New BIM expert at ÉTS
Professeur Motamedi focuses on the Internet of Things, localization, Building Information Modeling and data visualizationMonday, December 10, 2018
ÉTS is pleased to announce the hiring of Professor Ali Motamedi in the Construction Engineering Department.
An expert in emerging IT technologies in construction and facilities management, Mr. Motamedi focuses primarily on the Internet of Things (IoT), localization, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and data visualization.
“My goal is to help the construction industry in Québec in its digitalization journey by using new technologies and re-engineered processes. In my research, I participate in creating digital models of a building that contain all its lifecycle information... The sensors, building automation systems and future ambient intelligence technologies will feed these digital models. Having a standard digital model helps improve almost all lifecycle processes from the design to the utilization and the operation of the facility,” the Iranian-born professor explains.
When it comes to his research, Mr. Motamedi is most passionate about its ability to produce real-world applications and “improve current industry practices in a very tangible way,” he adds. He is also committed to the common good, since his work has a direct impact on the environment. “My research focuses on improving work efficiency in the construction industry, protecting workers on work sites, protecting residents and reducing the major impact of construction on the environment,” he explains. Since 2017, he has been involved with the Groupe de recherche en intégration et développement durable en environnement bâti (GRIDD) of the Industrial Research Chair in the Integration of Construction Practices and Technology at ÉTS. Its mission is to transform the way in which construction is practised and taught in Québec for a more sustainable built environment.
A researcher committed to sustainable development
Mr. Motamedi, 38, who has been teaching at ÉTS since October 1, has a Ph.D. from Concordia University. His research focused on the integration of BIM and the Internet of Things (IoT) into construction and facilities management, more specifically to enable indoor localization and visual analyses. From 2014 to 2016, he worked with a research team at Osaka University in Japan on BIM-based virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) in order to find applications for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings. He has previous experience teaching and supervising the academic work of university students at Osaka University and ÉTS, among others.
Mr. Motamedi also has extensive experience in the private sector. In early 2000, he worked in IT as a designer, project manager and subsequently as a consultant for seven years. He has also spearheaded research in the field of BIM and facilities management for Pomerleau, a major construction company.
By joining the ranks of ÉTS professors, Mr. Motamedi is choosing the path of research and teaching. “Working in an academic environment is a privilege that enables me to interact with young and innovative talents, provide engineering and ethical training to future engineers, and benefit from academic freedom to advance science and technology in a direction that helps humanity and protects the environment,” he explains. The fact that ÉTS focuses on applied engineering and industry partnerships is perfect for this engineer who longs to make a real difference in the world.