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Dr Raj Shah

Dr Raj Shah

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management and Civil Engineering. I moved to the Department of Built Environment, LJMU after working as a researcher and lecturer at Teesside University, UK. I have more than 10 years of professional experience in the construction industry and 12 years of academic experience, particularly in the research and teaching. I worked as a Project Control Manager in 2006 Asian Game Complex project in Qatar and Project Manager in Road Network Improvement Project in Sri Lanka . I also worked as a District Engineer in the Department of Water Supply, Nepal. Moreover, I ran my own consultancy business, which undertook consulting engineering works.

I have supervised more than thirty-five postgraduate students’ dissertation and two PhD students. I have published several research papers in the reputed international Journals and Conference Proceedings. I have an excellent record of accomplishment of research activities in aspects of construction project management and civil engineering. My research areas are:

BIM for Infrastructure and 4D modelling
VR (Virtual Reality) and Traffic simulation
Project planning, scheduling and controlling
Production planning and management
Sustainability and Lean construction
Construction risk management and
Health and safety in construction
Highway construction and Asset management
Earthwork simulation and resource optimisation

Professional Membership:

Incorporate member of Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB),
Certified Civil Engineer(CEng), Nepal Engineering Council (NEC),
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

External Examiner:

I have successfully examined a PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton, "A framework for the deployment of traffic safety technologies in Abu Dhabi Highways"

PhD Supervision:

PhD student -1as Directory of Study (DoS) .
PhD student - 2 as (non- DoS) .

External Engagement/Activities

. Key Note Presentation in UK-Pak International Workshop on Utilisation of VR Technology in Sustainable Urban Planning, Feb 2018. Follow link for video:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgNqILkFDQ8

• Invited for the Keynote presentation in an international workshop funded by Newton Researchers link workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan, 14-16 Feb 2018.
• Invited for the presentation in an international workshop funded by Newton Researchers link workshop in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 16-20 May 2016.
• Invited for the presentation in an International workshop funded by Newton Researchers link workshop in Morocco, 10-13, Feb 2015.
• Delivered a public lecture at Nepal Engineering Association, Pulchowk, “Challenges & opportunity for sustainable construction after Earthquake in Nepal”, 2015
• Paper presented in ARCOM conferences in Nottingham 2009 & Reading 2013.
• Paper presented in CONVR conference in London 2013 and Hong Kong 2016.
• Session chaired in the International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR), in London 2013 and Hong Kong 2016.
• Currently active as a Reviewer for peer reviewed Journals such as AIC, ECAM, IJPM, JMSEM and CME, and also for the International Conferences such as CONVR, ARCOM and CIBW78

Degrees

Teesside University, United Kingdom, PhD
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, MEng (Construction Engineering & Management)
Tribhuvan University, Nepal, BEng (Civil)
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert LTHE

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management and Civil Engineering, Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present
Researcher/Lecturer, CCIR, School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, 2006 - 2012

Publications

Journal article

Shah RK, Alotaibi M. 2018. A study of unethical practices in the construction industry and potential preventive measures Journal of Advanced College of Engineering and Management, 3 :55-77 >DOI

Shah R, McMann O, Borthwick F. 2017. Challenges and prospects of applying asset management principles to highway maintenance: A case study of the UK Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 97 :231-243 >DOI

Shah RK. 2016. An exploration of causes for delay and cost overrun in construction projects: a case study of Australia, Malaysia and Ghana Journal of Advanced College of Engineering and Management, 2 :41-55

Shah RK, Edwards J. 2016. Investigation of health and safety impact from the ‘Site BIM’ tools in the live construction sites Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 6 :1-7 >DOI

Shah RK. 2015. Earthwork planning and visualisation of time-location information in road construction projects Journal of Advanced College of Engineering and Management,, 1 :75-84 >DOI

Shah R. 2014. A new approach for automation of location-based earthwork scheduling in road construction projects Automation in Construction, 43 :156-169 >DOI

Shah RK, Shebob A, Mhalas A. 2013. A Review of Customer Satisfaction Factors in Libyan Housing Projects Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 3 :26-34 >DOI

Shah RK, Shebob A, Dawood N. 2012. A new methodology for analysing delay factors: a case study of building construction project in Libya Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 2 :17-29 >DOI

