Associate Professor Swapan Saha

Associate Professor Swapan Saha

Lead DAP - Construction Management,
Engineering and Construction Management

Associate Professor,
Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math

Associate Professor,
Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math

Biography

Swapan Saha received his Master of Engineering degree in Construction in 1989 from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand and obtained his PhD in 2003 from the University of Western Sydney. He currently works at Western Sydney University  as the Lead Director of Academic Program (Construction Management). Swapan's teaching and research are mainly in the areas of construction management and simulation, construction information systems and construction technology. He worked in the construction industry in Australia and Thailand before joining as an academic member of staff with UWS. Swapan has worked on landmark projects including the Sydney Harbour Tunnel Project during 1990 and 1992, plus the Bangkok elevated expressway project in 1989. He has published papers in journals and conferences and is a member of Engineers Australia and the Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Saha.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MEng Asian Institute of Technology
  • BScCivEng Bangladesh University of Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Building (2016 - 2017)
  • Engineers Australia (2016 - 2017)

Interests

  • 3D CAD and 4D CAD in Construction
  • Construction Quality Management
  • Culture of Quality in Construction
  • Motivational factors in Construction
  • Optimum Inspection Policy in Construction

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Engineering and Construction Management
  • Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math
  • Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math

Contact

Email: S.Saha@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 4601
Mobile: 0404880892
Location: ED.G.154
Parramatta
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200503 Construction Information Systems, 2012
  • 300748 Quality and Value Management, 2012
  • 300720 Construction Technology 1 (Civil), 2012

Publications

Books

  • Mashir, F., Hassan, M., Begum, M., Saha, S. and Ahsan, R. (2019), 'Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structural Engineering Research (iCSER2019), 4th GCSTMR World Congress, 19-22 January 2019, Dhaka, Bangladesh', : Science, Technology and Management Crest Australia 9780648268123.
  • Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Tam, V. and Saha, S. (2018), 'Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Construction Project Management and Construction Engineering (iCCPMCE-2018), 03-06 December 2018,, Sydney, Australia', : Science, Technology and Management Crest Australia 9780648268109.
  • Saha, S., Zhang, Y., Yazdani, S. and Singh, A. (2015), 'Implementing Innovative Ideas in Structural Engineering and Project Management', : ISEC Press 9780996043717.

Chapters in Books

  • McLaughlin, P., Baglin, J., Chester, A., Davis, P., Saha, S., Mills, A., Poronnik, P., Hinton, T., Lawson, J. and Hadgraft, R. (2018), 'The global canopy : propagating discipline-based global mobility', The Globalisation of Higher Education: Developing Internationalised Education Research and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan 9783319745787.
  • Saha, S. and McLaughlin, P. (2018), 'Introducing global internships : the Western Sydney University Experience', The Global Canopy: Stories of Discipline-Based Learning Interactions to Promote Global Mobility, The Writing Bureau 9780646972190.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2012), 'Experiences at the University of Western Sydney', Building pathways: Lifelong Learning in the Construction Sector, The Writing Bureau 9780646578026.

Journal Articles

  • Albayyaa, H., Hagare, D. and Saha, S. (2019), 'Energy conservation in residential buildings by incorporating Passive Solar and Energy Efficiency Design Strategies and higher thermal mass', Energy and Buildings, vol 182 , pp 205 - 213.
  • Saha, S. and Tam, V. (2012), 'Insulated wall systems to tackle global warming', Organization, Technology and Management in Construction: An International Journal, vol 4, no 2 , pp 507 - 513.
  • Saha, S. (2011), 'Cost effective thermal wall system for residential housing', Procedia Engineering, vol 14 , pp 1913 - 1919.
  • Hardie, M. and Saha, S. (2009), 'Builders' perceptions of lowest cost procurement and its impact on quality', The Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol 9, no 1 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Saha, S., Mullins, T. and Greville, C. (2001), 'Optimisation of construction process inspection rates using a learning approach', The Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol 1, no 2 , pp 1 - 13.

