An experienced consultant, chartered construction manager and a senior academic specialising in Digital Construction and value creation that support stakeholders in the construction industry. His areas of expertise include BIM, Information modelling and management, automated systems (IoT and Digital Twins), digital asset management, and artificial intelligence. Being in Digital Construction for over than 10 years, Mohammad is actively contributing to the field of digital construction through driving integrative and transformative strategies in both academia and the industry. Mohammad is a recognised scholar in his area, led and participated in many conferences and exhibitions, and actively publishing in globally recognised journals. His research activities focus on data and information management and handling, using socio-technical mechanisms to tackle complex issues across the whole life cycle of a construction project. Mohammad has been teaching across a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK including civil engineering, construction management, quantity surveying and building surveying. In recognition of his contribution to academia, he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award representing UK and Europe by Associated Schools of Construction. In 2021, Mohammad launched MSc Digital Construction, which was endorsed by Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) as one of the most innovative postgraduate programmes in the UK. Besides his academic experience, he has been a BIM Consultant in the UK and the Middle East. He currently works for Birmingham City University as a Senior Lecturer in Digital construction and a Visiting Professor at Zigurat Institute of Technology.
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) occupy a vital role across all sectors, as they provide an inclusive and overarching guidance to address many of the world’s most pressing challenges. As one of the major sectors, construction industry is also a significant contributor of gross domestic product (GDP) and is accountable for 5-7% of GDP in most countries, suggesting that the industry has significant impact on economic and social challenges. For nearly two decades, digital construction technologies have had a significant impact on the construction industry. Digital construction technologies include BIM, digital technologies including VR/AR/Mixed reality, Digital Twins, autonomous technologies (e.g., robots and drones), 3D printing, and many others are making significant impact across all phases in the whole lifecycle. Although there are continual efforts that relate digital construction technologies to sustainability, the rapid evolvement of these technologies coupled with the absence of tangibly evidencing their role for different sustainability development goals (SDGs) will limit their exposure in the global sustainability agenda. This talk aims to constructively elicit the role that digital construction technologies play in achieving SDGs. Objectives of the talk include: • Identify SDGs that correlate to construction industry indicating their role and impact. • Review the role of digital construction technologies across the whole life cycle of a construction project. • Provide analytical map of different SDGs identified and how digital construction technologies can support achieving them.
Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and Digital Construction: Forming the Bricks