Shah RK, Shebob A, Dawood N, Xu Q. 2012. Shebob A, Dawood N, Shah R K and Xu Q (2012): A comparative study of delay factors in Libyan and UK Construction Industry Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19 :688-712 >DOI

Shah R, Dawood N. 2011. An innovative approach for generation of a time location plan in road construction projects Journal of Construction Management and Economics, 29 :435-448 >DOI

Shah R, Dawood N, Castro S. 2008. Automatic generation of progress profiles for eathwork operations using 4D visualisation model Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 13 :491-506

Shah RK, Kraidi L, Matipa W, Borthwick F. Analysing the Critical Risk Factors associated with Oil and Gas Pipeline Projects in Iraq International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection,

Ugona CU, Ochieng E, Matipa W, Shah R. Strategies for enhancing strategic project management in public research projects: case Nigeria World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WRSTSD), 13 :352-366

Conference publication

Ugonna CU, Ochieng EG, Matipa WM, Shah R. 2017. Strategies for enhancing strategic project management in public research projects: Case Nigeria World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 13 :352-366 >DOI

Shah RK, Edwards J. 2016. A study of ‘Site BIM’ impact on health and safety in construction sites 16th International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR)

Ugonna CU, Ochieng G, Mapita W, Shah RK. 2015. Strategic Project management (SPM): An empirical perspective on the practice in pubic organisation The 6th International conference on management, finance and Enterprise (ICMFE-2015)

Ugonna CU, Ochieng G, Mapita W, Shah RK. 2015. Strategic for enhancing the Application of strategic project Management (SPM) in Research Organisation: case of Nigeria International Conference on organisation and management (ICOM-2015).

Shah R, Walsh S, Ross A. 2014. Challenges and solutions for management of FRP usage in the UK rail sector Proceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013, :123-134

Shah R, Walsh S, Ross A. 2013. Challenges and solutions for management of FRP usage in the UK rail sector Proceedings 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2013, :123-134

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2013. Automatic generation and visualisation of location-based scheduling Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality

Shah RK, Walsh S, Ross A. 2013. Challenges, potential flaws and resolutions in implementing FRP in UK Rail infrastructure Procs 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, Annual ARCOM Conference :123-134

Shah RK. 2012. Automation of location-based earthwork scheduling: a case study of road construction project 14th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE),, International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE), :1-8

Shah RK, Dawood N, Dean J, Castro S. 2011. Earthwork Scheduling and Optimisation in Road Construction Projects Annual research symposium and conference, Teesside university

Shah RK. 2010. Engineering Report on Science and Engineering students Experience on writing and math skills in DISSC

Shah RK. 2009. An Innovative Approach for Generation of Virtual Construction Model and Time Location Plan for Road Construction projects Dawood N, Dean J. CIB 26th W78, CIB 26th W78 International Conference on managing IT in Construction :577-585

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2009. Automatic Generation of Time Location Plan in Road Construction Projects 9th International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR), CONVR 2009 :197-206

Shah RK, Dawood N, Castro S. 2009. A 4D planning tool: Automatic Generation of Progress and Cost Profiles using Variable Productivity Data in Earthwork Construction Proceeding of the CSCE 2009 Annual General Conference, CSCE 2009 Annual General Conference 3

Shah RK, Dawood N, Dean J, Castro S. 2009. A Virtual Construction Model of 4D planning in Road Project Procs 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, Annual ARCOM Conference

Shah RK. 2008. A Conceptual Framework of Simulation and Visualisation of Earthwork Construction Process in Road construction Projects ARCOM Workshop on ICT in Construction & Built Environment

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2008. A Framework of a Virtual Earthworks Activities Model (4D-ERCON) for Road Construction Projects Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR), CONVR 2008

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2008. Improving Communication of Scheduling Information of Earthworks using 4D Visualisation Model in Road Projects Proceedings of CIB 25th W78, CIB W78: International Conference on Improving the management of construction projects through IT adoption

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2007. Development of Visual Schedule Model (VSM) Framework for Road Construction International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2007. Development of Innovative Visualisation Model in Road Construction Proceedings of CIB 24th W78 International Conference on Bringing ITC Knowledge to Work,, CIB 24th W78 International Conference on Bringing ITC Knowledge to Work

Shah RK, Dawood N. 2007. An Innovative Approach for Improvement of Communications through Visual Schedule Model in Road Construction 7th International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality, CONVR 2007 :216-223

