Doctor Maria Rashidi

Biography

Dr Maria Rashidi is a senior lecturer at Centre for Infrastructure Engineering at the School of Engineering (SoEng). She has been involved in several design, construction and asset management projects for over 10 years. She received Master of Civil Engineering (with the award of distinction) and her PhD from the University of Wollongong. Her recent research has been focused on utilization of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems (commonly known as drones), Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for health monitoring of civil infrastructure, particularly bridges. She has also carried out extensive research on life cycle management of bridges that 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 been implemented on several bridge networks.  She was selected as a finalist in 2016 research impact competition, representing the School of Engineering (former School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics; SCEM).

Dr Rashidi is currently the team leader of Structural Engineering and Health Monitoring (SAHM) team at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and has been the chief investigator and project manager of several research and consulting projects valued around $800,000.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Dr Maria Rashidi has extensive teaching experience in Structural/Infrastructure Engineering, Construction Management, Project Management, Infrastructure Planning and Civil Infrastructure Asset Management.

Her research interests include:

  • Bridge management systems
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Structural assessment and health monitoring
  • Digital twin generation of bridges based on 3D point cloud
  • Utilisation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for health monitoring of bridges
  • Utilisation of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for health monitoring of civil infrastructure
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures
  • Application of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for strengthening of concrete structures
  • Development of Decision Support Systems (DSS) for infrastructure planning
  • Development of effective sustainable transportation strategies
  • Health monitoring of modular buildings
  • Life cycle assessment and waste management
  • Utilisation of Building Information Modelling (BrIM) for sustainable infrastructure planning
  • Application of drones for early detection of bushfire
  • Development of effective sustainable transportation strategies
  • Energy-efficient housing

Selected Grants/Projects

Utilisation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Bridge Health Monitoring (TfNSW).

Feasibility study of using Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems for bridge inspection (TfNSW).

Developing a low-cost accurate bridge weigh in motion system for estimation of gross and axle vehicle weights (DATA61).

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Survey John Foord Bridge (TfNSW).

Digitisation and Conservation of Prince Alfred Bridge through Utilisation of RPAs (Gundagai Historic Bridges).

Design and investigation works for the upgrade and replacement of Cedar Point Bridge (Kyogle Council).

Condition assessment of Mt Emu Creek Bridge (MW Engineers).

Level 3 inspection and structural assessment of eight concrete bridges (City of Sydney).

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

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

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

Structural Assessment of Two Composite Bridges (Palerang Council).

Selected Publications

Rashidi, M., Noori Hoshyar, A., Smith, L., Samali, B. and Siddique, R. (2020), “A comprehensive taxonomy for structure and material deficiencies, preventions and remedies of timber bridges”, Journal of Building Engineering.

Rashidi, M., Zhang, C., Ghodrat, M., Kempton, S., Samali, B., Akbarnezhad, A. and Zhu, L. (2018), “Bridge abutment movement and approach settlement: a case study and scenario analysis”, International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, vol 18.

Rashidi, M., Ghodrat, M., Samali, B., Kendall, B. and Zhang, C. (2017), “Remedial modelling of steel bridges through application of analytical hierarchy process (AHP)”, Applied Sciences, Vol 7, No 2.

Hosseini, R., Rashidi, M., Hedayati Dezfuli, F., Karbasi Arani, K. and Samali, B. (2020), “Seismic assessment of a benchmark highway bridge equipped with optimized shape memory alloy wire-based isolators”, Applied Sciences, Vol 10, No 1.

Rashidi, M., Joshaghani, A. and Ghodrat, M. (2020), “Towards eco-flowable concrete production”, Sustainability, vol 12, No 3.

Hosseini, R., Rashidi, M., Bulajic, B. and Karbasi Arani, K. (2020), “Multi-objective optimization of three different SMA-LRBs for seismic protection of a benchmark highway bridge against real and synthetic ground motions”, Applied Sciences, Vol 10, No 12.

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., Ghodrat, M., Samali, B. and Mohammadi, M. (2018), “Decision support systems, Management of Information Systems”, IntechOpen, ISBN: 9781789841978.

Alembagheri, M., Rashidi, M. and Seyedkazemi, M. (2020), “Structural system identification of elevated steel water tank using ambient vibration test and calibration of numerical model”, International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Vol 20, No 10.

Noori Hoshyar, A., Rashidi, M., Liyanapathirana, R. and Samali, B. (2019), “Algorithm development for the non-destructive testing of structural damage”, Applied Sciences, Vol 9, No 14.

Sharafi, P., Rashidi, M., Samali, B., Ronagh, H. and Mortazavi, M. (2018), “Identification of factors and decision analysis of the level of modularization in building construction”, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Vol 24, No 2.

Nemati, S., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2017), “Decision making on the optimised choice of pneumatic formwork textile for foam-filled structural composite panels”, International Journal of GEOMATE, Vol 13, No 39, pp 220 - 228.

Rashidi, M. (2014), “Finite element modeling of FRP wrapped high strength concrete reinforced with axial and helical reinforcement”, International Journal of Emerging Technology and Advanced Engineering, vol 4, no 9, pp 728 - 735.

Rashidi, M. and Gibson, P. (2012), “A methodology for bridge condition evaluation”, Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol 6, No 9, pp 1149 - 1157.

Moravvej, M. and Rashidi, M. (2019), “Structural performance of self-compacting concrete', Self-Compacting Concrete: Materials, Properties and Applications, Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier.

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 & 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, 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.

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.