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Dr Zulfikar Adamu

Dr Zulfikar Adamu

adamuz@lsbu.ac.uk

Construction, Property and Surveying

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2407-3573 (unauthenticated)

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I am an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London South Bank University. His expertise lies in: Building Information Modelling (BIM); Construction Data Analytics; Blockchain development; Smart Buildings; Internet of Things (IoT) in buildings; Serious Game development (with VR and AR) for the construction industry; as well as Computational modelling and simulation of buildings. I am skilled & familiar with the following programming languages and tools: Microsoft's ASP.Net and C#; Java; Python (pandas, numpy, scikit-learn, seaborn, etc.); Node-Red; JavaScript & NodeJS; as well as MongoDB and SQL databases.

I am a Unity3d Certified Game Developer and a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). I am also a Chartered Building Engineer and a fellow of Chartered Association of Building Engineers (FCABE); in addition to being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Oluwatobi Modupe KolawoleDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Ayman YousefDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Bechir NgangaDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Michael GergesPhD
Marwa Ahmed TahseenPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Mrs Upeksha Hansini MadanayakeDIGITALISATION TO IMPROVE ORGANISATIONAL COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: A STUDY ON BBI EXPLOITATIONPhD
Essa AlenaziPhD
Hossein Sadeghi-MovahedPhD
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Civil and Building Engineering

Loughborough University, UK.

2009
2013
Master of Science (MS) - Architectural Engineering

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

2002
2006
Master of Technology (MTech) - Architecture

Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.

1999
2000
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) - Architecture

Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria

1993
1998
Unity3D Certified Developer (virtual and augmented reality games)

Unity

2017
Autodesk BIM 360 - Cloud Technologies Certification

Autodesk

2015
BIM Accredited Professional (BIM AP) by BRE, UK.

Building Research Establishment (BRE)

2015
Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

2017
Lecturer in Architectural Technology
Loughborough University, UK (School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)

Teaching: directly responsible for developing and teaching BIM and Design Management modules including: Collaborative Design Management, BIM Auditing and Coordination and Collaborative BIM Design Project (for BSc programmes); as well as Concept Design with BIM (for MSc Building Services); Federated Building Information Modelling (for MSc Construction Management); Design Management by Product & Process Modelling (for MEng Civil Engineering). I also oversaw the implementation of 3D/4D/5D BIM in all modules within the taught programmes.

Research, Enterprise and Consultancy: I was a member of the School's Digital Design & Information Management (DD&IM) research group; supervising 5 PhD students; Co-I for and BIM Lead for CIBSE accredited CPD training via the Building and Industrial Services Pipework Academy (BISPA) co-sponsored by Tata Steel; Leading the BRE-sponsored virtual reality game development for construction hazard perception and response; Co-I and BIM Lead for BIM-Hub, a role-playing and real-time collaborative BIM learning module for virtual working involving final year students of three universities in UK and Canada.

2013
2018
Education
Research Associate
Loughborough University, UK (School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)

Carrying out computational modelling and simulation for the design of ventilation and energy efficient hospital wards, using dynamic thermal simulation and computation fluid dynamics (CFD), including writing scripts in PHOENICS for automating CFD tasks. This role was sponsored by HaCIRIC Project led by Prof Andrew Price.

2012
2013
Education
Lecturer in Architectural Engineering
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Department of Architectural Engineering (ARE),

Lecturing duties: Architectural Design; Working Drawings; Architectural Graphics; Building Construction Systems, Computer-Aided Building Simulation and Design; Architectural Acoustics & Illumination; Commercial Interior Design; Contracts and Specifications.

Research: Involved in three major research projects/grants including: Investigating Patterns of Architectural Features in Saudi Contemporary Architecture using Data Mining: Case Study of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam; Evaluation of the Quality of Faculty Housing at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; Analysing the Impact of IT-Based Curriculum on Undergraduate Students’ Learning in Architecture at KFUPM.

