Doctor Maria Rashidi

Doctor Maria Rashidi

Senior Research Support Program Fellow - Infrastructure Planning & Health Monitoring,
Urban Transformation Research Centre

Biography

Dr. Maria Rashidi is an experienced researcher with a notable background in design, construction, and asset management projects spanning over 15 years. Her specialised field is Civil Engineering, with a focus on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Decision Support Systems (DSS). Dr. Rashidi possesses extensive research capabilities in the area of health monitoring of bridges and other civil infrastructure assets, utilising advanced technologies such as drones, sensor networking, laser scanning, artificial intelligence, and digital twinning. Additionally, she holds a keen interest in infrastructure sustainability, energy harvesting and the development of energy-efficient housing solutions. She is the author and co-author of over 100 scholarly publications, on a wide range of topics in the areas of civil and infrastructure engineering and asset management.

 She has been the finalist of research impact competition in 2016 and 2023, representing the School of Engineering Design and Built Environment (SoEDBE). She obtained the school award of researcher of the year through industry partnership in 2021, the award for mid-career researcher of the year in 2022 and the award of researcher of the year through national and international collaborations in 2023. She has also received the esteemed Western Ventures Impact Prize at Western Sydney University's Research Impact Competition in 2023.

 Dr Rashidi is currently the team leader of Structural Engineering and Health Monitoring (SAHM) team at Western Sydney University and has been the chief investigator and project manager of several research and consulting projects.

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Wollongong
  • MEngPrac University of Wollongong

Professional Memberships

  • Asset Management Council (2020 - 2023)
  • Road and Transport Directorate of New South Wales (2023 - 2023)
  • Institute of Public Work Engineers Australia (2015 - 2023)
  • Women on Boards (WoB) (2019 - 2023)
  • Infrastructure Sustainability Council (2019 - 2023)

Awards

  • Australian Postgraduate Award 2009-01-02
  • Researcher of the Year through Industry Partnership 2021-12-22
  • Mid-Career Researcher of the Year 2022-09-14
  • 1st prize of school research impact competition 2016-05-17
  • 1st prize of school research impact competition 2023-05-18

Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asset Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Technology
  • Structural Health Monitoring

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Urban Transformation Research Centre

Committees

  • SoEDBE RHDC
  • Women of Wisdom (WoW)
  • Urban Transformation Research Centre (UTRC)
  • Structural Assessment and Health Monitoring (SAHM)

Contact

Email: M.Rashidi@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 183
Mobile:
Location: Y.1.24A
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200472 Material Science in Construction, 2018
  • 300483 Engineering Project, 2017
  • 300484 Engineering Thesis, 2018
  • 300972 Engineering Project 2, 2018
  • 301245 Final Year Project 1 (UG Engineering), 2022
  • BG204A Construction Technology 1 (Civil), 2017
  • ENGR1018 Fundamentals of Mechanics, 2022
  • ENGR4026 Final Year Project 2 (UG Engineering), 2022

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Moravvej, M. and Rashidi, M. (2019), 'Structural performance of self-compacting concrete', Self-Compacting Concrete: Materials, Properties and Applications, Woodhead Publishing 9780128173695.
  • Rashidi, M., Ghodrat, M., Samali, B. and Mohammadi, M. (2018), 'Decision support systems', Management of Information Systems, IntechOpen 9781789841978.
  • Ghodrat, M., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2017), 'Life cycle assessments of incineration treatment for sharp medical waste', Energy Technology 2017: Carbon Dioxide Management and Other Technologies, Springer 9783319521916.