Report

Shah RK, Linda B. 2010. Engineering Report on Science and Engineering students Experience on writing and math skills in DISSC

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Other invited event:

British Council Researcher Link Workshop: "Safe, Secure and Smart Infrastructures", Islamabad, Invited for keynote Speaker in the British Council Researcher Link Workshop "Safe, Secure and Smart Infrastructure" You can view Keynote Presentation in the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgNqILkFDQ8

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

Public consultation and visual simulation of road and traffic planning in the housing development- a case of Middlehaven Regeneration project, Managing complex social housing urban redevelopment through improved project management and value generation, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Oral presentation 16/05/2016

Sustainable earthwork planning and optimisation tool: a case study in road construction project, Implementation of intelligent building technologies for energy efficiency, Rabat, Moroco, Oral presentation 10/02/2015

Automatic generation and visualisation of location-based scheduling, 13th International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR -2013),, London, UK, Oral presentation 30/10/2013

Challenges, potential flaws and resolutions in implementing FRP in UK Rail infrastructure, ARCOM 29th InternationalCconference, Reading 2013, Reading, UK, Oral presentation 02/09/2013

A Virtual Construction Model of 4D planning in Road Project, ARCOM 25th International Conference- 2009, Nottingham, UK, Nottingham, UK, Oral presentation 07/09/2009

Award:

Programme/Support Team Awards- 2015, Learning and Teaching Academy, LJMU (£3K) for Building Modelling (BIM) Team for an innovative, creative and sector leading approach to the learning development of students studying in the school of the BUE, LJMU.

Conference organisation:

13th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality 30-31 October 2013, London, Scientific Committee member, http://www.convr2013.com/committees.html

CONVR 2016 - The 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, 12-13 December 2016, Hong Kong, Scientific Committee Member, http://www.convr2016.com/committees.html

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Wolverhampton, UK, PhD, A framework for the deployment of traffic safety technologies in Abu Dhabi Highways

Fellowships:

FHEA, The Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

CEng, Nepal Engineering Council (NEC)

ICIOB, The Chartered Institute of Building

Other invited event:

British Council Researcher Link Workshop: "Safe, Secure and Smart Infrastructures", Islamabad, Invited for keynote Speaker in the British Council Researcher Link Workshop "Safe, Secure and Smart Infrastructure" You can view Keynote Presentation in the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgNqILkFDQ8

British Council Researcher Links’ Workshop: "Implementation of intelligent building technologies for energy efficiency", Rabat – Morocco, The Newton Fund Researcher Links workshop was held on 10-13 February 2015 in Rabat, Morocco and it was mainly focused on the topic “Implementation of intelligent building technologies for energy efficiency”. This workshop provided a unique opportunity to researchers from the UK and Morocco for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops, the researchers had the opportunity to present their research findings in the form of oral presentation and discussed this with established researchers from the UK and Morocco. The aim of the workshop was to focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants amongst the selected researchers on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

British Council Researcher Link Workshop:"Managing complex social housing urban redevelopment through improved project management & value generation", Porto Alegre, Brazil, The Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop was held in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil from 16th to 20th May 2016.This workshop provided an opportunity to get together Brazilian and UK early career researchers to build capacity, contributing to innovative research on the issues of “managing complex social housing urban redevelopment through improved project management and value generation”. The workshop assisted to stimulate long-term collaboration to tackle this critical challenge by sharing results of previous studies and devising a research roadmap. The workshop was mainly focused on the complexity of social urban redevelopment programmes and social housing provision. A research roadmap for the management of complex urban redevelopment programmes and for the evaluation of social housing projects was developed, setting out the major challenges and opportunities for improvement and better value creation for users. This included the needs of target communities, which today live in conditions below minimum standards. Also, the need for a framework to support the integration of programmes that are fragmented into different projects was discussed, including the considerations of how tools such as Building Information Modelling could be support for the visualisation of complex urban level data.

Invited Public Lecture: Challenges and opportunity for sustainable construction after Earthquake in Nepal-2015, Kathmandu, Nepal, Delivered as a guest lecture at the request from Nepal Engineering Council (NEC), Kathmandu, Nepal

Other Professional Activity:

Keynote Presentation at British Council Researcher Link Workshop 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgNqILkFDQ8

Session Chair at 13th International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR), Oct.30-31, London, UK.

Teaching qualification:

PGCert LTHE