Dr Michel Chaaya

CPEng, FIEAust, BE, ME(Res), PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor - Academic and Practice Leader (ICT and Innovation Project Management)
School of Civil Engineering

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 6384
Fax +61 2 9351 3343

Website Project Management

School of Civil Engineering

Biographical details

Dr Chaaya is globally known for his expertise in business development, project management and construction management. He has a wealth of local and international experience in project management and construction management. His expertise extends to successfully managing and delivering complex Total Infrastructure Facility Management (TIFM) and Enterprise Information management systems (EIM). His services for governmental organisations include a strategic alliance and an innovative PM approach towards achieving the best outcome in investments in IT and Integrated Work Management Systems (IWMS).

His expertise and research in Environmental Sustainability Assessment and Green Building extends to service organisations at many levels (Achieving carbon footprint goals, manage environmental sustainability certifications, identify areas for improvements, operation within a "green" environment for Ethics, Marketing or global purposes).

Since 2008, he has played the role of Director of Business development for many organisations operating in Australia in different fields (Construction, IT, Facilities Management, Funds Management, Natural Resources, international Trading, and Manufacturing).

Dr Chaaya has published in International Journals like the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and the Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE. Since 2003, he has supervised more than 160 Engineering Theses. He lectures at Sydney University, The University of New South Wales (Structures for Architects) and the University of Technology Sydney (Human Resource Management and Communication Management).

Dr Chaaya speaks English, French and Arabic.

Research interests

Successful project management requires a sound understanding of the field to which it is being applied. Dr Michel Chaaya's research into project management within the construction industry complements his practical work in that field, as he aims to identify innovative new ways of ensuring the successful delivery of building projects that will ultimately enhance community wellbeing.

"Project management is a global discipline, but its application requires experience in the field that is being managed. For example, you cannot effectively be a project manager for a construction project if you are not in the construction industry.

"I work in the industry and am a practical professional, and I enjoy the fact that my specialisation in different fields allows me to manage various aspects of a range of projects.

"The key factors for a success in any project are communication and risk management. These involve the 'soft' function of human behaviour, which is often misunderstood and needs to be considered in context.

"More specifically, ensuring the successful delivery of projects in the construction industry involves improving workplace processes, community services and ultimately community wellbeing.

"My work involves finding innovative ways of applying different techniques, including new sustainable methods of building (such as prefabricated rather than traditional), risk-management systems and integrated work-management systems. The results are always unexpected, and the excitement of waiting to see how things will turn out is always challenging. Also, with every project there are new stakeholders, so my job is never boring.

"The ultimate goal of my work is to facilitate better communication and understanding within the construction industry.

"I've been working in this field for 16 years, and joined the University of Sydney in 1995. The facilities here, and the teaching and research environment, have greatly assisted my research."

Teaching and supervision

CIVL4814 - Project Planning and Tendering
PMGT5888 - Global Project Management
PMGT5871 - Project Process Planning and Control
CIVL3812 - Project Appraisal
ENGG5204 - Professional Practice in Engineering Management

Current projects

  • Analysis and Investigation of innovative products application for Pavement Stabilisation (2014)
  • The Effects of Precast Concrete to Green Buildings Thermal Energy Efficiency (2014)
  • The Design and Development of a Risk Management Fuzzy-ANP Model for Mid-Tier Property Investments (2014)
  • An in-depth comparison and analysis of the application of prefabricated and traditional wall systems (2014)
  • Practicality and opportunity assessment for the implementation of modular constructed multistorey residences in Australia (2014)
  • Design and development of an EERMP for PPP projects on a global perspective (2014)
  • Risk Management in Green Buildings in the Australian Construction Industry (2014)
  • Investigating strategy for a successful implementation of BIM software of construction project (2014)
  • BIM Adoption in Facility Management System (2014)
  • An In-Depth Investigation and Analysis of Water Efficiency in Green Buildings (2014)
  • An in-depth investigation into the application of precast flooring (2014)

Previous Research Projects include:

