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Dr. Muhammad Jamaluddin Thaheem
Assistant Professor
Construction Engineering and Management

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Tel : Tel : 0092-51-90854164

Project Risk Management

MS leading to PhD (Construction Risk Management, Politecnico di Torino, Italy), BE (Civil Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology)

Dr. Muhammad Jamaluddin Thaheem holds a PhD degree from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and is currently serving as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Construction Engineering & Management (CE&M). With research interests in project estimation and finance, project management (including planning, scheduling, control, etc.), contract/delivery methods, supply chain management, sustainable development, restoration of heritage buildings, complex systems and the risk management, Dr. Jamal is well positioned to conduct teaching and research in the CE&M. He has supervised three international thesis during his PhD and is currently supervising a number of MS students at NUST. He is well connected with the experts of construction management due to his research period abroad at the Division of Construction Engineering and Management, Purdue University, USA. Dr. Jamal did has BE Civil Engineering from the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro and conducted first of its kind study during the final year thesis, titled as “Risk Analysis and Management in the Construction Industry of Pakistan” which received laurels at national level. He has also worked in multi-million dollar KICT Phase-III expansion projects at the Karachi seaport as part of UK-based consulting firm, Scott Wilson Ltd.


PhD (Nov-2009 - Feb-2014) Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
BE Civil Engineering (with Honours) (Dec-2001 - Mar-2006) Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan.


2012 Chair - Creative Management Session, Creative Conference, Budapest, Hungary
2009 Merit Scholarship for PhD from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
2008 Merit Scholarship under Faculty Development Program from Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Nawabshsh (not availed)


Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Registered Engineer, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
Member, RIMS (The Risk Management Society)​​​
Dr. Jamal endeavors to broaden the research scope by concentrating on the various management facets which come into play for major construction and infrastructural projects, such as management of human resources, finance, innovation, complexity, etc. This undoubtedly adds critical value to his profile by offering a holistic view of construction activities which are sustainable in their nature. Major streams of research he is interested are: 1- risk management and decision making, and 2- engineering management, with a wide range of possible applications, construction industry being one of them. He is currently involved in research dealing with complex construction projects, their profitability analysis, the concept of emerging risk due to interactional analysis and the possible improvements in the bid preparation phases by understanding the contingency management issues.


•    Risk management
•    Project estimation and finance
•    Project management (including planning, scheduling, control, etc.)
•    Contract/delivery method
•    Supply chain management
•    Sustainable development
•    Innovation in construction management
•    Trust and partnering in construction
•    Complex systems and projects
•    Behavioral influences and decision making in construction

1.    Thaheem, M.J., and De Marco, A. (2014), “Sustainable Repair & Maintenance of Buildings in the Developing Countries: A Risk Management Perspective
       and Proposal of a Customized Framework”, Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture Research‏ (Accepted/In press).
2.    Atakul, N., Thaheem, M.J., and De Marco, A. (2014), “Risk Management for Sustainable Restoration of Immovable Cultural Heritage, Part 1: PRM
       Framework”, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Accepted/In press).
3.    De Marco, A., and Thaheem, M.J. (2014), “Risk analysis in construction projects: A practical selection methodology”, American Journal of Applied
       Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 74-84.
4.    Barlish K., De Marco A., and Thaheem M.J. (2013), “Construction Risk Taxonomy: An International Convergence of Academic and Industry Perspectives”,
       American Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 7, pp. 706-713. - ISSN 1546-9239.
5.    Thaheem, M.J., Atakul, N., and De Marco, A. (2014), “Risk Management for Sustainable Restoration of Immovable Cultural Heritage, Part 2: Case Study”,
       Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (UNDER REVIEW).

1.    Thaheem M.J., De Marco A., Mughal M.A. (2013), “Project Risk Management for Sustainable Building Repair & Maintenance in Developing Countries”,
       Proceedings of the International Conference on Safety, Construction Engineering, and Project Management, Islamabad, 19-21 August 2013. pp. 
2.    Thaheem M.J., De Marco A., Narbaev T. (2013), “Risk-Adjusted Contingency Management in Construction Projects”, Proceedings of the International
       Conference on Safety, Construction Engineering, and Project Management, Islamabad, August 19-21, 2013. pp. 191-195.
3.    Thaheem M.J., De Marco A. (2013), “A Survey on Usage and Diffusion of Project Risk Management Techniques and Software Tools in the Construction
       Industry”, Proceedings of the World academy of science, engineering and technology, Istanbul, June 20-21. pp. 1383-1390.
4.    De Marco, A., Thaheem, M.J., Grimaldi, S., and Rafele, C. (2012), “A Framework Methodology for Selection of Risk Analysis Techniques in Construction
       Projects”; In: Hajdu, M.; Skibniewski, M. (Eds.) Procs Creative Construction Conference 2012, 30 June – 3 July, 2012, Budapest, Hungary, pp.: 142-151.
5.    Thaheem, M.J., De Marco, A., and Barlish, K. (2012), “A Review of Quantitative Analysis Techniques for Construction Project Risk Management”; In: Hajdu,
       M.; Skibniewski, M. (Eds.) Procs Creative Construction Conference 2012, 30 June – 3 July, 2012, Budapest, Hungary, pp.: 656-666.


Scott Wilson Ltd, KICT Site Office, West Wharf, Karachi, Pakistan

I was assisting the Chief Resident Engineer (CRE) and Resident Engineer (RE) for Quay Wall Contract and Yard & Facilities Contract along with preparing sketches, drawings and weekly progress updates for ongoing construction. I was also involved in the construction supervision for managing the site inspectors for construction activities.

Quay Wall Contract included Deepening of Access Channel by dredging, driving of Steel Tubular Piles, Construction of Capping Beam, Anchor wall, Bored Piling for QC crane, QC crane rail system, installation of Tie rods with pre-stressing, installation of Bollards, Fenders and Ladders and Quay Wall repair works.

Yard & Facilities included RTGC Runways, Container Stacking Beams, Service Corridor, Installation of Light Masts, Sub Stations, Buildings & Facilities, Block Paving, Roads and installation of Rails.



Construction Advisory and Consultancy Services (CACS), Karachi, Pakistan

I assisted the Chief Resident Engineer (CRE) of Scott Wilson Ltd. (our main client) for the ground improvement and Instrumentation of the reclaimed area of Qasim International Container Terminal – 2 and various works at KICT Phase-III Expansion Project.