Journal Articles

  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R., Rashidi, M., Bamdad, K. and Famakinwa, T. (2024), 'Digital twin for indoor condition monitoring in living labs : university library case study', Automation in Construction, vol 157 .
  • Faraji, A., Arya, S., Ghasemi, E., Rashidi, M., Perera, S., Tam, V. and Rahnamayiezekavat, P. (2024), 'A conceptual framework of decentralized blockchain integrated system based on building information modeling to steering digital administration of disputes in the IPD contracts', Construction Innovation, vol 24, no 1 , pp 384 - 406.
  • Sorooshnia, E., Rashidi, M., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Rezaei, F. and Samali, B. (2023), 'Optimum external shading system for counterbalancing glare probability and daylight illuminance in Sydney's residential buildings', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol 30, no 1 , pp 296 - 320.
  • Sorooshnia, E., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Rashidi, M., Sadeghi, M. and Samali, B. (2023), 'Curve optimization for the anidolic daylight system counterbalancing energy saving, indoor visual and thermal comfort for Sydney dwellings', Energies, vol 16, no 3 .
  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R., Rashidi, M., Bamdad, K. and Famakinwa, S. (2023), 'Barriers to the adoption of digital twin in the construction industry : a literature review', Informatics, vol 10, no 1 .
  • Firouzkouhi, N., Amini, A., Nazari, M., Alkhatib, F., Bordbar, H., Cheng, C., Davvaz, B. and Rashidi, M. (2023), 'Advanced artificial intelligence system by intuitionistic fuzzy G-subring for automotive robotic manufacturing', Artificial Intelligence Review, vol 56, no 9 , pp 9639 - 9664.
  • Abdoli, F., Rashidi, M., Rostampour-Haftkhani, A., Layeghi, M. and Ebrahimi, G. (2023), 'Effects of fastener type, end distance, layer arrangement, and panel strength direction on lateral resistance of single shear lap joints in cross-laminated timber (CLT)', Case Studies in Construction Materials, vol 18 .
  • Sadeghi, F., Mousavi, M., Zhu, X., Rashidi, M., Samali, B. and Gandomi, A. (2023), 'Damage detection of composite beams via variational mode decomposition of shear-slip data', Journal of Structural Engineering, vol 149, no 1 .
  • Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Rezaei, F. and Rahnamayiezekavat, P. (2023), 'A meta-synthesis review of occupant comfort assessment in buildings (2002-2022)', Sustainability, vol 15, no 5 .
  • Eftekharian, E., Rashidi, M., Salehi, F. and Samali, B. (2023), 'LES analysis on the effects of fire source asymmetry on enhanced wind by fire', International Journal of Thermofluids, vol 18 .
  • Mohammadi, M., Rashidi, M., Yu, Y. and Samali, B. (2023), 'Integration of TLS-derived Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) with a Decision Support System (DSS) for digital twinning and asset management of bridge infrastructures', Computers in Industry, vol 147 .
  • Noori Hoshyar, A., Rashidi, M., Yu, Y. and Samali, B. (2023), 'Proposed machine learning techniques for bridge structural health monitoring : a laboratory study', Remote Sensing, vol 15, no 8 .
  • Sorooshnia, E., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Rashidi, M., Sadeghi, M. and Samali, B. (2023), 'Passive intelligent kinetic external Dynamic shade design for improving indoor comfort and minimizing energy consumption', Buildings, vol 13, no 4 .
  • Dabous, S., Rashidi, M., Zhu, Z., Alzraiee, H., Mantha, B. and Alsharqawi, M. (2023), 'Editorial : automation and artificial intelligence in construction and management of civil infrastructure', Frontiers in Built Environment, vol 9 .
  • Yu, Y., Noori Hoshyar, A., Samali, B., Zhang, G., Rashidi, M. and Mohammadi, M. (2023), 'Corrosion and coating defect assessment of coal handling and preparation plants (CHPP) using an ensemble of deep convolutional neural networks and decision-level data fusion', Neural Computing and Applications, vol 35, no 25 , pp 18697 - 18718.
  • Rayegani, A., Matin Nazar, A. and Rashidi, M. (2023), 'Advancements in triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) for intelligent transportation infrastructure : enhancing bridges, highways, and tunnels', Sensors, vol 23, no 14 .
  • Soleymani, A., Jahangir, H., Rashidi, M., Mojtahedi, F., Bahrami, M. and Javanmardi, A. (2023), 'Damage identification in reinforced concrete beams using wavelet transform of modal excitation responses', Buildings, vol 13, no 8 .
