Concordia University

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Dr. Luis Amador Jimenez, PhD, P.Eng, MBA

Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Office: S-EV 6164 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5783
Email: luis.amador@concordia.ca

Dr. Luis Amador is an Associate Professor, he joined Concordia in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 2010, a Masters in Business Administration in 2006 and two Bachelors; one in Civil Engineering (2002) and another one in Business Administration (1997) from Universidad Fidelitas in Costa Rica. Former Member of the Board of Directors of Costa Rica Roads Administration (CONAVI). Worked as Director of Engineering Services and Community Planning at the Urban Municipality of Kindersley in Saskatchewan, and as Director of Technical Studies for the Costa Rica Construction Association. He was a lecturer for about three years at Universidad Fidelitas (2002 to 2005). He also lectured at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) during fall 2008. His expertise is in the areas of Pavement Engineering and Transportation Asset Management. He also has professional experience in Structural Design, Policy Analysis and Municipal Engineering.Dr. Amador received the following awards:

  1. Nason Prize 2007-2008. University of New Brunswick. Best Paper in Transportation Policy Analysis. Sole Author.
  2. Best Young Professional Paper at the 2011 Conference of the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Sole Author.



Teaching activities

Courses

  • CIVI 471 - Highway and Pavement Design
  • CIVI 341 - Civil Engineering Systems
  • CIVI 6451 - Pavement Design
  • BCEE 371 – Surveying
  • CIVI 6401 – Transportation System Analysis
  • CIVI 695M - Pavement Management Systems

Supervised students

  • Christopher AQUILES, MASc.
  • Mahnush HEYDARI, MASc.
  • Mr. Amir KHATAMI. PhD Student
  • Ms. Nathalie OUM. PhD Candidate. (Cosupervised with Dr. Tarek Zayed)

Past students

  • Mr. Amir Pooyan AFGHARI, MASc
  • Mr. Mohammed Heydari, MASc
  • Mr. Ahmadreza FAGHIH-IMANI, MASc
  • Mr. Mohammed Al-Dabbagh, MASc
  • Ms. Nagham MATOUT, MASc
  • Ms. Mariam Meite, MASc.
  • Mr. Reza MAGHSOUDI, MASc.
  • Mr. Md Shohel AMIN, Ph.D..
  • Mr. Mustafa ALDULAIMI, Ph.D.

Supervised students awards

  • Shohel AMIN, Runnerup 49th Canadian Transportation Research Forum 2014
  • Shohel AMIN, Canada Steamship lines in Transportation Studies 2013
  • Shohel AMIN, Canada Steamship lines in Transportation Studies 2013
  • Shohel AMIN, Bourse Alain Lamoureux 2013
  • Nathalie OUM, Bourse Hervé Aubin 2012
  • Shohel AMIN, Runner-up Student Paper Award, TRANSLOG 2012
  • Ahmadreza FAGHIH IMANI, Runner Up NARSC 2012


Research activities

Research

  • Pavement Engineering: Pervious Pavements, Chipsealed Roads, HMA, Airport Pavements, Low volume roads.
  • Pavement Performance Modeling
  • Road Safety and Highway Planning including Roadway Lighting
  • Land Use and Transport Modeling for Transportation Asset Management
  • Road Management Systems: Soft-computing techniques for clustering homogeneous groups and learning treatment effectiveness
  • Civil Infrastructure Management Systems: Spatial-Temporal Coordination of Activities and Re-optimization
  • Optimization Techniques for Multi-objective Across-Assets Management Systems
  • Bayesian Statistics and Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation for Reliability-based performance modeling (safety, deterioration, mobility, accessibility)
  • Policy Analysis: Funding Civil Infrastructure, Infrastructure and Economic Development, etcetera
  • Incorporing Natural Hazard Vulnerability into Road Management Systems

