Ahmed Hammad, PhD, PEng, PMP - Construction Engineering and Management

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Director of Academic Integrity, ENG SS, Co-op & Career Con

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
ahammad@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5319
Address
6-308 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Director of Academic Integrity, ENG SS, Co-op & Career Con
Email
ahammad@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Construction Engineering


About

Dr. Ahmed Hammad joined University of Alberta in 2018 as an Associate Professor in Construction Engineering and Management after 2 years at University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Hammad spent 25 years in construction industry as Project Planning & Control Manager. His responsibilities included project scope management using WBS & work packages, planning & scheduling, cost estimating & control, management of change and risk management. He has experience working on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) phases of several mega multi-billion dollar Infrastructure, Commercial, Oil Sands, Offshore Conventional Oil and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) projects. These projects were planned and executed in Canada, USA, South Korea, UAE, Australia and Egypt. Dr. Hammad has published several journal and conference papers, provided training in project management, and developed integrated project planning and control systems for three global EPC firms.

Education:

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Construction Engineering & Management, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 2009.
  • Master of Science, Construction Engineering & Management, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 1999.
  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Construction Engineering and Management, Cairo University, Egypt, 1996.
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt. 1989.

Research

Main research interest is applying smart tools to achieve sustainable engineering designs, procurement strategies and construction practices. This will be achieved throughout maximizing efficiency and minimizing waste in planning and executing all phases of capital projects. Specific research areas include:

  • Application of: Machine Learning (ML), Multiple-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) techniques and Knowledge-based Decision Support Systems (KBDSS) to achieve Sustainable Construction
  • Integration of: Smart Work Packaging, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Construction Projects
  • Selection of optimum: Project Financing Model (PFM), Project Delivery Method (PDM), Contractor Selection Procedures for Sustainable Construction

Current Research Projects:

  • "Application of knowledge-based decision support systems (KBDSS) to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the major phases of construction projects" funded by NSERC Mission Alliance Grant in cooperation with 16 Industry Partners.
  • "Construction-oriented digital twins for multi-dimensional production planning and control" in cooperation with colleagues from Hole School of Construction Engineering (HSCE) and 9 Industry Partners.

Completed Research Projects:

  • Impact of Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) of Architectural and Engineering (A/E) Services on Project Outcomes, in collaboration with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA)
  • Development of Knowledge-based Model for Allocation of Project Resources, in collaboration with the City of Edmonton, Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure and University of Alberta – Project Management Office (U of A - PMO)

Journals:

  1. Bhuiyan, M. and Hammad, A. (2024), "Engineering and Design for Sustainable Construction: A Bibliometric Analysis of Current Status and Future Trends", Sustainability Journal. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/16/7/2959
  2. Elnady, A. and Hammad, A. (2023), "Identification and analysis of project-based organization’s workload fluctuation factors", Journal of Engineering Science and Military Technologies (JESMT). DOI: 10.21608/EJMTC.2023.182571.1243  
  3. Nomir, M. and Hammad, A. (2023), “Decision support system for selecting engineering consultants using Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) and fuzzy TOPSIS”, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2022-0076
  4. Bhuiyan, M. and Hammad, A. (2023), "A Hybrid Multi-criteria Decision Support System for Selecting the Most Sustainable Structural Material for a Multistory Building Construction", Sustainability Journal. DOI: 10.3390/su15043128
  5. Golabchi, H. and Hammad, A. (2022), "Estimating labor resource requirements in construction projects using machine learning", Construction Innovation Journal. DOI: 10.1108/CI-11-2021-0211
  6. Kim, S. and Hammad, A. (2022), "Decision Support System (DSS) for selecting sustainable insulation material using Pareto Search and Novel fuzzy-modified TOPSIS approach", International Journal of Construction Management (IJCM). DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2022.2159628
  7. Eltahan, A., Al Hattab, M., and Hammad, A. (2022), "Impact of Architect/Engineer (A/E) Consultant Qualifications on Project Outcomes", Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2021-0330
  8. Elkholosy, H., Ead, R., Hammad, A. and AbouRizk S. (2022), "Data mining for forecasting labor resource requirements: A case study of project management staffing requirements", International Journal of Construction Management (IJCM). DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2022.2112898
  9. Mohamed, E., Jafari, P. and Hammad, A. (2021), “Mixed qualitative-quantitative approach for bidding Decisions in Construction”, Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (ECAM), Volume 29, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1108/ECAM-12-2020-1060
  10. Ghazal, M. and Hammad, A. (2020), “Application of Knowledge Discovery in Database (KDD) Techniques in Cost Overrun of Construction Projects”, International Journal of Construction Management (IJCM), Volume 20, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2020.1738205
  11. Hammad, A., AbouRizk, S., and Mohamed, Y. (2014), “Application of Knowledge Discovery in Data (KDD) Techniques to Extract Useful Knowledge from Labor Resources Data in Industrial Construction Projects.” American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Journal of Management in Engineering (JME), Volume 30, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000280
  12. Hammad, A. and AbouRizk, S. (2014), “Knowledge Discovery in Data: A Case Study.” Journal of Computer and Communications, Volume 2, Issue 5. DOI: 10.4236/jcc.2014.25001
  13. ElAtia, S., Ipperciel, D. and Hammad, A. (2012), “Implications and Challenges to Using Data Mining in Educational Research in the Canadian Context”. Canadian Journal of Education, Volume 35, Issue 2.