  • Faraji, A., Rezaei, F., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Rashidi, M. and Soleimani, H. (2023), 'Subjective and simulation-based analysis of discomfort glare metrics in office buildings with light shelf systems', Sustainability, vol 15, no 15 .
  • Sorooshnia, E., Rashidi, M., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Mahmoudkelayeh , S., Pourvaziri , M., Kamranfar, S., Gheibi, M., Samali, B. and Moezzi, R. (2023), '[In Press] A novel approach for optimized design of low-E windows and visual comfort for residential spaces', Energy and Built Environment, .
  • Mohammadi, M., Rashidi, M., Gorji Azandariani, M., Mousavi, V., Yu, Y. and Samali, B. (2023), 'Modern damage measurement of structural elements : experiment, terrestrial laser scanning, and numerical studies', Structures, vol 58 .
  • Rashidi, M., Tashakori, S., Kalhori, H., Bahmanpour, M. and Li, B. (2023), 'Iterative-based impact force identification on a bridge concrete deck', Sensors, vol 23, no 22 .
  • Nasir, V., Schimleck, L., Abdoli, F., Rashidi, M., Sassani, F. and Avramidis, S. (2023), 'Quality control of thermally modified western hemlock wood using near-infrared spectroscopy and explainable machine learning', Polymers, vol 15, no 20 .
  • Jahandari, S., Tao, Z., Saberian, M., Shariati, M., Li, J., Abolhasani, M., Kazemi, M., Rahmani, A. and Rashidi, M. (2022), 'Geotechnical properties of lime-geogrid improved clayey subgrade under various moisture conditions', Road Materials and Pavement Design, vol 23, no 9 , pp 2057 - 2075.
  • Pourzeynali Miankouh, S., Zhu, X., Ghari Zadeh, A., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2022), 'Simultaneous identification of bridge structural damage and moving loads using the explicit form of Newmark-B method : numerical and experimental studies', Remote Sensing, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R., Rashidi, M., Famakinwa, T. and Bamdad, K. (2022), 'Drivers for digital twin adoption in the construction industry : a systematic literature review', Buildings, vol 12, no 2 .
  • Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Perera, S., Samali, B. and Samali, B. (2022), 'Applicability-compatibility analysis of PMBOK seventh edition from the perspective of the construction industry distinctive peculiarities', Buildings, vol 12, no 2 .
  • Ding, W., Alharbi, A., Almadhor, A., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Mohammadi, M. and Rashidi, M. (2022), 'Evaluation of the performance of a composite profile at elevated temperatures using finite element and hybrid artificial intelligence techniques', Materials, vol 15, no 4 .
  • Mohammadi, M., Rashidi, M., Mousavi, V., Yu, Y. and Samali, B. (2022), 'Application of TLS method in digitization of bridge infrastructures : a path to BrIM development', Remote Sensing, vol 14, no 5 .
  • Alembagheri, M., Sharafi, P. and Rashidi, M. (2022), 'Experimental and numerical study on the robustness of full-scale volumetric steel module under sudden support removal scenarios', Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, vol 36, no 1 .
  • Shakeriaski, F., Ghodrat, M., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2022), 'Smart coating in protective clothing for firefighters : an overview and recent improvements', Journal of Industrial Textiles, vol 51, no 5S , pp 7428 - 7454.
  • Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Eftekhari, N., Perera, S. and Mani, S. (2022), 'A bid/mark-up decision support model in contractor's tender strategy development phase based on project complexity measurement in the downstream sector of petroleum industry', Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Agha, T., Rahnamayiezekavat, P. and Samali, B. (2022), 'Quality management framework for housing construction in a design-build project delivery system : a BIM-UAV approach', Buildings, vol 12, no 5 .
  • Lyu, Z., Yu, Y., Samali, B., Rashidi, M., Mohammadi, M., Nguyen, T. and Nguyen, A. (2022), 'Back-propagation neural network optimized by K-fold cross-validation for prediction of torsional strength of reinforced concrete beam', Materials, vol 15, no 4 .
  • Sorooshnia, E., Rashidi, M., Rahnamayiezekavat, P. and Samali, B. (2022), 'Optimizing window configuration counterbalancing energy saving and indoor visual comfort for Sydney dwellings', Buildings, vol 12, no 11 .
  • Yu, Y., Samali, B., Rashidi, M., Mohammadi, M., Nguyen, T. and Zhang, G. (2022), 'Vision-based concrete crack detection using a hybrid framework considering noise effect', Journal of Building Engineering, vol 61 .
