Zulfikar Adamu

Zulfikar Adamu
London South Bank University | LSBU · Built Environment and Architecture (BEA)

PhD Civil and Building Engineering (Loughborough University, UK)

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London South Bank University. I have expertise in: Building Information Modelling (BIM); computational modelling and simulation of natural ventilation in buildings; serious game development (Unity3D); Blockchain development; as well as Construction Data Analytics. I am skilled in the following programming languages and tools: Microsoft's ASP.Net and C#; Python (pandas, numpy, scikit-learn, seaborn, etc.); Node-Red; JavaScript & NodeJS; MongoDB; Etherum and Solidity
Education
July 2009 - June 2013
Loughborough University
Field of study
  • Civil and Building Engineering
January 2002 - September 2006
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Field of study
  • Architectural Engineering

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Publications (23)
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In rapidly developing countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), where the construction of buildings and supporting infrastructure is critical to achieving strategic developmental milestones, delays to capital projects can derail other sectors of the economy and could derail the Vision 2030 agenda. Attempts have been made over the years t...
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The emerging digital technologies such as virtual reality (VR) provide an alternative platform for construction safety training. In order to explore how digital-driven technologies affect the effectiveness of safety training, there is a need to empirically test the differences in performance between digital 3D/VR safety training and traditional 2D/...
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BIM adoption in many countries involves different approaches including the use of government mandates. The UK’s 2016 BIM mandate for public projects to be delivered at BIM Level 2 maturity, is an example. However, BIM mandates do not apply to private sector projects which leave questions about the inclusivity of its adoption and the susceptibility...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has driven the teaching and learning provisions more towards virtual platforms, exposing lack of resilience and technology preparedness. This study aims to provide a critical appraisal of existing pedagogical studies on built environment (e.g., Building Information Modelling or BIM) challenging the opportunism and agency theor...
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Wastes generated from construction and demolition (C&D) activities account for a major proportion of urban solid wastes. The large amount of C&D waste generated are still being largely landfilled or downcycled worldwide. Aging built assets without proper C&D planning is a major cause of wastes not being efficiently diverted for circular use. How wa...
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While it may seem like the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across Africa is slow-paced, the increasing advocacy efforts from various stakeholders is now resulting in a widespread drive for implementation and deployment. Coupled with the ongoing disruption by the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is now a very high degree of the utili...
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Like many construction industry professions, quantity surveying (QS) has been around for many years and has undergone many changes to reflect developments within the wider industry and society. The proliferation of computers into the design process starting from the 1980's leading up to the rise of Building Information Modelling has particularly le...
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The purpose of this paper is to analyse the impact of organisational culture on the exploitation of three technological innovations: Building Information Modelling, Big Data Analytics and Internet of Things (BBI) considering the role of organisational culture as a determinant of organisational competitive advantage. After reviewing the literature o...
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Purpose In the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, a “digital divide” exists in technology adoption because SMEs (who often form the bulk of AEC organisations in most countries) are thought to be “Late Majority” and “Laggards” in the adoption of Building information modelling (BIM) technology. Larger organisations not saddled...
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Early collaboration is crucial if the final design is to be clash-free, and automation processes through Building Information Modelling (BIM) have the capacity to reduce clashes through 3D design coordination. Yet, current design practices are still dependent on clash detection and contemporary literature presents several reasons for this. This pap...
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is not an exception in relying on the growth of its construction industry to support rapid population growth. However, its need for infrastructure development is constrained by low productivity levels and cost overruns caused by factors such as delays to project completion. Delays in delivering a construction proje...
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Growing industry demand and the United Kingdom (UK) government's 2016 'BIM deadline' have provided a clear impetus for enhanced BIM teaching in UK Higher Education institutions. This paper reports on the strategic approach taken in a large multi-disciplinary School of Civil and Building Engineering. From a number of options suggested by literature,...
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In the built environment (BE) sector, the co-creation process of design demands understanding of requirements (as viewed by parties involved), mobilisation of tacit knowledge, negotiation, and complex exchange of information. The need to collaborate over distance has further exacerbated the complexity of the process, and, in itself, represents a si...
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Adequate ventilation is necessary for thermal comfort and reducing risks from infectious bio-aerosols in hospital wards, but achieving this with mechanical ventilation has carbon and energy implications. Natural ventilation is often limited to window-based designs whose dilution/mixing effectiveness are subject to constraints of wind speed, cross v...
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In temperate countries, heat recovery is often desirable through mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR). Drawbacks of MVHR include use of electric power and complex ducting, while alternative passive heat recovery systems in the form of roof or chimney-based solutions are limited to low rise buildings. This paper describes a biomimetic co...
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A common data environment (CDE) is a specific requirement for Level 2 BIM in the UK in accordance with BS1192-2007 and PAS1192-2 standards. It is a central repository of BIM data and examples include 4BIM and Autodesk 360. These repositories have some disadvantages:(i) it is after synchronisation or file upload that changes between local and cloud...
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Personalised ventilation (PV) systems are useful in protecting vulnerable hospitalised patients from airborne infection due to localised delivery of clean air. A natural personalised ventilation (NPV) system has previously been shown to be a feasible, natural and low-energy alternative to mechanised PV systems. The original NPV system was investiga...
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Requiring students to complete their course assignments in partnership and in collaboration with students from other institutions is not commonplace teaching pedagogy. Even less so when they transcend disciplines and international borders. This Paper presents a brief account of an ongoing collaborative effort between Ryerson University, Coventry Un...
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Natural ventilation is attractive due to its potential lower energy consumed by healthcare environments but maintaining steady/adequate airflow rates and thermal comfort is challenging in temperate countries. Although many contemporary hospitals use traditional windows for natural ventilation, there are alternative strategies that are largely under...
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The need to protect susceptible patients from cross-infection resulting from airborne pathogens is essential in hospitals, especially when patient immunity is either suppressed due to medical procedures or compromised by ailment. Personalised ventilation (PV) is a method of creating a local zone of high air quality around such patients. However, co...
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The need to protect susceptible patients from cross-infection resulting from airborne pathogens is essential in hospitals, especially when patient immunity is either suppressed due to medical procedures or compromised by ailment. Personalised ventilation (PV) is a method of creating a local zone of high air quality around such patients. However, co...
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Campus housing facilities are a major investment for any institution. Accommodating staff and faculty within the premises of a university access to the work place for such special employees, but also establishes belonging, essential to retain high caliber staff within their institutions. However, this might sequence an adverse effect if the quality...