Conference Papers

  • Vu, T., Rahnamayiezekavat, P., Moon, S., Mostafa, S. and Saha, S. (2018), 'Revisiting challenges inherent to multicultural construction projects using input from field professionals', AUBEA International Conference, Singapore.
  • Saha, S. and Rahnamayiezekavat, P. (2018), 'Predicting realistic inspection rate in construction', International Conference on Construction Project Management and Construction Engineering, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Saha, S., Cauchi, B. and Douglas, G. (2018), 'An investigation into crane and scaffold safety in construction industry', European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Saha, S., Hassan, M. and Douglas, G. (2017), 'Global mobility experience of outbound construction management students : the case of Western Sydney University', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, RMIT University.
  • Saha, S., Perera, S. and Murphy, R. (2017), 'Investigation into workplace health and safety issues within the Australian commercial construction industry's migrant workforce', World Construction Symposium , Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Saha, S., Hagare, D., Zhou, J. and Hassan, M. (2017), 'Comparison of cooling and heating requirements between brick veneer and fibro cement walling system', International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Valencia, Spain.
  • Saha, A., Saha, S., Uy, B. and Li, D. (2017), 'Assessing the behaviour of column-column connections between CFSTS in axial tension', International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Valencia, Spain.
  • Al-Bayyaa, H., Hagare, D. and Saha, S. (2016), 'Comparative study of energy consumption for air conditioning between residential buildings with two different subflooring systems', European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Hagare, D., Ho, J. and Saha, S. (2016), 'Comparison of life cycle cost of centralized and split air conditioning systems', European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Hardie, M. and Saha, S. (2016), 'The impact of international work placements on construction undergraduates', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, Cairns, Qld..
  • Saha, S. and Jessup, S. (2016), 'Factors affecting the full implementation of building information modeling as a construction management tool', Australasia and South-East Asia Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Kuching, Malaysia.
  • Saha, S. and Mantoufeh, A. (2016), 'Investigation into WH&S issues within the residential construction industries migrant workforce', Australasia and South-East Asia Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Kuching, Malaysia.
  • Hardie, M. and Saha, S. (2015), 'The impact of work integrated learning (WIL) on construction management students', COBRA (Conference), Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Saha, S. and King, C. (2014), 'ICT barriers to implementing BIM in the Australian construction industry', Australasia and South East Asia Conference in Structural Engineering and Construction, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Hardie, M., Love, P., Jin, X. and Saha, S. (2013), 'Managing the interface between work and study in a construction management program', CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Jin, X., Feng, Y., Hardie, M. and Saha, S. (2013), 'Improving subcontractor's motivation by construction managers', CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Saha, S., Hardie, M., Jin, X. and Braid, S. (2013), 'Adoption of building information modelling as a project management tool', International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Hardie, M., Saha, S., Love, P. and Jin, X. (2013), 'A blended learning approach to understanding construction documentation', Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Feng, Y., Prasad, R., Jin, X., Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2013), 'Factors influencing the effective implementation of safety management systems on construction sites in Australia', Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference, Auckland, N.Z..
  • Spear, D., Jin, X. and Saha, S. (2012), 'Relationship-based procurement methods adopted in infrastructure development', Australasia and South-East Asia Conference in Structural Engineering and Construction, Curtin University.
  • Saha, S., Tam, V. and Hardie, M. (2012), 'Developing pathways to university entry for low socioeconomic status students : a progress report', AUBEA International Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Hardie, M., Love, P. and Saha, S. (2011), 'Are Formal Peer Support Programs the Answer for Construction Students Transitioning to University Study?', 36th Annual Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference 'Getting a building degree - the end of the beginning', Gold Coast, Qld.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2010), 'Builders' perceptions of the impact of procurement method on project quality', Fifth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Las Vegas, USA.
  • Hardie, M. and Saha, S. (2010), 'Some significant issues concerning the articulation of construction programs between TAFE and university: a discussion of the experience at a NSW university.', 35th Australasian Universites Building Educators Association, Melbourne.
  • Saha, S. and Kumar, A. (2009), 'Problem Based Learning (Pbl) With 'Hands On Lecturers': A Holistic Approach Towards Teaching Of Construction Management', Australasian Universities Building Educators Conference (AUBEA 2009), Barossa Valley.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2009), 'Management and protection of hearing at construction sites', Working together: Planning,designing and building a healthy and safe construction industry, Melbourne.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2009), 'Implementing criteria and standards-based assessment in a construction management course', 34th Australasian Universities Building Educators Conference (AUBEA 2009), Novatel Barossa Valley SA.
  • Saha, S. (2008), 'Sustainability and performance of earth covered buildings', International Conference on Advances in Concrete and Construction (ICACC), Hyderabad, India.
  • Saha, S. (2008), 'Effects of expereince and interruption in a construction inspection task', The 11th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-11), Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2007), 'Construction error and optimal inspection rate', Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction, RMIT.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2005), 'Culture of quality in the Australian construction industry', 13th International Group for Lean Construction Confere, Sydney.
  • Saha, S. and Hardie, M. (2004), 'The use of 3D and 4D CAD systems to reduce error rate and reqorking in construction', Clients Driving Innovation International Conference 2004, Surfers Paradise.
  • Hardie, M. and Saha, S. (2004), 'Recent experience with problem-based learning in a construction management unit/subject', AUBEA 2004 Higher Education Shaping the Built Environment, University of Newcastle.
  • Saha, S., Hardie, M. and Jeary, A. (2003), 'Attitudes to 3D and 4D CAD systems in the Australian Construction Industry', Second International Structural Engineering & Construction conference (ISEC 02), Rome.
  • Saha, S. and Jeary, A. (2003), 'The Effects of Experience & Interruption in Predicting the Error & Performance Rate for a Construction Inspection Task', The Ninth East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Saha, S. and Jeary, A. (2003), '4D CAD Training in the Housing Industry and Tertiary Education', AUBEA 2003, Albury, VIC.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'The Global Canopy: Final Report 2016', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Lifelong Learning Pathways: Addressing Participation and Diversity in Higher Education: Final Report 2013', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Clearing the Pathway: Improving the Transition for Students Moving Between AQF Levels 5, 6 and 7', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Clearing the Pathway: Improving the Transition for Students Moving Between AQF Levels 5, 6 and 7', Research Report

