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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 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.  
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), 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).

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.

Awards: 
  • 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. 
Teaching & Supervision: 

Teaching

 

- Industrial and Infrastructure Construction

- Construction Risk Management and Business Analytics

- Building Structures

- Research Methods in the Built Environment

- Research Project

- Thesis

 

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: 

  • 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. 

Supervising: 

  • 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
Publications:
Book Chapters

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 IY S; 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

Journal articles

Sepasgozar SME, 2020, 'Digital twin and web-based virtual gaming technologies for online education: A case of construction management and engineering', Applied Sciences (Switzerland), vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/app10134678

Muda ZC; Shafigh P; Mahyuddin NB; Sepasgozar SME; Beddu S; Zakaria A, 2020, 'Energy performance of a high-rise residential building using fibre-reinforced structural lightweight aggregate concrete', Applied Sciences (Switzerland), vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/app10134489

Mohammad Ebrahimzadeh Sepasgozar F; Ramzani U; Ebrahimzadeh S; Sargolzae S; Sepasgozar S, 2020, 'Technology Acceptance in e-Governance: A Case of a Finance Organization', Journal of Risk and Financial Management, vol. 13, pp. 138 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jrfm13070138

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

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

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 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

Conference Papers

Liu C; Shirowzhan S; Sepasgozar S; Kaboli S, 2018, 'Comparative Analysis of Five Edge Detection Algorithms for Panel Defect Detection', in 1st International Conference on 3D Construction Printing, Melbourne, presented at 1st International Conference on 3D Construction Printing, Melbourne, 26 November 2018 - 28 November 2018, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329414339_Comparative_Analysis_of_Five_Edge_Detection_Algorithms_for_Panel_Defect_Detection

Bebbington J; Sepasgozar S, 2018, 'Investigating key factors influencing consumers’ decision to purchase low-Volatile Organic Compound building products', in Do K; Sutrisna M; Jonescu E; Zaman A (eds.), 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Curtin University, Singapore, pp. 265 - 273, presented at 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Singapore, 26 September 2018 - 28 September 2018, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/94be57_1da76390885d492392758eb95bbe7ac9.pdf

Bolideh E; Sepasgozar S, 2018, 'Utilisation of new tools for indoor quality measurements: Case of six-green star rated building', in Do K; Sutrisna M; Jonescu E; Zaman A (eds.), 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Curtin University, Singapore, pp. 275 - 284, presented at 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Singapore, 26 September 2018 - 28 September 2018, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/94be57_1da76390885d492392758eb95bbe7ac9.pdf

Sepasgozar S; Maria Cabello Gorchs V, 2018, 'Evaluating Green Star rating tools through user perception: Kano survey and Taguchi review', in Do K; Sutrisna M; Jonescu E; Zaman A (eds.), 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Curtin University, Singapore, presented at 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Singapore, 26 September 2018 - 28 September 2018, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/94be57_1da76390885d492392758eb95bbe7ac9.pdf

McNamara A; Sepasgozar S, 2018, 'Barriers and drivers of Intelligent Contract implementation in construction', in Do K; Sutrisna M; Hammad A; Ramanayaka C (eds.), 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Curtin University, Singapore, pp. 281 - 293, presented at 42nd AUBEA Conference 2018: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Singapore, 26 September 2018 - 28 September 2018, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/94be57_f3778ad853e8419f8028861fac33bcba.pdf

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