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Associate Professor Lan Ding

My Expertise

Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Buildings and Cities, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Decision-Making Models, Smart Cities, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Urban Information Modelling, Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation, GIS, 3D Virtual Environments, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Artificial Intelligence in Design

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Biography

Lan Ding is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment. She received her PhD at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Prior to joining the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW, Lan held the position of Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO (2000-2011) and Senior Lecturer at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (2011-September 2013).

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Lan Ding is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment. She received her PhD at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Prior to joining the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW, Lan held the position of Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO (2000-2011) and Senior Lecturer at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (2011-September 2013).

Lan has over 18 years research experience in energy efficiency, sustainable buildings and cities, climate change adaptation and mitigation, decision-making models, intelligent buildings and cities, building information modelling (BIM), urban information modelling, multi-agent modelling, GIS, life cycle assessment, as well as the application of artificial intelligence to built and urban environments. 

Lan has won various awards for research innovation and leadership, including national and state awards from the Australian Institute of Building, the Fresh Innovators Award and the CSIRO Divisional Award for excellence in a successful project providing an invaluable information resource to help the land development industry create more sustainable neighbourhoods.

Lan is a Member of STANDARDS Australia Committee, IT-268 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Convenor of High Performance Architecture (HPA) Research Cluster in Built Environment, and was UNSW Node Leader at CRC for Low Carbon Living, and Co-Chair of SBE16 International High-Performance Built Environment Conference (SBE 16 Sydney | International High-Performance Built Environment Conference).

 


My Grants

 

Recent Grants:

Thermal Data Collection and Modelling. 2020

Sponsor/Grant: City of Port Phillip

Value: $90,200

Role: Project Leader

 

Post-CRC Node, 2019 - 2020.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $216,000

Role: Co-Leader

 

Assessment of Impact of Urban Development on Urban Heat Island (UHI) Coupled with UHI Effect of Solar PV, 2019.

Sponsor/Grant: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $86,500

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: UNSW, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Greater Sydney Commission, CRC for Low Carbon Living

 

A Strategic Report for Cool Sydney 2050, 2019

Sponsor/Grant: City of Sydney and CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $20,000

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: UNSW, City of Sydney, CRC for Low Carbon Living

Project Report

 

Urban Heat Amelioration Design Guideline and Standards, 2019

Sponsor/Grant: VIC Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Value: $60,750

Role: Co-Investigator

Partner Organisations: UNSW, VIC Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

 

EEDMN BASIX: Mapping the Decision-Making Processes to Identify Barriers and Drivers to Meet or Exceed the BASIX Requirements of New Builds, March 2018-February 2019.

Sponsor/Grant: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $116,000

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: UNSW, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), CRC for Low Carbon Living

 

UHI-DS: Microclimate and Urban Heat Island Mitigation Decision-Support Tool, January 2017-December 2018.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $420,389

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: UNSW, Swinburne University, City of Sydney, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, LandcomNSW Spatial Services, BlueScope Steel, AECOM, Stockland, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Parramatta Council, Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Waverley Council, Inner West Council, Campbelltown Council, Sydney Water, PSMA Australia

Project Report; Video; UHI-DS Tool; UHI Mitigation Index

 

NSW Government Open Data Visualisation for Urban Island Mitigation, October 2018-May 2019.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $69,791

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: UNSW, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), CRC for Low Carbon Living

 

CPD - Managing Urban Heat, August 2018-March 2019.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $18,000

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: UNSW, CRC for Low Carbon Living

 

Validating and Improving the BASIX Energy Assessment Tool for Low-Carbon Dwellings, July 2014-June 2017.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $519,388

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure; Australian Government Department of Industry; NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; and Council of the City of Sydney.

