School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Professor Tarek Hassan BSc., MSc., PhD., FCIOB, MASCE

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Associate Dean (Enterprise)

Professor of Construction Informatics

Professor Tarek Hassan obtained his BSc. in Civil Engineering 1983, followed by an MSc. in Civil Engineering 1989 and a second MSc. in Construction Management, 1992. Dr Hassan was awarded his PhD from Loughborough University in 1996. His academic experience is complemented by 10 years of industrial experience with several international construction organisations. He joined Loughborough University in 1993 as a Research Associate, then Research Fellow in 1998 and was appointed as a Lecturer in Construction Management in 2000, then Senior Lecturer in 2004 and Professor in 2009.

Prof. Hassan is also the Director of The European Union Research Group for the department, and has been leading and coordinating the EU projects eLEGAL (1.5 Million Euros) funded by the European Commission under the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme and REViSITE (Roadmap enabling Vision and Strategy for ICT-enabled Energy Efficiency) (2 Million Euros) funded by the European Commission under the ICT programme. Prof. Hassan has been also engaged in several EU and International activities and a partner in several EU projects including:

He has been the Director of the Information Office for the eLSEwise (European Large Scale Engineering Wide Integration Support Effort) EU funded project Prof. Hassan, together with colleagues from the Building Energy Research Group (BERG) and Loughborough Design School has been successful in securing £1.5 M for the REFIT project funded by the EPSRC under the TEDDI programme (Transforming Energy Demand in Buildings through Digital Innovation. He secured further funds of £500,000 in collaboration with colleagues from BERG for the TEDDINET EPSRC funded network.

Broad interests and expertise

  • Construction Management
  • Design Management
  • ICT for Energy Efficiency
  • Smart Buildings
  • Advanced Information and Communication Technologies
  • Web based Collaborative applications for Construction
  • Virtual Enterprises for project based business
  • E-work

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), UK (Member since 1998)
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (MASCE), USA (since 1998)
  • Member of the Geo-Institute (MGI), USA (since 1998)
  • Member of The Egyptian Engineering Society, 1983
  • Member of The Engineering Management Society, Egypt, 1993


Research interests

  • Advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Construction 
  • Collaborative Working Environments 
  • Model based ICT 
  • OO modelling, IFCs 
  • Information Modelling, 
  • Simulation 
  • E-commerce applications in construction
  • Impact assessment of ICT on energy efficiency
  • Smart buildings / smart grids
  • Design Management 
  • Virtual enterprise business relationships 
  • Legal aspects in ICT environments 
  • Globalisation in construction 
  • Collaborative engineering 
  • Management Information Systems 
  • Strategic Management in Construction 
  • Dynamic Brief Development in Construction 
  • Single Electronic European Market

Research project

  • REViSITE Roadmap Enabling Vision and Strategy for ICT-enabled Energy Efficiency
  • I3CON Industrialised, Integrated, Intelligent Construction
  • REFIT: Personalised Retrofit Decision Supp

REViSITE will contribute to the formation of a European multidisciplinary 'ICT for energyefficiency' research community by bringing together the ICT community and 4 important and complementary application sectors: grids, building/construction, manufacturing and lighting. The objectives of REViSITE are to: (1) Establish communication between sectoral ICT4EE communities in the 4 key industrial domains; (2) Develop causal model on the impacts of ICT on energy efficiency and apply this methodology for identifying high-impact RTD priorities; (3) Develop a cross-sectoral RTD roadmap by identifying and harmonising common topics; (4) Promote interoperability and standards; (5) Awareness raising. The main activities of the workplan are: (1) Community consolidation; (2) Identification of RTD priorities based on impact assessment; (3) Multi-disciplinary RTD roadmap for ICT-enabled energy efficiency; (4) Dissemination and awareness-raising. The consortium consists of 7 patners from 7 countries with wide geographic coverage of EU.Participants are active players in the 4 domains and the related European Technology Platforms, notably: Artemis, ECTP, ManuFuture, Photonics21 and SmartGrids. Through dissemination and awareness-raising activities, REViSITE aims at creating the following impacts: (1) Multidiciplinary European ICT4EE community;(2) Rational selection of priorities for RTD on ICT4EE;(3) European ICT4EE research agenda;(4) Convergence of ICT standards across sectors;(5) ICT4EE as a cross-discipline path in education and training

I3CON will enable the transformation towards a sustainable European construction industry delivering Industrially produced, Integrated processes and Intelligent building systems using distributed control systems with embedded sensors, wireless connections, ambient user interfaces and autonomous controllers. New value based business models with highly specialised SMEs working in radically contracted supply chains will delivere high performance spaces, smart business services and lifecycle solutions. The value of the project is 17.5 Million Euros and is partly funded by the European Commission under the NMP (Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production) programme of the sixth framework programme (FP6), EC contribution is 9.5 Million Euros. The project includes 26 partners from 14 European countries.

