People

Dr Samad Sepasgozar

Construction Management and Property, Construction Project Management

PhD (UNSW)

Room: 
3018
Building: 
Red Centre West Wing
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 4519
Bio: 

Samad’s excellent research capability has been demonstrated by conducting an empirical study to investigate the extremely complex issues related to the practices of technology adoption in construction and develop a uniform framework for understanding its process.  His other areas of interest are related to creating needs and applications for new technologies (Geo-ICT, Scanners, BIM and GIS, etc) in order to solve problems in city, municipality, transportation, construction, and mining.  He also worked in other research areas such as green technologies, disaster management, and engineering education. 

Samad developed several research initiatives with masters by research students in construction, MBA, and urban project management.  Recently, he has collaborated with master and an undergraduate honours thesis students to pursue research dissertations on BIM adoption and ‘implementation of lidar systems in construction’ at UNSW.  His other activities/achievements are:

  • Lecturer in construction, civil engineering, and architecture for over 10 years;
  • Founder of a refereed journal concerning urban planning, architecture, and civil engineering;
  • Guest editor of a special issue, editorial board member, and reviewer of five peer-reviewed journals and many prestigious conferences in Australia, USA, Greece, etc;
  • Author of eight books, prior to his Ph.D. commencement;
  • Technical manager of several projects such as telecommunication tower, bridge, factories and residential buildings in one of Iran’s 10 best managed and leading companies for ten years. 
  • Awarded as the best researcher in his field of study in his previous university.  
Research Activities: 

Dr. Sepasgozar recent papers clearly indicate his experience in mixed research methods (i.e. qualitative and quantitative) and in interdisciplinary areas of building construction, technology (e.g. equipment, BIM and laser scanners) and management (at organization and project levels).  Other themes in which he has an interest are related to creating needs and applications for new technologies (e.g., Geo-ICT, Laser Scanners, BIM and GIS) and automation in order to solve problems in construction, transportation, and urban management. The main theme is the implementation of sensing technologies for measuring emissions in construction sites.

Details of his areas of interest, research methods and tools are listed as follow:   

Areas of interest: Sustainable innovation, project management, Construction 4.0,  technology management, construction technology, tunnelling and infrastructure, international and industrial building construction, technology diffusion and implementation, risk management, decision making theories, organisational studies, virtual reality and information modelling, BIM, lidar, information and communication systems, GIS, sensing technology, human-machine interfaces, instrumentation and sensors, Web-based BIM, BIM integration with robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Construction,  advanced surveying and positioning, augmented and virtual reality, machine control systems, management systems, networking and communications, unmanned aerial vehicle data acquisition, unmanned measurement systems, disaster management, low carbon emission, transportation and urban management, entrepreneurship, and education. 

Methods: Mixed methods (triangulation and cross-validation techniques), quantitative techniques (e.g., pattern recognition and data mining, fuzzy clustering, hard clustering, factor analysis, principal component analysis, AHP), and qualitative analysis (semi-structured interviews, structured and unstructured interviews, ethnography, photo analysis).

Tools and instruments: Research tools (e.g., BIM, GIS, Bentley, Leica Cyclone - 3D Point Cloud Processing Software, NVivo, SPSS, Matlab, Expert Choice), teaching tools (e.g., Moodle: wiki, forum, e-assessment, Blackboard).

Grants: 

Research Grants and Projects (Since 2016)

  • Chief investigator: Trailing Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in construction, valued at $42,000 including industry in-kind contribution, 2016.
  • External Researcher: Trailing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in construction, valued at $183,000, from 2016 to 2017.
  • Supervisor (Chief investigator), Developing laser scanner technology acceptance model in the construction industry, valued at $2,400, Early Research Grant for a postgrad student, 2016.
  • Investigator, Flipped learning and role play group project (RP-GP) for construction education (an inter-disciplinary collaborative study), 2016.

Dr Sepasgozar also has been awarded various grants for study, travel and scientific visits from different universities, including Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) scheme and School grants in the past.

Teaching & Supervision: 

Teaching

2016

Dr Sepasgozar teaches Industrial and Infrastructure Construction to a class of 285 students.  He designed and applied a large class Flipped Classroom technique using an innovative on-line Role Play method for a Group Project (RP-GP).  A team consists of 10 tutors helping to run 12 weekly workshops, monitor 27 online group projects on Moodle including over 300 WiKi pages, and 14 Virtual Reality simulator workshops for students.  Five modules include truck and shovel equipment; 3D 360 degree panoramas of Northparkes Mines visualisation; truck pre-shift inspection and hazard awareness are demonstrated for students by two tutors.

