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Dr Farzad Pour Rahimian Leilabadi

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Farzad Rahimian 

Dr Farzad Rahimian is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Construction Engineering, with expertise in the mainstream areas of BIM, including IT Integrated Design and Construction, Virtual-Reality Programming for Automation, Simulation and Optimisation of Design, Offsite-Manufactured-Construction, and Virtual Prototyping. He has extensive experience in VR/AR programming and prototyping, and was a key player on one the first and most famous game-like VR Environments for construction simulation.

Farzad holds PhD degree in IT Integrated Architectural Design Studies and MSc and BSc in Architectural Engineering. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Member of Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), Member of Regulatory Room of buildingSMART International, a First Class Registered Architect in Iran and member of CIB TG74, W119, and W121. He has considerable research and practice experience in BIM and IT Integrated Construction and Design (reported in more than 100 refereed articles; Cited in more than 500 publications). Farzad has been involved in supervision of several PhD studies. He is the Co-Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Research (MIT) and has been involved in various high-level committees. During his academic career, he contributed to various publicly funded research projects, on issues regarding BIM, Deign Integration and Advanced Methods of Construction.

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Key Publications

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  • Integration of VR with BIM to facilitate real-time creation of bill of quantities during the design phase, Davidson, ., Fowler, J., Pantazis, C., Sannino, M., Walker, J., Sheikhkhoshkar, M., Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, F. 15 Jun 2019, In: Frontiers of Engineering Management
  • OCDMA-Based Sensor Network for Monitoring Construction Sites Affected by Vibrations, Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, F., Seyedzadeh, S., Glesk, I. 13 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Information Technology in Construction
  • OpenBIM-Tango Integrated Virtual Showroom for Offsite Manufactured Production of Self-Build Housing, Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, F., Chavdarova, V., Stephen, O., Chamo, F. 1 Jun 2019, In: Automation in Construction
  • Tuning Machine Learning Models for Prediction of Building Energy Loads, Seyedzadeh, S., Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, F., Rastogi, P., Glesk, I. May 2019, In: Sustainable Cities and Society
  • Machine Learning for Estimation of Building Energy Consumption and Performance: A Review, Seyedzadeh, S., Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, F., Glesk, I., Roper, M. Dec 2018, In: Visualization in Engineering
  • Are computers agents? Considering the implication of classifying computers as occupants on energy consumption and proximity-as-utility equipment scheduling, Oliver, S., Pour Rahimian, F. 30 Jun 2018, Creative Construction Conference 2018
  • Virtual Reality Applications in Architecture: Bill of Quantities & Virtual Reality, Davidson, J., Fowler, J., Pantazis, C., Sannino, M., Walker, J., Rahimian, F. 30 Jun 2018, Creative Construction Conference 2018
  • Integration of BIM work culture for improving global project collaboration productivity, Ghafar, M., Shari, Z., Ibrahim, R., Rahimian, F. 18 May 2018, Contemporary Strategies and Approaches in 3-D Information Modeling, IGI Global
  • Ornamental art and symbolism, Yussupova, A., Songfu, L., Namazbay, A., Rahimian, F., Ebrahimi, A. 1 Nov 2017, In: Archnet-IJAR
  • Variable weight spectral amplitude coding for multiservice OCDMA networks, Seyedzadeh, S., Pour Rahimian, F., Glesk, I., Kakaee, M. 1 Sep 2017, In: Optical Fiber Technology


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