Current grants and research contracts

  • Principal Investigator ( 3 researchers), Road safety and lighting evaluation, Road Safety Research Program, FQRNT-MTQ-FRSQ, 127500$, 2012-2015
  • Principal investigator on the Study of Land use and Transport modeling for Transportation Asset Management, Discovery Grant, NSERC, 115000$, 2012-2017
  • Principal Investigator on the connection of Road Safety and Road management systems. Start-up, Concordia University, $50,000 (2010-2012)
  • Principal Investigator. Infrastructure Management Systems for the Town of Kindersley, $20,000 (2011-2012)


Publications

Books

Amador Jimenez, L, 2016. Civil Engineering Systems Analysis. CRC Press (Taylor and Francis). England.
http://www.amazon.ca/Civil-Engineering-Systems-Analysis-Amador-Jimenez/dp/1482260794/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447189467&sr=8-1&keywords=amador jimenez

Aldulaimi, M. and Amador Jimenez, L. 2015. A Method to Calibrate Roadway Lighting Warrants and Levels with Crash History. Scholars' Press. Germany
http://www.amazon.ca/Calibrate-Roadway-Lighting-Warrants-History/dp/363976871X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1447189467&sr=8-2&keywords=amador jimenez

Amador Jimenez, L. 2012. Pavement Deterioration Modeling: Capturing Uncertainty and practical applications. Paperback. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3659157882. Germany.
http://www.amazon.ca/Pavement-Deterioration-Modeling-Esteban-Jimenez/dp/3659157880/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1447189467&sr=8-3&keywords=amador jimenez

Articles in refereed publications

1.       Zareie, A., Amin,M.S.R., and Amador, L.E. 2015. Thornthwaite Moisture Index Modeling to Estimatethe Implication of Climate Change on Pavement Deterioration. Journal ofTransportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineering. [In press]

2.       Amin, M.S.R., andAmador, L.E. 2015. Travel demand modeling to simulate traffic loads forpavement deterioration curves: dealing with aggregate data at urban andregional scales. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering [CJCE-2015-0295 R1].

3.       Amin, M.S.R., andAmador, L.E. 2014. The Multi-criteria based Pavement Management System forRegional Road Network of Atlantic Provinces of Canada. International Journal ofPavements, Volume 13 Number 1-2-3 January-May-September 2014 [In Press].

4.       Amin, M.S.R.*, Zareie, A.* andAmador-Jimenez, L. 2014. Climatechange modeling and the weather related road accidents in Canada. Transportation Research Part D: Transportand Environment. Vol.32 pp.171-183 [IF=1.626]

5.       Amin,M. S. R.*,Amador, L. 2014. “Discussion on Road Infrastructure ManagementPractices”. Accepted for publication on the Journalof Infrastructure Asset Management.

6.       Nabavi, M.*, Saunier, Nξ, Miranda-Moreno, Lξ.,and Amador, L. 2014. A method for roadlighting audit and safety screening. Transportation Research Record, Journal of theTransportation Research Board of the National Academies, No.2458.pp.27-36. [IF=0.482]

7.       Amador Jimenez, L.and Willis, Cξ. 2013. Demonstrating a Correlation between the Maturity ofRoad Safety Practices and Road Safety Incidents. Traffic Injury prevention. [IF.1.75]

8.       Amin, M.S.R.* and AmadorJimenez, L. 2013. Integrationof Alternating Heuristic Algorithm and Geographic Information System forOptimal Allocation of Open Spaces. In press, InternationalJournal of the Constructed Environment.

9.       Faghih-Imani, A.* and AmadorJimenez, L. 2013. Towards a sustainable Pavement Management: Incorporation ofEnvironmental Impacts of Pavement Treatments into a performance-basedoptimization”. Accepted for publication in TransportationResearch Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the NationalAcademies.[IF=0.482]

10.    Heydari, S.*, Miranda-Moreno. Lξ, and Amador-Jimenez, L.2013. Full Bayes Methods for Road safety studies: Does PriorSpecification Matter?. TransportationResearch Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the NationalAcademies.[IF=0.482]

11.    Amador Jimenez, L. and Afghari, A.* 2012. Road Safety andPavement Management a case study of Tanzania. In Press, March 2015. Baltic Journal of Road and BridgeEngineering. [IF 1.6]

12.    Amador Jimenez, L. and Afghari, A.* 2012. Non-monetized multi-objective decision making systemfor road management. InternationalJournal of Pavement Engineering. Vol 14, Issue 7. pp. 686-696 [IF 0.402].

