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  • Writer's pictureFarhad Falahian

Architecture, Engineering & Construction ( AEC)®

Updated: May 13, 2023


Farhad Falahian has over 25 years of expertise working in several AEC areas (Architecture, Engineering and Construction). He is a PhD candidate in Integrated Design Studies at UPM University, and he also has an MEng in Architecture from the National University of Iran. He has been a member of the "NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), SEO (Australia), BOABC (Building Officials' Association of British Columbia), and IOE (Iran)" for over 25 years and maintains a "Grade One International Engineering Work License."

He was the Constructional Deputy Director of the Iran Organization of Inspection for the last 12 years; in the meanwhile, he worked as a construction and architectural consultant for numerous headquartered in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Canada, Iran, and Brazil.

He has worked as a Department Supervisor/Senior Lecturer/Faculty Coordinator in various subjects at Coventry University (London), Linton University (Malaysia), and Iran National University for the last 20 years. He has been a lecturer in the Department of CAD & BIM Technology at VCC College and BCIT for three years. He has written several articles in the disciplines of architecture and inspection. Over his career, he has overseen a large number of final-year students.

He worked as a coordinator and project manager on several architectural and construction projects in Iran, Dubai, and Malaysia for over 20 years. He has an interior design firm (A- Level Design) and has worked on various steel, concrete, and timber/wood interior architectural and construction projects. He is also a specialist in the operation of many kinds of wooden machinery such as cutting, soft forming, post forming, edge banding, membrane, milling, lointing planning, and scroll saw with brands such as Brandt (KDF Series, Germany), Hebrog (Germany), Optimum (China), Toranlar (Turkey), and Paoloni (Italy). Among his personal hobbies and skills are swimming, hiking, rock biking, camping, design and production of kitchen cabinets, timber/wood furniture, interior design, and cabinet accessories, as well as wooden equipment and the integrated design process.

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Trends:

The use of timber and wood products has become a difficulty for the building industry in recent years. Designers' lack of awareness about material specifications has caused several problems for manufacturers and builders. Sometimes their design is impractical, and other times it does not correspond to the demands of the customer or the site circumstances.

The following article attempts to clarify some of the issues:

Alignment problems of timber production in architecture-engineering-construction projects in Malaysia

Fallahian, Farhad, Rahimian, Farzad Pour and Ibrahim, Rahinah (2012) Alignment problems of timber production in architecture-engineering-construction projects in Malaysia. In: 2nd International Conference on Socio-Political and Technological Dimensions of Climate Change, Hotel-Marriott Putrajaya: Co-Organised by University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Universiti Putra Malaysia Press, pp. 136-147. ISBN 9789679603279

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Due to the negative effects of the carbon-dioxide on the ecosystem, the Architecture-Engineering-Construction industries are looking for the new materials with lower carbon-footprint. One of the best natural materials that can be used in AEC industries is wood and its derivatives. However, due to the physical and chemical properties of timber, the application of it in AEC industries, especially in the process of manufacturing and production, encounter with some difficulties and obstacles; and they are causes of decreasing the speed and increasing the cost of production in AEC industry. The most important problem in the process of off-site manufacturing of the wooden pieces is caused by the differences between dimensions of pieces in drawings with the dimensions of it that need to be set for the workshop machinery. These changes are not only necessary in the process of sawing pieces, but also in the other processes such as assembling and making the details. Therefore, during the process of manufacturing and production of the wooden pieces, there are a lot of changes on the dimensions of a component in the production drawings and they negatively affect the manufacturing process and, hence increasing the cost and delaying in production. The aim of this research was to find and identify the reasons of these changes in order to mitigate the risks. The research adapted a desktop study followed by direct observations in order to identify the major problems and obstacles. The results showed the problems are mostly due to the tacit nature of design knowledge and lack of proper knowledge of the designers about the actual process of timber production. This research is a novice attempt for expediting timber production process in order to leverage sustainable and modern methods of offsite manufacturing oriented construction.

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