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Assad Taoum

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Assaad Taoum

Senior Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering

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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.

Biography

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

Qualifications

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

Memberships

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

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)
  • Timber materials (120306)
  • Cement products and concrete materials (240301)

Publications

Total publications

14

Journal Article

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Ettelaei A, Taoum A, Nolan G, 'Assessment of different measurement methods/techniques in predicting modulus of elasticity of plantation eucalyptus nitens timber for structural purposes', Forests, 13, (4) pp. 1-17. ISSN 1999-4907 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f13040607 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Ettelaei A; Nolan G

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2022Ettelaei A, Taoum A, Shanks J, Nolan G, 'Rolling shear properties of cross-laminated timber made from Australian plantation Eucalyptus nitens under planar shear test', Forests, 13, (1) Article 84. ISSN 1999-4907 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f13010084 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Ettelaei A; Shanks J; Nolan G

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2022Ettelaei A, Taoum A, Shanks JD, Lee M, Nolan G, 'Evaluation of the bending properties of novel cross-laminated timber with different configurations made of Australian plantation Eucalyptus nitens using experimental and theoretical methods', Structures, 42, (2022) pp. 80-90. ISSN 2352-0124 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.istruc.2022.06.002 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ettelaei A; Shanks JD; Nolan G

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2022Hou J, Taoum A, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, 'Study of the relationship between flatwise and edgewise modulus of elasticity of plantation fibre-managed E. nitens sawn boards', Construction and Building Materials, 349 Article 128774. ISSN 0950-0618 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2022.128774 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hou J; Nolan G; Kotlarewski N

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2022Millaniyage K, Kotlarewski N, Wallis L, Taoum A, Nolan G, 'Janka hardness evaluation of plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens for engineered flooring applications', Buildings, 12, (1862) pp. 1-14. ISSN 2075-5309 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/buildings12111862 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Millaniyage K; Kotlarewski N; Wallis L; Nolan G

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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: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Ettelaei A; Nolan G

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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 - 14Web of Science - 10

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 4

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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

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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 - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Holloway D

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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 - 47Web of Science - 37

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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 - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D

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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 - 9Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D

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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 - 2

Co-authors: Jiao H; Holloway D

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$4,525,643

Projects

Methods of strength prediction during production of sawn structural softwood (2022 - 2025)$160,000
Description
: Grading of structural softwood for construction utilises sophisticated grading equipment including mechanical stress graders, x-rays, visual scanning, and laser tracking of grain of every sawn board produced. Much of this grading equipment has been developed internationally with a focus of stiffness grading or visual strength grading. The project will investigate methods of strength (weakness) prediction in grading of structural softwood appropriate for grading in industrial scale facilities in Australia with a view to improve value recovery whilst leading to safer outcomes in construction
Funding
Wespine Industries Pty Ltd ($160,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shanks JD; Taoum A
Period
2022 - 2025
STT E.Nitens characterisation project (2021)$15,000
Description
Testing of sawn plantation E. nitens boards to characterise their properties for market condition.
Funding
Sustainable Timber Tasmania ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Taoum A
Year
2021
Boosting research capability to develop value-added products for the food and wood industries in regional areas. (2021 - 2023)$4,015,643
Description
Food and wood products are areas of strategic growth for Tasmania and regional Australia, contributing $1.6 billion and $615 million, respectively, to the annual Tasmanian economy. A thriving and sustainable sector requires continued innovation to locally value-add and diversify products and markets. Innovation is underpinned by research strengths and a workforce sector connected to advances in technology and trained graduates. The University of Tasmania (UTas) is committed, through its strategic plan, to deliver impactful research to help Tasmania prosper, and to have influence nationally and globally. Through collaborations, this three-year project will increase research and development activity at UTas to support value-adding in niche food and wood products in regional areas. The delivery of the project will build cross-disciplinary, integrated collaborations at UTas, and together with long-term external partnerships and collaborations, will maximise the benefits of interdisciplinary approaches to delivering impactful research for the regions
Funding
Department of Education, Skills and Employment ($4,005,643)
Scheme
Grant-Regional Research Collaboration
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Stanley RA; Nolan G; Paull B; Smith JA; Kefayati G; Tolooiyan AS; Shanks JD; Taoum A; Wallis LH; Thickett SCV; Bissember AC; Maya Alejandro F; De Vries J
Period
2021 - 2023
Optimising the adhesive performance of mass timber products made from fibre-managed Eucalyptus nitens (2021)$20,000
Description
The primary aim of this study is to optimize the adhesive performance of glued laminated timber (GLT) and cross laminated timber (CLT) made from fibre-managed Eucalyptus nitens. The research will use a mixed methods approach, including literature review, sample prototyping with various processing parameters, testing and data analysis. The output is required to be a two-minute video which will be judged by the competition sponsors against three other selected finalists in the competition.
Funding
Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited ($20,000)
Scheme
National University Wood Challenge
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wood K; Ettelaei A; Hou J; Meldrum SI; Taoum A
Year
2021
Commisioning drying capability for Tasmanian plantation hardwoods (2020 - 2021)$70,000
Description
This briefing paper outlines a project to extend the Hermal group / CLTP Tasmania's (CLTP) capacity torecover, process and grade boards milled from predominantly fibre-grown Tasmanian plantation Shininggum (E.Niten) for use in market-ready mass timber products. This Tasmanian grown plantationresources has not previously been dried and graded on a commercial scale for mass timber elements.With a large and reliable plantation-based log supply and potentially voracious construction market forcross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (GLT) products, CLTP is seeking to increase itstotal processing efficiency and quality, and product potentials with its existing and newly installed plantand facilities.
Funding
Australian Commonwealth Government ($35,000); CLTP Panel Products Pty Ltd ($35,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Taoum A
Period
2020 - 2021
Developing Laminated structural elements from fibre-managed plantation hardwood (2019 - 2022)$245,000
Description
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.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($200,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Taoum A; Sigrist C; Wood K
Period
2019 - 2022

Research Supervision

Current

6

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDDeveloping Structurally Reliable Cross-laminated Timber Panel Made from Fibre-managed Plantation Eucalyptus nitens2019
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
PhDStrengthening and Upgrading of Existing Structures Using Innovative Methods2021
PhDImpact of Engineered Timber Products from Tasmanian Hardwood on Indoor Air Quality2022
PhDDeveloping Engineered Wood Products (EWP) From Tasmanian Hardwood2022