  • Abdoli, F., Rashidi, M., Rostampour-Haftkhani, A., Layeghi, M. and Ebrahimi, G. (2022), 'Withdrawal performance of nails and screws in cross-laminated timber (CLT) made of poplar (Populus alba) and fir (Abies alba)', Polymers, vol 14, no 15 .
  • Mousavi, V., Varshosaz, M., Rashidi, M. and Li, W. (2022), 'A new multi-criteria tie point filtering approach to increase the accuracy of UAV photogrammetry models', Drones, vol 6, no 12 .
  • Yu, Y., Rashidi, M., Samali, B., Mohammadi, M., Nguyen, T. and Zhou, X. (2022), 'Crack detection of concrete structures using deep convolutional neural networks optimized by enhanced chicken swarm algorithm', Structural Health Monitoring, vol 21, no 5 , pp 2244 - 2263.
  • Rostampour-Haftkhani, A., Rashidi, M., Abdoli, F. and Gerami, M. (2022), 'The effect of GFRP wrapping on lateral performance of double shear lap joints in cross-laminated timber as a part of timber bridges', Buildings, vol 12, no 10 .
  • Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Sorooshnia, E., Rashidi, M., Faraji, A., Mostafa, S. and Moon , S. (2022), 'Forensic analysis of the disputes typology of the NSW construction industry using PLS-SEM and prospective trend analysis', Buildings, vol 12, no 10 .
  • Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Rezaei, F. and Sorooshnia, E. (2022), 'Determining appropriate thermal comfort period based on PET and PMV using the RayMan model : a case study in the subtropical city of Sari', International Journal of Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning, vol 32, no 3 .
  • Rashidi, M., Noori Hoshyar, A., Smith, L., Samali, B. and Siddique, R. (2021), 'A comprehensive taxonomy for structure and material deficiencies, preventions and remedies of timber bridges', Journal of Building Engineering, vol 34 .
  • Yu, Y., Rashidi, M., Samali, B., Yousefi, A. and Wang, W. (2021), 'Multi-image-feature-based hierarchical concrete crack identification framework using optimized SVM multi-classifiers and D-S fusion algorithm for bridge structures', Remote Sensing, vol 13, no 2 .
  • Alembagheri, M., Rashidi, M., Yazdi, A. and Samali, B. (2021), 'Numerical analysis of axial cyclic behavior of FRP retrofitted CHS joints', Materials, vol 14, no 3 .
  • Karimaei, M., Dabbaghi, F., Dehestani, M. and Rashidi, M. (2021), 'Estimating compressive strength of concrete containing untreated coal waste aggregates using ultrasonic pulse velocity', Materials, vol 14, no 3 .
  • Faraji, A., Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Khadir, P. and Perera, S. (2021), 'A risk analysis-best worst method based model for selection of the most appropriate contract strategy for onshore drilling projects in the Iranian petroleum industry', Buildings, vol 11, no 3 .
  • Yazdi, A., Rashidi, M., Alembagheri, M. and Samali, B. (2021), 'Buckling behavior of non-retrofitted and FRP-retrofitted steel CHS T-joints', Applied Sciences, vol 11, no 7 .
  • Alembagheri, M., Sharafi, P., Rashidi, M., Bigdeli, A. and Farajian, M. (2021), 'Natural dynamic characteristics of volumetric steel modules with gypsum sheathed LSF walls : experimental study', Structures, vol 33 , pp 272 - 282.
  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R. and Rashidi, M. (2021), 'Digital twin application in the construction industry : a literature review', Journal of Building Engineering, vol 40 .
  • Pourzeynali, S., Zhu, X., Ghari Zadeh, A., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2021), 'Comprehensive study of moving load identification on bridge structures using the explicit form of Newmark-B method : numerical and experimental studies', Remote Sensing, vol 13, no 12 .
  • Gorji Azandarani, M., Rousta, A., Mohammadi, M., Rashidi, M. and Abdolmaleki, H. (2021), 'Numerical and analytical study of ultimate capacity of steel plate shear walls with partial plate-column connection (SPSW-PC)', Structures, vol 33 , pp 3066 - 3080.
  • Dabbaghi, F., Rashidi, M., Nehdi, M., Sadeghi, H., Karimaei, M., Rasekh, H. and Qaderi, F. (2021), 'Experimental and informational modeling study on flexural strength of eco-friendly concrete incorporating coal waste', Sustainability, vol 13, no 13 .
  • Faraji, A., Faraji, A., Rashidi, M. and Perera, S. (2021), 'Text mining risk assessment-based model to conduct uncertainty analysis of the general conditions of contract in housing construction projects : case study of the NSW GC21', Journal of Architectural Engineering, vol 27, no 3 .