1999 to 2015

Dr Sepasgozar taught technology and technically-based subjects in a variety of disciplines in construction management, building construction, architecture, civil and environmental engineering, surveying, and geography (e.g. cartography) from 1999 to the present.  Dr Sepasgozar was a discipline director for Building Construction and Architecture at IAU, and some of the subjects that he taught as a lecturer at different universities have been: Industrial and Infrastructure Construction, Research Projects, Project Management Principals, Surveying, Technical Drawings and Cartography.  

 

Research Supervision (Since 2016)

Dr Sepasgozar is currently involved in several research projects.  He is also initiating new projects for prospective PhD students and funding schemes.  Selected current projects and topics are listed below:

Topics worked on by Research Assistants (Alphabetical order)

  • Shirowzhan, S. (PhD in GIS and Lidar – Surveying Engineering), Visualising RTLS in a GIS environment
  • Tahir, N. (Architectural Computing student), Visualising RTLS in Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Zaheer, H. (Masters in Construction Engineering & Management), Application of RTLS for enhancing labour safety in construction sites

 

PhD students’ research topics (Alphabetical order)

  • Khan, R., Implementation of sustainable construction innovations and green technologies
  • Sargolzaei, S. (External), Urban management technology acceptance model

 

Masters’ Research Projects (Alphabetical order)

  • Andersson, J., A comparison between Sydney and Stockholm regarding factors that influence house prices (in a GIS environment)
  • Peng Jinghan, F., Application of visualisation technologies in residential property marketing
  • Yin, K., A survey on laser scanner technologies in construction
  • Zaini, I., The application of drones in construction
  • Zaini, I., The application of RTLS for measuring labour consumption and production

 

Topics worked on by Postgrads in the Engineering Faculty

  • Hong, Y., BIM acceptance in SMEs: a comparative study of Australia and China

Proposed topics by PhD applicants (Alphabetical order)

  • Jahan, R., Application of RFID in construction                               
  • Rahimzadeh, A., Implementation of sensor-based control systems in infrastructure construction
  • Takin, M., Implementation of digital technologies for property management in smart cities
  • Ullah, F., Developing a risk management framework for sustainable smart cities
  • Chaturvedi, S., Implementation of sensing technologies for measuring productivity 

 

A full list of research activities and publications will be provided to prospective collaborators and research funding sponsors on request.

Supervision Area: 

Areas of interest: Sustainable innovation, technology management, construction technology, project management, tunnelling and infrastructure, international and industrial building construction, technology diffusion and implementation, risk management, decision making theories, organisational studies, virtual reality and information modelling, BIM, lidar, information and communication systems, GIS, sensing technology, human-machine interfaces, instrumentation and sensors, Web-based BIM, BIM integration with robotics, advanced surveying and positioning, augmented and virtual reality, machine control systems, management systems, networking and communications, unmanned aerial vehicle data acquisition, unmanned measurement systems, disaster management, low carbon emission, transportation and urban management, entrepreneurship, and education. 

Publications:
Journal articles

Sepasgozar SME; Loosemore M; Davis SR, 2016, 'Conceptualising information and equipment technology adoption in construction A critical review of existing research', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 23, pp. 158-176, 10.1108/ECAM-05-2015-0083

Sepasgozar SME; Bliemel M; Bemanian MR, 2016, 'Discussion of "barriers of Implementing Modern Methods of Construction" by M. Motiar Rahman', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 32, 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000410

Barati K; Sepasgozar SM, 2015, 'Factors affecting on productivity of oil and gas construction projects: an AHP analysis', American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10.12691/ajcea-3-1-4

Shiran GR; Barati K; Sepasgozar SM, 2015, 'Selecting Optimal Project Delivery System for Infrastructural Projects Using Analytic Hierarchy Process', American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10.12691/ajcea-3-6-4

Sepasgozar SM; Barati K, 2015, 'The Importance of New Technology for Delay Mitigation in Construction Projects', American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10.12691/ajcea-3-1-3

