Masoud Mohammadi


Masoud had been an invited visiting scholar from Semnan University of Iran (2017 to 2019), hosted at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering (CIE), WSU. He received his bachelor's and Master's degree in Civil/Structural engineering from the top ten universities in Iran with GPAs over 82% and 92%, respectively. He is an active member of Iran’s National Elites Foundation (INEF) Organization, the most productive researcher/engineer awarded by Semnan University in 2018, and a professional structural engineer with a speciality in structural design and bridge digital twin development.  He has also been involved with several famous digital information and structural design projects in Australia. In 2019, he was awarded a full scholarship by Western Sydney University financially supported by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) under the main supervision of Dr Maria Rashidi to pursue his PhD study. During this time, he was also involved in the supervision of several industry partner projects, including lab testing, as well as structural analysis, and health monitoring (scanning and digitizing), which were supported/funded by companies including Knauf, Etex Australia, Jennmar Australia, Endeavor Energy Australia, Transport for NSW, and others. Masoud has in excess of 20 publications (including 1 book chapter, 15 international journals, and 4 conference papers), which have been cited over 310 times by November 2022. In this respect, he received the "Award for Excellence on HDR Publication" from Western Sydney University. He also submitted his PhD thesis in November 2022, and is currently working as a research project assistant in the technical team at Western Sydney University's structural laboratory.

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Intelligent Infrastructure
  • Digital Twin
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Structural Analysis
  • Bridge Health Monitoring
  • Building Information Model (BIM)


  • Award for Excellence on PhD Publication, WSU, 2022.
  • Award full scholarship offer for PhD study, WSU, 2019.
  • Award to become a member of Iran's National Elit Foundation (INEF) Organization, 2019.
  • Award as the most productive researcher, Semnan University, 2017.

PhD Research Topic

Development of Bridge Information Model (BrIM) for Structural Health Monitoring Using TLS Technology


Over the years, bridge inspection practices and condition assessments were predicated upon long-established manual data collection methods which were generally unsafe, time-consuming, not precise, and labour-intensive influenced by the experience of the trained inspectors involved. Moreover, the collected documentation and information retained such as the bridge as-built geometry specifications were paper-based which significantly limits the ability to be readily transferred to assist asset managers or engineers. In recent years, the ability to turn an actual civil infrastructure asset into a well-detailed and precise digital model, as a digital twin, using state-of-the-art emerging technology such as TLS has become a strong demand among structural engineers and managers worldwide, especially bridge asset managers. Therefore, this research study aims to develop a TLS-derived digital platform as a Bridge Information Model (BrIM), integrated with a decision support algorithm, to further improve the bridge health monitoring systems. This platform has proven its potential benefit in the digitization of some bridge projects in NSW.

Current Projects

    ▪  Plasterboard Wall Panel – Component testing, Sponsor: Siniat (Etex Australia), 2022.

    ▪  Structural assessment and aging of transmission towers, Sponsor: Endeavor Energy Australia, 2022.

    ▪  Bridge Information Model (BrIM) development of Werrington Bridge, NSW, Sponsor: WSU and TfNSW, 2021.

    ▪ Modern damage assessment of the structural components using TLS technology, Sponsor: WSU, SoEN, 2020.

    ▪ Photogrammetry and digitisation of Windsor and McKanes Falls Bridge, NSW, Sponsor: RMS, 2019.

    ▪  Seismic ceiling - Component testing, Sponsor: Knauf Plasterboard Pty Ltd, 2018.

Selected Publications

  1. M. Mohammadi, M. Rashidi, V. Mousavi, Y. Yu, B. Samali, Application of TLS Method in Digitization of Bridge Infrastructures: A Path to BrIM DevelopmentJournal of Remote Sensing, MDPI, Vol. 15, No. 5, Page 1148, 2022, Paper Link.
  2. M. Mohammadi, M. Rashidi, V. Mousavi, A. Karami, Y. Yu, B. Samali, Quality Evaluation of Digital Twins Generated Based on UAV Photogrammetry and TLS: Bridge Case StudyJournal of Remote Sensing, MDPI, Vol. 13, No. 17, Page 3499, 2021, Paper Link.
  3. M. Rashidi, M. Mohammadi, S. Sadeghlu, M. Abdolvand, L. Troung-Houng, B. Samali, A decade of modern bridge surveying with 3D laser scanning: Review and future directionsJournal of Remote Sensing, MDPI, Vol. 12, No. 22, Page 3796, 2020, Paper Link.
  4. M. Mohammadi, M.A. Kafi, A. Kheyroddin, H. R. Ronagh, Experimental and numerical investigation of innovative composite buckling restrained fuse under cyclic loadingJournal of Structures, Vol. 22, Pages 186-199, 2019, Paper Link.
  5. M. Mohammadi, M.A. Kafi, A. Kheyroddin, H. R. Ronagh, Performance of innovative buckling restrained fuse for concentrically braced frames subjected to cyclic loadingSteel and Composite Structures, An international Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, Page 163-177, 2020, Paper Link.

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