  • Sharafi, P., Rashidi, M., Alembagheri, M. and Bigdeli, A. (2021), 'System identification of a volumetric steel modular frame using experimental and numerical vibration analysis', Journal of Architectural Engineering, vol 27, no 4 .
  • Mohammadi, M., Rashidi, M., Mousavi, V., Karami, A., Yu, Y. and Samali, B. (2021), 'Quality evaluation of digital twins generated based on UAV photogrammetry and TLS : bridge case study', Remote Sensing, vol 13, no 17 .
  • Feng, Y., Mohammadi, M., Wang, L., Rashidi, M. and Mehrabi, P. (2021), 'Application of artificial intelligence to evaluate the fresh properties of self-consolidating concrete', Materials, vol 14, no 17 .
  • Faraji, A., Rashidi, M., Tezangi, M. and Perera, S. (2021), 'Multihybrid dispute resolution framework for projects of downstream sector of petroleum industry', Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, vol 13, no 4 .
  • Sadeghi, F., Zhu, X., Li, J. and Rashidi, M. (2021), 'A novel slip sensory system for interfacial condition monitoring of steel-concrete composite bridges', Remote Sensing, vol 13, no 17 .
  • Liu, J., Mohammadi, M., Zhan, Y., Zheng, P., Rashidi, M. and Mehrabi, P. (2021), 'Utilizing artificial intelligence to predict the superplasticizer demand of self-consolidating concrete incorporating pumice, slag, and fly ash powders', Materials, vol 14, no 22 .
  • Jahandari, S., Mohammadi, M., Rahmani, A., Abolhasani, M., Miraki, H., Mohammadifar, L., Kazemi, M., Saberian, M. and Rashidi, M. (2021), 'Mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concretes containing silica fume and steel fibres', Materials, vol 14, no 22 .
  • 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 .
  • Eftekharian, E., Rashidi, M., Ghodrat, M., He, Y. and Kwok, K. (2020), 'LES simulation of terrain slope effects on wind enhancement by a point source fire', Case Studies in Thermal engineering, vol 18 .
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Rashidi, M. and Sorooshnia, E. (2020), 'Heuristic catenary-based rule of thumbs to find bending moment diagrams', Civil Engineering and Architecture, vol 8, no 4 , pp 557 - 570.
  • Rashidi, M., Mohammadi, M., Kivi, S., Abdolvand, M., Truong-Hong, L. and Samali, B. (2020), 'A decade of modern bridge monitoring using terrestrial laser scanning : review and future directions', Remote Sensing, vol 12, no 22 .
  • Rashidi, M., Sharafi, P., Alembagheri, M., Bigdeli, A. and Samali, B. (2020), 'Operational modal analysis, testing and modelling of prefabricated steel modules with different LSF composite walls', Materials, vol 13, no 24 .
  • Faraji, A., Faraji, A., Rashidi, M. and Sorooshnia, E. (2020), 'An integrated organizational system for project source selection in the major Iranian construction companies', Buildings, vol 10, no 12 .
  • 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 .
  • 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, no 8 .
  • 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 .
  • Ghodrat, M., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2018), 'Investigation into the recovery of valuable metals from waste mobile phone printed circuit boards (PCBs) : an Australian case study', International Journal of Waste Resources, vol 8, no 4 .
  • Zhang, J., Ma, Z., Liu, F., Zhang, C., Sharafi, P. and Rashidi, M. (2017), 'Seismic performance and ice-induced vibration control of offshore platform structures based on the ISO-PFD-SMA brace system', Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, vol 2017 .
  • 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 .
  • Sharafi, P. and Rashidi, M. (2017), 'Optimum spanning for rectangular floor systems - part 1 : a unified combinatorial approach', Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol 14, no 2 , pp 97 - 105.
  • Ghodrat, M., Rhamdhani, M., Brooks, G., Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2017), 'A thermodynamic-based life cycle assessment of precious metal recycling out of waste printed circuit board through secondary copper smelting', Environmental Development, vol 24 , pp 36 - 49.
  • 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., 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.
  • Sharafi, P. and Rashidi, M. (2016), 'Optimum spanning for rectangular floor systems - part 2 : an algorithm and practical applications', Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol 14, no 2 , pp 106 - 113.
  • 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.
  • Rashidi, M. and Lemass, B. (2011), 'A decision support methodology for remediation planning of concrete bridges', Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, vol 1, no 2 .