13.    Heydari, M.* and Amador Jimenez, L. 2012. Comparing Full Bayesian likelihoods to predict roadcollisions and prioritize improvements. Journal of Civil Engineering and Science. [On line]http://www.academicpub.org/jces/paperInfo.aspx?PaperID=1539

14.    Amador-Jimenez, L and Amin, M.S.R.* 2012. SimulatingFreight-traffic between Atlantic Canada and Quebec to support pavementmanagement on New Brunswick’s regional highways. Journal of InfrastructureSystems of the American Society of Civil Engineers. [IF 0.7]

15.    Amin, M.S.R.*, and Amador Jimenez, L. 2012. Who Makes the Inevitable Conversion of Agricultural Lands to Urban Usesat the Peripheries of a Megacity?". InternationalJournal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2,Issue 2, pp.95-110.

16.    Amador-Jimenez, L. and Willis, C ξ. 2012. Demonstrating a correlation between infrastructure andnational development. InternationalJournal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. Volume 19, Issue 3,2012. [IF.0.518]

17.    Amador, L. and Mrawira, Dξ. 2012. PavementDeterioration: Bayesian Regression in Pavement Deterioration Modeling:Revisiting the AASHTO Road Test Ruth Depth Model. Infraestructura Vial, LANAMME. November 2012, No. 25.

18.    Amador, L. and Magnuson, Sξ. 2011. “Adjacency Modelingfor the Coordination of Investments in Infrastructure Asset Management: CaseStudy of the Town of Kindersley”. Transportation Research Record: Journal ofthe Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. No.2246, pp. 8-15. [IF:0.482]

19.    Amador-Jimenez, L. and Mrawira, D ξ. 2011. Capturing Variabilityin Pavement Performance Models from Sufficient Time-Series Predictors: A CaseStudy of the New Brunswick Road Network. Canadian Journal of CivilEngineering, Vol.38, No 2, pp. 210-220.  [IF: 0.472]

20.    Amador-Jimenez, L. and Mrawira, Dξ. 2011. “Reliability-basedinitial pavement performance deterioration modeling”. International Journalof Pavement Engineering. Vol. 12,No.2, pp. 177-186. [IF 0.402]

21.    Amador-Jimenez, L. and Mrawira, D ξ. 2009. RoadsPerformance Modeling & Management System from two condition data points:case study of Costa Rica”. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineering, Vol. 135, No.2, pp: 999-1007 [IF: 0.460]

Conference Proceedings


  • 1.       Maghsoudi, R. and Amador, L. 2016. Capacity-Based Optimal Allocation ofStorm Pipe Replacements: Considering Effects of Climate Change and Urbanization.To be presented at the 93th Annualmeeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies,Washington, DC.

    2.            Nabavi, M.,Saunier, N., Miranda-Moreno, L., Bruneau, N., Amador, L. 2016. Effects of Road Lighting onBicycle and Pedestrian Accident Frequency: A Case Study in Montréal. To bepresented at the 93th Annual meeting of theTransportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC.

    4.       Aldulaimi, M. andAmador Jimenez. 2016. A method to calibrate roadway lighting warrants. To be presented at the 93th Annual meeting of the Transportation ResearchBoard of the National Academies, Washington, DC.

    5.       Amador, L., and Matout, N. 2015. A low Cost method to develop an initialpavement management system. 93th Annualmeeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies,Washington, DC.

    6.       Amador, L., and Matout, N. 2015. A low Cost solution to estimatepavement roughness condition. 92th Annualmeeting of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies,Washington, DC.