Administrative duties: Supervising Senior Design Projects of Final Year and Summer Training and Coop Students; Preparation of Departmental Annual Reports (3 sessions); Organiser of Departmental Open Days (3 sessions); Coordinator of ARE Students Association (ARESA); Organiser of Short Courses for Environmental Design Club (EDC) and ARESA including programming and simulation for architectural engineering and construction management students; Departmental Webmaster (2007-2009).

2006
2009
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)2021Airborne Infection Reduction through Building Operation and Design for SARS-CoV-2 (AIRBODS)Principal Investigator
2019Autodesk CoursesPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
Climate Change FellowshipClimate Change FellowshipCo-InvestigatorBritish Council OPEN SubmittedSep 2022
21/525 Permitted Development Rights (nihr.ac.uk).Title T B A 21/525 Permitted Development Rights (nihr.ac.uk).Title T B A Principal InvestigatorNational Institute for Health Research (NIHR)OPEN In preparationOct 2021
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
2018
The Higher Education Authority
2015
International Building Performance Simulation Association, IBPSA
2009
BIM Academic Forum, BAF, UK
2013
Academic Interoperability Coalition (AIC) for BIM, USA
2015
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, (IET)
2018
Information Technology in Construction (ITCon)
Engineering Construction and Architectural Management (ECAAM)
Structural Survey (Journal of Building Pathology & Refurbishment)
Building Research and Information (BR&I)
2021
2023
Building Research Establishment (BRE)
2016
2018
2021
2024
DeMontfort University
External examiner

External examiner for PhDs

Ventilation and Energy Efficient Buildings; Building Information Modelling, Digital Construction

December 2018
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
External examiner

External examination of PhD Candidates

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
External examiner

External assessor of academic staff applying for promotion

Loughborough University

Co-Investigator on funded research projects

February 2020
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+)

External independent reviewer for funding applications

Non-education public sector
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Reviewer for funding applications

Non-education public sector
Prizes, awards, and accolades

The Royal Charter International Research Award (Feb 2017)

CIOB / Worshipful Company of Constructors

Joint winner of the 2017 Royal Charter International Research Award


Best Technical App (Team Vertigo) (Sep 2017)

Association for Project Safety (APS) organised Hackathon (Manchester)

Part of Team Vertigo which won 'best technical app' for the APS organised Hackathon on construction health and safety.


An investigation into how BIM exploitation leads to BIM benefits in construction organisations.
Madanayake, U., Egbu, C., Cidik, M. . and Adamu, Z. (2022). An investigation into how BIM exploitation leads to BIM benefits in construction organisations. CIB World Building Congress 2022. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia 27 - 30 Jun 2022 International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).

Exploring the Nature and Impact of Client-Related Delays on Contemporary Saudi Construction Projects
Alenazi, E, Adamu, Z. and Al-Otaibi, A (2022). Exploring the Nature and Impact of Client-Related Delays on Contemporary Saudi Construction Projects. Buildings. 12 (7), p. 880. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12070880

Process and Outcome-based Evaluation between Virtual Really-driven and Traditional Construction Safety Training
Han, Y., Yang, J., Diao, Y., Jin, R., Guo, B. and Adamu, Z. (2022). Process and Outcome-based Evaluation between Virtual Really-driven and Traditional Construction Safety Training . Advanced Engineering Informatics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2022.101634

Towards a Hybrid Approach to BIM implementation – A Critical Discourse
Ayinla, K., Adamu, Z. and Saka A (2021). Towards a Hybrid Approach to BIM implementation – A Critical Discourse. Proceedings of the CIB International Conference on Smart Built Environment, ICSBE 2021. Dubai 14 - 15 Dec 2021

Developing a methodological framework for adopting digitalization for deconstruction planning
Jin, R., Panuwatwanich, K., Adamu, Z., Madanayake, U. and Ebohon, O. (2021). Developing a methodological framework for adopting digitalization for deconstruction planning. International Conference On Construction Digitalisation For Sustainable Development: Transformation Through Innovation. Hanoi, Vietnam 24 - 25 Nov 2020 AIP. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0071722

