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Dr Frank Ghansah

Dr Frank Ghansah

e410292@lsbu.ac.uk

Construction, Property and Surveying

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I joined the Division of Construction, Property and Surveying as a Lecturer in Quantity Surveying in October 2023.

I hold a PhD in Construction Project Management from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), as well as BSc in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics (First Class Honours) and MPhil degree in Project Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

My research focuses on construction quality assurance, digital construction, and providing sustainable buildings for a better-built environment. Mr research specifically covers applying digital technologies such as BIM, digital twins, artificial intelligence and other smart building technologies to advance sustainable construction processes, construction circularity and modern methods of construction (modular buildings). I am also involved research that enhances the construction project management areas, such as construction quality assurance.

I have collaborated with scholars and industry practitioners on various multidisciplinary research work across different countries. These include human-robot collaboration in construction, circular procurement in construction, health and safety in construction, offsite manufacturing, construction cost management, construction partnership management, and quantity surveying.

Below are previous grant I have participated:

1. Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) - Generative DfX in High-rise modular building: An expert-augmented cascade graph learning and optimisation approach, HKD 5,310,000. (Recently successful).

2.Theme-based Research Fund- Enhancing Digitalization for Innovation and Social Development, RMB 5 million.

OTHER research areas I'm interested in are:

1. Low carbon building and processes

2. Digital twin for carbon emissions in construction

3. Modern methods of construction (Modular construction)

4. Construction technology adoption

5. Circular economy in construction

6. Project management (Construction)

7. Digital construction supply chain

8. Digitalisation in construction quality assurance

9. Smart building and smart city

Prospective PhD students interested in my area of research are highly welcome.

PhD

The University of Hong Kong

2020
2023
PMI - Active member

Project Management Professional (PMI)

2019
Trainee

Ghana Institute of Surveyors (GHIS)

2017
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
Development of low-carbon concrete - Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)Development of low-carbon concrete - Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)Co-InvestigatorInnovate UK OPEN In preparationFeb 2024
Project Management Institute
2019
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Highly cited Paper (Oct 2023)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

Major opportunities of digital twins for smart buildings: a scientometric and content analysis, Recognised


Featured Paper in World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 Database (Jun 2023)

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Construction Industry: A literature review of academic research


Featured Paper (Jun 2023)

International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications

Quality Assurance of Cross-border Construction Logistics and Supply Chain during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from the Hong Kong–Mainland China link)


Honourable Mention (Jul 2023)

Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modelling (HKIBIM)

Title: Auto-Naming for BIM (AN4BIM): A Dynamo-based solution to establish a nomenclature system for BIM components


Merit Paper (Dec 2022)

International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate

Title: Enhancing Circular Procurement in the Construction Sector: A Conceptual Framework for Stakeholder Collaboration.


Featured Paper (Aug 2022)

International Journal of Construction

Title: A category and index hybrid (CIH) approach to measuring the level of prefabrication


Prestigious HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS) 2020/2021, (Dec 2020)

The University of Hong Kong

Awarded based on Merit and Competition (Academics, leadership, etc.), valued HKD 1,241,300 (USD 159,140), with Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance.


Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2018 Scholarship (Aug 2018)

Australasian Universities Building Education Association

Covers conference registration fee


Beige Foundation Youth Excellence League Award (Jun 2017)

Beige Foundation through Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

For the Overall Best Student in my Graduating class. (Worth Gh¢ 5000.00) – Awarded on Merit.


Faculty Award for the Overall Best Student (Mar 2017)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Faculty Award for the Overall Best Student in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics Graduating Class 2017.


Dean’s List Award (Jun 2016)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,

Group of Excellence (First Class Students) – Awarded on Merit.


Reach and Impact

Mar 2022 - Mar 2022

Certificate of Training in Cloud BIM PhD School on Advanced BIM Applications and Digital Twin Technology, CBIM.


