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Shazmin Aniza Abdul Shakor: Towards 3D Indoor Modelling for AEC Applications using Laser Scanner

What was your background and why did you decide to study for a PhD at WMG?

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, both from Malaysian universities. After graduating, I worked at a public university in Malaysia and it is the Government’s policy for all lecturers to have PhDs. After securing a scholarship, while looking for potential place to study, senior colleagues and Professors encouraged me to do my PhD at WMG due to its reputation and established record in my area of study. Although I was offered a place at another UK university, I chose to go to WMG and I believe I have made a correct decision.

Tell us about your research project

My project was about developing a platform to process point cloud data obtained from laser scanners in order to generate 3D interior modelling. It is interesting, as existing interiors come with complex structures - with lots of clutter and occlusions due to the people, furniture and related equipments.
3D interior modelling is an area that has gained interest lately, but the development in existing interior modelling is still slow. 3D interior modelling is one of the important parameters / attributes in Building Information Modelling (BIM), and there are long-term plans to have it imposed towards all building life cycles. By developing an alternative solution to boost up this development, professionals like surveyors, engineers, architects, facility managers in Architecture, Engineering, Civil and Facility Management (AEC/FM) can use this project in creating such model. Researchers in robotics may also find the project outcome useful as it provides an option towards existing method in developing 3D interior model.
I have had a number of opportunities to present and share the research outcomes with related professionals and industries currently working in this area. Based on the feedback, they were appreciative of what has been developed, as it can provide alternative solutions in pacing up the development of 3D modelling for existing interiors.

How did you find the experience of studying for your PhD? What advice would you give to future students?

To have the chance to mix with people from other countries was appreciated. More international students are coming to Warwick to further their studies. making it as one of the most multi cultural universities that I’ve known.

Enjoy life as a PhD student – you won’t get anything like it again - but also doing research needs self-discipline as you may have a tendency to slip if you don’t focus.

Join any (if not all) courses that have been made available for research students. Warwick has one of the best supports in assisting research students to complete their studies.

Has your PhD helped with where you are now?

Being an academic, to have a PhD has helped a lot, especially when the Government of Malaysia has set targets to ensure all lecturers serving in the public universities have a PhD. I am trying to share all the valuable knowledge and experiences gained in completing my PhD with my students here.

I have also secured research grants, obtained recognition through research exhibition awards and publishing in indexed publications, as well as supervising postgraduate students. I would not have been able to achieve all this without my PhD.