A Critical Analysis Of Collaborative And Disruptive Digital-Driven Built Environment Education
Jin, R., Adamu, Z., Chohan, N. and Kangwa, J. (2021). A Critical Analysis Of Collaborative And Disruptive Digital-Driven Built Environment Education. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM). Manchester 05 - 07 Sep 2016

Customising Evacuation Instructions for High-Rise Residential Occupants to Expedite Fire Egress: Results from Agent-Based Simulation
Adamu, Z., Demian, P. and Gerges, M. (2021). Customising Evacuation Instructions for High-Rise Residential Occupants to Expedite Fire Egress: Results from Agent-Based Simulation. Fire. 4 (2). https://doi.org/10.3390/fire4020021

Cost Changes in UK Design and Build Projects
Young, B.E, Seidu, R., Ponsford, S, Robinson, H. and Adamu, Z. (2021). Cost Changes in UK Design and Build Projects. Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences. 12 (1), pp. 49 - 57. https://doi.org/2141-702

Developing a methodological framework of adopting digital twin for deconstruction planning
Adamu, Z., Jin, R., Ebohon, O., Madanayake, U. and Panuwatwanich, K. (2020). Developing a methodological framework of adopting digital twin for deconstruction planning. International Conference on "Digitalisation Construction for Sustainable Development: Transforming though Innovation". National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi, Vietnam 25 - 25 Nov 2020

A critical analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and ecosystems and opportunities for circular economy strategies
Ibn-Mohammed, T., Mustapha, K., Godsell, J., Adamu, Z., Babatunde, K., Akintade, D.D., Acquaye, A., Fujii, H., Ndiaye, M.M., Yamoah, F. and Koh, S.C.L. (2020). A critical analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and ecosystems and opportunities for circular economy strategies. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 164, p. 105169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105169

Innovative Changes in Quantity Surveying Practice through BIM, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Seidu, RD, Young, BE, Clack, J, Adamu, Z and Robinson, H (2020). Innovative Changes in Quantity Surveying Practice through BIM, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Applied Science University Journal of Natural Science.. 4 (1), pp. 37-47. https://doi.org/10.18576/asuj/040105

Innovative changes in Quantity Surveying Practice through BIM, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Seidu, R.D., Young, B.E., Clack, J., Adamu, Z. and Robinson, H. (2019). Innovative changes in Quantity Surveying Practice through BIM, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. the International Conference on Innovation, Technology, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (ICITEE) 2019. AI-Ekir, Kingdom of Bahrain 24 - 25 Nov 2019

The impact of organisation culture on effective exploitation of building information modelling, big data analytics and internet of things (BBI) for competitive advantage in construction organisations
Madanayake, U., Cidik, M., Egbu, C. and Adamu, Z. (2019). The impact of organisation culture on effective exploitation of building information modelling, big data analytics and internet of things (BBI) for competitive advantage in construction organisations. International Conference on Innovation, Technology, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (ICITEE). Bahrain 24 - 25 Nov 2019

Bridging the digital divide gap in BIM technology adoption
Adamu, Z and Ayinla, K. (2018). Bridging the digital divide gap in BIM technology adoption. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. 25 (10), pp. 1398-1416. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-05-2017-0091

Clash detection or clash avoidance? An investigation into coordination problems in 3D BIM
Akponeware, AO and Adamu, Z. (2017). Clash detection or clash avoidance? An investigation into coordination problems in 3D BIM. Buildings. 7 (3). https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings7030075

How universities are teaching bim: A review and case study from the UK
Adamu, Z. and Thorpe, T (2016). How universities are teaching bim: A review and case study from the UK. Journal of Information Technology in Construction. 21, pp. 119-139.

Social BIM: Co-creation with shared situational awareness
Adamu, ZA, Emmitt, S and Soetanto, R (2015). Social BIM: Co-creation with shared situational awareness. Journal of Information Technology in Construction. 20, pp. 230-252.

The design and simulation of natural personalised ventilation (NPV) system for multi-bed hospital wards
Adamu, ZA and Price, A (2015). The design and simulation of natural personalised ventilation (NPV) system for multi-bed hospital wards. Buildings. 5 (2), pp. 381-404. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings5020381