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Biography

Dr Saidani was intrigued by bridges and buildings from a young age, and now he is conducting research into novel building material GEM-TECH which could replace some forms of concrete.

He successfully completed his first degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Algeria, where he won the Best Student Award. He then awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Nottingham. Dr Saidani then stayed on as a post-doctoral research fellow for four years working on a number of pan-European and UK projects (total value in excess of £4m). In 1995, he jointed Coventry University as a lecturer, where he is currently a Reader in Structural Engineering since 2008.

Research topics investigated included: steel connection detailing and design; steel framed buildings; structural hollow sections; and e-portfolio for education and training. Current research activities include carrying out an investigation into a novel cement-based material called GEM-Tech. This includes material as well structural testing and modelling.

Dr Saidani has published over 80 journal and conference papers, and technical documents.

Dr Saidani is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is a member of the editorial board in a number of international journals.

Area of Expertise:

Steel and concrete structures; structural connections; novel materials for sustainable construction.

Research Interests

Structural engineering ; Construction management ; Novel engineering materials; Steel and concrete structures; Disaster and risk management ; Health and safety in construction ; Sustainability and low carbon construction ; Disaster relief and development engineering

Vision Statement

Around half of all non-renewable resources mankind consumes are used in construction, making it one of the least sustainable industries in the world. The application of technology (in general) often results in unavoidable environmental impacts. Engineering designers are increasingly faced with the challenge of designing sustainable and environmentally friendly structures.

My research includes investigating novel materials that are friendly to the environment and lead to more sustainable designs.

The key to designing sustainable structures is to use materials that produce less carbon emissions as well as designs that respond to the demands of flexibility and adaptability.

My vision is to contribute to solving some of the challenges faced by the construction industry in designing more sustainable material and designs.

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Sciences and Technology (USTHB), Algiers, Algeria

2007 → …

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Projects 1991 2012

Research Output 1989 2020

A Modified Method for Los Angeles Abrasion Test

Umar, T., Egbu, C. & Saidani, M., 9 May 2019, In : Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transactions of Civil Engineering. (In-press), p. (In-press) 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abrasion
Asphalt concrete
Disintegration
Crushing
Chemical properties

Briefing: Status of occupational safety and health in GCC construction

Umar, T., Egbu, C., Honnurvali, M. S., Saidani, M. & Al-Bayati, A. J., Aug 2019, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law . 172, 4, p. 137-141 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health
Construction industry
Occupational safety and health
Gulf Cooperation Council
Accidents

Challenges towards renewable energy: an exploratory study from the Arabian Gulf region

Umar, T., Egbu, C., Ofori, G., Honnurvali, M. S., Saidani, M. & Opoku, A., 1 Oct 2019, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy. (In-Press), p. (In-press) 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fossil fuels
Sustainable development
Education
Economics
Gases

Exploring Safety Climate Factors in Construction

Umar, T., Egbu, C., Ofori, G., Honnurvali, M. S., Saidani, M. & Opoku, A., 2 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Applied Management Science. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Screening

High Fatalities Risk Found in Gulf Construction

Umar, T., Egbu, C., Ofori, G., Honnurvali, M. S., Saidani, M. & Opoku, A., 21 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Construction industry
Accidents
Health
Costs

Activities 1992 2019

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings (Journal)

Messaoud Saidani (Peer Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

2018 International Conference on Innovative Engineering Applications, Sivas, Turkey

Messaoud Saidani (Technical Committee Member)
20 Sep 201822 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

2018 International Conference on Construction, Aerotropolis and Environmental Engineering (ICCAE2018), Taoyuan, Taiwan

Messaoud Saidani (Technical Committee Member)
23 Oct 201825 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Journal of Civil Engineering (Journal)

Messaoud Saidani (Associate Editor)
4 Dec 201831 Dec 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

International Advanced Technologies Symposium

Messaoud Saidani (Technical Committee Member)
19 Oct 201722 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Prizes

Best Student

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 1 Jul 1986

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

engineering
student

Reinforced Aer-Tech Novel Material: A Structurally Variable Material

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 30 Apr 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Group
engineering
Group
student

The Emerald Group Publishing Award for Best Paper

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Education e-portfolio

Messaoud Saidani

4/04/11

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

UAE data security

Messaoud Saidani

29/11/10

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Multi-Reciprocal Grid (MRG) system and applications

Messaoud Saidani

27/01/00

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Teepees move into the 21st century

Messaoud Saidani

18/10/99

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Multi-Reciprocal Grid: A shelter for humanitarian relief".

Messaoud Saidani

1/10/99

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment