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:
Appointments and scientific services
Research Grants and Projects
Selected seed and engagement grants
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:
Some other projects funded by students’ external sponsors are:
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:
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:
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.
- Industrial and Infrastructure Construction
- Construction Risk Management and Business Analytics
- Building Structures
- Research Methods in the Built Environment
- Research Project
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)
PhD students’ research topics (Alphabetical order)
Masters’ Research Projects (Alphabetical order)
Topics worked on by Postgrads in the Engineering Faculty
Proposed topics by PhD applicants (Alphabetical order)
A full list of research activities and publications will be provided to prospective collaborators and research funding sponsors on request.