Research Seminar Series - “Information Management & Technology Adoption Challenges in Construction Industry” by Dr Zohreh Pourzolfaghar

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:00

Paper Abstract
BIM Technology has been emerged to create digital twin for building projects. A digital twin can aid construction projects by accelerating and automating traditional design, production, and operational processes. As such, it can serve as the backbone for prefabrication and as a more significant means for achieving industrialized efficiency.
The buildings information is invaluable asset to provide and deliver a timely and professional services, (e.g., energy management). Nowadays, buildings are equipped with immense number of IoT and smart devices. These devices are producing a vast amount of live data about the building. Typically, the captured information from different information sources is stored in heterogeneous repositories. Various information resources together with the live data can be used to improve efficiency of services to the habitants.
Building information is created in various software environments in the form of drawings, plans and many more. These environments are not necessarily able to exchange information with each other. This issue leads to the challenges like missing connection between digital information environments; missing connection between digital information creation environments and digital devices; and missing connection due to lack of digital skills.
The suggested research topic for these challenges is enabling information exchange between software environments, digital devices, and other sources of digital buildings information.
About the Speaker
Dr Zohreh Pourzolfaghar is Assistant Professor at School of Business in National University of Ireland (NUIM). She is also the cluster lead for the Digital Construction at Innovation Value Institute (IVI), and member of Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software. Zohreh formerly has been Research Fellow at Innovation Value Institute (IVI). She is a senior research member of the Business Informatics Group. She is the theme lead in a project investigating the application of Enterprise Architecture in Smart Cities, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). She has been Principal Investigator for an Industry Fellowship Programme, funded by SFI. Zohreh presented her work at international conferences and has published research in Journals and Conference Proceedings. Zohreh is also leading research within the Cost Action CA16222 (WISE-ACT), a European-wide network.  She has been thematic lead in a successful European Marie Curie PERFORM project. She is a member of the supervisory board of the EU project PERFORM, that focuses on Digital Retail. She has been awarded the SFI industry fellowship (2018) working with industry on topics related to Smart Cities and Building Information Management. She is the Co-PI for Erasmus + Trustworthy AI project. Zohreh received her Ph.D. in Project Management in design process of building projects. Zohreh has years of experience working with project-oriented construction companies to improve organisational productivity and their work processes.

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