Dr. Ali Rashidi

Lecturer
School of Engineering

ali.rashidi@monash.edu
+603 5515 9735
Room 5-4-70
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Personal statement

Dr. Ali Rashidi is the lecturer at the School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia. He was a former senior lecturer at the Faculty of Design & Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia. His doctoral dissertation was on “Developing Capability of Low-skilled Laborers through Serious Game at Industrialized Timber Construction Projects”. Rashidi’s doctoral dissertation merged engagement factors with effective educational design criteria to produce a Serious Game training prototype for engaging low-skilled workforce in learning complex industrialized construction technologies. He is the inventor of 6 Intellectual Properties (Utility Innovation, Copyrights, and Trademark) in developing the design and development workflow process for the gamifying instructional training manual. One of his inventions, The IBS Foreman, was awarded a Silver medal at the Malaysia Technology Expo 2016. He is an experienced construction engineer having worked for over six years in Health-Care & Hospital construction projects as well as factory project in Tehran, Iran. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E., Construction-Supervision) in the Tehran Construction Engineering Organization since 2011. He is also a member of Asian Group for Civil Engineering Informatics (AGCEI).

He is exposed to the cross-disciplinary academic environment after having graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (IAU, Iran), Master of Civil Engineering- Highway & Transportation Engineering and Ph.D. in Integrated Design Studies from UPM. He is interested in the mixed-reality serious game in AEC education and looks forward to researching opportunities involving facilitation of learning for construction workforce. He is very comfortable working in multi-disciplinary research projects particularly in integrated design-construction informatics, Building Information Modeling, construction safety, and mixed-reality serious game applications in AEC industry.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Design Studies, University of Putra Malaysia, 2015
  • Master in Civil Eng-Highway and Transportation Engineering, University of Putra Malaysia, 2010
  • Degree in Civil Engineering, IAU, Iran, 2006

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Graduate Engineer

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Tehran Construction Engineering Organization (TCEO), Professional Engineer, Since 2011
  • Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES), Member, Since 2016

Research Interests

  • Integrated Design and Construction Informatics
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Mixed-Reality Serious Game in AEC Education
  • Construction Safety
  • Industrialized Construction

Research Projects

Title: Developing Capability of Low-skilled Laborers through Serious Game at Industrialized Timber Construction Projects

The Malaysian construction industry is undergoing a transformation from conventional on-site construction to industrialized approach. Until today, the construction workforce often makes unnecessary reworks and errors due to the incapability of workforces during on-site assembly process of these industrialized building components. The aim of this research is to study the feasibility of utilizing the advancement of digital media for improving the nature of learning and work among the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) collaborators. This research study proposed that the low-skilled laborers would be able to improve their capability through a serious game training technology, which merges engagement factors with effective educational design criteria, in a training tool on industrialized jobsite and safety responsibilities.

Title: Developing BIM coordination framework for mitigating design changes within a multidisciplinary project team

The adoption of information technology such as BIM technology in the construction project lifecycle in Malaysia is still low in contrast to United States at 71 per cent and Singapore at 65 per cent (CIDB, 2015). The Building Information Modeling (BIM) will produce a step-change in the way the industry goes about the design and construction of buildings. The Building Information Modeling software integrates the planning, design and construction process and improves collaboration across the project lifecycle which can help for reducing the need for reworks and redundancies. Hence, the successful BIM implementation requires strong integration, collaboration and coordination among various disciplines such as Architecture, Civil & Structure (C&S), Mechanical & Electrical (M&E), as well as project stakeholders who are concerned with the operations of a building such as Facility Management (FM) throughout the project lifecycle. This project will develop the customized framework according to the Malaysian construction project landscape for facilitating the BIM coordination process during the design and pre-construction phase.

Title: Developing safety framework for temporary works at a construction site

According to the Health Safety Executive of the UK, the Temporary Works (TW) is defined as parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works to be built. The Temporary Works are included as scaffolding systems, cranes, props, shoring, formwork, falseworks, and etc. The TWs usually might not remain in place at the completion of the works in the construction site. In this regard, the Temporary Works (TW) are safety critical because inadequate considerations or poor execution of temporary works can result in injury or death which is leading to financial loss, delays, breach of contract as well as bad publicity for the construction company and potentially losing the opportunity to tender for future work. This study focuses on developing the safety coordination framework during the construction and deconstruction of scaffolding systems at the Malaysia construction projects.

Education

Units taught

ENG1021 - Spatial Communication in  Engineering

Journal

Baharudin, Muhammad Shafiq Mokhtar; Ibrahim, Rahinah; Abdan, Khalina; Rashidi, Ali (2018) Feasibility of green commercial vertical system for climbing food plant in urban area, Alam Cipta, (12-18), Volume: 11, Issue Number: 18237231, https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85059353674&origin=resultslist

Rashidi, Ali; Ibrahim, Rahinah (2017) Industrialized construction chronology: The disputes and success factors for a resilient construction industry in Malaysia, Open Construction and Building Technology Journal, (286-300), Volume: 11, 10.2174/1874836801711010286

Book

Assadzadeh, A.; Arashpour, M.; Rashidi, A.; Bab-Hadiashar, A.; Fayezi, S. (2019) A review of data-driven accident prevention systems: Integrating real-time safety management in the civil infrastructure context, Proceedings of the 36th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2019, (289-296), https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85071417913&origin=resultslist

Ibrahim, R.; Rashidi, A.; Said, N. S.; Othman, M. S.; , 2014, Engaging capability training in serious game technology for delivering industrialized construction, Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, (2095-2102), 10.1061/9780784413616.260,

Local grants

  • Developing Safety Training Programme Prototype for low-Skilled Workforce Using Serious Games in Industrialized Construction, Rahinah Ibrahim, Ali Rashidi, Roziah Mohd Rasti, 2015 to 2017, Ministry of Education (KPT), RM120,000

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