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Dr Henry Fonbeyin

PhD, Dipl. -Ing., PGcert (Distinction) BSc (Hons), CEng MEEC MIET FHEA

Senior Lecturer

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Henry Abanda

Phone number: 01865483475


Location: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP

Dr. Henry Abanda has a BSc (Hons) and Dipl.-Ing. in Mathematics/Physics and Civil Engineering respectively. After obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering in 2003, Henry worked as a Project Engineer on projects funded by the governments of Cameroon and Japan. Henry obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment at Oxford Brookes University in the UK in 2011. His research supervisors were Prof Joseph Handibry Mbatu Tah, Prof David Duce and Dr Esra Kurul. His PhD investigated the extent to which Semantic Web technologies can be used in managing sustainable building technology knowledge for use in different building projects. As a main contribution, the study culminated in the development of a photovoltaic decision support system called PhotoVoltaic Technology Ontology System (PV-TONS). The system provides a means of designing and selecting photovoltaic systems and components for use in building projects. Henry is currently extending his PhD study to include other sustainable building technologies such as wind turbines, geothermal and combined heat and power systems.

During and after his PhD study, Henry has contributed to writing research proposals for securing research grants/funding for a number of research councils and organisations including the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the International Labour Organisation, Oxford Brookes Reinvention Centre, and Persimmon Homes-UK. In addition, Henry has worked as a Chapter Science Assistant at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where he is contributing to the writing of the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change mitigation recently published in 2014. He has also published in prestigious journals such as Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Expert Systems with Applications, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology in Construction and Construction in Developing Countries. Also, Henry is an editorial board member of the International Energy Journal being managed by the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences Publishing Press.




Modules taught


Postgraduate level

  • P33509 Advanced Construction Technology and BIM
  • P33510 BIM in Practice
  • P33507: Managing Technology for Sustainable Environments


Undergraduate level

  • U33510 Construction Communication and Information Technology 1 (Computer-Aided-Design)
  • U33528 Construction Communication and Information Technology 2 (Building Information Modelling)


Research Degree Supervision

Current PhD supervision

Karim Farghaly Ibrahim (2016- ) Building Information Modelling – Big Data for facilities management

Zainab Shamsiya Usman (2015- ) Using Semantic Web technology to recommend sustainable building technology products

Sheikh Ali Sh Said (2015- ) An investigation into the use of emerging Building Information Modelling in modelling mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services in buildings.

Completed MSc supervision

  • Howells D. (2017) The potential of augmented and virtual reality in the construction industry
  • Amin K. (2017) Towards the development of a BIM plan of work for construction projects in Egypt
  • Kane W. (2017) Investigating the use of BIM as a tool for construction logistics management
  • Clews S.R. (2017) Radio frequency identification in construction: The benefits the technology can bring to BIM and subsequently to construction project management
  • Lale H.M. (2017) Investigating application barriers of BIM adoption in the UK: In particular interoperabilityof software
  • Shilpa Javali (2016) Improving the delivery of construction projects: A comparative study of Building Information Modelling and Product Lifecycle Management Approaches

  • Laxmi Gurung (2016) BIM-Based Project Management for Post-Disaster Reconstruction Nepal: A Strategy for Efficient Coordination and Planning

  • Alexander Cooke (2016) Advancements in Construction Automation: Concrete Printing as a Disruptive Technology

  • Kennedy Kogo (2015-2016) An investigation into the use of common data environments for construction management
  • Musa Adamu Musa (2015-2016) An investigation into 4D Project planning risk management using Emerging Building Information Modelling
  • Alaa Karrar (2015-2016) Building Information Modelling adoption strategies: SMEs perspectives
  • Hani Al Idilbi Alwan (2014-2015) An investigation into the potential of BIM for clash detection in buildings
  • Katie Cross (2013-2015, part-time): Enhancing sustainability in the construction industry through Building Information Modelling: The case of Abu Dhabi.
  • Djibril Djawara (2013-2014, full-time): Building Information Modelling for sustainable building performance assessment


Research Interests

Henry’s research interest is in the applications of emerging Building Information Modelling, Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies in managing knowledge in the Sustainable Building domain




Research group membership



Active roles in different organisations

  • An assessor at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK
  • A member of the (CIB) Task Group 90 Information Integration in Construction
  • A member of the CIB Task Group TG93– Building Zero Energy Settlements
  • A member of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment Athena SWAN self assessment team
  • A member of the the Equality Challenge Unit
  • A lead coordinator of Oxford Brookes Africa Business Forum
  • Steering committee member of the Oxford BIM Region (South East of England) ( )

Professional membership

  • Fellow of the UK 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)


