Prof. Dr. Sherif MOHAMED

Sherif Mohamed (2)Prof. Sherif Mohamed is an educator and experienced researcher with a strong blend of technical and management skills and formal qualifications gained through an international background in industry, government and university environments. At the industry level, he is a chartered professional civil engineer with over 25 years sound experience in construction and project management. He has gained international experience through application of these skills in the Middle East, United Kingdom, South-East Asia and Australia. He holds a Master as well as Doctorate degrees from the University of Southampton, the U.K. Prof. Mohamed is the Founding Director of the Research Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management at Griffith University, Australia. Under his leadership, the Centre’s research performance has reflected sustained annual performance improvement as measured by research income and number of publications per staff member.Prof. Mohamed is actively engaged in scholarly research work and has authored and co-authored more than 150 refereed journal and conference publications since joining academia in 1996. His articles received more than 1600 citations and his Google Scholar h-index is 28. His principal research interests lie in the area of construction and project management; more specifically risk analysis and management, engineering economics, procurement of international projects, knowledge management and construction workplace health and safety. Prof. Mohamed is currently heading the Civil Engineering Group (19 academic staff members) at Griffith University. Upon joining Griffith University in 1996, he established the construction engineering and management group. Due to his efforts, this particular group has grown from a single staff member in 1996 to four full-time staff members plus more than 70 Masters and Doctoral research students in 2010. Over the past 14 years, Prof. Mohamed has attracted research funding in excess of 1.0 million dollars. In recognition of his research capabilities, he was invited in 2002 by the CSIRO to assume the Team Leader’s role, on secondment basis. In this role, he was responsible for leading and managing a team of full time researchers – based in Brisbane and Melbourne – involved in a variety of fundamental and applied research projects. Prof. Mohamed has been successful in securing six teaching and learning development grants. In 1999, he was nominated for the Griffith University Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, he was awarded the Faculty’s Learning and Teaching citation. More recently, he was nominated twice for the Griffith University Award for Excellence in Teaching (Higher Degree Research Supervision Category). Prof. Mohamed is the Principal Supervisor of a research team covering a wide range of research projects. Since 2002, 20 of his PhD students have successfully completed their degree.

Building Resilience in Construction Site Operations: Shifting from Protective Safety to Productive Safety

Safety01Abstract – This presentation challenges the traditional way of thinking about construction safety and presents a strong argument for moving beyond compliance. Throughout the world, construction organisations adopt a safety management system that is based on 4E’s (Environment: hazard identification, Engineering: risk reduction, Education: awareness; and Enforcement: regulations and policies. This well-tested system has survived for many years without much challenge. However, recent works on adaptive systems, complexity theory, and organisational sense-making have provided a fresh theoretical lens through which, we can examine construction safety. Safety Management Systems focus on protecting people from failure, standardising the ways of doing things to avoid failure. This presentation recognises that site conditions change all the time, so the focus should be on how people adjust their performance under different conditions to ensure doing things right. In other words, aiming to build resilience in construction site operations in order to respond to the continually changing conditions would ultimately lead to good safety outcomes. To enable building resilience, people would need to be empowered to actively notice and select cues in a changing situation, and relate them to a broader frame of reference (and not a standard procedure) to create a practical and safe environment for everyone. The presentation sheds some light on how a combination of sense-making and adaptive systems had the potential to mitigate latent risks on construction sites.