of international educational pedagogy projects in the built environment. He has served on academic accreditation and review committees in Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, Tanzania and the Middle East.

Teaching units
AR20318 Civil Engineering Management 1
AR40319 Advanced Construction Management 


Book Sections

Powell, R. and Copping, A., 2010. Construction worker sleep deprivation and its effects on personal safety. In: Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2010: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference. , pp. 203-211.

Cano-Lopez, P., Copping, A. and Bullock, K., 2008. Introducing an innovative approach to supporting work-based learning for specialist trade operatives. In: Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference.Vol. 1. , pp. 33-41.

D'Ayala, D. F., Copping, A. G. and Wang, H., 2006. A conceptual model for Multihazard assessment of the vulnerability of historic buildings. In: Lourenco, P. B., Roca, P., Modena, C. and Agrawal, S., eds. Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions : Possibilities of Numerical and Experimental Techniques. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference.Vol. 1. New Delhi: Macmillian, pp. 121-140.

Copping, A. G., 2002. Chapter 11: Management of Fire Safety. In: Means of Escape from Fire. London, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 247--269.


Grover, R., Emmitt, S. and Copping, A., 2017. The typological learning framework: the application of structured precedent design knowledge in the architectural design studio. International Journal of Technology and Design Education

Forster, A. M., Pilcher, N., Tennant, S., Murray, M. D., Craig, N. and Copping, A., 2017. The fall and rise of experiential construction and engineering education: decoupling and recoupling practice and theory. Higher Education Pedagogies, 2 (1), pp. 79-100.

Murray, M. D., Tennant, S., Craig, N., Copping, A. and Pilcher, N., 2017. Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk: Are Career Academics Gatekeepers to Student Tacit Knowledge? Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5 (2).

Powell, R. I. and Copping, A. G., 2016. Measuring fatigue-related impairment in the workplace. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 14 (3), pp. 507-525.

Powell, R. and Copping, A., 2010. Sleep deprivation and its consequences in construction workers. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136 (10), pp. 1086-1092.

Lo, S. M., Zhao, C. M., Liu, M. and Copping, A., 2008. A simulation model for studying the implementation of performance-based fire safety design in buildings. Automation in Construction, 17 (7), pp. 852-863.

D'Ayala, D. F. and Copping, A., 2007. Holistic Approach to the Rehabilitation of Foundouks in Morocco. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Perservation Technology, 38.

Copping, A. G., 2004. Introducing a Protocol for an Integrated Fire Safety Evaluation Procedure for Historic Buildings. International Journal of Performance Based Fire Codes, 6, 72--77.

Copping, A. G., 2002. Application of a Systematic Fire Safety Evaluation Procedure in the Protection of Historic Property. Fire Protection Engineering

Copping, A. G., 2002. The Development of a Fire Safety Evaluation Procedure for the Property Protection of Parish Churches. Fire Technology, 38, 319--334.

Shacklock, V. and Copping, A., 1996. Protecting the fabric and content of historic cathedrals against fire. Transactions of the Ancient Monument Society, 40.

Shacklock, V. and Copping, A., 1994. The protection of anglican cathedrals from damage by fire:a review based on insurance data. Structural Survey, 12 (5), pp. 4-10.

Conference or Workshop Items

Copping, A., 2017. The Application of Emerging Technologies in the Measurement of Production and Productivity Data on Construction Sites. In: CIB W099 & TG059 Towards Better Safety, Health and People in Construction Conference, 2017-06-11 - 2017-06-13.

Azzouz, A., Copping, A., Shepherd, P. and Duncan, A., 2016. Application of the ARUP BIM Maturity Measure:An Analysis of Trends and Patterns. In: ARCOM 2016, 2016-09-05 - 2016-09-07, Manchester.

Copping, A. and Rabba, J., 2016. Understanding Informal Communication Networks in Engineering Design Consultancy Decision Making:An Exploratory study. In: Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, 2016-06-30 - 2016-07-01, University of Bath.

Azzouz, A., Shepherd, P. and Copping, A., 2016. Emergence of Building Information Modelling Assessment Methods. In: Integrated Design at 50: Building our Future, 2016-06-30 - 2016-07-01, University of Bath.

Copping, A. and Davies, S., 2016. Creativity and the Construction Project Manager:An Exploratory Study. In: CIB World Building Congress 2016, 2016-05-30 - 2016-06-03, Tampere Finland.

Copping, A., 2015. Utilising E-Portfolios for Reflective Learning in Construction Management Postgraduate Education.

Copping, A. and Smith, G., 2015. Harvesting Knowledge Through Post Project Reviews:A Case Study from the UAE. In: COBRA 2015, 2015-07-08 - 2015-07-10, Australia.

Copping, A. and Hancock, M., 2014. Delivering Postgraduate Education to Construction Professionals in Tanzania via Distance Learning. In: CIB W55, 2014-05-04 - 2014-05-07, Sri Lanka.

Copping, A. and Powell, R., 2014. Screening for Fatigue-related Impairment in the Workplace. In: CIB W99, 2014-06-02 - 2014-06-03, Sweden.

Copping, A. and Turner, K., 2012. Barriers to the Achievement of Best Value Contractor Selection in the UK Public Sector. In: International conference in Construction and Real Estate Management, 2012-10-01 - 2012-10-03.

Copping, A. and Agar, S., 2011. Forecasting the Effect of Implementing Collaborative Improvement Programmes in Canadian Construction Enterprises. In: IGLC, 2011-07-13 - 2011-07-15, Peru.

Copping, A., Applegate, R. and Mellett, P., 2011. Towards Enhanced Feedback Practices in a Virtual Environment. In: Blended Learning Conference, 2011-06-15 - 2011-06-16.

Copping, A. and Bhujun, V., 2007. Total Customer Satisfaction: Introducing a Dynamic Measurement Model for Construction Consultants. In: ASCE Construction Research Conference, 2007-05-05 - 2007-05-07.

Copping, A. and Mellett, P., 2005. An Innovative Approach to the Teaching of Building Design and Information. In: International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 2005-06-14 - 2005-06-16.

Wang, H., D'Ayala, D. and Copping, A., 2005. A Conceptual Model for Multihazard Vulnerability Assessment of Historic Buildings. In: APTI 2005 Conference, 2005-01-01.

Copping, A. and Mellett, P., 2004. Blended Learning: An Appropriate Strategy for the Future Development of an Established International Distance Learning Course. In: International Forum on Open Learning, 2004-07-03 - 2004-07-07.

Copping, A., Morrison, D. and Bloss, E., 2003. Designing a Problem-based Pedagogy for E-learning Delivery: A Case Study Example. In: International Conference on Building Education and Research, 2003-04-08 - 2003-04-10.

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