Fields of research:

Construction Quality Management, Culture of Quality in Construction, Motivational factors in Construction, Simulation using system dynamics software in Construction, Virtual reality, 3D CAD and 4D CAD in Construction, Optimum Inspection Policy in Construction.

National and international collaboration:

National - Kell & Rigby Construction, Department of Commerce (former Public Works Department), Sydney Waters

International - The University of Hawaii, The Asian Institute of Technology and Virginia Polytechnic & State University.

Grants:

Current:

Australian Learning & Teaching Council ( ALTC)ID CG10 – 1504

Mills, A., McLaughlin P., Saha S., Davies P., & Smith P., "Lifelong Learning Pathways: Addressing the participation and diversity targets in higher education."

2010-$85,000

2011- $85,000

Total-$170,000

 

Australian Learning & Teaching Council ( ALTC) ID11-1946 

 

Mills, A., McLaughlin P., Saha S., Hardie M., & Davies P.,

'Clearing the pathway: improving the transition for students moving between AQF levels 5, 6 and 7'.

 

2011-$50,000

2012-$51,000

Total- $101,000

Past:

UWSH Internal Grant: New Researcher Award (1999-2000), Grant Value: $5000, Topic: Simulation Experiment: The Effects of Experience & Interruption in Predicting Error Rate for a Construction Inspection Task.

UWSH Internal Grant (2000-2001), Grant Value: $4000, Topic: Determination of an Acceptable Non-conformance Level at Optimum Total Cost for a Construction Task.

School of Construction, Property and Planning, UWS, Research Grant (2002), Grant Value: $5000, Topic: Computer Aided Training in Construction.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Saha.

Current Projects

Title: Development of FULL-SCALE fire testing program for fire retardant materials [Project 4] [via UNSW]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
Western Researchers: Yaping He and Swapan Saha
Years: 2018-07-05 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00025013
Title: Development of REDUCED-SCALE fire testing program for fire retardant materials [Project 5] [via UNSW]
Funder:
  • University of New South Wales
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Swapan Saha and Yaping He
Years: 2018-07-05 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00024103

Previous Projects

Title: The Global Canopy: linking international inbound students with domestic outbound students for improved learning and global connections [via RMIT]
Funder:
  • Department of Education and Training (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Swapan Saha
Years: 2015-06-03 - 2016-12-31
ID: P00022785
Title: Risk Compensation in Construction Workers' Activities: A Pilot study
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Yingbin Feng and Swapan Saha
Years: 2012-10-24 - 2014-01-31
ID: P00021110

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