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The paradigm shift towards digitalisation, is recognized as a key to enhance the productivity, safety, and sustainability of the global architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. The AEC educational needs in promoting digitalisation are stressed by multiple educators including the applicant (Jin et al. [5]), especially under Industry 4.0 and post-Covid-19 when more AEC work could be performed remotely. This project will enable students and academia from the three countries to work through the virtual platform focusing on digital and smart construction project life cycle. The target outcomes include: 1) report of the state-of-the-art virtual teaching platform; 2) a joint BIM-driven curriculum enabling cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary flipping classroom learning; 3) evaluation of the joint curriculum through student feedback, external examiner assessment, and industry professionals’ review; 4) integrating teaching & research to generate joint scholarly outputs; and 5) an Open-Access online curriculum for international learners from BRI countries. These outcomes will be achieved through: 1) the ongoing review and discussion of digital built environment for standardisation internationally; 2) Students from different institutions collaborating to deliver team projects adopting emerging digital technologies; 3) critical evaluation of the curriculum adopting the ontological framework of digitalisation tertiary education developed by academics; 4) academia especially early career researchers forming joint scholarly hub and cross-supervising student team projects from this curriculum, and 5) a shared MOOC online curriculum for AEC students worldwide. Overall dissemination includes workshops and journal articles sharing the educational research outputs, videos showing the educational outputs through websites and other social media channels.
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This project is aimed at investigating the benefits and challenges of implementing smart cities from the perspective of improving quality of life (QOL) and quality of place (QOP) of citizens. It would focus on aspects related to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) as well as outdoor lifestyle issues, e.g. optimising the planning, design and use of greenspaces in urban areas.