International conference roles

  • Session Chair IFIP WG8.3 and AIS SIG DSS
  • Session Chair of the ICKEOE 2015: XIII International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontological Engineering, January 19-20, London, UK (
  • Involved in the organization of the International Conference on Engineering, Applied Science and System Modeling, ICEASSM 2017, Ghana, April 19 - 21, 2017
  • International Scientific Review Panel: World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong (WSBE17 Hong Kong), 5-7 June 2017, Hong Kong (


Keynote addresses and lectures

  • Guest lecture for civil engineering students at Institut universitaire de technologie de Tarbes, France on emerging BIM, 16 December 2014 ( )
  • Seminar on BIM to researchers in the Laboratoire de Génie Production, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tarbes, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France, 18 December 2014
  • Guest lecture on applied quantitative research methods for postgraduate students on Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) programme, School of Architecture Oxford Brookes University, UK, 24 April 2014


Reviewer roles: conferences and journals


Outreach activities



  • Shortlisted for Student-Led Brookes Teaching Awards for 2015; voted by students
  • School of the Built Environment Scholarship for 2009 (one-year PhD fee waived)

Research grants and awards

  • Feasibility of a Photovoltaic System as an Energy Source to Residential Buildings in Nigeria: A Case study of Lagos State” (Advisor). Funded by Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Grant value: €1500, duration: 6 months. (
  • Development of an Intelligent Ontology Construction Cost Estimation System (Principal Investigator, co-funded by Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tarbes, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France and the Oxford Brookes University Central Research Fund), Grant value £3032
  • Modelling household occupants’ behaviour using emerging Building Information Modelling (BIM) (Principal Investigator, Santander Research Grant – Scholarship). This research is being conducted in collaboration with Professor Luisa Cabeza of the Universidad de Lleida. Grant value £1860
  • Green Jobs Creation Through Sustainable Refurbishment in Developing Countries (Co-investigator, International Labour Office funded); Grant value £10k, November 2007 – March 2008.
  • Research-based learning for undergraduate students (Principal investigator, Oxford Brookes Reinvention Centre funded); Grant value £750
  • Review of Design and Engineering Buildings (Principal investigator, funded by Raintree Publishers Oxford, United Kingdom), Grant value £100.



Research projects

  • Governing Inclusive Green Growth in Africa – GIGGA (Co-Investigator). Funded by Economic and Social Research Council, UK, 2017-2018, £144 360
  • BIM for Facilities Management (150th Anniversary Scholarship) (Principal Investigator). Funded by Oxford Brookes University, 2015-2018, £80 000


