NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

Samer Bu Hamdan

Research Interests

Samer Bu Hamdan's current research focuses on the application of complexity theory and value engineering principles to improve construction performance.

Current Research

Samer's research utilizes building information modelling (BIM) to evaluate the interactions and inter-relationships among components of a project. This deep study of system components serves as the foundation for the development of a dynamic approach to project planning considering time and costs as targets. The result is the development of a decision making model in the context of complexity theory that captures the long-term quantitative effects of engineering decisions as well as the qualitative aspects of human behaviour. It is expected that the principles underlying this research can be extrapolated to explain and predict the behaviour of any component in a complex system in which there are many competitors and limited resources.

Education

  • PhD, Construction Engineering and Management (2018), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • MSc, Construction Engineering and Management (2013), University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria
  • BSc, Structural Engineering (2009), University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria

Publications

Journal papers:

  1. Alwisy, A., Barkokebas, B., Bu Hamdan, S., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. “Energy-based target cost modelling for construction projects.” Accepted (Jun., 2018) for publication in Journal of Building Engineering.
  2. Alwisy, A., Bu Hamdan, S., Barkokebas, B., Bouferguene, A., and Al-Hussein, M. “A BIM-based automation of design and drafting for manufacturing of wood panels for modular residential buildings.” Accepted (Nov., 2017) for publication in International Journal of Construction Management.

Conference papers:

  1. Duncheva, T., BuHamdan, S., Hairstans, R., and Al-Hussein, M. “BIM-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process.” Accepted (Jun., 2018) for publication in Proceedings, European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, Budapest, Hungary, Sep. 17–19.

  2. Barkokebas, B., Bu Hamdan, S., Alwisy, A., Bouferguene, A., and Al-Hussein M. (2018). “BIM guideline review for public post-secondary institutions.” Proceedings, International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Berlin, Germany, Jul. 20–25, 8 pages.

  3. Bu Hamdan, S., Barkokebas, B., Alwisy, A., Bouferguene, A., and Al-Hussein, M. (2018). “Improved target-value design approach through the integration of environmental performance with building systems performance.” Proceedings, Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, LA, USA, Apr. 2-5.

  4. Bu Hamdan, S., Alwisy, A., Barkokebas, B., Bouferguene, A., and Al-Hussein, M. (2017). “Visual-based value assessment application in the construction industry.” Accepted (Feb., 2017) for publication in Proceedings, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Conference, Bath, UK, Apr. 19-20.

  5. Bu Hamdan, S., Alwisy, A., Ajweh, Z., Al-Hussein, M., and AbouRizk, S. (2015). “Simulation based multi-objective cost-time trade-off for multi-family residential off-site construction.” Proceedings, Winter Simulation Conference, Huntington Beach, CA, USA, Dec. 6-9, pp. 3391-3401.

  6. Bu Hamdan, S., Ma, Y., and Al-Hussein, M.  (2015). “Utilization of mobile phone to track project progress using photo recognition techniques and BIM.” Proceedings, Advanced Design Concepts and Practice, Hangzhou, China, Sep. 18-20.

  7. Barkokebas, B., Bu Hamdan, S., Al-Hussein, M., and Manrique, J.D. (2015). “Coordination of cost estimation for industrialized residential projects through the use of BIM.” Proceedings, International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC), Oulu, Finland, Jun. 15-18.

  8. Bu Hamdan, S., Barkokebas, B., Manrique, J.D., and Al-Hussein, M. (2015). “A BIM-based simulation model for inventory management in panelized construction.” Proceedings, International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC), Oulu, Finland, Jun. 15-18.
  9. Alwisy, A., Bu Hamdan, S., Ajweh, Z., and Al-Hussein, M. (2015). “Productivity-Based Management System (PBMS) for industrialization construction.” Proceedings, 2015 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit and 1st International Conference on the Industrialization of Construction (ICIC), Edmonton, AB, Canada, May 19-21, pp. 439-447.
  10. Barkokebas, B., Bu Hamdan, S., Alwisy, A., and Al-Hussein, M. (2015). “Evaluation of the impact of dynamic work stations versus static work stations in wood framing prefabrication using hybrid simulation.” Proceedings, 2015 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit and 1st International Conference on the Industrialization of Construction (ICIC), Edmonton, AB, Canada, May 19-21, pp. 495-501.

Samer Bu Hamdan

Samer Bu Hamdan

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
5-360 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
buhamdan@ualberta.ca