Conference Papers

  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R., Rashidi, M. and Bamdad, K. (2022), 'Obstacles to the implementation of digital twins : a review in the construction of industry', International Workshop When Social Science meets LEAN and BIM, Western Sydney University, Australia.
  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R., Rashidi, M., Bamdad, K. and Famakinwa, T. (2022), 'Buildings' indoor environmental conditions : a thematic analysis of verbatim comments from university library stakeholders', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, Penrith, N.S.W..
  • Opoku, D., Perera, S., Osei-Kyei, R. and Rashidi, M. (2022), 'Review of driving forces for digital twin adoption in the construction industry', World Building Congress, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Mohammadi, M., Rashidi, M., Mousavi, V., Karami, A., Yu, Y. and Samali, B. (2021), 'Case study on accuracy comparison of digital twins developed for a heritage bridge via UAV photogrammetry and terrestrial laser scanning', International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Porto, Portugal.
  • Yu, Y., Rashidi, M., Samali, B., Mohammadi, M. and Nguyen, A. (2021), 'Computer vision-based classification of cracks on concrete bridges using machine learning techniques', International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Porto, Portugal.
  • Mohammadi, M., Kafi, M., Kheyroddin, A., Ronagh, H. and Rashidi, M. (2020), 'Experimental and numerical investigation of innovative composite buckling-restrained fuse', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Rashidi, M. and Samali, B. (2019), 'Health monitoring of bridges using RPAs', East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Rashidi, M., Ancich, E., Ghodrat, M. and Buckley, P. (2018), 'Review of the most common repair techniques for reinforced concrete structures in coastal areas', IABSE Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Rashidi, M., Samali, B., Azad, A. and Hatamian, H. (2017), 'Asset management of steel bridges', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, W.A..
  • Rashidi, M., Samali, B. and Kempton, S. (2017), 'Analysis of bridge abutment movement through a case study', Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, W.A..
  • Pourzeynali Miankouh, S., Zhu, X., Samali, B. and Rashidi, M. (2017), 'Dynamic analysis of vehicle-bridge systems based on explicit form of Newmark-? method', International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Rashidi, M., Samali, B., Zhu, X., Azad, A. and Ghodrat, M. (2017), 'Case study : structural health monitoring of timber bridges using dynamic frequency analysis (DFA)', International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Rashidi, M. (2014), 'A decision support model for bridge infrastructure asset management', Austroads Bridge Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Rashidi, M., Gibson, P. and Ho, T. (2013), 'A new approach to bridge infrastructure management', International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure , Wollongong, N.S.W..
  • Rashidi, M. and Gibson, P. (2011), 'Proposal of a methodology for bridge condition assessment', Australasian Transport Research Forum, Adelaide, S.A..
  • Rashidi, M. and Lemass, B. (2011), 'Holistic decision support for bridge remediation', International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Rashidi, M. and Hadi, M. (2010), 'Modelling of high strength concrete reinforced columns wrapped with FRP', Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Rashidi, M., Lemass, B. and Gibson, P. (2010), 'A decision support system for concrete bridge maintenance', International Symposium on Computational Mechanics, Hong Kong, China.

