Dr. Mehrdad Arashpour

Dr. Mehrdad Arashpour

Leader of Infrastructure Engineering & Management, Senior Lecturer in Construction Engineering and Management
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 151, 23 College Walk (Building 60), Clayton Campus

Dr Mehrdad Arashpour is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management Program at Monash University. He is undertaking research on prefabricated structures and processes, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and automation and optimisation of design, manufacturing and assembly. He is one of 13 worldwide members of the Working Commission on Off-site Construction (W121) and Infrastructure Task Group (TG91), established by the International Council for Building (CIB).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia
  • Master of Construction Engineering and Management
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Expertise

Prefabricated Structures
Automation and Robotics
Combinatorial Optimisation
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Project Risk Management
Product and Process Simulation
Sustainable Construction
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)

Editorial Board Member

  • Journal of Construction Innovation
  • Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering

Research Interests

High calibre engineering students are welcome to take part in PhD studies. Application will be looked upon favourably if the candidate:

  • Graduated in the top 10% of year level (GPA> 90%)
  • Graduated from a well ranked university
  • Possess excellent written and verbal English skills

Research Projects

Current projects

Design for Construction and assembly in off-site prefabrication

Design for construction and assembly (DfCA) optimises the process of product design and development in construction. Main objectives of DfCA are to improve tangible performance measures in construction and assembly such as structural, environmental and temporal attributes. Among construction subsectors, off-site prefabrication provides significant potentials for implementation of DfCA. Similar to manufacturing, product design in off-site is followed by production operations, assembly and installation. Adopting DfCA principles such as reducing the number and weight of subassemblies has been proved effective in optimisation of construction and on-site assembly.

There is need for research to quantitatively analyse impacts of DfCA in construction settings, which leads to optimisation of decision making. On this basis, the current research views and models DfCA as an optimisation problem with defining design, construction and assembly requirements as constraints. In a novel modelling initiative, structural, environmental and temporal attributes are quantified and linked to the achievement of DfCA objectives and satisfaction of constraints.

 

BIM-enabled Management of Infrastructure Projects and Their Information Flows

Infrastructure projects provide required physical and organizational facilities for communities. Information flows in such projects are complex especially when a hybrid of on-site and off-site processes is in progress. With infrastructure projects still experiencing budget and time overruns, there is need to re-examine the information flows.

There is need for research to develop robust frameworks for information flows in infrastructure projects. On this basis, a three-dimensional view of construction production including portfolio, process and operation aspects is required to improve performance measures in design, construction, operation and maintenance. Such improvements include but are not limited to minimised rework and re-entrant flows, flexible construction, enhanced multidisciplinary collaborations, and efficient maintenance. This research contributes to the body of knowledge by examining information flows in complex infrastructure settings.

Optimising Supply Chain Configurations in Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Products

Robust supply decision making is critical to the advanced manufacturing of prefabricated products. Mainstream research has focused on minimising cost overruns in off-site construction supply networks by optimising purchasing decisions. However, decision parameters such as strategic preferences to include or exclude certain suppliers and utilisation of multi-supplier configurations are yet to be formulated and analytically solved. This project aims to enhance supply network performance with smaller overall investment.

Toward this aim, the project develops and tests several research hypotheses on optimisation of supply decisions and configurations. Real-world prefabrication projects serve as the test bed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the analysis and analyse cost implications of supply related decisions. The modeling method and results contribute to optimal decision making in advanced manufacturing of prefabricated products.

Integrated Management of Risk and Uncertainty in Hybrid Infrastructure Projects

Hybrid infrastructure projects are defined as triads of on-site/coordination/off-site project dimensions. Interaction of uncertainties in such settings result in deviations from project objectives by causing time and cost overruns, safety issues, quality deficiencies, technical problems, and lack of client satisfaction. To address these, a holistic approach in identifying and analysing risks in hybrid (multi-dimensional) projects is required. Towards this aim, the current project develops and tests several research hypotheses using real-world data from infrastructure projects.

Practical implications of triadic risk analysis in hybrid infrastructure projects will inform optimum decision making in project settings. An integrated approach to risk management will decrease the chance of deviations from project objectives.

  • Authored Books 

Arashpour, M. & Farzanehfar, P. (2011). Project management and control, ISBN: 978-600-5442-74-8, 436 pages, Arkan Publishers.

  • Scholarly Book Chapters

Arashpour, M. and M.R. Arashpour, (2011). “Important Factors Influencing Personnel Performance of Construction”. Chapter in Economics, Business and Management (Editor: S. Juan), ISBN: 978-1-4244-9202-2, pp. 32- 37.

Arashpour, M. and M.R. Arashpour (2010). “Gaining the Best Value of HR in Construction Companies”. Chapter in Management Leadership and Governance, (Editors: E. Panka, A. Kwiatkowska), ISBN: 441189724148, 23- 33.