    7.       Amin, M. S. R.*, Amador, L. 2014. A Performance-BasedPavement Management System for the Road Network of Montreal City – a ConceptualFramework. 12th International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP)conference on Asphalt Pavements, June 1–5, 2014, Raleigh, North Carolina

    8.       Amin, M. S. R.*, Amador, L. 2013. Spatio-temporal modeling of the impact of climatechange on road accidents - A Case Study of New Brunswick. Federal Committee onStatistical Research Conference, November 4 – 6, Washington D.C., USA.

    9.       Amin,M. S. R.*,Amador, L. 2013. A Multi-Criteria Pavement ManagementSystem for the Rural Road Network of Bangladesh. CSCE 2013 General Conference,May 29 – June 1, Montreal.

    10.   Amin, M.S.R.*, Alecsandru, C.ξ and Amador-Jiménez, L. 2013. Micro-simulationof gap acceptance by turning vehicles at a signalized intersection in auniversity campus. 48th CTRF Annual Conference, Canadian TransportationResearch Forum. Halifax,June 2013.

    11.   Amin, M.S.R.*, Amador, L., Reimer, W. ξ and Tamima, U. ξ 2013.Prediction of inter-provincial trade flow traffic to supportmulticriteria pavement management. 48th CTRF Annual Conference, CanadianTransportation Research Forum. Halifax,June 2013.

    12.   Foomani, M.G.*, Amador,L., and Khodabakhshi,A.H.* 2013. Multi-objective speedoptimization for heavy good vehicles in interrupted transportation networks.48th CTRF Annual Conference, Canadian Transportation Research Forum. Halifax, June 2013.

    13.   Amin, M.S.R.*,Alecsandru, C. ξ andAmador-Jimenez, L. 2013. The impact of bicycle path on theroad user's decision at an in-campus signalized intersection.Proceedings of the CMRSC-XXIII, 23rd CanadianMultidisciplinary Road Safety Conference. Montreal,May, 2013

    14.   Sayyadi, G.*, Amin, MSR.* and AmadorJimenez, L. A Multivariate Analysis of Road Safety Accident Index. Proceedingsof the CMRSC-XXIII, 23rd CanadianMultidisciplinary Road Safety Conference. Montreal,May, 2013

    15.   Amador Jimenez, L.and Faghih-Imani, A.* 2013. From strategic optimization to tactical plans:coordinating treatments on road infrastructure. 91th Annual meeting of theTransportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC.

    16.   Amin, M.S.R.* and AmadorJimenez, L. 2012. Spatial Analysis of Sustainable Urban Development Indicatorsfor Montreal City. Third International Conference ofthe Constructed Environment. Vancouver, BC.

    17.   Rodrigues, J.D.*, Chaverri, J. ξ and Amador, L. 2012. Strategic Pavement Management: Costa Rica’scase study. International Conference on ManagementSciences 2012, Dubai, UAE.

    18.   Willis C. ξ, and Amador Jimenez, L. 2012. A maturity approach forbusiness climate from a global perspective. InternationalConference on Management Sciences 2012, Dubai, UAE.

    19.   Amin, M.S.R.* and AmadorJimenez, L. 2012. How much forest is Required to Absorb Interprovincial Truck Flow inducedGHG emissions?. 4thTRANSLOG (Transportation and Logistics) Conference, Burlington, ON

    20.   Amin, M.S.R.* andAmador-Jimenez, L. 2012. Carbon footprintof induced Traffic from highway 25 extension project. 59th Annual North AmericanMeetings of the Regional Science Association International. Ottawa, ON.

    21.   Faghih-Imani, A.* and Amador Jimenez,L. 2012. Spatial Temporal Coordination ofMaintenance and Rehabilitation Works in Transportation Asset Management. 59thAnnual North AmericanMeetings of the Regional Science Association International. Ottawa, ON.

