Researcher

Dr Ahmed W A Hammad

My Expertise

  • Exact Optimisation Methods including Mixed Integer Linear and Nonlinear Programming (MILP, MINLP)
  • Operational Research
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Construction Law
  • Sustainable Design and Planning
  • Construction Economics
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Digital Engineering
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Noise Pollution

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Construction Engineering, Operations Research, Sustainable Development, Optimisation, Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management, Commercial and Contract Law

Biography

Dr Ahmed WA Hammad is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. His research focuses on the use of operational research (OR) techniques, including machine learning and mathematical optimisation, linked with digital engineering platforms such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and City Information Modelling (CIM), for enhancing decision-making and sustainability in the built environment. His past works included the...view more

Dr Ahmed WA Hammad is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. His research focuses on the use of operational research (OR) techniques, including machine learning and mathematical optimisation, linked with digital engineering platforms such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and City Information Modelling (CIM), for enhancing decision-making and sustainability in the built environment. His past works included the introduction of a systematic framework that relies on neural networks and BIM for building performance enhancement, along with proposing a mathematical optimisation platform for organising construction sites to improve productivity and enhance safety by minimising high noise level exposure. Dr Hammad has an extensive industry background in BIM implementation, virtual reality, prefabrication, optimised design and scheduling techniques.

Research Areas:

  • Mathematical Optimisation - Large Scale Decomposition, Stochastic Programming and Integer Programming
  • Sustainable Design of Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Resilient Transportation Systems
  • Automation and Law 
  • Digital Engineering
  • Sustainable Concrete Mix Design

Courses Taught (Current and Previous):

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Revit, Navisworks, Dynamo
  • Construction Law
  • Economics
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Construction Materials
  • Risk Management
  • Prefabrication
  • Transport Infrastructure Design Systems
  • Operational Research for Engineers

My Awards

Teaching Awards

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award - 2020
  • School Teaching Innovation Award - 2017

My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Mathematical Programming
  • BIM
  • Construction Economics
  • Sustainability Design
  • Construction Law

Currently supervising

In Lab: 8 PhD Students (In Australia and Overseas)

Graduated: 2 PhD Students

Topics:

  • Tracking the Supply Chain of Construction Materials - 2021 onwards
  • Blockchain Technology for Sustainability Analysis - 2020 onwards
  • Optimising Concrete Mix Design to Achieve Sustainable Concrete - 2021 onwards
  • Machine Learning for Disaster Management - 2018 onwards
  • Mathematical Optimisation of space layout in schools to enhance safety during building evacuations - 2019 onwards
  • Stochastic Programming for Resource Allocation in Construction - 2019 onwards
  • A collaborative system to optimize the role of social procurement in providing innovative solutions to youth unemployment in Australia - 2019 onwards
  • Challenges facing Refugees and Skilled Migrants in the Construction Workforce - 2019 onwards
  • Optimisation framework for Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) integrated with BIM- Complete
  • BIM Technology Investment Optimisation in Organisations - Complete

My Teaching

Teaching Expertise

I teach the following subjects:

  • BLDG1011 - Low rise Construction
  • BLDG1012 - Construction Materials
  • BLDG2012 - Construction and Property Law
  • BLDG3013 - Digital Construction (BIM)

Previous subjects that I have taught at UNSW and other universities:

  • Operational Research for Engineers
  • Construction Economics
  • Risk Management
  • Environmental Planning in Construction
  • Infrastructure Planning 
  • Specialised Construction Methods
  • Prefabrication
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