Journal articles

  • Tah JHM, Oti AH, Abanda FH, 'A state-of-the-art review of built environment information modelling (BeIM)'
    Organization, Technology and Management in Construction 9 (1) (2017) pp.1638-1654
    ISSN: 1847-5450 eISSN: 1847-5450
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Tah JHM, Cheung FKT, 'BIM in Off-site Manufacturing for Buildings'
    Journal of Building Engineering 14 (Nov. 2017) (2017) pp.89-102
    ISSN: 2352-7102 eISSN: 2352-7102
    Abstract Website
  • Enongene KE, Murray P, Holland J, Abanda FH, 'Energy savings and economic benefits of transition towards efficient lighting in residential buildings in Cameroon'
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 78 (2017) pp.731-742
    ISSN: 1364-0321 eISSN: 1364-0321
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Kamsu-Foguem B, Tah JHM, 'BIM : new rules of measurement ontology for construction cost estimation'
    Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal 20 (2) (2017) pp.443-459
    ISSN: 2215-0986 eISSN: 2215-0986
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Oti AH, Tah JHM, 'Integrating BIM and New Rules of Measurement for Embodied energy and CO2 assessment'
    Journal of Building Engineering (2017)
    ISSN: 2352-7102 eISSN: 2352-7102
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Musa AM, Clermont P, Tah JHM, Oti AH, 'A BIM-based framework for construction project scheduling risk management'
    International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology (2017)
    ISSN: 1757-2657 eISSN: 1757-2657
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Manjia MB, Enongene KE, Tah JHM, Pettang C, 'A feasibility study of a residential photovoltaic system in Cameroon'
    Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments 17 (2016) pp.38-49
    ISSN: 2213-1388 eISSN: 2213-1388
    Abstract Website
  • Oti AH, Tizani W, Abanda FH, Jaly-Zada A and Tah JHM, 'Structural sustainability appraisal in BIM'
    Automation in Construction 69 (September 2016) (2016) pp.44-58
    ISSN: 0926-5805 eISSN: 0926-5805
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Byers L, 'An investigation of the impact of building orientation on energy consumption in a domestic building using emerging BIM (Building Information Modelling)'
    Energy 97 (2016) pp.517-527
    ISSN: 0360-5442 eISSN: 0360-5442
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Kamsu-Foguem B, Tah JHM, 'Towards an intelligent ontology construction cost estimation system: using BIM and new rules of measurement techniques'
    International Journal of Computer, Control, Quantum and Information Engineering 9 (1) (2015)
    ISSN: eISSN:
  • Abanda FH, Vidalakis C, Oti AH, Tah JHM, 'A critical analysis of Building Information Modelling systems used in construction projects'
    Advances in Engineering Software 90 (December 2015) (2015) pp.183-201
    ISSN: 0965-9978 eISSN: 0965-9978
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda F, Manjia M, Cole E, Mempouo B, 'The Potential of Efficient Improved Mud-Brick Cookstove in Cameroon: An Exploratory Study'
    Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 4 (1) (2015)
    ISSN: 2164-7682 eISSN: 2164-7682
    Abstract Website
  • Kamsu-Foguem B, Abanda FH, 'Experience modeling with graphs encoded knowledge for construction industry'
    Computers in Industry 70 (2015) pp.79-88
    ISSN: 0166-3615 eISSN: 0166-3615
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Manjia MB, Pettang C, Tah JHM, Nkeng GE, 'Building Information Modelling in Cameroon: Overcoming Existing Challenges'
    International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling 3 (4) (2014)
    ISSN: 2156-1710 eISSN: 2156-1710
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Elambo NG, Tah J, Fabrice O, Blanche MM, 'Embodied energy and CO2 analyses of mud-brick and cement-block houses'
    AIMS Energy 2 (1) (2014)
    ISSN: 2333-8326 eISSN: 2333-8326
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda F, Tah J, Duce D, 'PV-TONS: a photovoltaic technology ontology system for the design of PV-systems'
    Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 26 (4) (2013) pp.1399-1412
    ISSN: 0952-1976 eISSN: 0952-1976
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Tah JHM, Keivani R, 'Trends in built environment semantic web applications: Where are we today?'
    Expert Systems with Applications 40 (14) (2013) pp.5563-5577
    ISSN: 0957-4174 eISSN: 0957-4174
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda F, Tah J, Cheung F, 'Mathematical modelling of embodied energy, greenhouse gases, waste, time–cost parameters of building projects: a review'
    Building and Environment 59 (January) (2013) pp.23-37
    ISSN: 0360-1323 eISSN: 0360-1323
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda F H, 'Renewable Energy Sources in Cameroon: Potentials, Benefits and Enabling Environment'
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16 (2012) pp.4557-4562
    ISSN: 1364-0321 eISSN: 1364-0321
    Abstract Website
  • Abanda F, Ng’ombe A, Keivani R, Tah J, 'The link between renewable energy production and gross domestic product in Africa: A comparative study between 1980 and 2008'
    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16 (4) (2012) pp.2147-2153
    ISSN: 1364-0321 eISSN: 1364-0321
    Abstract Website
  • Manjia M, Pettang C, Abanda F, 'Urban self-building labour cost modelling in cameroon'
    Journal of Construction in Developing Countries 16 (2) (2011) pp.69-90
    ISSN: 1823-6499 eISSN: 1823-6499
  • Abanda H, Ng'ombe A, Tah J, Keivani R, 'An ontology-driven decision support system for land delivery in Zambia'
    Expert Systems with Applications 38 (9) (2011) pp.10896-10905
    ISSN: 0957-4174 eISSN: 0957-4174
    Abstract Website
  • Tah J, Abanda F, 'Sustainable building technology knowledge representation: using semantic web techniques'
    Advanced Engineering Informatics 25 (3) (2011) pp.547-558
    ISSN: 1474-0346 eISSN: 1474-0346
    Abstract Website

Book chapters

Conference papers

  • Saba D, Laallam FZ, Berbaoui B, Abanda FH, 'An Energy Management Approach in Hybrid Energy System Based on Agent's Coordination'
    533 (2016)
    ISBN: 978-3-319-48307-8
    Abstract Website
  • Enongene K, Murray P, Holland J, Abanda F, Manjia M, 'Patterns in the use of domestic energy applicances in Cameroon'
    ISBN: 978-9948-13-518-0
  • Ibrahim KF, Abanda FH, Vidalakis C, Woods G, 'BIM for FM: Input versus Output data'

  • Musa AM, Abanda FH, Oti AH, 'Assessment of BIM for Managing Scheduling Risks in Construction Project Management'
    (2015) pp.560-568

    Abstract Website
  • Abanda FH, Tah JHM, 'Free and Open source Building Information Modelling for developing countries'
    ISBN: 978995627030
    Abstract Website
  • Kurul E, Abanda H, Tah JH, Cheung F, 'Rethinking the build process for BIM adoption'
    CIB World Building Congress Construction and Society. Australia (2013) pp.1-13
    ISBN: 978-0-9875542-1-5
  • Tah JH, Zhou W, Abanda F, Cheung F, 'Towards a holistic modeling framework for embodied carbon and waste in the building lifecycle'
    (2010) pp.163-168
    ISBN: 9781907284601

Other publications

Further information