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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Tahsin Toma Sabbagh

Lecturer in Civil Engineering


I graduated in 1979 from Baghdad University with a BSc in Civil Engineering (ranked 11th amongst 185 graduates) followed by an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, in 1984.  I worked mainly as a lecturer within the higher education sector.  In 1990, I obtained my PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Currently, I am a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK.


Undergraduate Programmes

Design & Construction Management, Construction Processes, Civil Engineering Surveying, Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources, Mathematics, Analysis of Structures, Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering.  

Postgraduate Programmes

Numerical Analysis, Project Risk Management, Strategic Management in Off-Site construction, Reinforced Earth, Design of Piles & Pile Caps.

Research Interests

My main area of research interest is Geotechnical Engineering; I have also been engaged in research and programme development activities for other areas, i.e., Energy Efficient Buildings, Sustainability and Green Building Management. 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.
  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Baghdad.
  • BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering, University of Baghdad.
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Membership no: 1510930.


Construction Management Publications:

Arif M, Bendi D, & Toma-Sabbagh T, (2011) “Construction Waste Management in India: Today and Tomorrow”, Journal of Construction & Innovation: Information, Process management, Vol. 12 Iss: 2, pp. 133-155.

Arif M, Kulonda D, Egbu C, Goulding J & Toma-Sabbagh T, (2011), “Enterprise-wide information system for Construction: A Document Based Approach.  Korean Society of civil engineering, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 15 (2):271-280.      

Arif M, Egbu C, and Toma-Sabbagh T, (2010) Knowledge retention in construction in the UAE.  In: Egbu, C.(Ed) Procs 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 887-896.

Geotechnical Engineering & Sustainability Publications:

Toma-Sabbagh T, (2008), “Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in   Cohesive Soils”, Journal of Engineering & Technology, Vol. 17, pp. 21-32, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, (2005) “Effect of Loading Type on Generated Stresses around a Circular Tunnel Lining in Sand”, Mediterranean Conference on Materials, Oran, Algiers, Dec. 6th and 7th

Toma-Sabbagh T, Rahil F, (2001), ”Behaviour of pile group subjected to Negative skin friction in soft clay”, 4th Scientific conference, Ministry of Housing and Construction, pp. 305-317, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, Ismael, E, (1998), “An expert system approach to diagnose failures in rigid highway pavements”, Journal of Engineering & Technology, Vol. 17, pp. 231-240, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, Mahrook M & Sabbagh, A, (1998), “Lifting water to higher level areas by gravity”, World Renewable Energy Congress, Vol. 4, pp. 2389-2392, Florence/Italy.

Toma-Sabbagh T, (1997), “Settlement evaluation from conventional Oedometer test”, Technical Research Journal, Vol. 10, No. 35, pp. 7-17, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, (1994), “An Experimental study of the adhesion between clay & steel”, Journal of Engineering & Technology, vol. 13, No. 4, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, (1992), “Natural Frequencies of Continuous Curved Beam on Winkler-Pasternak Foundations”, Journal of Engineering & Technology, Vol. 11, No. 4, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, (1989), “A Model Study of Negative Skin Friction on a fixed base pile in soft clay” PhD Thesis – Heriot-Watt University- Edinburgh/UK.

Toma-Sabbagh T, and Little J, (1989), “The Onset of negative skin friction of a model pile in soft clay”, International Conference on Foundations & Tunnels, London/UK.

Toma-Sabbagh T, and AL-Jumaily F, (1985) “The interaction of Base and Shaft Resistance of Axially loaded Piles”, IEC 85, Vol. 1, CEV 9, pp. 45-52, Baghdad/Iraq.

Toma-Sabbagh T, (1984) “Base-shaft interaction of an in-situ axially loaded pile”, MSc Thesis- University of Baghdad/Iraq.