Dr. Abusamra is a Senior Project Manager for the Facility Infrastructure at VIA Rail. He has 10+ years of experience in the industry and academia across three continents. He worked on major transportation projects across the globe such as Riyadh Metro Project, Saudi Arabia (a design-build rapid transit system: 6 lines, 176 KM, 85 stations, $22.5 billion), REM project in Montreal, Corridor Fleet Replacement Program at VIA Rail. He has also worked as a manager at KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Team supporting various municipalities and clients in developing their asset management strategic and tactical plans. He is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the assets’ condition by building more resilient infrastructure through the application of smart monitoring tools, artificial intelligence, and decision-making systems to generate optimized plans.
Aside from his industry experience, he received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Asset Management from Concordia University, published numerous books, journals, and conference articles about asset management for municipal infrastructure and spoke in various conferences and public events (TED Talk, CBC, IAM, etc.). His key areas of interests revolve around Asset Management, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins, Optimization and Decision-making, Project Management, Civil Engineering, Highways, Condition Assessment, and Sustainability. He is a certified PMP, ENV SP, Lead Auditor – ISO 19011: 2018, OSHA certified, LCA Certified, asset management professional with extensive knowledge of ISO 55000 series. He is an editorial member and reviewer in top-ranked journals such as ASCE, CSCE, Elsevier, etc.