Sepasgozar; Bliemel, 2014, 'Barriers of Implementing Modern Methods of Construction', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 30, pp. 69-77, 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000173

Sepasgozar SME; Leonhard EB, 2012, 'Engineering Sketching – A Valuable Teaching Tool in Construction', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol. 1, pp. 62-72, http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19728

Conference Papers

Sepasgozaar SME; Shirowzhan S; Wang C, 2017, 'A Scanner Technology Acceptance Model for Construction Projects', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 1237-1246, 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.285

Hong YING; Sepasgozar SM; Ahmadian F; akbar nezhad, 2016, 'A BIM Adoption Framework for Small and Medium Sized Construction Organizations', in ISARC 2016, http://search.proquest.com/docview/1823095516/D35EA3E77D194FB6PQ/1?accountid=12763, AUBURN, ALABAMA, USA, presented at 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2016), AUBURN, ALABAMA, USA, 18 - 21 July 2016, http://www.iaarc.org/publications/2016_proceedings_of_the_33rd_isarc_auburn_usa/factors_influencing_bim_adoption_in_small_and_medium_sized_construction_organizations.html

Sepasgozar SM; Bliemel MJ; Wang C, 2016, 'A Flipped Classroom Model to Teach Skill-based Contents for a Large Construction Technology Course', in Singhaputtangkul N (ed.), The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference, Central Queensland University, QLD 4702, Australia, pp. 839-849, presented at The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference, QLD 4702, Australia, 06 - 08 July 2016, http://aubea.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AUBEA2016-Conference-Proceedings-6-8July2016_FINAL.pdf

Sepasgozar SME; Wang CC; Shirowzhan S, 2016, 'Challenges and opportunities for implementation of laser scanners in building construction', in ISARC 2016 - 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, pp. 742-751

Sepasgozar SME; Costin A; Wang CC, 2016, 'Challenges of migrating from desktop-based BIM in construction', in ISARC 2016 - 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, pp. 934-942

Sepasgozar SM; Forsythe P, 2016, 'Dynamic Modelling of Cranes and Concrete Pumps Diffusion in the Construction Industry', in Cheng JCP; Dawood N; Kuang JS (eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong, presented at The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong, 11 - 13 December 2016

Hong Y; Sepasgozar SME; Ahmadian AFF; Akbarnezhad A, 2016, 'Factors influencing BIM adoption in small and medium sized construction organizations', in ISARC 2016 - 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, pp. 452-461

Hong Y; Sepasgozar SM; Akbar Nezhad A, 2016, 'Investigating the Relationship between BIM Adoption and Technical Conditions of Construction Companies: Chinese Practice', in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong, presented at The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong, 11 - 13 December 2016

Ying Hong; Sepasgozar SM; Akbar nezhad, 2016, 'Key Factors Affecting Construction Organizations' Acceptance of BIM: A Comparative Study', in Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, University of Alberta, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Canada, presented at 2016 Modular and Offsite Construction [MOC] Summit, Canada, 29 September - 01 October 2016

Sepasgozar SM; Forsythe P, 2016, 'Lifting and Handling Equipment: From Selection to Adoption Process', in The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference, The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference, QLD 4702, Australia, presented at The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference, QLD 4702, Australia, 06 - 08 July 2016

Sargolzaei, S; Sepasgozar SM; Mojtahedi M, 2016, 'Modeling Urban Technology Acceptance: Factor Analysis Approach', in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR), Hong Kong, presented at The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR), Hong Kong, 11 - 13 December 2016

Sepasgozar SM; Loosemore, 2016, 'Modelling the Construction On-Site Technology Adoption Process', in Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, 2016 Modular and Offsite Construction [MOC] Summit, Canada, presented at 2016 Modular and Offsite Construction [MOC] Summit, Canada, 29 September - 01 October 2016

Ayub B; Ullah FAHIM; Rasheed F; Sepasgozar SM, 2016, 'Risks In EPC Hydropower Projects: A Case Of Pakistan', in “Ensuring Technological Advancement through Innovation Based Knowledge Corridor”, 8th International Civil Engineering Congress (ICEC-2016), Karachi, Pakistan, presented at 8th International Civil Engineering Congress (ICEC-2016), Karachi, Pakistan, 23 - 24 December 2016