REFIT will :1) Develop a suite of decision support tools based on data analytics and Smart Home technology to provide personalised, valued, tailored and trustworthy information on building retrofit, energy efficiency and on-site microgeneration technology options for UK homes 2) Implement a range of approaches for providing retrofit advice, based on persuasive ICT-enabled decision support tools derived from the Smart Home data, to engage householders, industry, consumer groups and policy makers, to promote long-term behaviour change and to influence retrofit purchasing decisions

Work on other projects includes:

  • Design4Energy (Building life-cycle evolutionary Design methodology able to create Energy-efficient Buildings flexibly connected with the neighborhood energy system)
  • EEBERS (Energy Efficiency in Buildings Clusters)
  • GENDERTIME (Transferring, Implementing, Monitoring Equality)

Previous research projects


(links and URLs in the "Background" section.)


Visiting Professor at the British University of Egypt (BUE) - degree programmes validated by Loughborough University 

Appointed expert reviewer by the European Commission to evaluate and assess progress in EU funded projects

Appointed expert evaluator of research proposals submitted to the European Commission

Appointed expert evaluator for the National Academy of Finland

Expert evaluator for the National Research Foundation of Singapore

Regional Editor (invited) of ‘Built Environment Project and Asset Management’ (BEPAM) Journal, published by Emerald

Invited key note speaker at the ‘Engineering for a sustainable future conference’, Teeside University, May 2011

Invited key note speaker for “Synergiedag” conference on Sustainability and Durability, Netherlands, May 2008

Invited keynote speaker at the eServices conference, Dammam, March 2010

Invited evaluator for MERIT on line PhD programme of Salford University, UK

Invited guest speaker by the University of Lubljana (Slovenia) to give a guest lecture on ICT for energy efficiency at the civil engineering department

Invited member to the steering committee of the ICT4EE Forum, World wide initiative on ICT for Energy Efficiency

Selected member to the advisory board of the REEB European project “The European strategic Research Roadmap to ICT enabled Energy Efficiency in Buildings and construction

Invited member to the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP), WG2 and WG3, focus area “Processes and ICT”

Member of the Board of Trustees, British University of Egypt (BUE),

Invited Member of the European Commission Single European Electronic Market (SEEM) Research Advisory Group

Invited speaker by the European Commission to the Information Society Policy Workshops 

Invited speaker by the European Commission to the 'e-Business Conference: The Way Forward', Cambridge, December 2005 

Invited speaker to the Middle East and North Africa Learning and Leadership programme event, Abu Dhabi, February 2007 

Invited speaker by the British Council at the 'Research for Development Conference', Cairo, March 2007 

External examiner for MSc at Nanyang Technological University, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Managing and coordinating a joint research collaboration initiative with VTT Research institute in Finland.

Invited member of Scientific Committees for various international conferences e.g., I-ESA, 2007 (International Conference for Interoperability for Enterprise Software Applications), PRO'VE (IFIP – International Federation for Information Processing conference on Virtual Enterprises 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), CE2003 (International Conference on Concurrent Engineering Research and Applications), International Postgraduate Research Conference (Salford), esm@rt conference, CIESMIC,CIB W78, etc

Conference Chair of eLEGAL 2002 EU Conference, Oct. 2002

Invited Panel Chair for eConstruction at the 'Global Construction Super Conference', London, Nov. 2001 

Close collaboration and joint research projects with the following Universities and Research Institutes: VTT Research Institute (Finland), Technical University of Dresden, Fraunhofer-Institute for Industrial Engineering, Aachen University of Technology (Germany), Technical University of Delft, University of Amsterdam, TNO Building and Construction (The Netherlands), CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique de Batiment (France), Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias UNINOVA (Portugal), Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Ljubliana University (Slovenia), University of San Carlos (Brasil), University of Newcastle (Australia), University of Hong Kong, University of Stuttgart


Invited by the UK Government's Chief Scientific Adviser to review a state-of-the-art review report within the “Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment” project

Member of the 'Business and Globalisation' committee of the Construction Associate Programme (CAP). CAP is part of the United Kingdom Government's Foresight initiative which provides the 'futures' element of the work of CRISP (Construction Research & Innovation Strategy Panel). 

Member of the SIENE Network (Standards and Information Exchange Network Experts) funded by the EPSRC

Member of the Legal Issues subgroup of CITE (Construction Industry Trading Electronically)

External refereeing and reviewing

Evaluator of proposals submitted to the European Commission

Evaluator of proposals submitted to the National Academy of Finland

Evaluator pf proposals submitted to the National Research Foundation of Singapore

Reviewer of on going EU funded projects to assess progress and provide advice to the EC

Invited referee for International academic journals e.g.:
International Journal of Construction Management and Economics
International Journal of Construction Information Technology 
Engineering Construction and Architectural Management 
International Journal of Computer Integrated Design and Construction 
International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE 
International Journal of Building and Construction Management (Hong Kong)

Automation in Construction

IT in Construction