Saeed Banihashemi

Associate Professor of Built Environment , Postgraduate Program Director , Founding Director of Digital & Advanced Construction Hub

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Industry 4.0 applications in digital design and construction, BIM-integrated construction projects management and practices, BIM and Industry 4.0-integrated sustainable design and construction, Digital Engineering for SMEs


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Personal profile


Dr Saeed Banihashemi is the Associate Professor and Postgraduate Program Director of Building and Construction Information Management discipline in the School of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Arts and Design; University of Canberra (UC). Saeed has got his bachelor degree in architecture and master of science in construction project management. He has obtained his PhD from the Built Environment school of University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As the PhD project, Saeed developed a novel approach in integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimise the informatics application in construction industry. Saeed is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Frontiers in Built Environment, the editorial board member of the journals of Smart & Sustainable Built Environment, and Buildings, guest editor of the Journal of Sustainability, member of Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the executive member of the ACT chapter of Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and the Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Prior to joining UC, Saeed achieved extensive experience in both academy and industry through teaching and professional practice in the universities and companies across Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Saeed’s teaching is in the areas of digital design and construction and construction project management. Saeed has patented a new method in monitoring of construction project sites through data analytics application, published 2 books regarding BIM and data-driven built environment and authored and co-authored more than 70 research articles and book chapters on the areas of BIM, built environment and data analytics in construction industry. Saeed’s work has been cited more than 1800 times in frontline journals, dissertations and conferences, mostly in knowledge areas relating to construction project development, digital design & construction and sustainable built environment. He has achieved UC's 2019 early career researcher award in Science and Technology area, Faculty of Arts and Design's 2019 Research Impact and Industry Engagement Award, Faculty of Arts and Design's 2020 Academic Excellence Award, and UC's 2021 early career research excellence awards. Saeed has received +$1,000,000 of research funding from government and industry so far. 


Saeed has examined PhD dissertations and chaired theses committees, internally and externally. Now, Saeed supervises 5 PhD students towards completions in the areas relating to BIM and digital and sustainable design and construction. Furthermore, Saeed is the Chief investigator and director of the Digital Building and Built Environment Hub, cheif investigator of the Black Summer Bushfire Project, and co-investigator of the Digital Modelling for Climate Resilience projects. He is also the education advisor of the ACT BIM Implementation Taskforce of ACT Government.

My email address: [email protected]

Research interests

  • BIM
  • Digital and Sustainable Built Environment
  • Sustainable Project Management
  • Data Analytics in Construction
  • Parametric Design
  • Digital Engineering and Industry 4.0 in SMEs

Research interests

Member of Climate Change Adaptation Resilience and Recovery Network

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education


Award Date: 8 Oct 2020

PhD, PhD of Built Environment: Active BIM with Artificial Intelligence for Energy Optimization of Buildings , University of Technology Sydney


Award Date: 5 Mar 2018

External positions

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Buildings

15 Dec 2022 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Frontiers in Built Environment

Jun 2022 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

11 Sept 2020 → …

Editorial Board Member , Journal of Smart & Sustainable Built Environment

1 Jan 2020 → …

Australian Institute of Building (AIB)

1 Jul 2018 → …

Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)

15 Feb 2018 → …


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