Researcher

Dr Samad Sepasgozar

My Expertise

Smart cities and infrastructure, construction innovation, modular construction, virtual and augmented reality, and digital twin.

His research direction and the main component of his research projects are Industrial and Infrastructure Construction considering innovation and sustainablity covering innovation development, diffusion/dissemination, adoption, decisions, applications, and implementation over the project lifecycle. Recently he published many Rapid/Systematic Review articles and over 150 research papers in these areas. See some of his publications in the top (Decile 1 or Quartile 1) leading journals in the field demonstrating his work in innovation:

  • Prefabrication / Modular Construction:
    • Forsythe, P.J. and Sepasgozar, S.M., 2019. Measuring installation productivity in prefabricated timber construction. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2017-0205
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM):
    • Shirowzhan, S., Sepasgozar, S.M., Edwards, D.J., Li, H. and Wang, C., 2020. BIM compatibility and its differentiation with interoperability challenges as an innovation factor. Automation in Construction112, p.103086. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2020.103086
  • Sustainability and Carbon Emission (technological directions):
    • Sepasgozar, S.M., Li, H., Shirowzhan, S. and Tam, V.W., 2019. Methods for monitoring construction off-road vehicle emissions: A critical review for identifying deficiencies and directions. Environmental Science and Pollution Research26(16), pp.15779-15794. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-05003-6
  • Lidar and Point Cloud work:
    • Shirowzhan, S., Lim, S., Trinder, J., Li, H. and Sepasgozar, S.M., 2020. Data mining for recognition of spatial distribution patterns of building heights using airborne lidar data. Advanced Engineering Informatics43, p.101033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2020.101033
  • Innovation development (use case):
    • Shirowzhan, S., Sepasgozar, S.M., Li, H., Trinder, J. and Tang, P., 2019. Comparative analysis of machine learning and point-based algorithms for detecting 3D changes in buildings over time using bi-temporal lidar data. Automation in Construction105, p.102841. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2019.102841
  • Decisions for innovation (concept):
    • Sepasgozar, S.M., 2020. Digital technology utilisation decisions for facilitating the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies. Construction Innovation. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-02-2020-0020
  • Innovation applications (use case):
    • Shirowzhan, S., Sepasgozar, S.M. and 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 Management147(3), p.04020178. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-3111
  • Innovation implementation (concept):
    • Sepasgozar, S.M., Davis, S.R., Li, H. and Luo, X., 2018. Modeling the implementation process for new construction technologies: Thematic analysis based on Australian and US practices. Journal of Management in Engineering, 34(3), p.05018005. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000608

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Building construction management and project planning, Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling, Transportation, logistics and supply chains, Quantity surveying, Architecture management, Urban and regional planning, Interior design, Building, Building information modelling and management, Building science, technologies and systems, Sustainable architecture, Environmentally sustainable engineering

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Biography

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...view more

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, infrastructure, construction, and mining.   

Samad developed several research initiatives with senior researchers, PhD and masters by research students in construction, MBA, and urban development.  Recently, he has collaborated with master and undergraduate honour thesis students to pursue research dissertations on innovation, BIM adoption and implementation of lidar systems in construction.  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;
  • Associate Editor, Guest editor of special issues, editorial board member, and reviewer of 45 peer-reviewed journals including Nature Scientific Reports 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.  

My Grants

Research Grants and Projects

  • Chief investigator: Trailing Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in construction, valued at $42,000 including industry in-kind contribution.
  • External Researcher: Trailing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in construction, valued at $183,000.
  • Mix Reality Construction Learning (for Construction and Architecture), Scientia Education Investment Fund Grant, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, UNSW, $170,000.
  • Digital job site monitoring systems for construction, Research Infrastructure Scheme (RIS), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW, $109,229.
  • Developing a digital construction laboratory, Research Infrastructure Scheme (RIS), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW, $38,199.
  • Utilising the concept of the Internet of Things for Emissions Monitoring and Location Tracking on Major Construction Sites Using Sensor-based Mechanisms, ECR UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, $29,000.
  • Trialling RealTime Locating System Technologies for Construction Operation Management, ECR UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, $9,000 cash + $41,000 in-kind = $50,000.
  • Inspiring Learning Initiative Project for BLDG1021, Portfolio of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Education), $20,000, 2017.

 

Selected seed and engagement grants

  • Cross faculty lab for urban water resilience and sponge cities, Cross-Faculty Research Grant, $10,000.
  • A Wiki-based Framework for Enhancing Students Achievements in Research Projects, Scholarship of Learning and Teaching [SOLT] Grants, ECR UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, $3,000.
  • Utilization of Digital Technologies for Property Management, Research Start Program 2017, ECR UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, $2,400.
  • Supervisor (Chief investigator), Developing laser scanner technology acceptance model in the construction industry, valued at $2,400, Early Research Grant for a postgrad student.
  • Investigator, Flipped learning and role play group project (RP-GP) for construction education (an inter-disciplinary collaborative study).
  • Challenges of Implementation of Laser Scanners in Building Construction, ECR UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, $2,400.