  • Refereed Journal Articles

Arashpour, M., V. Kamat, Y. Bai, R. Wakefield and B. Abbasi (2018). “Optimization modeling of multi-skilled resources in prefabrication: Theorizing cost analysis of process integration in off-site construction.” Automation in Construction 95: 1-9.

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, B. Abbasi, M. Arashpour and R. Hosseini (2018). “Optimal process integration architectures in off-site construction: Theorizing the use of multi-skilled resources.” Architectural Engineering and Design Management 14(1-2): 46-59.

Hosseini, M. R., P. Bosch-Sijtsema, M. Arashpour, N. Chileshe and C. Merschbrock (2018). “A qualitative investigation of perceived impacts of virtuality on effectiveness of hybrid construction project teams.” Construction Innovation 18(1): 109-131.

Merschbrock, C., M. R. Hosseini, I. Martek, M. Arashpour and G. Mignone (2018). “Collaborative Role of Sociotechnical Components in BIM-Based Construction Networks in Two Hospitals.” Journal of Management in Engineering 34(4): 05018006.

Hosseini, M. R., M. Maghrebi, A. Akbarnezhad, I. Martek and M. Arashpour (2018). “Analysis of Citation Networks in Building Information Modeling Research.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 144(8).

Hosseini, M. R., I. Martek, N. Chileshe, E. K. Zavadskas and M. Arashpour (2018). “Assessing the Influence of Virtuality on the Effectiveness of Engineering Project Networks: “big Five Theory” Perspective.”Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 144(7).

Hosseini, M. R., I. Martek, E. K. Zavadskas, A. A. Aibinu, M. Arashpour and N. Chileshe (2018). “Critical evaluation of off-site construction research: A Scientometric analysis.” Automation in Construction 87: 235-247.

Arashpour, M., Y. Bai, G. Aranda-mena, A. Bab-Hadiashar, R. Hosseini and P. Kalutara (2017). “Optimizing decisions in advanced manufacturing of prefabricated products: Theorizing supply chain configurations in off-site construction.” Automation in Construction 84: 146-153.

Arashpour, M., Abbasi, M.R. Arashpour, R. Hosseini and R. Yang (2017). “Integrated management of on-site, coordination and off-site uncertainty: Theorizing risk analysis within a hybrid project setting”. International Journal of Project Management, 35(4): 647-655.

Hosseini, M. R., S. Banihashemi, R. Rameezdeen, H. Golizadeh, Arashpour and L. Ma (2017). “Sustainability by Information and Communication Technology: A paradigm shift for construction projects in Iran.” Journal of Cleaner Production 168: 1-13.

Oraee, M., M. R. Hosseini, E. Papadonikolaki, R. Palliyaguru and Arashpour (2017). “Collaboration in BIM-based construction networks: A bibliometric-qualitative literature review.” International Journal of Project Management 35(7): 1288-1301.

Nikmehr, B., M. Reza Hosseini, R. Rameezdeen, N. Chileshe, P. Ghoddousi and Arashpour (2017). “An integrated model for factors affecting construction and demolition waste management in Iran.” Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 24(6): 1246-1268.

Hosseini, M. R., P. Bosch-Sijtsema, Arashpour, N. Chileshe and C. Merschbrock (2017). “A qualitative investigation of perceived impacts of virtuality on effectiveness of hybrid construction project teams.” Construction Innovation 18(1).

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, B. Abbasi, E. W. M. Lee and J. Minas (2016). “Off-site construction optimization: Sequencing multiple job classes with time constraints.” Automation in Construction 71: 262-270.

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, N. Blismas and B. Abbasi (2016). “Quantitative analysis of rate-driven and due date-driven construction: Production efficiency, supervision, and controllability in residential projects”. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 142(1): 04015006.

Arashpour, M., Wakefield, E. W. M. Lee, R. Chan and R. Hosseini (2016) “Analysis of integrating uncertainties in on-site and off-site project activities: Implications for completion times in hybrid construction”. International Journal of Project Management, 34(7): 1393-1402.

Mignone, G., M. R. Hosseini, N. Chileshe and Arashpour (2016). “Enhancing collaboration in BIM-based construction networks through organisational discontinuity theory: a case study of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.” Architectural Engineering and Design Management: 1-20.

Hosseini, M. R., N. Chileshe, J. Jepson and Arashpour (2016). “Critical success factors for implementing risk management systems in developing countries.” Construction Economics and Building 16(1): 18-32.

Arashpour, M., Wakefield, N. Blismas and J. Minas (2015). “Optimization of process integration and multi-skilled resource utilization in off-site construction.” Automation in Construction 50 (1): 72-80.

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, N. Blismas and T. Maqsood (2015). “Autonomous production tracking for augmenting output in off-site construction.” Automation in Construction 53: 13-21.

Arashpour, M. and M.R. Arashpour (2015). “Analysis of Workflow Variability and Its Impacts on Productivity and Performance in Construction of Multistory Buildings.” Journal of Management in Engineering 31(6): 04015006.

