Dr. Sam Bahmani


University of Auckland, New Zealand


The Computer And Its Impact On The Life Of Geotechnical Engineers During Complex Project Design


Dr Sam Bahmani is a geotechnical engineer and lecturer currently working at Te Pukenga/Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. He completed his PhD in geotechnical engineering at the University of Auckland, where he focused on developing a more efficient way to model and predict the behaviour of highly crushable particles under various loading conditions using Python code. Before joining academia, Dr Bahmani worked as a geotechnical engineer, gaining valuable practical experience in the field. Additionally, he has served as a lecturer for several years, sharing his expertise with the next generation of engineers. Dr Bahmani's research interests include numerical modelling, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and the behaviour of soils and particles under different conditions. He is passionate about finding innovative solutions to complex problems in the geotechnical field. Throughout his career, Dr Bahmani has received numerous awards and accolades for his research and teaching, and he continues to make significant contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering

Dr. Tharaka Gunawardena


University of Melbourne, Australia



Dr Gunawardena is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne undertaking research in many areas such as structural engineering, offsite manufacturing, design optimisation, building information modelling, prefabricated buildings, steel structures, timber composites, acoustic performance of structures, recycling and upcycling of waste materials, wind effects on tall buildings and shear behaviour of concrete. He is a member of the newly formed Australian Standards Committee on Prefabricated Buildings and also a working group committee member for the Australian Standard on Design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings in concrete. While serving as an active reviewer for many Q1 journals, he is currently a Co-editor for the open access topic collection on ‘Offsite Manufactured Buildings’ in Encyclopedia Engineering. He currently serves as a CI (chief investigator) for two Australian government issued grants while leading projects currently and in the past under many such grants including the widely-known ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH). He is also a lecturer for the subjects ‘High rise structures’ and ‘Building information modelling – BIM’ at the University of Melbourne.

Prof. Po-Han Chen


Concordia University, Canada


Technological Convergence for Disaster Response: Exploring the Synergy of BIM, GIS, and Computer Vision


Dr. Po-Han Chen is currently a Professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Before joining Concordia in 2021, Dr. Chen was on the faculty of Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University during 2009-2021, and on that of School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, during 2001-2009. Dr. Chen has published some 200 academic articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and his research interest includes augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) / mixed reality (MR) applications, building information modeling (BIM) and digital twins, smart and automated constructed facility surface inspection, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, green building and sustainable facilities, image processing and recognition, optimization of construction processes, IT applications in construction, and project management. Dr. Chen serves as an academic editor and an editorial board member for a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, and he was a guest scholar and visiting professor in several reputable universities, including Kyoto University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Tasmania, etc. Dr. Chen received his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University.