Dr Samad Sepasgozar
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 and develop a uniform framework for understanding its process. His other areas of interest are related to creating needs and applications for new technologies (Digital Twin, Blockchain, Geo-ICT, Scanners, BIM and GIS, Drones) 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.
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), Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Smart Building, 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., Digital Twin, 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: Smart Cities, Smart Construction, Smart Building, BIM, Lidar, computer vision applications, information and communication systems, GIS, sensing technology, human-machine interfaces, instrumentation and sensors, Web-based BIM, BIM integration with robotics, Artificial Intelligence, 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, 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), machine/deep learning, 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).
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.
- Technology of the Year Finalist, National Australian Construction Award (ACA19)
- Technology of the Year Finalist, National Australian Construction Award (ACA20)
- The quality of his research publications has been recognised by world leaders with the “best paper” award from the AUBEA conference hosted by School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University, Singapore.
- The ‘best paper’ award from the 2016 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit hosted by the University of Alberta, Canada.
- The ‘best paper’ award for the paper published in the Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management as the quartile 1.
- KPMG Inspiring Teacher Award in a First-Year Undergraduate Program at UNSW.
- Industrial and Infrastructure Construction
- Construction Risk Management and Business Analytics
- Building Structures
- Research Methods in the Built Environment
- Research Project
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.
Areas of interest:
- Construction Industry 4.0, Blockchain, Digital Twin, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Construction and Smart City
- 3D modelling, 3D imaging and automated sensing algorithms, 3D Reconstruction using Laser Scanning, Lidar and Photogrammetry + BIM
- Augmented and Virtual Reality (Mixed Reality) + BIM
- Construction automation, robotics and 3D Printing + BIM
- Construction productivity improvement, quality, safety, construction technologies and methods including off-site and on-site
- Emissions and Sustainability
BIM, Lidar, computer vision applications, information and communication systems, GIS, sensing technology, human-machine interfaces, instrumentation and sensors, Web-based BIM, BIM integration with robotics, Artificial Intelligence, 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, 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.
- Blockchain to secure digital twin data from smart buildings
- Implementing Intelligent Construction Contracts
- Modeling building information for 3D construction printing
- A Novel Progress Monitoring System using 3D Point Clouds
- Modelling consumers' experience of using online information for Smart Real Estate Management
- Immersive Virtual Reality-based Designing for Residential Building
- Integrated system for 3D optimisation of construction site layout planning
Sepasgozar SM; Tahmasebinia FAHAM; Blum H; Raghava Reddy K; Alonso-Marroquin F; Gao Q; Hu Y; Wang X; Wang Z, 2018, 'The Feasibility of Constructing Super-Long-Span Bridges with New Materials in 2050', in Bridge Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.75298
Hasnain M; Ullah F; Thaheem MJ; Sepasgozar SME, 2018, 'Prioritizing Best Value Contributing Factors for Contractor Selection: An AHP Approach', in Chau KW; Chan IYS; Lu W; Webster C (ed.), Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, pp. 1121 - 1131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6190-5_99
Shirowzhan S; Sepasgozar SME; Trinder J, 2021, 'Developing Metrics for Quantifying Buildings' 3D Compactness and Visualizing Point Cloud Data on a Web-Based App and Dashboard', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 147, pp. 04020178 - 04020178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001971
McNamara AJ; Sepasgozar SME, 2021, 'Intelligent contract adoption in the construction industry: Concept development', Automation in Construction, vol. 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2020.103452
Sepasgozar SME; Hui FKP; Shirowzhan S; Foroozanfar M; Yang L; Aye L, 2021, 'Lean practices using building information modeling (Bim) and digital twinning for sustainable construction', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 13, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su13010161
Tahmasebinia F; Zhang L; Park S; Sepasgozar S, 2020, 'Numerically Evaluation of FRP-Strengthened Members under Dynamic Impact Loading', Buildings, vol. 11, pp. 14 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010014
Sepasgozar SME; Shi A; Yang L; Shirowzhan S; Edwards DJ, 2020, 'Additive manufacturing applications for industry 4.0: A systematic critical review', Buildings, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120231
