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Prof Mohamad Kassem

Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

  • Professor of Digital Construction and Engineering

    Head of Subject for Construction Project Management

    Lead of Built Environment Digital Futures research group

  • I am Professor of Digital Construction and Engineering Project Management, the Head of Subject for Construction Project Management, and the Lead of the Built Environment Digital Futures research group. 

    My research interest is in digitalisation of construction and engineering projects and the digital transformation of the built environment. I have substantial expertise in researching these themes across four intertwined perspectives namely; technology, process, people and policy. Owing to my educational background and experience in both engineering and project management, I am fortunate to be able to treat these themes at technical, managerial and strategic levels. I research new digital construction technologies and processes for addressing key challenges facing construction and engineering projects; new conceptual models and tools to help in understanding the impact of digital innovation (Building Information Modelling, Virtual/Augmented/Immersive Reality, Internet of Things, and Distributed Ledgers Technologies) and accelerating its adoption in projects, organisations and markets; and new approaches to the development of policies for digital transformation of built environment including studies of maturity assessment and benchmark.

    I have published more than 100 articles covering these topics in international journals and conferences. I have successfully secured more than GBP5,000,000 in research and innovation grants in Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator capacity. Such funding was obtained from European Commission H2020, UKRI’s Innovate UK, Qatar Foundation and other British and International agencies, and the private sector.

    I have had several consultancy appointments to governments and public sector bodies (European Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International Development Bank, Brazilian Government, Mexican Government) with responsibility for evaluating and developing digital transformation roadmaps for their construction sectors. I was also appointed by Centre of Digital Built Britain (University of Cambridge) as a consultant to evaluate BIM Maturity and Benefits tools in the UK and internationally, and by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) as an Independent to evaluate Immersive Learning R&D projects across the UK, funded under their Structural Fund. I am regularly involved in R&D projects with leading organisations in the UK and abroad.

    I am the lead of the Macro BIM Adoption project, a project under the BIMe Initiative striving to become the world’s primary source for policy makers in BIM maturity assessment and policy improvement. I am the Chair the Human Data Interaction technical committee of the European Council for Computing in Construction (EC3). I also collaborate with an extensive network of researchers, HE institutions, practitioners in the UK and overseas. I delivered more than 20 keynote addresses in Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ireland, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Spain and the United Kingdom. I provide expert evaluation to several funding bodies in the UK, the EU (Horizon2020) and North America.

Mohamad Kassem

Campus Address

Ellison Building, Room 107J



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interest is in digitalisation of construction and engineering projects and the digital transformation of the built environment. I have substantial expertise in researching these themes across four intertwined perspectives namely; technology, process, people and policy. Owing to my educational background and experience in both engineering and project management, I am fortunate to be able to treat these themes at technical, managerial and strategic levels. I research new digital construction technologies and processes for addressing key challenges facing construction and engineering projects; new conceptual models and tools to help in understanding the impact of digital innovation (Building Information Modelling, Virtual/Augmented/Immersive Reality, Internet of Things, and Distributed Ledgers Technologies) and accelerating its adoption in projects, organisations and markets; and new approaches to the development of policies for digital transformation of built environment including studies of maturity assessment and benchmark.

 My key areas include:

  • Digitalisation of Construction and Engineering projects
  • BIM and IoT in Construction and Facilities Management
  • BIM for Facilities Management
  • Digital innovation (BIM, IoT, DLT & blockchain, VR, and AR) within construction projects and the built environment
  • BIM-enabled digital transformation policies
  • Performance management
  • Engineering and Construction Project management

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Blockchain in the built environment and construction industry: A systematic review, conceptual models and practical use cases, Li, J., Greenwood, D., Kassem, M. Jun 2019, In: Automation in Construction
  • A unified BIM adoption taxonomy: Conceptual development, empirical validation and application, Louay Ahmed, A., Kassem, M. Dec 2018, In: Automation in Construction
  • Demystifying Collaboration in BIM-Based Projects Under Design-Build Procurement: Clash Detection as a Use Value, Jowett, B., Al Hattab, M., Kassem, M. 1 May 2018, Contemporary Strategies and Approaches in 3-D Information Modeling, 01/05/2018, IGI Global
  • Hierarchy based information requirements for sustainable operations of buildings in Qatar, Rodriguez-Trejo, S., Ahmad, A., Hafeez, M., Dawood, H., Vukovic, V., Kassem, M., Naji, K., Dawood, N. Jul 2017, In: Sustainable Cities and Society
  • Macro BIM adoption: Comparative market analysis, Kassem, M., Succar, B. 3 May 2017, In: Automation in Construction
  • Supporting building owners and facility managers in the validation and visualisation of asset information models (AIM) through open standards and open technologies, Patacas, J., Dawood, N., Greenwood, D., Kassem, M. 1 Nov 2016, In: Journal of Information Technology in Construction
  • Macro-BIM adoption: Conceptual structures, Succar, B., Kassem, M. 1 Sep 2015, In: Automation in Construction

PGR Supervision

  • Mahir Msawil RETHINKING CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTUAL GOVERNANCE: Blockchain-based construction contract administration using the FIDIC model for transport infrastructure projects Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • James Wakefield Improving Safety of the Built Asset Operational Phase in Construction Classified Projects Through a BIM-based Individualised Safety Training Solution Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Benjamin Jowett A framework for the implementation of Mobile BIM Technology at project and organisational level supporting Lean construction approaches Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Dean Douglas A framework and tools for digitally-enabled management of infrastructure network development: the case of linear assets. Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Jennifer Li A socio-technical framework to guide implementation and value realisation of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in the construction sector Start Date: 01/10/2017

Further Information

I welcome prospective PhD and Doctoral students with proposals in one of the topics above and/or related areas. To discuss your proposal, please contact me by email on: mohamad.kassem@northumbria.ac.uk  

Qualifications

  • Diploma November 15 2010
  • MSc September 15 2009
  • Mechanical Engineering PhD February 15 2008
  • MEng December 10 2003
  • Member Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 2016
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy FHEA 2015


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