Tamer El-Diraby

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Tamer El-Diraby

Background

The goal of my research is to use informatics systems to bring about fundamental shifts in the manner used to design and manage construction projects. I use social and semantic network analysis as well as machine learning and data management tools to explore new horizons in project management. I use project development and operations as means to empower communities to innovate new sustainable environments. The aim is to shape the smart city as sustainable and adaptively responsive. I emphasize life cycle management of facilities by extending the time horizon of project analysis into the asset management phase.

Knowledge capture and re-use (socio-semantic analytics): for the design and construction phases, how can we use advances in informatics to facilitate collaborative generation and use of knowledge?

Asset management: for the balance of facility life cycle, how can operational policies and rehabilitation decisions make facilities smarter, more sustainable and achieve higher levels of services? My work on asset management focuses on change management, especially modeling organizational competency and process reengineering.

Regenerative sustainability: for facilities in the future city, can we transfer urban infrastructure systems from a thinking mode that focuses on mitigating negative impacts (or community objections) into a mode where new projects empower communities and become mechanisms for regenerative sustainability. Decision making is not about power. Rather, urban projects become a conduit for innovation democratization and empowerment: citizens co-creating new solutions for climate action not only through configuring the physical aspects of the project but also through collaborative behavior change and supportive, community-driven operational policies.

Education and Designations

BSc., MSc. (Zagazig, Egypt)
Ph.D. (Texas)

Research Interests

Construction project management

Informatics & knowledge management

Infrastructure asset management

Building information modeling (BIM)

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Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV100HFall 2020Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
CIV420HFall 2020Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
CIV1281H
Summer 2021
TBD (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)13:0016:000101
CIV1298H
Fall 2020Tuesday13:0015:00LEC 9101 SYNC

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Tamer El-Diraby
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

 

Office: GB329

Tel: 416-978-8653
Fax: 416-978-6813

tamer@ecf.utoronto.ca

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