NEW FRONTIERS in CONSTRUCTION


CERC’s Spring Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual conference that strives to inform on a wide variety of important, current and emerging issues affecting the Built Environment industry.  The conference is comprised of panels, round-tables, workshops, and poster presentations, and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.  

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2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE


PRE-CONFERENCE

Join Dr. Yong Woo Kim on Wednesday, March 14th for the pre-conference, A Missing Link in Reliable Planning. The workshop includes two presentations and panel discussion on reliable production planning and the UW’s journey to Lean construction. Event will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, and up to 35 seats are available. Please use the link below to register for the pre-conference and reserve your seat. Registration is free with the conference registration.

2018 Conference Agenda


7:30 AM - Breakfast and Student Presentations

Thanks to our Applied Research Consortia (ARC) industry partners, Skanska and Turner, for sponsoring our networking breakfast.


9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick, CM Professor


9:15 AM - Keynote : central Building Information Management (cBIM)

Frank Peters, LAWA cBIM Program Manager at Los Angeles World Airport

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - SESSION 1

See below to choose among Session 1 options


... 1A - Construction Management Education

Lead: Bill Bender (UW CM Department Chair and Professor)

Speakers: Dave Carns (Professor at Central Washington University), Warren Plugge (Associate Professor at Central Washington University)

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... 1B - Making Net Zero Buildings: MEP Design Criteria for Reducing Emissions in High Performance Buildings

Lead: Monica Huang (Research Engineer at UW)

Speaker: Brian Griffith (Managing Principal at Integral Group), Barbara Rodriguez (PhD Candidate at UW)

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... 1C - Tech and Teams

Lead: Carrie Sturts Dossick (UW CERC Executive Director and CM Professor)

Speakers: John Messner (Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State University), Laura Osburn (Research Scientist at UW), Jack Ray (Vice President/COO at CCI Engineering Services)

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12:00 PM - 1:30 - Lunch & Poster Session

Enjoy lunch from 12:00 – 12:30, when the poster session and lightening rounds will begin. Learn about student research and network with colleagues.


1:30 PM - Keynote : Innovation Through Practice

Carrie Sturts Dossick, UW CERC Executive Director and CM Professor

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2:30 PM - 4:00 pm - SESSION 2

See below to choose among Session 2 options.


... 2A - Emergent Project Delivery, Procurement, and Contracting

Lead: Giovanni Migliaccio (UW CERC Associate Director and CM Professor)

Speakers: Markku Allison (Director of Engagement and Innovation at Chandos Construction) Jeannie Natta (Project Manager at UW CPD), Janice Zahn (Assistant Director Engineering at Port of Seattle)

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... 2B - Communicating Safety and Health in Construction

Lead: Ken-yu Lin (UW CM Associate Professor)

Speaker: Linda Goldenhar (Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Construction Research and Evaluation (CPWR))

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... 2C - International Construction Projects in a Digital World

Lead: Katharina Klemt-Albert (Professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Speakers: Robert Hartung (PhD Candidate at Leibniz Universität, Hannover), Sara Omrani (Research Associate at Queensland University of Technology), Sheryl Staub-French (Professor at University of British Columbia)

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4:00 - 5:00 pm - HAPPY HOUR

Enjoy a beverage (cash-bar) and snacks while you mingle with colleagues and talk with vendors.


POSTER & PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS

The Call for Posters & Presentations is now closed.

2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Agenda


7:30 AM - Breakfast

We are honored to partner with Northwest Construction Consumer Council who has generously sponsored our networking breakfast.


9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick, CERC Executive Director and CM Professor


9:15 AM - Keynote: Taming Multidimensional Complexity of Major Projects

Professor Klemt-Albert is director of the department Construction Management and Digital Engineering at Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany. In her previous position, she was heading as CTO an international engineering and consulting company with 1,500 associates, realizing major projects worldwide with focus on Germany, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore and China.

Keynote Bio

Major projects are a big challenge for responsible engineers and owners due to their multidimensional complexity. Analyzed systematically, there are four big challenges interacting in design and realization of Mega Projects. Besides obvious challenges in technique and project management, there are challenges in communication and culture, which are, though soft components, crucial for success.

Answering the question, how digital engineering contributes to master complexity in major projects, Prof. Klemt-Albert will focus on research and the current state of implementation of Building Information Modeling in the European and German infrastructure.

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM - SESSION 1

See below to choose among Session 1 options. Please note that CERC is now an AIA CES Approved Provider. The sessions listed offer both Learning Units (LU) and Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) units. If you would like to take advantage of AIA CES Learning Units, Please select your sessions from the Agenda during the registration process, and be sure to input your AIA member number on the profile page.