 

Scientia PhD Scholarships and Higher Degree Research (HDR) Projects

Two of his joint projects awarded Scientia PhD Scholarships to recruit PhD students. This was a prestigious and highly competitive award aimed at harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems. The projects are:

  • Advanced knowledge-based design information modelling, valued at $200,000.
  • Integrated system for 3D optimisation of construction site layout planning, valued at $200,000.

Some other projects funded by students’ external sponsors are:

  • Digital Capacity Development for Industry 4.0 implementation: Cases of Australian Construction and Mining sectors
  • Inter-infrastructure digital twin for infrastructure construction planning in smart cities
  • Developing a big data visualization model for smart infrastructure: A case of Sydney
  • Modelling information and developing metrics for evaluation of 3D Printing performance
  • Blockchain technology to secure data for digital twin throughout smart buildings life cycle
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for bushfire mapping
  • Immersive Virtual Reality-based Designing for Residential Building
  • Implementing Intelligent Construction Contracts
  • Sustainable Construction Operation using Robotic Vision
  • A Novel Progress Monitoring System using 3D Point Clouds
  • Developing a computational design spatial decision-support tool for material waste optimisation in building projects

My Qualifications

PhD (UNSW)


My Awards

Awards

  • Technology of the Year Finalist, National Australian Construction Award (ACA20)
  • Technology of the Year Finalist, National Australian Construction Award (ACA19)
  • Top Reviewer Award in Cross-Field - September 2019 (Publons, Web of Science)
  • The Best Paper Award from the AUBEA conference hosted by the 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. 

Appointments and scientific services 

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Quartile 1 in Architecture (Scimago Q1), ASCE publisher (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • Editorial board member of Scientific Reports Nature (H-index: 213)
  • Lead Assessor for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand
  • Editorial board member of Construction Innovation, (Scimago Q1)
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Built Environment, Quartile 1 in Building and Construction (Scopus Q1)
  • Series Editor for Advanced Digital Technologies for the Built Environment books, Editor for multiple books including BIM practices and Digital Twin transformation. Tier one publisher, Routledge Taylor & Francis group.  
  • Editorial board member, guest editor, or reviewer of 45 peer-reviewed journals (mainly Q1) published by Nature, Elsevier, Emerald, Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge, and others.


My 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).

 

Associate Editor, Editorial Board member, or Reviewer for over 45 leading journals: 

  1. Scientific Reports - Nature;
  2. Journal of Cleaner Production;
  3. Automation in Construction;
  4. Journal of Building Engineering;
  5. Engineering Construction Architecture and Management;
  6. Technological Forecasting and Social Change;
  7. Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier);
  8. Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (En Edition) (Elsevier)
  9. Applied Acoustics (Elsevier)
  10. IEEE Access;
  11. 'Technology, Mind, and Behavior';
  12. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE);
  13. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
  14. Construction Innovation
  15. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis
  16. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University);
  17. International Journal of Construction Management cc
  18. Intelligent Buildings International
  19. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science;
  20. Transportation Research Part C;
  21. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information;
  22. Energies;
  23. Sustainability;
  24. Sensors;
  25. Water;
  26. Applied Sciences;
  27. Buildings;
  28. Symmetry;
  29. Materials;
  30. Electronics;
  31. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;
  32. Journal of Surveying;
  33. ASC International Proceedings of the Annual Conference;
  34. Journal of Surveying, Construction, and Property (University of Malaya).
  35. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering;
  36. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology;
  37. TEKNIKA: JURNAL SAINS DAN TEKNOLOGI, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Indonesia;
  38. Frontiers Built Environment
  39. Aerial and Space Networks
  40. Behaviour & Information Technology
  41. Journal of Architectural Engineering
  42. Built Environment Project and Asset Management
  43. Computers in Industry
  44. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology
  45. Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management

My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Areas of interest: 

  • Construction Industry 4.0, Blockchain, Digital Twin, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Construction, Smart Real Estate 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. 


Currently 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

My Engagement

Leadership and engagement  

Dr Sepasgozar’s outstanding performance in leadership and engagement is evident in his establishment of the Digital Construction Virtual Lab (ConXR Development) and forming teams to work within the Faculty of Built Environment. Being invited as an editorial or committee member, session chair, or reviewer for more than 45 leading journals (mostly Q1) and world-class conferences is further indicative of his outstanding performance.

Dr Sepasgozar is increasingly invited to join journals and conferences to review scholarly papers. In recent years, his collaboration has been extended in terms of co-authoring scholarly articles, applying for funding, co-organising workshops, co-editing books with a wide range of international universities including:

  • Hong Kong Polytechnique University,
  • The Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) University,
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
  • the University of Melbourne,
  • Monash University,
  • Griffith University,
  • Western Sydney University,
  • Deakin University,
  • University Technology Sydney,
  • University of Malaya,
  • Birmingham City University.

Dr Sepasgozar has been involved in a wide range of problem-solving discussions with industry partners, including vendors and construction companies while investigating and engaging in their events to explore current challenges to the industry in terms of digital transformation. He has collected data in a scientific way from construction technology events, interviewed more than 200 practitioners, mainly from Australia and the US, and is a part of associations including the following associations to share ideas and to disseminate the results of his studies.

  • the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB),
  • Engineers Australia,
  • the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), and
  • the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

My Teaching

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.

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Location

Red Centre West Wing, Room 3004

Contact

+61 2 9385 4519