Dr Henry Abanda

BSc (Hons), Dipl. Ing., PGCert(Distinction), MA, PhD, HDR.

Reader in Construction Informatics

School of the Built Environment


Dr Henry Abanda is a Reader in Construction IT in the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University. He has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics/Physics (The University of Buea, Cameroon), Dipl. Ing. in Civil Engineering ( École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique de Yaoundé, Cameroun), MA in Monitoring & Evaluation (Africa Nazarene University, Kenya),  PGCert(Distinction) in Teaching in Higher Education(Oxford Brookes University, UK),  PhD in Construction IT(Oxford Brookes University, UK) and an HDR ( “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”) in Digital Construction Technology (Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France). Henry conducts research and lectures in the field of Construction IT in the school. He has conducted research and delivered lectures in institutions in at least 5 continents including Africa, Europe, Asia, South and North America.

Henry is one of the 5 Strategic Advisors of BIM Africa, an initiative formed to enable and regulate the adoption and implementation of digital technologies in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry in Africa.

Henry Abanda

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Henry team-teaches on the following modules:

  • Construction Technology
  • Project Financial Control
  • Integrative Project
  • Managing Technology for Sustainable Environments
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Advanced Development

Program development

Henry has contributed to developing modules in the different programs. Also, he has contributed in developing programs especially the MSc in BIM and Management.


Henry has supervised to completion 3 PhD students, being director of students for one of them and second supervisor for the other two. Currently, he is supervising 5 PhD students all conducting research in either BIM, Semantic Web and Digital Twin applications in construction.


His research interests are in the following fields applied in construction:

  • Semantic Web,
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM),
  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Machine & Deep Learning,
  • Digital Twins.

He has worked on research projects funded by the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the International Labour Organisation. He was the Chapter Science Assistant in the writing of the 5th Climate Change Mitigation Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Henry has co-authored over 61 peer-reviewed journal articles, 39 peer-reviewed conference articles, 6 international reports, 4 book chapters and 2 books all in the area of Construction IT. 



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

•    Fellow of the UK Advance Higher Education Academy
•    Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
•    Member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
•    Member of the European Energy Centre (MEEC)


Recent Keynote Addresses and Lectures include:

  • Panel Speaker at European Technology Chamber - Energy Council Webinar ´Creating Smart Cities in Africa (SDG 7 & 11), 1st April 2021
  • Guest Speaker at the Virtual BIMHarambee.Africa Conference (BIM for Building Embodied Energy and Carbon Evaluation), 5-30th October 2020
  • Guest Speaker at the Virtual Digital Construction Summer School (BIM 360 Build - Best Practices on Teaching Students Field Management), 8-11th September 2020
  • Presenter at the Virtual Black History Month (Emerging ICT Applications In Construction Practice), 14th October 2020
  • Speaker at the Construction Project Manager As the Integrator (Nairobi Express way) Seminar, Institution of Construction Project Managers of Kenya (ICPMK), August 13, 2020
  • Guest lecture on BSc and MSc Civil Engineering programs at the Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB), Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
  • Keynote speaker at The 1st International Conference On Sustainable Energy and Climate in African Municipalities, May 22-25, 2018, Yaoundé, Cameroon