  • Integrating Lean Principles with Dynamic Spatial Data and Information Management for Building and Infrastructure Projects (2013)
  • BIM Adoption & Precast Concrete: Design and Implementation of a Strategic Guide (2013)
  • The Application of Prefabricated Building Systems Towards Achieving Sustainability in the Australian Construction Industry (2013)
  • The effective implementation of Risk Management in Mid-Tier companies in the Australian Construction Industry (2013)
  • The Application of Prefabricated Building Systems towards Achieving Sustainability in the Australian Construction Industry (2013)
  • An Investigation into the Application of Traditional Versus Prefabricated/Precast Flooring Systems (2013)
  • Investigation of the Green Building Elements in Terms of Façade System and Solar Energy (2013)
  • The Design & Development of SAFIRE Safety Archetype for Innovative Risk Engineering (2013)
  • An Investigation into the Comparison of Innovative and Conventional Vertical Structural Elements within Mid-Tier Residential Developments (2013)
  • In-depth analysis into the Water Efficiency and Water Reuses System of Green Building (2013)
  • A Proposal for the Development of an Enhanced Project Management Software System (2013)
  • A Proposed Integrated Design Management Model for Australian Construction Projects
  • Optimising finite resource allocation throughout the project selection process: an expert project selection system (EPSS)
  • A Symmetric Analysis of the Use of Green Building Materials in Terms of Environmental Impact, Quality, Cost and Benefits
  • The Design and Implementation of an Integrated Defect Management Expert System (DMES) for Commercial Projects
  • A systematic investigation into the effectiveness of Risk Management procedures in Australian commercial and residential developments exceeding $100 million
  • The Design of an Advanced Risk & Change Management (AR&CM) Framework for Application throughout the Lifecycle of a Construction Project
  • Contractor Assessment Model Expert System (CAMES) for Contractor Selection in Construction Projects
  • Design and Development of a Social-Skills In Project, Engineering and Management (SSIPEM) Model
  • Development of an Innovative Life Cycle Critical Success Factors Model for PPPs in Australia
  • Design of the Advanced Risk Framework and Its Application to the Construction Industry
  • Development and Implementation of an Australian Construction Contractor Expert Selection System Model
  • An Investigation into the Efficiency of Project Alliancing and the Design and Development of the Alliance Contract Decision Model (ACDM)
  • The Design and Development of a Decision Evaluation Framework for Foreign Investment in the Mining Industry
  • Influence of Cost and Quality Management on Material Selection in Green Buildings
  • Developing & Managing Innovation in residential construction projects - A systematic Approach
  • Performance enhancement of commercial projects through the integration of a risk and change management system
  • Influence of Material selection on cost and Quality Management in Green Buildings
  • ERF Application To Commercial Construction Projects During The Planning Phase
  • Project alliancing and development of a decision model on single v multiple total outturn cost approaches to alliancing
  • Lack of Social Skills in PM and Civil Engineering
  • The development and implementation of process models to manage foreign investments in Australian resources and commodities
  • CSF implications on life-cycle project management of PPPs in Australia
  • Contractors selections criteria and processes
  • Implementing Islamic Finance in Australia: Opportunities, Impediments, and Procedures for establishing an Islamic fund
  • Risk assessment for project managers in the Australian property market
  • An empirical study of risk allocation of Public-Private Partnership infrastructure projects in Australia
  • A proposal of a technical innovation platform for Australian construction companies
  • An investigation of innovative project management information systems in the NSW construction industry
  • GFC impact on the Australian construction industry: A change management model proposal
  • Sustainable and conscious innovation - a construction industry survey
  • The Application of Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems In Complex Projects
  • Collaboration of stakeholders in the construction industry: the use of information technology in project management
  • Collaborative On-line Communication - Email versus Web-enabled Project Management
  • Management of OH&S: An in-depth investigation into the application of current practices and policies in the NSW construction Industry
  • The Use of Dynamic Simulation Modelling in High-Rise Construction

Associations

  • 2005 Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Australia, FIEAust
  • 1992 Member of the Civil Engineering College, Australia
  • 1992 Member of the Institution of Engineering Australia, CPEng, MIEAust
  • 1991 Holder of a Builder's License, NSW, Australia
  • 1990 Member of the Institution of Engineers, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Chaaya, M., Jaafari, A. (2001). Cognisance of Visual Design Management in Life Cycle Project Management. Journal of Management In Engineering, 17,1, 49-57.
  • Jaafari, A., Manivong, K., Chaaya, M. (2001). VIRCON: An Interactive System for Teaching Construction Management. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 127, 66-75.

2001

  • Chaaya, M., Jaafari, A. (2001). Cognisance of Visual Design Management in Life Cycle Project Management. Journal of Management In Engineering, 17,1, 49-57.
  • Jaafari, A., Manivong, K., Chaaya, M. (2001). VIRCON: An Interactive System for Teaching Construction Management. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 127, 66-75.

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