Chan, R. W. K., J. K. K. Yuen, E. W. M. Lee and Arashpour (2015). “Application of Nonlinear-Autoregressive-Exogenous model to predict the hysteretic behaviour of passive control systems.” Engineering Structures 85(1): 1-10.

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, N. Blismas and E. W. M. Lee (2014). “Framework for improving workflow stability: Deployment of optimized capacity buffers in a synchronised construction production.” Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 41(12): 995-1004.

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, N. Blismas and E. W. M. Lee (2014). “Analysis of disruptions caused by construction field rework on productivity in residential projects.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 140(2): 04013053.

Lee, E. W. M., I. W. H. Fung, V. W. Y. Tam and Arashpour (2013). “A fully autonomous kernel-based online learning neural network model and its application to building cooling load prediction.” Soft Computing, 18(10): 1999-2014.

Arashpour, M., R. Wakefield, N. Blismas and E.W.M. Lee (2013). “A new approach for modelling variability in construction projects”, Construction Economics and Building 13(2): 83-92.

Arashpour, M., Shabanikia, M & Arashpour, M (2013). “Valuing the contribution of knowledge-oriented workers to projects: a merit based approach in the construction industry”, Construction Economics and Building, 12(4): 1- 12.

  • Fully refereed Conference proceedings

Arashpour, M., E. Too and T. Le (2017). Improving productivity, workflow management, and resource utilization in precast construction. 9th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction, ISEC 2017, ISEC Press.

Hosseini, M. R., A. A. Aibinu, N. Chileshe and Arashpour (2017). Eleven years of ARCOM: Bibliometric mapping of studies published between 2005 and 2016. 33rd Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2017, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

Arashpour, M. and G. Aranda-Mena (2017). Curriculum renewal in architecture, engineering, and construction education: Visualizing building information modeling via augmented reality. 9th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction, ISEC 2017, ISEC Press.

Xiang, S., Arashpour and R. Wakefield (2016). Hybrid simulation modeling of hoist downpeak operations in construction sites. 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2016, pp. 156- 164.

Arashpour, M., and Wakefield, R. (2015), Developing an uncertainty model for off-site building production’, in Saha, S., Zhang, Y., Yazdani, S., and Singh, A.(ed.) Proceedings of the Eighth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-8), Fargo, United States, 23-28 November 2015, pp. 6-12.

Arashpour, M., Sagoo, A, Wingrove, D, Maqsood, T and Wakefield, R. (2015), ‘Single capstone or multiple cornerstones? Distributed model of capstone subjects in construction education’, in Saha, S., Zhang, Y., Yazdani, S., and Singh, A.(ed.) Proceedings of the Eighth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-8), Fargo, United States, 23-28 November 2015, pp. 1-6.

Arashpour, M., Wakefield and N. Blismas (2013). “Improving construction productivity: implications of even flow production principles”. Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2013: Construction and Society, Queensland University of Technology, pp.1-12.

Arashpour, M., Wakefield, R & Blismas, N (2013). “Role of simulation in construction processes- Harmony in capturing resources”. DOI: 10.3850/978-981-08-7920-4′, Proceedings of the Research, Development, and Practice in Structural Engineering and Construction, Curtin University, Perth.

 Arashpour, M., & Arashpour, MR. (2012). “A collaborative perspective in green construction risk management”. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of Australasian Universities Building Educators Association (AUBEA), University of New South Wales, Australia.

Arashpour, M. & Arashpour, MR. (2002), “Mechanical heating and cooling systems: Load optimisation”, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Energy Consumption in Buildings, Tehran.

Research Grants

2019, ACARP (with Dr Amin Heidarpour) / Cat.1, $165,000

2019, ACARP (with Dr Hossein Masoumi) / Cat.1, $125,000

2018, Monash Infrastructure, $50,000

2017, Innovation Connections Grant, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, $50,000

2017, RMIT University, Enabling Capability Platforms, $20,000

2017, RMIT University, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, $10,000

2016, RMIT Foundation, International Visiting Fellowship, $20,000

2016, Research Seed Grant, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, $10,000

2015, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), $27,000

Supervision

High calibre engineering students are welcome to take part in PhD studies. Application will be looked upon favourably if the candidate: Graduated in the top 10% of year level (GPA> 90%), Graduated from a well ranked university, and possess excellent written and verbal English skills

PHD

Filomena Innella
Modular Construction: dynamic behavior of modules during transportation
2016 to 2019

Mohsen Ebrahimzadeh
Structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure under input and model uncertainties
2018

Karolina Bartkowicz
Adaptive Cities: Green Infrastructure and urban resilience
2017

Esmaeil Pournamazian
Numerical analysis of an innovative yielding energy dissipation steel device
2018

Araz Nasirian
Increasing productivity in off-site construction logistics with optimal cross-training of resources
2016

Maria Aslam
Supply chain management in off-site construction projects
2016

Youmni Al Jrab
Exploring the role of project management processes in the success of NGO’s developmental projects
2014 to 2018

Teaching Commitments

  • Leader of Online Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management (MIEM)
Last modified: May 26, 2019