Puyan A. Zadeh

Building Innovation Specialist

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  • I'm back at UBC teaching Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and BIM - January 2018

  • After 3 years of intensive research, "Information Quality Assessment for Facility Management" is finally published on Advanced Engineering Informatics.
  • Coming soon:
    • An article about the "Knowledge-based Computational Design with Constructability Features"

About me

I earned my B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Tehran (2001). I hold my M.Sc. (2007) and Dr.-Ing (2012) both in Informatics in Civil Engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDa), in Germany. I worked from November 2007 to November 2012 as a Scientific Employee at the Institute for Numerical Methods and Informatics in Civil Engineering at TUDa. Since November 2013, I am working for the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering (personal webpage @UBC).


  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Information Quality Assessment (IQA)
  • Computational Optimizations for Constructability
  • Facility Operations and Assets Management in Buildings
  • Fire and Egress Simulations
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Distributed System Infrastructures and Cloud Computing
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) and Parallel Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence in Civil Engineering
  • Immersive Methods and Visualizations in Civil Engineering

Latest Publications in English

  1. Puyan A. Zadeh, Guan Wang, Hasan B. Cavka, Sheryl Staub-French, Rachel Pottinger: Information Quality Assessment for Facility Management., Advanced Engineering Informatics(ADVEI), Volume 33, 2017, Pages 181-205, doi: 10.1016/j.aei.2017.06.003.

  2. Puyan A. Zadeh, Hasan B. Cavka, Sheryl Staub-French: Assessing the Quality of Building Information Models for Space Management., submitted to the Visualization in Engineering on February 2017.

  3. Kalyan, T. Sri; Zadeh, Puyan A.; Staub-French, Sheryl; Froese, Thomas M.: Construction Quality Assessment Using 3D as-built Models Generated with Project Tango, Proceedings of ICSDEC 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, Procedia Engineering, Volume 145, 2016, Pages 1416-1423, ISSN 1877-7058, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.04.178.

  4. Kim, Soojung; Zadeh, Puyan A.; Staub-French, Sheryl; Froese, Thomas M.; Terim Cavka, Belgin: Assessment of the Impact of Window Size, Position and Orientation on Building Energy Load Using BIM, Proceedings of ICSDEC 2016: International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, Procedia Engineering, Volume 145, 2016, Pages 1424-1431, ISSN 1877-7058, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.04.179.

  5. Zadeh, Puyan A.; Staub-French, Sheryl; Pottinger, Rachel: Review of BIM Quality Assessment Approaches for Facility Management, Proceedings of ICSC15: The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. June 7-10, pp 1887-1896.
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Dissertation (Ph.D.):

Holistic Model-based Engineering Methods for High Performance Safety Analyses in Buildings

Title in German:
Ganzheitliche, modellbasierte Ingenieurmethoden zu hochperformanten Sicherheitsanalysen in Gebäuden

Master's thesis:

Development and Prototypical Implementation of a Software Module for Determination of Infiltration volumes (in Groundwater) on the Basis of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)

Title in German:
Entwicklung und prototypische Umsetzung eines Softwaremoduls zur Bestimmung von Inflationsanfälligen auf Basis künstlicher neuronaler Netze (KNN)

Publications in Persian (Farsi)

۱. ابوالقاسم‌زاده، پویان؛ توسعه انرژی‌های نو در گرو نگرشی نو. ٢٠١٢، بی بی سی آنلاین.

1. Abolghasemzadeh, Puyan: Development of Renewable Energies in Relation to new Perspectives. BBC Online, 2012.
۲. ابوالقاسم‌زاده، پویان؛ حل گام به گام 26 مساله SAP 2000. نشر دیباگران، تهران، ایران، ٢٠٠٢ – شابک ٩٦٤٣٥٤١٩٨٣، ٢٨٦ صفحه

2. Abolghasemzadeh, Puyan: Solution of 26 Sample Problems with SAP2000. Dibagaran-e-Tehran Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2002 - ISBN 9643541983, 286 Pages.
۳. ابوالقاسم‌زاده، پویان؛ راهنمای ساخت بازیهای رایانه‌ای. نشر ابوالقاسم‌زاده، تهران، ایران، ٢٠٠٣ – شابک ٩٦٤٠٦٤٠٥٢٢، ٢٥٠ صفحه

3. Abolghasemzadeh, Puyan: A Tutorial for Making Computer Games. Abolghasemzadeh Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2003 - ISBN 9640640522, 250 Pages.