Current Projects

Title: An integrated aerial and terrestrial approach for digitisation of bridges [Via Transport for NSW]
Funder:
  • Transport Asset Holding Entity of New South Wales
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2022-11-28 - 2024-06-30
ID: P00028473
Title: Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Bijan Samali
Years: 2021-03-24 - 2025-11-28
ID: P00027057
Title: Development of high-performance volumetric modular system with energy harvesting
Funder:
  • Infratech Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Pejman Sharafi, Maria Rashidi and Kamyar Kildashti Komsari
Years: 2021-10-01 - 2025-06-30
ID: P00027563
Title: Cutting-Edge Numerical Techniques for Assessing the Structural Integrity of Bridges
Funder:
  • Horsham Rural City Council
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2024-02-26 - 2026-02-26
ID: P00029107
Title: Digital twin of reinforced concrete infrastructure for intelligent asset management
Funder:
  • SmartCrete CRC
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Bijan Samali
Years: 2023-04-01 - 2026-03-31
ID: P00028514

Previous Projects

Title: Terrestrial Laser Scanning of Thomas James bridge
Funder:
  • Core Spatial Surveying Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2022-05-30 - 2022-07-29
ID: P00027989
Title: Measurement of Structural Elements for John Foord Bridge
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2021-02-18 - 2021-03-31
ID: P00027014
Title: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) survey for development of digital twin of Charleyong bridge
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Bijan Samali
Years: 2020-11-09 - 2021-01-29
ID: P00026857
Title: Design and investigation works for the upgrade and replacement of Cedar Point Bridge
Funder:
  • Kyogle Council
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi, Bijan Samali and Kamyar Kildashti Komsari
Years: 2018-10-22 - 2019-03-08
ID: P00025321
Title: Condition assessment of Mt Emu Creek Bridge
Funder:
  • MW Engineers Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi, Bijan Samali and Maryam Ghodrat
Years: 2019-04-08 - 2019-05-13
ID: P00025763
Title: Digitisation and Conservation of Prince Alfred Bridge through Utilisation of RPAs
Funder:
  • GUNDAGAI HISTORIC BRIDGES INC
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Hassan Malekzehtab
Years: 2019-07-22 - 2020-12-22
ID: P00025994
Title: Photogrammetry and digitisation of Windsor Bridge
Funder:
  • Roads and Maritime Services NSW
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2019-11-01 - 2021-07-20
ID: P00026092
Title: Palerang Council 2 Bridges project
Funder:
  • Palerang Council
Western Researchers: Eric Ancich, Amir Azad and Maria Rashidi
Years: 2016-02-18 - 2016-04-06
ID: P00024263
Title: Developing a Low-cost Accurate Bridge Weigh in Motion System for Estimation of Gross and Axle Vehicle Weights
Funder:
  • Data61
Western Researchers: Bijan Samali, Xinqun Zhu and Maria Rashidi
Years: 2016-06-01 - 2017-05-30
ID: P00023662
Title: Feasibility study of using Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems for bridge inspection
Funder:
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2017-06-20 - 2018-06-30
ID: P00024432
Title: Railway Maintenance Review and Framework Planning
Funder:
  • Australian Centre for Rail Innovation
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2022-10-01 - 2023-06-30
ID: P00028321
Title: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) survey for digital twinning of Fifth Avenue Bridge and Brighton Bridge
Funder:
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Council
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Bijan Samali
Years: 2021-07-05 - 2021-08-31
ID: P00027373
Title: Onsite aerial photogrammetry and indicative CADD model development of McKanes bridge
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Bijan Samali
Years: 2018-11-20 - 2019-03-30
ID: P00025453
Title: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Survey John Foord Bridge
Funder:
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Mohsen Askari
Years: 2019-06-03 - 2020-03-27
ID: P00025922
Title: Drone video services on Homebush Bay Drive and Australia Avenue Intersection
Funder:
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2019-08-23 - 2021-01-15
ID: P00026042
Title: Utilisation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Bridge Health Monitoring
Funder:
  • Roads and Maritime Services NSW
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi and Bijan Samali
Years: 2019-10-01 - 2023-01-31
ID: P00026120
Title: Analysis and Measurement of John Foord Bridge's Point Cloud Data
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2020-09-21 - 2020-10-30
ID: P00026841
Title: Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency Analysis of Residential Buildings
Funder:
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Maria Rashidi
Years: 2022-09-28 - 2023-09-26
ID: P00028317