Conferences:

  1. Alam Bhuiyan, M., Rezaul, K. and Hammad, A. (2024), "A framework for sustainability analysis of construction projects to achieve net-zero emission goal by 2050", Proceedings of the Conference on Geotechnics, Civil Engineering and Structures (CIGOS) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  2. Assaf, S., Mao, Z., Momenifar, S., and Hammad, A. (2024), “Evaluating Machine Learning and AHP Tools for the Pre-qualification of Construction Contractors based on Occupational Health and Safety Criteria”, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress (CRC) in Des Moines, IA, USA.
  3. Ghazal, M., Parvaneh, F. Hammad, A. and Mohamed, Y. (2023), “Simulation Modeling For Sustainable Construction: A Case Study to Highlight the Social Aspect”, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference in San Antonio, TX, USA.
  4. Assaf, M., Salami, L., Salhab, D. and Hammad, A. (2023), "Promoting the IPD Delivery Method in Construction Projects: A BIM-Based Smart Contract Approach", Proceedings of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) Conference in Lille, France.
  5. Ademola, D. and Hammad, A. (2023), "Application of Topsis Decision-Making Technique in Selecting a Sustainable Project Financing Model", Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Moncton, Canada.
  6. Abellanosa, A., Hedges, O., Konwat, B. and Hammad, A. (2023), "Risk-Based Profit-Sharing Analysis in a Collaborative Land Development Project", Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Moncton, Canada.
  7. Elnady, A. and Hammad, A. (2023), "Workload Fluctuation Analysis Using System Dynamic Simulation in Project Based Organizations". Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization in Marrakech, Morocco.
  8. Ghazal, M. and Hammad, A. (2022), "Integrating Smart and Sustainable Construction: A review of present status, and possible opportunities", Proceedings of the International Society for the Intelligent Construction (ISIC) Conference in Guimaraes, Portugal. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-20241-4_19
  9. Mansouri Asl, N., Najafizadeh, N. , Fakhrzarei, M., Hamzeh, F. and Hammad, A. (2022), "A Framework to Overcome the Challenges of Using LPS in Design on IPD Projects", Proceedings of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) Conference in Edmonton, Canada. DOI: 10.24928/2022/0213
  10. Parvaneh, F. and Hammad, A. (2022), "The Impacts of Pandemic to the Challenges of Sustainable Construction", Proceedings of the Creative Construction Conference (CCC) in Rijeka, Croatia. DOI: 10.24928/2022/0213
  11. Elnady, A., Broda, Y., Hammad, A., Golabchi, H. and Mohamed, Y. (2022) "Utilizing Simulation to Predict Optimum number of Projects", Proceedings of the European Conference on Computing in Construction (ECCC) in Rhodes, Greece. DOI: 10.35490/EC3.2022.144
  12. Alam Bhuiyan, M., Rezaul, K. and Hammad, A. (2022), "Sustainability Analysis of Structural Materials used in Multistoried Building Construction: A Cradle to Grave Approach", Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Whistler, Canada.
  13. Alam Bhuiyan, M., Sulle, A. and Hammad, A. (2022), "Application of Choosing By Advantage (CBA) to Select Most Sustainable Project, Metro Extension Case Study", Proceedings of the International Structural Engineering and Construction Society (ISEC) EURO MED SEC 4 State-of-the-art Materials and Techniques in Structural Engineering and Construction Conference in Leipzig, Germany. DOI: 10.14455/ISEC.2022.9(1).CPM-03
  14. Narjabadifam, N., Bascik, H., Nafari, S., and Hammad, A. (2022), "A Knowledge Based Decision Support System for Selection of Sustainable Structural Materials using Fuzzy Expert System", Proceedings of the International Structural Engineering and Construction Society (ISEC) EURO MED SEC 4 State-of-the-art Materials and Techniques in Structural Engineering and Construction Conference in Leipzig, Germany. DOI: 10.14455/ISEC.2022.9(1).SUS-02
