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Dr Mohamed Hani El Reifi


Dr Mohamed Hani El Reifi

Dr Mohamed Hani El Reifi

Research Associate

Research groups: Change Management Group, Process Management Group
Telephone: +44 1223 748562

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  • PhD Construction Management (2015), School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.
  • MSc Construction Project Management (Distinction, 2010), School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.
  • BSc Civil Engineering (First-class honours, 1995), Faculty of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya.

Dr Mohamed Hani is a Research Associate within the Process Management and Change Management groups at the Engineering Design Centre. He is an articulate, confident and dedicated research team member. He strives to achieve to the best of his ability and his determination and diligence. Mohamed Hani joined the EDC in October 2015 as a researcher working on the Innovate UK and Laing O'Rourke funded project ‘Advanced Manufacturing of Smart Products for Buildings and Infrastructure; AMHBI’.

Mohamed Hani's background is Construction Project Management and he has a considerable professional work experience in multi-disciplinary projects within the construction industry. After graduation from the University of Garyounis Mohamed Hani was employed as a Civil Engineer in the construction industry sector and was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya. Through his industrial work experience, he worked for the United Construction & Services Company, and the United Engineering & Management Office in Benghazi, Libya where he progressed from a site engineer, consultant engineer, to a project manager. He worked as a project manager for several construction projects and it was successfully delivered, after which he was appointed as the Head of the Construction Projects Department in the United Construction & Services Company. Then, he was appointed as the Managing Director for to Alteraz Hadeth for Engineering Works Office in Benghazi, Libya. Through these experience, he gained a wide and combined background experience of both Architecture and Civil Engineering.

After 13 years of working in industry Mohamed Hani moved to the UK to complete his postgraduate study with a considerable range of industrial experience. He went into full-time education and attended school of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University where he obtained his MSc in Construction Project Management followed by his PhD in Construction Management. Dr Mohamed Hani's research knowledge and experience have been built up through the research activities that he has undertaken throughout his postgraduate study and were supported by research skills training programme and other gained performance practical skills from his construction industry professional work experience. His research experience dealt with research subjects within the engineering design context with more focus on the interaction of construction and manufacture design processes (i.e. Lean Design Management). To date his research looked to inefficiency in design process that causes ineffective construction project delivery where many projects have been delivered over budget, over time, and in most cases less value being delivered to the client. His PhD research project ‘Lean Briefing for Effective Design Management’ focused on the early design process stage (i.e. Design Brief) where briefing practices within the UK construction industry was investigated by means of exploring the sources of inefficiency in its practice that has led to the experienced ineffective design deliverables and therefore contribute to the causes of inefficient project delivery. The research further explored the implementation of Lean Management Theory from manufacture industry to optimise briefing process for effective design management. Using Lean Management Theory, Knowledge Management, and based on the best briefing practices and the related learned lessons, a Novel Lean Briefing Process Management Framework combined with a Lean Briefing Process Operational Roadmap have been successfully developed. It is believed that, this novel approach will support efficient and consistent delivery of the Design Brief industry-wide. It will enable informed decision-making, effective definition of client needs and project requirements (i.e. Client and stakeholder values), effective design management and deliverables, and therefore efficient project delivery. The research project was originated from the MSc dissertation project ‘Lean Design Management-Interoperation & Application’. The research explored the interpretation and application of Lean Design Management in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The research focus was to obtain a deep understanding of the problematic issues connected with the design management processes and practices that cause delays and uncertainty in terms of construction project delivery, as well as interfaces between lean management principles and the design process. Both research projects supported delivering academic publication in journals and conferences.

Dr Mohamed Hani also has a few years of teaching and supervision experience in higher education. He worked as University Teacher in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, while he was doing his PhD. He delivered lectures and supported teaching activity in several modules such as the Principles of Design Management, Sustainable Engineering Design, Architectural Design Project, and Integrated Sustainable Building Design. Early in his career, He worked also as a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya where he supported teaching activity in several modules such as Architectural Design Studio, and Construction Drawing & Building Technology. His teaching experience included planning and designing lecture and coursework material.

Dr Mohamed Hani has successfully presented at international conferences such as the International Group of Lean Construction (IGLC). He also had experience of working with industry practitioners in a research context (e.g. organising and conducting workshops and focus groups).

The years of Mohamed Hani's research experience and the skills he gained in terms of conducting research, together with his extensive construction industry professional work experience have helped him to establish his own research interest, and gain insight of his future research plan. Efficiency of construction project delivery process is an important element of achieving construction business value; an area that needs detail focus and careful investigation in terms of the practices and recourses (e.g. People, tools, etc.), and process of delivery (e.g. Procurement approach and practices). Within this context, Dr Mohamed Hani's main research interests lie in the design process management optimisation. He has a keen interest in the interaction of construction and manufacture design processes and exploring the potential implementation of good practices and useful learned lessons from manufacture sector in terms of product design and new product development to enhance design practices and construction project delivery.

Dr Mohamed Hani is currently involved in AMHBI project under ‘Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative; AMSCI’ research scheme to support R&D, capital investment and training in advanced manufacturing capability for the construction industry supply chain. The AMHBI project involved several work streams and aims to Address the fragmented delivery approach of the construction industry by adopting the proven engineering tools and processes of the highly efficient automotive and aerospace industries. The University of Cambridge is in charge of carrying out Integrated Design for Manufacturing and Assembly research project (IDfMA) by means of internal collaboration between Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing, and The Engineering Design Centre (EDC) at the Engineering Department. The research aims to deliver the understanding, tools and approaches required to support early design decision making in the manufacture of novel construction components in an advanced, highly automated, yet reconfigurable manufacturing plant, and assist the management of a stable supply chain for mechanical and electrical modules and integrated building and infrastructure assemblies. Within this multi-disciplinary research project context, Mohamed Hani's research focuses on modeling and analyzing the AMHBI project Design Process working on Cambridge Advanced Modeller software tool to identify the essential design steps necessary to configure the construction elements, and the relative resilience of possible design process. The CAM tool has been applied successfully by a number of research projects in collaboration with UK industry.   

Selected Publications

  • El. Reifi M. H., Emmitt, S., and Ruikar, K. (2014), ‘Exploring the lean briefing process for effective design management’, Proceedings IGLC-22, Oslo, Norway.
  • El. Reifi M. H., Emmitt, S., and Ruikar, K. (2013), ‘Developing a conceptual lean briefing process model for lean design management’, Proceedings IGLC-21, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • El. Reifi, M. H. and Emmitt, S. (2013), ‘Perception of lean design management’, Architectural Engineering and Design Management Journal, Vol. 9 no. 3, p. 195. 
  • El. Reifi, M. H. and Emmitt, S. (2011), ‘Lean design management: Exploring perception and practice’, Architectural Management in the Digital Arena, Proceedings of CIB-W096, Vienna.
  • El-Labbar, O., El. Reifi, M., & El-Sokeni, M. (1999), ‘Effect of ice on temperature, workability and strength of concrete’, In Fifth International Conference on Concrete Technology for Developing Countries: Proceedings (Vol. 1), The Council.