... 1A - Getting to Zero: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Building Construction (1.5 LU)

Lead: Kate Simonen
Presenters: Barbara Rodriguez (UW), Erin McDade (Arch 2030), Stacy Smedly(Skanska)

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... 1B - New Tech and New Teams: Industry Trends in Working Together with Data (1.5 LU)

Lead: Carrie Dossick
Presenters: Kacie Shull et al (CSU), Heta Kosonen (UW), Bita Astaneh Asl (UW), Alireza Borhani (UW)

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View Presentation Slides 1: Record Modeling Process and Specification

View Presentation Slides 2: Implementation Digital Visualization Technology within the Construction Education


... 1C - Tunnels, Trains, and Construction Innovations: Overcoming Obstacles to Bertha and the I-90 Light Rail (1.5 LU)

Lead: Kamran Nemati
Presenter: David Sowers, Project Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

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View Presentation Slides: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

... 1D - Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) (1.5 LU/HSW)

Lead: Ken-Yu Lin

Presenters: Noah Seixas (UW), Chris Mak (UW), Miriam Calkins (UW), Diane Davies

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View Presentation Slides: Gender, Health & Safety in the Construction Trades


12:00 PM - 1:30 - Lunch & Poster Session

Enjoy lunch from 12:00 – 12:30, when the poster session and lightening rounds will begin. Learn about student research and network with colleagues.


1:30 PM - Keynote: From Vision to Implementation: a Converging Pathway of an Eco-System of Construction Innovation

Xiangyu Wang. The world is now in the early stages of the fourth industrial revolution, which are bringing together digital and physical systems. Dramatic changes are all around us across all sectors, happening at exponential speed. The vision of tomorrow’s construction, as part of the fourth industrial revolution is a highly dynamic, customized and resource-friendly smart industry.

Today’s construction processes could become highly integrated and situation-awareness systems with a significant portion of embedded intelligences, where digital systems (e.g., design, information, communication) and physical systems (e.g., machines/equipment, raw materials, labor) are coming together within an “Internet of Everything” and cooperatively drive construction. Physical resources find their way independently through the logistics and construction processes.

To move towards the vision more effectively, inter-disciplinary approaches are not sufficient but a converging way will replace. This keynote presents a pathway of converging research that creates an eco-system which integrates industry and academia together. This partially proved pathway is also further underpinned by enumerating a variety of emerging integrations of new business models, disruptive technologies and innovative management philosophies.
Keynote Bio


2:30 PM - 4:00 pm - SESSION 2

See below to choose among Session 2 options. Please note that CERC is now an AIA CES Approved Provider. The sessions listed offer both Learning Units (LU) and Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) units. If you would like to take advantage of AIA CES Learning Units, Please select your sessions from the Agenda during the registration process, and be sure to input your AIA member number on the profile page.


... 2A - Industry-Academic Innovators (1.5 LU)

Lead: Carrie Sturts Dossick
Presenters: Ivanka Iordanova (Pomerleau Inc.), Michael Parkes (Hansen Yuncken), Jason Santeford (Stantec), and Aubrey Tucker (Stantec)

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... 2B - Sustainability in Construction: Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment (1.5 LU/HSW)


... 2C - Solving Critical Construction and Design Errors: A Tale of Water and Fire (1.5 LU)

Lead: Saeed Daniali

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4:00 - 5:00 pm - HAPPY HOUR

Thanks to our own CM Construction Industry Advisory Council (CIAC) for Happy Hour sponsorship! Enjoy a beverage (cash-bar) and snacks while you mingle with colleagues and talk with vendors at the technology booths.


SIDE EVENTS

We’ve partnered to provide several terrific events alongside the 2017 Conference! Come early or stay late to take advantage of these opportunities. Wednesday, March 15th is both the BIMSummit with bimSMART Foundation and an “All Hands on Tech” Technology Showcase & Happy Hour with BuiltWorlds. Stay a few extra days to participate in the AEC Hackathon!

POSTER & PRESENTATION  SUBMISSION

The Call for Posters & Presentations is now closed

2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Thank you to all who attended our 2016 Conference. It was a great success!

The events centered around six in-depth sessions,  highlighting industry-academic partnerships, applied research and research and development in the following areas:

  • Safety & Health Profs. Ken-Yu Lin, Giovanni Migliaccio and Edmond Seto (this year’s session to be held collaboratively with the NWCOHS, a NIOSH-funded education and research center at the UW)
  • Project Delivery & Management Profs. Ahmed Abdel Aziz and Giovanni Migliaccio (i.e., Public-Private Partnerships,  collaboration)
  • Virtual Design & Construction Prof. Carrie Sturts Dossick (i.e., Asset information exchange, BIM in Operations, BIM for Design and Construction of Data Centers)
  • Lean Construction Profs. Yong Kim and Chris Lee (i.e. Integrated Project Delivery, Contracting for Lean Delivery, and agent-based modeling)
  • Sustainability in Construction – Profs. Bill Bender and Chris Lee (applied research and integration of sustainable practices in AEC industry, industry professional to discuss LEED platinum or Living Building Challenge experience)
  • Infrastructure Development Prof. Kamran Nemati (Heavy civil, tunneling)