Sepasgozar SM; Forsythe P; Shirowzhan S; Norzahari F, 2016, 'Scanners And Photography: A Combined Framework', in Singhaputtangkul N (ed.), The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference - Procedings, Central Queensland University, Cairns, pp. 819-828, presented at The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference, Cairns, 06 - 08 July 2016, http://aubea.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AUBEA2016-Conference-Proceedings-6-8July2016_FINAL.pdf

Ullah F; Jamaluddin Thaheem M; Sepasgozar SM, 2016, 'Sustainable Smart Cities: Evaluation of Australian Practice', in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, CONVR2016, Hong Kong, presented at CONVR2016, Hong Kong, 11 December - 13 January 2016

Sepasgozar S; Davis S, 2015, 'A Decision Framework for Advanced Construction Technology Adoption', in Construction Management: Recent Advances, 94th Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C., presented at 94th Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C., 11 - 15 January 2015, http://docs.trb.org/prp/15-3969.pdf

Siew RYJ; Sepasgozar SME; Akbarnezhad A, 2015, 'Barriers in implementing sustainable construction', in ISEC 2015 - 8th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Implementing Innovative Ideas in Structural Engineering and Project Management, pp. 789-794

Sepasgozar SM; Davis SR, 2015, 'Decision Analysis and Negotiations for Technology Adoption Decision: An Exploratory Study', in Managing for Peak Performance, The 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Queenstown, New Zealand, presented at The 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Queenstown, New Zealand, 02 - 04 December 2015, https://www.anzam.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf-manager/2720_419.PDF

Sepasgozar S; Davis SR; Bliemel MJ, 2015, 'Initiation of the Technology Adoption Process in the Construction Industry: An Exploratory Study', in Davidsson P (ed.), Conference Proceedings, Queensland University of Technology, Adelaide, SA, pp. 888-900, presented at Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference, Adelaide, SA, 03 - 06 February 2015, http://acereconference.com/2015-proceedings/

Sepasgozar SME; Davis S, 2015, 'Modelling the construction technology implementation framework: An empirical study', in 32nd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining: Connected to the Future, Proceedings

Sepasgozar SME; Lim S; Shirowzhan S; Kim YM; Nadoushani ZM, 2015, 'Utilisation of a new terrestrial scanner for reconstruction of as-built models: A comparative study', in 32nd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining: Connected to the Future, Proceedings

Sepasgozar SME; Davis S, 2014, 'Diffusion pattern recognition of technology vendors in construction', in Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress, pp. 2106-2115, 10.1061/9780784413517.0217

Sepasgozar SME; Lim S; Shirowzhan S; Kim YM, 2014, 'Implementation of as-built information modelling using mobile and terrestrial lidar systems', in 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, ISARC 2014 - Proceedings, pp. 876-883

Sepasgozar SME; Lim S; Shirowzhan S, 2014, 'Implementation of rapid as-built building information modeling using mobile lidar', in Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress, pp. 209-218, 10.1061/9780784413517.0022

Davis SR; Sepasgozar SME, 2014, 'Pioneers, Followers and Interaction Networks in New Technology Adoption', in ANZAM 2014, 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, presented at 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, 03 - 05 December 2014, http://www.anzam.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf-manager/1750_ANZAM-2014-450.PDF

Sepasgozar SME; Bernold LE, 2013, 'Factors influencing the decision of technology adoption in construction', in ICSDEC 2012: Developing the Frontier of Sustainable Design, Engineering, and Construction - Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction, pp. 654-661, 10.1061/9780784412688.078

Sepasgozar SME; Leonhard EB, 2012, 'A technology pre-adoption model for construction', in Proceedings of the 37th AUBEA International Conference, The University of New South Wales, UNSW, Sydney, pp. 668-678, presented at 37th AUBEA International Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 04 - 06 July 2012, http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048242

Sepasgozar SME; Leonhard EB, 2012, 'Engineering Sketching – A valuable teaching tool in construction', in Engineering Sketching – A valuable teaching tool in construction, 37th AUBEA International Conference, UNSW, Sydney, pp. 180-190, presented at 37th AUBEA International Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 04 - 06 July 2012

Reports

Forsythe P; Brisland R; Sepasgozar SM, 2016, Measuring Installation Productivity on Panelised and Long Span Timber Construction, https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/bitstream/10453/80297/1/Final_Report_Amended_Timber_productivity_PNA329-1314.pdf