Project Report

 

Validating and Improving the BASIX Energy Assessment Tool for Low-Carbon Dwellings - Phase 2, July 2016-June 2018.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $131,653

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisations: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Project Report

 

CRC LCL Node of Excellence in 'High Performance Architecture', July 2015-December 2018.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Value: $500,000

Role: Project Leader

Partner Organisation: UNSW Australia

 

Sustainable Smart Cities, 2017

Lan Ding, Mat Santamouris, Deo Prasad, Kathryn Merrick, Hussein Abbass, Matt Garratt, Sreenatha Anavatti 

Sponsor/Grant: Built Environment Faculty Research Grant 

Value: $12,000

 

Development of an Immersive 3D Virtual Environment to Support Team Collaboration of Students, 2017

Lan Ding and Chris Pettit

Sponsor/Grant: 2016 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT) Grant

Value: $3,000

 

SBE 16 Sydney | International High-Performance Built Environment Conference 2016

Lan Ding and Paul Osmond

Sponsor/Grant: UNSW Faculty of Built Environment Research Symposia/Exhibition Grant

Value: $5,000   

 

Items to Support Field Research in High Performance Architecture and Informatics at Building, Landscape/Site and Precinct Scale, 2015

Paul Osmond, Lan Ding and Anir Upadhyay

Sponsor/Grant: UNSW Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Initiative (MREII)

Value: $109,842

 

PIM: An Open Digital Information Standard for the Exchange of Precinct Information Supporting Carbon Management throughout the Urban Development Lifecycle, July 2014-June 2015.

Sponsor/Grant: CRC for Low Carbon Living

Role: Co-investigator

Partner Organisations: University of Melbourne; Brookfield Multiplex; Renewal SA; AECOM; and Aurecon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My Qualifications

PhD (USYD), MArch, BArch, Affiliate RAIA


My Awards

Sustainable consumption and climate adaptation: priority research area for PhD scholarship in CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, 2009-2011.

CSIRO Divisional Awards 2008 Sustainable Ecosystems: For excellence in a successful project providing an invaluable information resource to help the land development industry create more sustainable neighbourhoods, 2008.

Sydney Opera House FM Exemplar Project (CRC for Construction Innovation). The Gold Award of Special Merit and Project of the Year for “Adopting BIM for Facilities Management: Solution for the Sydney Opera House” at ACEA. 2007.

Sydney Opera House FM Exemplar Project (CRC for Construction Innovation). The Facilities Management Australia and Rider Hunt Terotech Industry Achievement Award. 2007.

National and NSW state professional awards from the Australian Institute of Building. DesignCheck Project. 2006.

The Fresh Innovators Award. 2005.

Honorary associate at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, 2003-2005.


My Research Activities

Research Projects 

Thermal Data Collection and Modelling. City of Port Phillip (Project Leader). 

Assessment of Impact of Urban Development on Urban Heat Island (UHI) Coupled with UHI Effect of Solar PV. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader).

NSW Government Open Data Visualisation for Urban Heat Island Mitigation. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader).

A Strategic Report for Cool Sydney 2050. City of Sydney and CRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader). Project Report

Urban Heat Amelioration Design Guideline and Standards (Co-Investigator).

EEDMN BASIX: Mapping the Decision-Making Processes to Identify Barriers and Drivers to Meet or Exceed the BASIX Requirements of New Builds, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader).

UHI-DS: Microclimate and Urban Heat Island Mitigation Decision-Support ToolCRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader ). Project Report; Video; UHI-DS Tool; UHI Mitigation Index

Validating and Improving the BASIX Energy Assessment Tool for Low-Carbon Dwellings - Phase 2, CRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader). Project Report

Validating and Improving the BASIX Energy Assessment Tool for Low-Carbon DwellingsCRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader). Project Report

Node of Excellence in High Performance Architecture, CRC for Low Carbon Living (UNSW Node Leader).

Sustainable Smart Cities, Built Environment Research (Project Leader)

Development of an Immersive 3D Virtual Environment to Support Team Collaboration of Students, Built Environment Learning and Teaching (Project Leader).

