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Dr Mohamad Kassem

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

  • Associate Professor

    Director of Enterprise and Engagement

    Lead of Built Environment Digital Futures

  • I am Associate Professor of Digital Construction and Engineering Project Management, the Lead of the Built Environment Digital Futures research group, the Director of Enterprise and Engagement for the Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department within the Faculty of Energy and Environment at Northumbria University, the Chair of the Human Data Interaction Committee (HDI) of the European Centre of Computing in Construction (EC3), and a core member of the BIMe Initiative.

    My research interest is in Digital Transformation of built environment and Digitalisation of Construction and Engineering projects. I have more than 10 years’ experience researching multidisciplinary areas related to digital transformation and digitalisation from multiple perspectives including technology, process, people and policy perspectives. Across these areas, I research: (1) technical topics such the development of digitally-enabled tools and workflows for improving individual, team, project, and organisational performance; (2) management topics including the development of conceptual constructs, tools and metrics to help understand and improve both the impact of digital innovation (i.e. Building Information Modelling; Virtual, Augmented and Immersive Reality; Internet of Things; and Distributed Ledgers Technologies) and the dynamics of its adoption and diffusion in construction projects, organisations, and markets; and (3) policy topics and in particular assessment, benchmark of BIM maturity of organisations and markets, and development of digital transformation policies and BIM roadmaps. This breadth of interest is motivated by my background in both Engineering and Project Management which helps address these research topics at the intersection of engineering, management and social science.       

    I have published more than 85 articles covering these research topics in international journals and conferences. I have successfully secured and delivered - either as a principal investigator or co-investigator - several research and enterprise grants (total value exceeding £2m) funded by British and international funding bodies. My recent research and enterprise activities has been supported by Innovate UK, British Council, European Commission, Qatar Foundation, and private industry.

    I have had several appointments in advisory roles to the European Commission, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Inter-American Development Bank, with responsibility for developing BIM-enabled national digital transformation for the construction sectors of several countries. I have assessed the BIM maturity of more than 25 countries and developed market BIM maturity benchmark and roadmaps for many countries around the world. I have also collaborated with several working groups to support the development national BIM policies across the EU, North America, and Asia.

    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 collaborate with an extensive network of researchers, HE institutions, practitioners and organisations within the UK and overseas. I delivered more than a dozen of keynote addresses in Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, 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



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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Blockchain in the built environment and construction industry, 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. Sep 2015, In: Automation in Construction

PGR Supervision

  • Dean Douglas Start: 01/10/2019
  • Benjamin Jowett Start: 01/10/2018
  • James Wakefield Start: 01/10/2018
  • Jennifer Li Start: 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  

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interest is in Digital Transformation of built environment and Digitalisation of Construction and Engineering projects. I have more than 10 years’ experience researching multidisciplinary areas related to digital transformation and digitalisation from multiple perspectives including technology, process, people and policy perspectives. Across these areas, I research: (1) technical topics such the development of digitally-enabled tools and workflows for improving individual, team, project, and organisational performance; (2) management topics including the development of conceptual constructs, tools and metrics to help understand and improve both the impact of digital innovation (i.e. Building Information Modelling; Virtual, Augmented and Immersive Reality; Internet of Things; and Distributed Ledgers Technologies) and the dynamics of its adoption and diffusion in construction projects, organisations, and markets; and (3) policy topics and in particular assessment, benchmark of BIM maturity of organisations and markets, and development of digital transformation policies and BIM roadmaps. This breadth of interest is motivated by my background in both Engineering and Project Management which helps address these research topics at the intersection of engineering, management and social science.       

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, VR, and AR) within construction projects and the built environment
  • BIM-enabled digital transformation policies
  • BIM performance management
  • Engineering and Construction Project management


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