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Dr Mohamad Kassem

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

His qualification includes a PhD and MEng in Mechanical Engineering (Marche Polytechnic University, Italy) and an MSc in Project Management (Teesside University, UK). Mohamad’s research and enterprise interest is in Digital Construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), construction informatics, big data applications in built environment, sustainability and energy reduction, virtual reality applications in construction processes, and construction and project management.  

Mohamad has published more than 50 articles covering these themes in international journals and conferences. He is currently teaching aspects related to these themes to several built environment disciplines, undergraduate and post-graduate programmes within Northumbria University.

His research expertise in BIM spans from strategic BIM policy development (market-wide roadmaps and strategies) to technical BIM solution scoping and implementation. He is supporting several committees and policy makers around the world, including an official role as a consultant ─ appointed after a competitive shortlisting and selection process at EU level ─ to the Brazilian Government with responsibility for developing a BIM adoption roadmap for Brazil.

He has secured - either as a principal investigator or supervisor- several research and enterprise grants (total value more than £1.5m) from British and international funding bodies. He delivered several invited keynote addresses and presentations in Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Spain and the United Kingdom. 


Campus Address

Ellison Building, Room 107J


  • Mechanical Engineering PhD June 30 2008
  • Member Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 2016

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

  • Benjamin Jowett Start: 01/10/2018
  • James Wakefield Start: 01/10/2018
  • Jennifer Li Start: 01/10/2017


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