Closing the Loop on Evidence-Based Low Carbon of Non-Residential Buildings, CRC for Low Carbon Living (Project Leader during 2014 - 2015).

3D Collaborative Virtual Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong (Project Leader).

Building Life Cycle Assessment Case Studies, University of Wollongong and Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (Research Leader).

Sustainability Advisor (AccuRate Based), CSIRO and Federal Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Project Leader)

Agent-based Consumption Behaviour Modelling and Simulation to Support Climate Adapted Urban Development, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (Project Leader).

Planning the Sustainable Urban Renewable of East Lake - Integrated Sustainability Assessment Platform (ISAP), CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and ACT Planning and Land Authority (ISAP Research Leader).

Planning the Sustainable Urban Renewable of East Lake - Scoping 3D Visualisation Interface, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and ACT Planning and Land Authority (Project Leader).

Agent-based Urban Metabolism and Sustainability Platform, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (Research Leader).

DesignCheck (BIM-Based), CSIRO, University of Sydney, Woods Bagot and Building Commissions VIC (Project Leader)

Sydney Opera House FM Exemplar Project, CSIRO, University of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, et al (Research Leader)

LCADesign Commercialisation Activities, CSIRO and CRC for Construction Innovation (Project Leader)

PIM: An open digital information standard for the exchange of precinct information supporting carbon management throughout the urban development lifecycle, CRC for Low Carbon Living (Co-Investigator).

Enhancing Resilience of Aged Care Systems to Climate Change: Retrofitting Buildings and Sociocultural Systems, University of Wollongong (Co-Investigator).

Your Development, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (Co-Investigator).

Managing Information Flows with Models and Virtual Environments, CSIRO and University of Sydney (Co-Investigator).

Life Cycle Modelling and Design Knowledge Development in 3D Virtual Environments, University of Sydney and CSIRO (Co-Investigator).

DesignWorld: A Tool for Team Collaboration in High Band Virtual Environemnts, University of Sydney, CSIRO, Woods Bagot and Arup (Co-Investigator).


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

PhD Supervision

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Smart Cities and Buildings

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

 

 


Currently supervising

PhD Supervision

Craft, W. A Decision-Making Framework for Regenerative Precinct Development. (PhD)

Qi, J. A Decision-Making Framework to Support Urban Microclimate Mitigation by Local Governments. (PhD)

Samaratunga, M. Development of an Evidence-based Post-Occupancy Behaviour Framework for BASIX-compliant Dwellings in Sydney, Australia. (PhD)

Shen, K. Integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Twin Technology for the Whole of Building Life Cycle Process. (M.Phil)

Jin, T. Assessment of Big Data Driven High Performance Cities. (PhD)

Yang, S. Assessment of Urban Thermal Environment. (PhD)

 

Completion 

He, B. Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effects: An Analysis of Precinct Ventilation Performance and its Impact on Urban Heat Islands and Outdoor Thermal Comfort. (PhD)

Munsami, K. A Building Envelope Diagnostic Approach to Residential Building Thermal Performance Assessment at Post-Occupancy Stage. (PhD)

Marzban, S. Development of a Self-Adaptive Evolutionary Model to Optimise Single-Sided Ventilated Facade Design . (PhD)

Xiao, P. Development of Collective Intelligence for Building Energy Efficiency. (PhD)

Craft, W. Towards 'Proactive' Retrofitting: Developing a Regenerative Framework for Building Retrofits. (Master by Research)


My Engagement

In the Media

Membership

  • STANDARDS Australia Committee Member, IT-268 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Affiliate Member, The Royal Australian Institute of Architects

 


My Teaching

Building Information Modelling, Computational Sustainability, Urban Modelling

 

 

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Location

Red Centre , Room 2021

Contact

+61 2 9385 5593

Videos

Dr. Lan Ding talks on developing models to enable greener cities
Sustainable Cities - Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change (Web Link: https://vimeo.com/356574311)