Filter publications

A Framework for Smart Building Technologies Implementation in the Ghanaian Construction Industry: A PLS-SEM Approach
Ghansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G, Edwards, D.J and Thwala, W.D (2023). A Framework for Smart Building Technologies Implementation in the Ghanaian Construction Industry: A PLS-SEM Approach. Building Research & Information. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2023.2248294

Cyber-Physical Systems and Digital Twins for “Cognitive Building” in the Construction Industry
Ghansah, F. and Lu, W. (2023). Cyber-Physical Systems and Digital Twins for “Cognitive Building” in the Construction Industry. Construction Innovation. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2022-0164

Transitioning from green to circular procurement in developing countries: a conceptual framework for Ghana’s construction sector
Ababio, B.K., Lu, W. and Ghansah, F. (2023). Transitioning from green to circular procurement in developing countries: a conceptual framework for Ghana’s construction sector. Building Research & Information. 51 (7), pp. 798-815. https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2023.2229456

Quality Assurance of Cross-border Construction Logistics and Supply Chain during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from the Hong Kong–Mainland China links
Ghansah, F., Lu, W. and Ababio, K. B. (2023). Quality Assurance of Cross-border Construction Logistics and Supply Chain during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from the Hong Kong–Mainland China links. International Journal of Logistics Research and Application. https://doi.org/10.1080/13675567.2023.2221180

Digital twin-enabled human-robot collaborative teaming towards sustainable and healthy built environments
Lu, W.,, Chen, J., Fu, Y., Pan, Y. and Ghansah, F. (2023). Digital twin-enabled human-robot collaborative teaming towards sustainable and healthy built environments. Journal of Cleaner Production. 412, p. 137412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.137412

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Construction Industry: A literature review of academic research
Ghansah, F. and Lu, W. (2023). Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Construction Industry: A literature review of academic research. Construction Management and Economics. 41 (9), pp. 781-803. https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2023.2205159

Major opportunities of digital twins for smart buildings: a scientometric and content analysis
Ghansah, F. and Lu, W. (2023). Major opportunities of digital twins for smart buildings: a scientometric and content analysis. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. 13 (1). https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-09-2022-0192

Developing a user perception model for smart living: A partial least squares structural equation modelling approach
Ghansah, F., Chen, J. and Lu, W. (2022). Developing a user perception model for smart living: A partial least squares structural equation modelling approach. Building and Environment. 222, p. 109399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109399

A category and index hybrid (CIH) approach to measuring the level of prefabrication
Lu, W., Ghansah, F. and Xu, J. (2022). A category and index hybrid (CIH) approach to measuring the level of prefabrication. International Journal of Construction Management. 23 (15), pp. 2658-2669. https://doi.org/10.1080/15623599.2022.2084599

Assessing the level of awareness of smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries
Ghansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G., Ayarkwa, J., Edwards, D.J. and Hosseini, M.R. (2021). Assessing the level of awareness of smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. 20 (3), pp. 696 - 711. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-11-2020-0465

Exploration of latent barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries
Ghansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G., Ayarkwa, J., Edwards, D.J. and Hosseini, M.R. (2021). Exploration of latent barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries. Construction Innovation. 21 (4), pp. 685 - 707. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2020-0116

Underlying indicators for measuring smartness of buildings in the construction industry
Ghansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G, Ayarkwa, J., Darko, A. and Edwards, D.J. (2020). Underlying indicators for measuring smartness of buildings in the construction industry. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. 11 (1), pp. 126 - 142. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-05-2020-0061

Project management processes in the adoption of smart building technologies: a systematic review of constraints
Ghansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G. and Ayarkwa, J. (2020). Project management processes in the adoption of smart building technologies: a systematic review of constraints. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. 10 (2), pp. 208-226. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-12-2019-0161

Digital Twins for Smart Building at the Facility Management Stage: A Systematic Review of Enablers, Applications, and Challenges
Ghansah, F. (2024). Digital Twins for Smart Building at the Facility Management Stage: A Systematic Review of Enablers, Applications, and Challenges . Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-10-2023-0298

Managerial framework for quality assurance of cross-border construction logistics and supply chain during pandemic and post-pandemic: lessons from COVID-19 in the world’s factory
Ghansah, F. A. and Lu, W. (2024). Managerial framework for quality assurance of cross-border construction logistics and supply chain during pandemic and post-pandemic: lessons from COVID-19 in the world’s factory. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-10-2023-1050