  15. Mansouri Asl, N. and Hammad, A. (2022), "A Framework to Enhance Utilization of Automated Progress Measurements in Construction Projects", Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress (CRC) in Washington DC, USA. DOI: 10.1061/9780784483961.068
  16. Eltahan, A., Pourrahimian, E., Alsakka, F., Nomir, M. and Hammad, A. (2021), “Quantifying Contractors’ Qualifications using Pairwise Comparison in Best Value Procurement Method”, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Structural Engineering and Construction Society (ISEC) Conference in Cairo, Egypt. DOI: 10.14455/ISEC.2021.8(1).CPM-01
  17. Okasha, A., Eivazi Ziaei, P. and Hammad, A. (2021), “Optimizing Productivity Rate To Minimize Overdraft Interest Payment In Infrastructure Construction Projects”, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Structural Engineering And Construction Society (ISEC) Conference in Cairo, Egypt. DOI: 10.14455/ISEC.2021.8(1).CPM-04
  18. Salhab, D., Shehab, L., Noueihed, K. and Hammad, A. (2021), “Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) as a Decision Support System (DSS) for Project Delivery Methods”, Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Canada. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-19-0968-9_39
  19. Soltanikarbaschi, N. and Hammad, A. (2021), “An Integrated AHP-TOPSIS Methodology For Selecting Suitable Project Delivery Method for Construction Projects”, Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Canada. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-19-0968-9_48
  20. Nofal, A. and Hammad, A. (2020), “Application of Fuzzy TOSIS for Selecting most Sustainable Wall Material”, accepted for publication at the Third European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference in Limassol, Cyprus. DOI: 10.14455/ISEC.res.2020.7(1).CON-15
  21. Mdallal, A. and Hammad, A. (2019). Application of Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process (FAHP) to Reduce Concrete Waste on Construction Sites, Proceedings of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Laval (Greater Montreal), Quebec, Canada
  22. Shikhli M. and Hammad A. (2018). Data Acquisition Model for Analyzing Schedule Delays Using KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Data mining). Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Applications, Moscow, Russia. DOI: 10.1145/3233347.3233366
  23. Ghazal M. and Hammad A. (2018). Data Acquisition Model for Analyzing Cost Overrun in Construction Projects using KDD. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Bandung, Indonesia
  24. ElAtia, S. and Hammad, A. (2016). Application of Learning Analytics to Investigate Factors in Determining Reading Proficiency. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference for Gifted and Talented, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  25. Hammad, A., AbouRizk, S., and Mohamed, Y. (2013), “Data Acquisition Model for Capturing Labour Resources Data from Industrial Construction Projects”, Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  26. ElAtia, S. and Hammad, A. (2011), “Advancing Educational Research through a Knowledge Discovery in Data (KDD) Model”. American Educational Research Association Conference, in New Orleans, United States of America
  27. El-Assaly, A. and Hammad, A. (2000) “Using AHP to Prioritize Pavement Maintenance Activities”. Creative Systems in Structural & Construction Engineering
  28. El-Assaly, A., Hammad A, and Stoeck J. (1999). Surface Condition Rating Practices in North America. Proceedings of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Teaching

Construction Project Management

Procurement Management & Contract Administration

Sustainable Construction

Databases & Data Mining

Decision Making & Analysis

Legal Issues in Construction

Information Technology in Construction