Mohamed AlHussein

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NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the industrialization of building construction

2016/17-2019/20 • $1,267,949 • PI
The pursuit of increased efficiency has motivated engineers to devise new or to improve existing processesthrough innovations in methods, technologies, and managerial approaches. In this respect, the search for newefficiencies in the field of building construction has led to the emergence of...

Innovations in window manufacturing through implementation of automation and robotic technologies

2019/20 • $164,542 • PI,CO
All Weather Windows is Canada's largest window and door manufacturer, operating a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Edmonton. ACQBUILT, Inc., also based in Edmonton, operates North America's leading residential construction manufacturing facility, carrying out homebuilding operations...

Application of smart factory concepts in panelized construction manufacturing

2017/18-2019/20 • $138,034 • PI
ACQBUILT Inc., a leading panelized construction company in Canada, has been actively investing andparticipating in research projects with the University of Alberta in recent years. The principal investigator, hassuccessfully completed several research projects with ACQBUILT encompassing...

Productivity and ergonomic analysis for a panelized construction manufacturing facility

2016/17-2019/20 • $124,475 • PI,CO
Offsite and industrialized building methods are becoming more widely used due to the reduced environmental impact, speed of construction, waste reduction, and cost-competitive prices. Panelized construction is an offsite manufacturing method that encourages a more sustainable and efficient...

Automation of Construction Operations through Modular and Offsite Technologies

2018/19-2019/20 • $104,000 • PI
The proposed Discovery Grant supports industrialization of the building construction process through a manufacturing-centric approach, coordinating cross-disciplinary knowledge through the utilization of 3D virtual modelling. The long-term objective is to advance the science of construction...

Process improvement model for prefabrication of panelized homes

2016/17-2018/19 • $240,000 • PI,CO
Prefabricated home building has become a popular construction method among home builders due to the associated improved productivity, reduced waste, and increased quality. This system divides a building into wall, floor, and roof elements, which are manufactured in a plant and then shipped to...

Development of cloud-based collaborative BIM modelling software

2017/18-2018/19 • $200,000 • PI,CO
Construction practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders of construction in Canada are becoming increasingly cognizant of the need for a transformation in home building methods. The automotive sector has enjoyed the benefits of automated design and manufacturing for years, and now the...

Lean-integrated resource and operations management and control system

2016/17-2018/19 • $190,000 • PI
Nava Cabinet Solutions is a provider of complete cabinetry solutions, including kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and hutches, to home builders and trade contractors. Operating a new facility, employing top-of-the-line machinery, and contending with rapidly growing volume due to product...

Quantitative analysis framework for productivity improvement

2018/19 • $25,000 • PI
In the drive toward increasing productivity and profitability, several tools and techniques have been developed*for companies to implement in their operations, such as Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Six Sigma, and 5S.*The growing number of tools and theories that can be utilized can make the...

Improvement of offsite light gauge steel (LGS) construction operations using BIM and target cost analysis

2014/15-2017/18 • $200,920 • PI
Offsite construction is increasingly adopted in Canada's construction industry, bringing the benefits of reduced construction waste and improved productivity. However, the current tools and management systems within the construction industry are not suited to directly serve this newly adopted...

Efficiency improvement of design and production through integration of advanced techniques

2014/15-2017/18 • $146,934 • PI,CO
Modular buildings can be built through a more efficient and cost-effective method, but in the current manufacturing-based approach a gap still exists between design and production. Civeo is one of North America's largest fully integrated suppliers of remote site buildings and services and has...

Automation of Construction Operations through Modular and Offsite Technologies

2013/14-2017/18 • $130,000 • PI
The on-site stick-built construction process is hindered by inefficiency, material and process waste, and a significant environmental impact. This process limits technological and productivity innovations, as well as the ability of discipline-specific professionals to communicate information and...

Improving upstream information exchange protocols using value-adding techniques

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
There are many opportunities in any manufacturing operation to improve efficiency, both in the main operationand in the various required support activities such as design and procurement. The challenges to be investigatedin this work include (1) mapping the current design and procurement process...

Production line improvement and automation of design and drafting through the application of building information modelling

2015/16-2016/17 • $200,000 • PI,CO
The demand for effective production methods is exponentially increasing, and, to meet this demand, many industry professionals seek to industrialize the building construction process. The aim of the proposed research is to allow the industry partner to increase the productivity of their design...

Innovations in construction manufacturing through the integration of lean, building information modelling, and machine design

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
ATCO Structures & Logistics is an Alberta-based building solutions company with a large manufacturing facility in Calgary. They are currently seeking to increase the productivity of their plant by carrying out a detailed research study of their existing plant operations and improving processes...

