NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Ghulam Muhammad Ali

Research Interests

Ali’s key areas of research involve crane management and lifting operations, including economical solutions to rigging and heavy lifting and value engineering for heavy haulage. His focus is to reject traditional methods and acquire outside-the-box ideas in a practical and cost-effective way. Ali’s research aims to introduce new matting technology with improved figures both technically and financially.


Ali has 9 years of professional experience working in Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, including 7 years of rigging and heavy lifting and 2 years of HVAC experience. His rigging and heavy lifting experience includes preparation of rigging studies and supervising heavy lifts on mechanical construction sites. This also includes cost estimation for heavy lifts and heavy haulage for tendering and site execution. Ali was involved in the preparation of Human Resource Plans and RBS for heavy lifts and heavy haulage tenders. Additionally, Ali has experience in planning, design, and execution of several major mechanical heavy lifting and hauling projects in Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. During his professional career, he worked in collaboration with other stakeholders for on-time completion of projects in a cost-effective way.

Ali’s work in HVAC was to install, commission, and operate LiBr Chillers (Gas Fired). He was involved in air and water balancing in an installed system. He has solid knowledge of LiBr gas and steam operated absorption air conditioning systems.

As a PMP certified project management professional, Ali is knowledgeable in CII 10-10 program and always strives to implement industry best practices to reduce waste and improve production. During an internship with Irving Oil, Ali was involved in preparation of the implementation and integration plan for CII 10-10 program along Irving Oil IDEA lifecycle process. During this time, Ali developed PDRI (construction industry benchmark) comparison with CII 10-10 program and Irving Oil IDEA lifecycle process.

Current Research

Currently, Ali is involved in the design and application of alternative solutions for the matting requirements for heavy cranes with the use of ice/frozen silt. This also includes the economical comparison of ice/frozen silt mats and traditional timber/steel mats for heavy cranes with its value proposition and life cycle.


  • Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management (2018), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Master of Business Administration, Project Management Stream (2015), University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2004), University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan


  • Mansoor, A., Liu, S., Ali, G.M., Bouferguene, A., and Al-Hussein, M. “Conceptual framework for safety improvement in mobile cranes.” Accepted (Sep., 2019) for publication in Proceedings, Construction Research Congress, Tempe, AZ, USA, Mar. 8–10, 2020.
  • Ali, G.M., Al-Hussein, M., Bouferguene, A.*, and Kosa, J. (2019) “Competitive finite element analysis (ANSYS) for the use of ice & frozen silt as a supporting structural material, an alternative to the traditional crawler crane mat material (s355, g40.21 & Coastal Douglas-Fir).” Proceedings, 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (jointly with Construction Research Congress), Laval, QC, Canada, Jun. 12–15, 2019, 10 pages.
  • Ali, G.M., Al-Hussein, M., and Bouferguene, A. (2019). “Use of ANSYS for the estimate of freezing and maintenance phase of indirect & direct artificial ground freezing of proposed frozen silt mat, an alternative of timber mat.” Proceedings, 2019 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 21–24, 2019, pp. 846–853.

Ghulam Muhammad Ali

PhD Student
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
5-362.45 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering