Doctor Maria Rashidi


Dr Maria Rashidi is a lecturer at Centre for Infrastructure Engineering at the School of Computer, Engineering and Mathematics (SCEM). She has been involved in several design and construction projects for over 6 years. She received Master of Civil Engineering (with the award of distinction) and her PhD from University of Wollongong. Her recent research has been focused on feasibility study of using Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems (commonly known as drones) for bridge inspection. She has also carried out extensive research on life cycle management of bridges which led to development of a Decision Support System for bridge remediation (named as BR-DSS). BR-DSS has been introduced to more than 30 public and private transportation authorities and implemented on several bridge networks.

Dr Rashidi is currently the coordinator of the Structural Assessment and Health Monitoring (SAHM) group at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering. She has been involved in several research and consulting projects with different transportation authorities including RMS and local councils.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Dr Maria Rashidi has extensive teaching experience in Construction Management, Project Management, Infrastructure Planning, Decision Support System, Structural Design, Fluid Mechanics and Innovation and Design.

Her research interests include:

  • Bridge Management systems
  • Utilising Drones for Infrastructure Assessment
  • Systematic Asset Management for Civil Infrastructure
  • Condition Assessment
  • Remediation Planning
  • Managing Ancillary Transportation Assets
  • Lifecycle Management and Risk Management of Civil Infrastructure
  • Development of Decision Support Systems for Infrastructure Planning
  • Development of Effective Sustainable Transportation Strategies
  • Infrastructure Rating
  • Finite Element Modelling and Analysis of Structures
  • Application of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for Strengthening of Concrete Structures

Grants/Current Projects

Developing a Low-cost Accurate Bridge Weigh in Motion System for Estimation of Gross and Axle Vehicle Weights (Funder: DATA61)

Feasibility study of using Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Systems for Bridge Inspection (Funder: Road and Maritime Services)

Structural assessment of Eight Major Bridges (Funder: The Council of the City of Sydney)

Structural Assessment of Two Composite Bridges (Funder: Palerang Council)

Selected Publications

Rashidi, M., Lemass, B. P. & Gibson, P. (2010). “A Decision Support System for Concrete Bridge Maintenance”. International Symposium on Computational Mechanics and the 12th International Conference on the Enhancement and Promotion of Computational Methods in Engineering and Science (pp. 1372-1377). USA: American Institute of Physics.

Rashidi, M. & Hadi, M. N. (2010). “Modelling of High Strength Concrete Reinforced Columns Wrapped with FRP”. The 5th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region & Australasian Structural Engineering Conference 2010 (pp. 1-6). Barton, A.C.T., Australia: Engineers Australia.

Rashidi, M. & Lemass, B. P. (2011). “A Decision Support Methodology for Remediation Planning of Concrete Bridges”. Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 1 (2), 1-10.

Rashidi, M. & Gibson, P. (2011). “Proposal of a Methodology for Bridge Condition Assessment”. Australasian Transport Research Forum (pp. 1-13).

Rashidi, M. & Lemass, B. (2011). “Holistic Decision Support for Bridge Remediation”. The 4th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Managment (pp. 1-6).

Rashidi, M. & Gibson, P. (2012). “A Methodology for Bridge Condition Evaluation”. Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 6 (9), 1149-1157.

Rashidi, M. & Gibson, P & Ho. T. K (2013) “A New Approach to Bridge Infrastructure Management”. International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure Australia.

Rashidi, M (2014) “A Decision Support Model for Bridge Infrastructure Asset Management” The 9th Austroads Bridge Conference & 26th ARRB Conference (pp. 1-7).

Rashidi, M (2015) “Finite Element Modeling of High Strength Concrete Reinforced Columns Confined by FRP”. International Journal of Emerging Technology and Advanced Engineering 4(9), 728-735.

Rashidi, M., Samali, B. and Sharafi, P. (2016), “A new model for bridge management : Part A : condition assessment and priority ranking of bridges”, Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol 14, no 1 , pp 35 - 45.

Rashidi, M., Samali, B. and Sharafi, P. (2016), “A new model for bridge management. Part B : decision support system for remediation planning”, Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol 14, no 1 , pp 46 - 53.

Rashidi. M, Samali. B, Azad. A, Hatamian. H (2016) “Asset Management of Steel Bridges” Mechanics of structures and Materials: Advances and Challenges. Taylor and Francis Group, pp 187-192.

Rashidi.M, Samali.B, Kempton.S (2016) “Analysis of Bridge Abutment Movement through a Case Study” Mechanics of structures and Materials: Advances and Challenges. Taylor and Francis Group, pp 85-90.

Rashidi.M, Ghodrat.M, Samali.B, Kendall.B, Zhang.Ch (2017) “Remedial Modelling of Steel Bridges through Application of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)”. Applied Sciences: Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Civil Structures, 7(2), pp1-20.

Zhang.J, Ma.Z, Feifei. L, Zhang.C, Sharafi.P, Rashidi.M (2017) “Seismic Performance and Ice-Induced Vibration Control of Offshore Platform Structures Based on the ISO-PFD-SMA Brace System”. Advances in Material Science and Engineering, volume 7, pp1-15.

Ghodrat.M, Rashidi. M, Samali.B (2017) “Life Cycle Assessment of Incineration Treatment for Sharp Medical Waste”. Energy Technology. Springer International Publishing pp 131-143.