Wang M; Wang CC; Sepasgozar S; Zlatanova S, 2020, 'A systematic review of digital technology adoption in off-site construction: Current status and future direction towards industry 4.0', Buildings, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings10110204
Tahmasebinia F; Niemelä M; Ebrahimzadeh Sepasgozar S; Lai TY; Su W; Reddy KR; Shirowzhan S; Sepasgozar S; Marroquin FA, 2018, 'Three-Dimensional Printing Using Recycled High-Density Polyethylene: Technological Challenges and Future Directions for Construction', Buildings, vol. 8, pp. 165 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings8110165
Sepasgozar SME; Davis SR; Loosemore M, 2018, 'Dissemination Practices of Construction Sites' Technology Vendors in Technology Exhibitions', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000650
Sepasgozar S; Forsythe P; Shirowzhan S, 2018, 'Evaluation of Terrestrial and Mobile Scanner Technologies for Part-Built Information Modeling', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 144, pp. 04018110-1 - 04018110-12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001574
Shirowzhan S; Sepasgozar S; Li H; Trinder J, 2018, 'Spatial compactness metrics and Constrained Voxel Automata development for analyzing 3D densification and applying to point clouds: A synthetic review', Automation in Construction, vol. 96, pp. 236 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2018.09.018
Sepasgozar S; Hawken S; Sargolzaei S; Foroozanfad M, 2018, 'Implementing citizen centric technology in developing smart cities: A model for predicting the acceptance of urban technologies', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 142, pp. 105 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.09.012
Sepasgozar SME; Davis S; Loosemore M; Bernold L, 2018, 'An investigation of modern building equipment technology adoption in the Australian construction industry', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 25, pp. 1075 - 1091, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-03-2017-0052
Ullah F; Sepasgozar S; Wang C, 2018, 'A Systematic Review of Smart Real Estate Technology: Drivers of, and Barriers to, the Use of Digital Disruptive Technologies and Online Platforms', Sustainability, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su10093142
Ullah F; Thaheem MJ; sepasgozar SME; Forcada N, 2018, 'System Dynamics Model to Determine Concession Period of PPP Infrastructure Projects: Overarching Effects of Critical Success Factors', Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000280
Didehvar N; Teymourifard M; Mojtahedi M; Sepasgozar S, 2018, 'An investigation on Virtual Information Modeling acceptance based on project management knowledge areas', Buildings, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings8060080
Sepasgozar SM; Davis STEVE, 2018, 'Construction Technology Adoption Cube: An Investigation on Process, Factors, Barriers, Drivers and Decision Makers Using NVivo and AHP Analysis', Buildings, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings8060074
Sepasgozar S; Davis S, 2018, 'Construction Technology Adoption Cube: An Investigation on Process, Factors, Barriers, Drivers, and Decision Makers using NVivo and AHP Analysis', , http://dx.doi.org/10.20944/preprints201805.0281.v1
Didehvar N; Teymourifard M; Mojtahedi M; Sepasgozar S, 2018, 'An Investigation on Virtual Information Modeling Acceptance Based on Project Management Knowledge Areas', , http://dx.doi.org/10.20944/preprints201805.0024.v1
Sepasgozar SM; Davis STEVEN; Li H; Luo X, 2018, 'Modeling the Implementation Process for New Construction Technologies: Thematic Analysis Based on Australian and U.S. Practices', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000608
Sepasgozar S; Shirowzhan S; Wang CC, 2017, 'A Scanner Technology Acceptance Model for Construction Projects', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 1237 - 1246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.285
Sepasgozar SME; Loosemore M, 2017, 'The role of customers and vendors in modern construction equipment technology diffusion', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 24, pp. 1203 - 1221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-06-2016-0149
Hong Y; Hammad A; Sepasgozar S; Akbar Nezhad A, 2017, 'BIM Adoption Model for Small and Medium Construction Organisations in Australia', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. accepted for publication, in press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-04-2017-0064
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-05-2015-0083
Sepasgozar SME; Bliemel MJ; Bemaian M, 2015, 'Discussion of “Barriers of Implementing Modern Methods of Construction” by M. Motiar Rahman', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000410
Sepasgozar SM; Barati K, 2015, 'The Importance of New Technology for Delay Mitigation in Construction Projects', American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, http://dx.doi.org/10.12691/ajcea-3-1-3
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.12691/ajcea-3-6-4
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.12691/ajcea-3-1-4
Sepasgozar ; Bliemel , 2014, 'Barriers of Implementing Modern Methods of Construction', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 30, pp. 69 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/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
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