    22.    Amin, M.S.R.* and Amador Jimenez, L. 2012. Simulation of land use change and building construction of new roadinfrastructure. 59th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science AssociationInternational, Ottawa, ON

    23.   Amin, M.S.R.*, Alecsandru, C. ξ and AmadorJimenez, L. 2012. Calibration of identical behavior of differentvehicles for gap acceptance at a signalized intersection before and afterbicycle lane construction. 59th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International,Ottawa, ON

    24.   Amin, M.S.R.*, Oum, N.* andAmador. 2012. Qui gere le marché de l’habitation de Montreal?.  Presented at the 80th Congres of the AssociationFrancophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Montreal.

    25.   Amador-Jimenez.2012. Integral Infrastructure Management: Measuring Economic and PerformanceBenefits of Trade-Off Analysis. Presented at the 9th National Conference on Transportation AssetManagement. San Diego, CA

    26.    Amador-Jimenez, L, and Afghari, A.* 2012. Lifecycle Optimization and Tradeoff Analysis amongcompeting objectives for a road corridor. 91stAnnual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC.

    27.    Amin, M.S.R.* andAmador-Jimenez, L. 2011. Who makesinevitable conversion of the agricultural lands into urban uses at theperipheries of a Megacity?. Presented at the Second InternationalConference of the Constructed Environment. Chicago,U.S.


    28.    Amin, M.S.R.* and Amador-Jimenez, L. 2011. Land use and transport modeling to supporttransportation asset management: case study of the new Brunswick road networkand it`s regional interactions. Presented in the joint 58th North AmericaRegional Science Conference and Second Conference of the Regional Science ofthe Americas.Miami, FL.

    29.    Amador-Jimenez, L. and Mrawira, D ξ. 2011. Bayesian Regression in Deterioration Modeling:Revisiting the AASHO RoadTest Rut Depth Model”. Proceedings of the 90th Annual Congress ofthe Transportation Research Board. Washington D.C.

    30.   Amador-Jimenez, L.2011. Relating Land Use and Transport modeling with transportation assetmanagement. Proceedings of the 1st Congress of the Transportation and Development Institute of the AmericanSociety of Civil Engineers. Chicago, U.S.

    31.   Mrawira, Dξ. Kachua, S.ξ, andAmador-Jimenez, L. 2010. “Across Asset Trade-off Analysis and Framework forAdjacency Consideration in Long-term Planning for Transportation AssetManagement”. 89th Annual Meeting of the TransportationResearch Board Washington. D.C.

    32.   Amador-Jimenez, L.2009. “Multilevel Bayesian AccidentPrediction Modeling for Multi-objective Road Management Systems. Proceedings of the XV Ibero-Latin American AsphaltPavement Congress. Lisbon, Portugal.

    33.    Mrawira D.ξ, Amador-Jimenez, L. 2009. Cross-Assets Trade-off Analysis: Why Are We StillTalking About It?".Proceedings of the 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board Washington. D.C.

    34.   Mrawira D.ξ, Amador-Jimenez, L. 2008. Breaking the Silos in Asset Management:Comprehensive Optimization in Long-Term Planning over multiple asset types”. Proceedings of the 3rd European Pavement and Asset Management Conference.Lisbon,Portugal.

    35.   Amador-Jimenez, L.,Mrawira D.ξ 2008. “AssetPerformance Modelling: What to do when you only have two condition data points”. Proceedings of the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board Washington. D.C.

    36.   Mrawira D.ξ, MacNaughton J.ξ, &Amador-Jimenez, L. 2008. Pushing the frontier of Asset Management: usingtrade-off analysis across asset-types to support agency’s budget exercise”. Proceedings of the 7th InternationalConference on Managing Public Assets. CalgaryAlberta.



Participation activities

Guess Speaker

3rd International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS) 2015, Wuhan University of Technology, China

3rd International Conference on Civil Engineering, 2014, Technical University of Manabi, Ecuador

Canadian Seminar on Transportation. Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2013.

Roads Seminar 2013. Technical University of Machala. Ecuador

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