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Keynote exploring the topic of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) adoption in North America and how it combines with IT and Lean for improved project outcomes:

Renée Cheng – Architect and University of Minnesota Professor and Associate Dean of Research. Specialist in design pedagogy, emerging technologies in construction, and current innovations and trends in professional practice. Markku Allison AIA – Architect and Founder of SCAN Consulting. Award-winning designer and thought-leader on design and construction industry transformation issues.

Markku Allison, AIA – Architect and Founder of SCAN Consulting. Award-winning designer and thought-leader on design and construction industry transformation issues.

Keynote Presentation

We held networking breakfasts and an extensive poster session highlighting applied research.
Through an exciting partnership with BuiltWorlds, we are also offered an afternoon technology showcase with a cadre of special guests
allowing the audience a chance to test drive important technologies and go 
All Hands on Tech”.

Full Event Agenda [PDF]

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7:30 – 8:55 a.m. Special Breakfast Sessions [CIAC Board, Safety & Health, Owners Info. Exchange]
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Conference Welcome – Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1
A Health & Safety
B Virtual Design & Construction
10:45 – 12:00 p.m. Session 2
A Infrastructure/Modern Technology in Heavy Civil
B Lean Construction
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Posters/Exhibitor
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Session 3
A Sustainability in Construction
B Project Delivery
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. KEYNOTES
3:50 – 5:30 p.m. Technology Showcase – “All Hands on Tech” – Happy Hour
Technology Showcase featuring Bluebeam, Autodesk BIM 360 and Pavia Systems as well as demonstrations from local AEC/VR Hackathon organizer/entrepreneur and Laser Scanning demo by Hoffman Construction and UW Campus Engineering.

2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE


The 2015 event featured research on BIM, safety, lean construction, ergonomics, education, and communication. You will find resources from the event below. 

2015 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome and opening remarks
10:30 – 11:45 am Session 1
Session 1 Health and Safety
Sathyanarayanan Rajendran Construction Site Safety
John Gambatese Construction Engineering: Designing Formwork and Concrete Structures for Safety
Ken-Yu Lee Safety Technology: LED for Temporary Construction Lighting
Session 2 BIM for Facilities Management
Sheryl Staub-French Investigating BIM-Based Collaboration
Steve Hutsell & Van Woods Is There Any Place For COBie Outside The Building?
Yong Woo Kim Leadership for Lean Implementation at Capital Projects
12:00 – 1:30 pm Poster Session and Lunch
  • F2-COBie project
    Bita Astaneh Asl Lokesh Masania
  • What is the Taxonomy? A Study on the Implementation of Enterprise Asset Management System at Sound Transit
    Mihir Bharmal
  • Building Use Audit Procedure
    Alireza Borhani Julie Kreigh
  • Permeable Pavement in Low Impact Development
    Liyang Chen
  • Barriers to Good Front End Planning
    Nikeshwar Duvuri
  • Pixel Management
    Mahshid Gharibimarzancola
  • Case study: Process Mapping BIM to Prefabrication in a Retrofit Construction Project
    Arundhati Ghosh
  • Implementation of Lean Construction with New Subcontractor
    Anirudh Gupta
  • Total Worker Health
    Tahni Hartso
  • Subcontracting Practices: The Owner’s Involvement in Subcontractor Selection
    Luigia Iannotta Jeff Ottesen
  • 4D Scheduling & Industry Collaboration: Filling the BIM Void
    David Martin
  • Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Non-Traditional Playgrounds
    Doris McMahon
  • Building Information Modeling: Effects of Leadership and Team Structure
    Nhi Nguyen
  • A Categorization of Subcontracting Practices in the Northwest
    Natasha Osmanbhoy Salvatore Biancardo Jeff Ottesen
  • Schedule Activity Density Analysis
    Jeff Ottesen
  • Immersive Virtual Reality
    Lucky Agung Pratama
  • Success of Public-Private Partnership Projects in Generation Sector in Saudi Arabia
    Khaled Rezqallah
  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems
    HaoDuo Yang
1:45 – 3:00 am Session 2
Session 1 Construction Engineering
Robert Seghetti Accelerated Construction Techniques Material, Equipment and Processes
Kamran Nemati Accelerated Construction of Urban Intersections with Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP)
Session 2 Construction Education
Thomas Korman Enhancing CEM Education with Company Simulation
Anne Anderson Global Teams in Virtual Worlds
David Martin 4D Scheduling & Industry Collaboration: Filling the BIM Void