Process improvement for a modular construction manufacturer through the use of lean tools, automation, and improved plant layout

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
Due to decreased demand for temporary structures in industrial applications, the industry partner is seeking to diversify their product line with the addition of residential modular buildings. They need to adapt their drafting process, plant layout, equipment, and processes to deliver a...

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction

2011/12-2015/16 • $1,087,978 • PI
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An automated 3D CAD model-based decision support system (DSS) for general contracting of off-site building construction projects

2014/15-2015/16 • $200,000 • PI
Industrialized construction creates new requirements for project design, planning, and execution, necessitating a well-structured Decision Support System (DSS) to accommodate the manufacturing process and on-site assembly needs. Existing tools are not designed to readily support the off-site or...

Life cycle analysis of carbon footprint for netzero homes

2013/14-2015/16 • $130,000 • PI,CO
Any building will in its life cycle consume a large amount of energy, especially in cold climates where space heating is a major factor. With steady progress being made to maximize energy efficiency in residential construction, the concept of carbon-neutral homes has emerged as a feasible...

Implementation of Lean Methodology and Ergonomics for Production Management and Productivity

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
Nava Cabinet Solutions is a cabinetry manufacturer providing complete cabinet solutions in the form of kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, hutches, and custom cabinetry to homebuilders and homeowners. Its main challenge is to effectively plan its production activities in order to meet...

Integrated Construction and Energy Management System for Affordable Housing in Fort McMurray

2011/12-2014/15 • $404,000 • PI,CO
Building in the cold Canadian climate poses several challenges including extreme weather conditions, high cost of locally available building materials, and a higher cost of heating energy. Canadian builders are experimenting with factory-built housing to address the first two issues, and with...

Production efficiency improvement and lean application for modular manufacturing

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
Kent Homes is the largest home builder in Atlantic Canada, but in order to increase the productivity of theirmanufacturing process while decreasing rework during their design process; the following challenges must beovercome: (1) The current process is hampered by deficiencies, defects, and...

Building information model development and implementation of design and drafting automation for modular construction and manufacturing

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
PTI Group Inc. ("PTI") is a fully integrated supplier of remote site services, providing temporary andpermanent workforce accommodations, food services, facility management, and waste management services toresource industries worldwide. PTI's Construction Services division specializes in the...

Integrated crane automation, planning, and simulation (ICAPS)

2013/14 • $9,943 • PI
On large construction sites there are usually several cranes operating to undertake material handling tasks which together can provide overall coverage of all materials, from onsite supply to demand points. In the interest of safety and of efficiency of operations, cranes' locations are...

Automation and modeling of construction processes

2010/11-2012/13 • $75,000 • PI
The efficiency of a construction project is determined by the effectiveness of the specific model used to communicate information. Architects use 2D or 3D CAD models to develop a project design; construction engineers use management tools and software to assist in project control and...

Insulated wall, roof, and floor panel systems for residential and commercial projects

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
The proposed study will focus on streamlining the production of MagWall panels. These panels are Magnesium Oxide (MgO) cement based products, which have replaced OSB as the sheathing of choice because of their superior properties. At present, the collaborating company faces several challenges,...

Automation of light gauge steel framing production for walls and bathroom units

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
A multi-family, commercial development operation, Fortis LGS Structures specializes in the construction of residential and commercial development using Light Gauge Steel, a system which provides a cost effective building solution for all building components (such as walls, floors, and trusses)....

Integrated Modular and Offsite Construction Approaches: Architectural Design and Project Procurement & Financing Workshop

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
The current on-site stick-built construction process is hampered by inefficiency, material/energy waste, a large carbon footprint, and health repercussions for workers and building residents. In contrast, industrialization in building construction reduces costs and construction time, generates...

Advanced crane planning and optimization (ACPO) project

2010/11-2011/12 • $60,000 • PI
Managing multiple mobile cranes and multiple heavy lifts on congested industrial site requires planning and preparing collision free paths. Selecting optimum cranes and identifying spatial conflict-free locations on sites can result in productivity and safety improvements of large-scale...

Precast concrete panelized system for residential buildings

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI
P. Kruger Concrete Products Ltd., a company that specializes in precast concrete panels, would like to expand its market share in residential buildings. The dominant wood-frame housing limits the use of precast concrete panels to foundations only. Moreover, competitive wood prices and the...

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Strategic Workshop

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI
The efficiency of a construction project is determined by the effectiveness of the specific model used to communicate information. Architects use 2D or 3D-CAD models to develop a project design, while construction engineers use management tools and Project Management (PM) software to assist in...

Precast concrete foundation system for residential construction

2010/11 • $30,000 • PI,CO
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