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Ts. Dr. Chai Chang Saar

Senior Lecturer 

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260959
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E602, Building E, FECS
Email: cschai@swinburne.edu.my
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Ts. Dr. Chai Chang Saar is a senior lecturer in Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. He has vast experience in construction management, completing several projects in Singapore and Malaysia before joining academia. He is well-respected not only in his unparalleled professional track record and high ethical standards, but also in being a committed person to ensure the success of his projects.

Chai obtained his technical degree, MSc and PhD from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2008, 2009 and 2014 respectively. Prior to joining Swinburne Sarawak, he held position as research centre director, research lead, programme coordinator in renowned universities. He had taught courses on various construction project management subjects for postgraduate and undergraduate. Besides, he is supervising several PhD theses, postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations.

Chai is an active researcher. His research interest encompasses digital construction and construction project management. Currently, he is expanding his research area to digital twinning and machine learning that he believes it will be the future for building design and construction. He has published technical papers in leading international journals and proceeding. Besides, he has been selected for several international journal manuscript reviewer and editorial board member.

Research Interests

  • Digital Construction
  • Building Information Modelling/ Management
  • Construction Project Management

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Technologist, MBOT
  • Fellow, International Society for Development and Sustainability, Japan
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

PhD / Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the areas listed above. Please e-mail cschai@swinburne.edu.my for more information.

Research Grants

  • External Grant: FRGS, Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) 2021
  • Title of project: A Kaleidoscope Model to Address the Changes of Construction 4.0 Policy
  • Swinburne Sarawak Research Grant 1/2021
  • Title of Project: Digital Twining in Malaysian Construction Industry


  • Bronze Award, “Implementation of Digital Twining in Malaysian Construction Industry”, InTEX 2022, Malaysia.


Minglee Lee, Changsaar Chai, Yaoli Xiong and Hunchuen Gui. (2022). Technology Acceptance Model for Building Information Modelling Based Virtual Reality (BIM-VR) in Cost Estimation. Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon). 27 (44), 914-925.

Theodore Wayne, Chang Saar Chai, Shirly Siew Ling Wong, Fang Lee Lim, Kai Chen Goh, Nur IzieAdiana Abidin. (2022). Evaluation of Digital’s Role in Sustainable Built Environment. Journal of Science and Technolog. Vol. 31 (3) Jul. 2023

DN Bolhassan, CS Chai, AR Khoso, SC Loo, NH Wong, JA Bamgbade. (2022). Towards Adoption of Smart Contract in Construction Industry in Malaysia. Journal of Science and Technology. 30 (1): 141 – 160 (2022).

Changsaar, Chai; Abidin, Nur IzieAdiana; Khoso, Ali Raza; Luenhui, Ling; Yaoli, Xiong; Hunchuen, Gui. (2022). Optimising Energy Performance of an Eco-Home Using Building Information Modelling (BIM). Innovative Infrastructure Solutions 7.2 (2022).

AR Khoso, AM Yusof, C Chai, MA Laghari. (2021). Robust Contractor Evaluation Criteria Classification for Modern Technology Public Construction Projects. Journal of Public Procurement. 2021, 21(1), pp. 53–74.

AR Khoso, AM Yusof, CS Chai, MA Laghari. (2021). Improving Performance in Construction Projects: A case study of Malaysian Public Projects. Journal of Science and Technology. 29 (4): 2579 – 2604 (2021).

S Jiancheng, C Changsaar, G Hunchuen, X Yaoli. Enhancing Project Integration Using Cloud-based Building Information Modelling: A Conceptual Model. International Journal of Advanced Research in Technology and Innovation. 3 (3) 12-25.

Usmani, A., Elshafey, A., Gheisari, M., Chai, C., Aminudin, E. and Tan, C. (2020), A scan to As-Built Building Information Modeling Workflow: A Case Study in Malaysia. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 2020, 18(4), pp. 923–940

Elshafey, A., Saar, C.C., Aminudin, E.B., Gheisari, M., Usmani, A. (2020). Technology acceptance model for augmented reality and building information modeling integration in the construction industry. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 2020, 25, pp. 161–172