Assad Taoum

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Assaad Taoum

Senior Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering

Room 226 , Engineering

Dr Taoum is a lecturer in civil and strucural engineering at the University of Tasmania.  He has a strong background in consulting and was involved in the structural design and construction of commercial and residential buildings as well as infrastructure projects in three different countries. Dr Taoum is the winner of All-Ukrainian State Competition of Student Research Works in Civil Engineering for 2010 and was ranked first in the All-Ukrainian Students’ Olympiad in Civil and Industrial Engineering for 2009.


After graduating in 2009, Dr Taoum began his career in the design sector in Ukraine where he worked on large commercial and industrial projects while pursuing a Master’s degree in civil engineering. He started his PhD degree at UTAS in 2012, where he developed and applied a new form of prestressing (called local post-tensioning) to both new and existing structures. Assaad has been involved in the teaching of several engineering units both at UTAS and at Xi’an University of Science and Technology (China) as part of a joint teaching program.

Career summary


Degree UniversityCountryDate of Award
Grad Cert (University Teaching and Learning) University of TasmaniaAustralia2020
Grad Cert (Project Management) Curtin UniversityAustralia2019
PhDApplication of Local Post-Tensioning to New and Existing StructuresUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2016
Grad Cert (Research) University of TasmaniaAustralia2016
MEngLocally Post-Tensioned Concrete BeamsKharkov State Technical University of Construction and ArchitectureUkraine2010
BE(Hons)Civil EngineeringKharkov State Technical University of Construction and ArchitectureUkraine2009    

Languages (other than English)

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian


Professional practice

  • Member, Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)
  • National Engineering Register (NER)

Administrative expertise

  • Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation) Degree Coordinator


Teaching expertise

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Project Management
  • Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete
  • Steel and Timber Structures

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Research Themes

Assaad's research aligns to the University's research theme of Resources and Sustainability. During his research career he developed and applied local post tensioning (LPT) to concrete, steel and timber structures by conducting extensive laboratory experiments. Assaad’s research interests also include strengthening and upgrading of steel structures, wood construction systems, engineered timber products, performance of asphalt cement and pavement base performance.

Fields of Research

  • Structural engineering (400510)
  • Construction materials (400505)
  • Timber, pulp and paper (401610)

Research Objectives

  • Civil construction design (120201)
  • Cement products and concrete materials (240301)
  • Timber materials (120306)


Total publications


Journal Article

(9 outputs)
2021Ettelaei A, Taoum A, Nolan G, 'Rolling shear properties of cross-laminated timber made of fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus under short-span bending', Wood Material Science and Engineering pp. 1-8. ISSN 1748-0272 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17480272.2021.1942201 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ettelaei A; Nolan G


2019Li H, Wang W, Li W, Taoum A, Zhao G, et al., 'Replacement of limestone with volcanic stone in asphalt mastic used for road pavement', Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 44, (10) pp. 8629-8644. ISSN 2193-567X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13369-019-04028-w [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 39


2019Sheng Y, Jia H, Guo S, Taoum A, Guan B, et al., 'Effect of brucite fibers and early strength agent on cement stabilized macadam in Alpine regions', International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, 12, (3) pp. 315-324. ISSN 1996-6814 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s42947-019-0038-8 [eCite] [Details]


2019Taoum A, Jiao H, Holloway D, Shanks J, 'Behaviour of locally post-tensioned nail laminated high mass floor panels under serviceability loads', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 20, (2) pp. 115-123. ISSN 1328-7982 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13287982.2019.1607447 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D; Shanks J


2018Robertson M, Holloway D, Taoum A, 'Vibration of suspended solid-timber slabs without intermediate support: assessment for human comfort', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 19, (4) pp. 266-278. ISSN 1328-7982 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13287982.2018.1513783 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Holloway D


2018Tang L, Wang K, Jin L, Yang G, Jia H, et al., 'A resistivity model for testing unfrozen water content of frozen soil', Cold Regions Science and Technology, 153 pp. 55-63. ISSN 0165-232X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2018.05.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 23


2015Taoum A, Jiao H, Holloway D, 'Using locally pre-stressed reinforcing bars to restore the capacity of severely damaged steel beams', International Journal of Steel Structures, 15, (1) pp. 125-134. ISSN 1598-2351 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13296-015-3009-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D


2015Taoum A, Jiao H, Holloway D, 'Upgrading steel I-beams using local post-tensioning', Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 113 pp. 127-134. ISSN 0143-974X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2015.06.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D


2015Taoum A, Jiao H, Holloway D, 'Flexural behaviour of locally post-tensioned reinforced concrete beams', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 16, (3) pp. 180-186. ISSN 1328-7982 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13287982.2015.1092680 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Developing Laminated structural elements from fibre-managed plantation hardwood (2019 - 2021)$245,000
This project will develop the grading, jointing and gluing expertise and results necessary for the productionof structurally reliable glue laminated elements from boards from a fibre-managed plantation hardwoodresource.
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($200,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jiao H; Nolan G; Sigrist C; Taoum A; Wood K
2019 - 2021

Research Supervision




PhDDeveloping Cross-Laminated Timber Panels (CLTP) from Fibre Managed Plantation Hardwood2019
PhDDeveloping Mass Timber Panels from Fibre-Managed Plantation Hardwood2020
PhDDeveloping a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-state Design and ManufacturingDeveloping a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-state Design and Manufacturing2021