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Vision Based Damage Monitoring of RC Bridges Using RPA's
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: BIM Development for Sustainable Lifecycle Management of Transport Infrastructure
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Multi Criteria Decision Analysis for Constructability Assessment
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Digitally Optimizing Energy Consumption in Buildings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Vision Based Damage Monitoring of RC Bridges Using RPA's
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: BIM Platform for the Design and Manufacturing of Modular Residential Units
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: A Methodology for Digitally Optimising Energy Consumption in Buildings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Aerial Vehicle Communication Systems and Charging Techniques Development for Modern Wireless Networks
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Application of Point Cloud for Assessing the Civil Infrastructures
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Automation of Compliance Checking at Early Stage of Design Submission Using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: BIM Based Environmental Impact Assessment of High-Performance Buildings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: BIM Platform for the Design and Manufacturing of Modular Residential Units
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Development of Bridge Information Model (BrIM) for Digital Twinning and Management Using TLS Technology
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Dynamic Shading System for Energy Efficient Housing
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Embedded Energy Harvesting Systems for Structural Health Monitoring and IoT in Multi-story Buildings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Energy Harvesting from Vertical Pedestrian-induced Vibrations of Footbridges for Structural Health Monitoring Applications
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Implementation of Rules and Regulations for These Stakeholders To Ensure the Quality of Construction and to Meet the Needs of Clients
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Improvement and Mitigation of Potential Hazards for Health and Safety Utilizing Navisworks, Revit and Social Media
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Multi Criteria Decision Analysis for Constructability Assessment
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Multi Modal Condition Assessment of Bridges Using Video-based Identification Approach
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Socio-cultural Aspects of Neighbourhood Design in Iranian Immigrant Community in Sydney
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Structural health monitoring of timber bridge via non-destructive testing (NDT) and artificial intelligence (AI)
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Substructural Condition Assessment of Bridge Structures Under Moving Vehicles.
Field of Research: Engineering And Related Technologies
Thesis Title: Automation of Compliance Checking at Early Stage of Design Submission Using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: BIM Based Environmental Impact Assessment of High-Performance Buildings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Improvement and Mitigation of Potential Hazards for Health and Safety Utilizing Navisworks, Revit and Social Media
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Substructural Condition Assessment of Bridge Structures Under Moving Vehicles
Field of Research: Engineering And Related Technologies

Media

Title: SBS Persian
Description: International Day of Women and Girls in Science and technology
Title: Nature
Description: Podcast on my Innovation Award
Title: ANSHM Newsletter
Description: Utilising Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) for Health Monitoring of Bridges
Title: ANSHM Newsletter
Description: Drones for Bridge Health Monitoring
Title: ANSHM Newsletter
Description: Health Monitoring of Small Bridges
Title: Commentary on Recent Tragic Collapse of FIU Pedestrian Bridge
Description: Commentary on Recent Tragic Collapse of FIU Pedestrian Bridge
Title: Future Makers
Description: Eye in the Sky Keeps Bridges Safe
Title: Infrastructure Magazine
Description: Revolutionising bridge health monitoring

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