Once again, we are less than a month from the annual IIE Conference. This year, I am happy to say, it will be held in Miami, Florida which is my hometown. Your Construction Division has several interesting activities this year, and we encourage you to participate in them if you attend the conference.
On Sunday, May 31, we have several sessions with research papers as part of the IERC Research Conference. We had a great turnout of papers this year, indicating a growing research interest among IE's on the subject of construction. Dr. Craig Harvey was very instrumental in pulling this program together, and we thank him for his contribution. We have also partnered with the Ergonomics Division with papers that reflect ergonomics applications in construction. more
|At IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Miami...
Help us Plan for the Future!
Construction Division Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, June 2 | 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Room: Plum A
The Town Hall Meeting is a very important feature of the Division's activities at each Annual Conference, and this year is no exception. For your convenience, it will be held as the last session (3:45pm to 5pm) of the Construction Solutions track on Tuesday, June 2.
The agenda will include:
- Presentation of the 2009 award for the Best Student Construction Paper
- Filling open positions in the Division's board for:
- International representatives
- Nomination/selection of a chair for the next conference
- Specific plans for serving members better - job networking, etc.
PLEASE JOIN US AND BE A PART OF PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE!
The session will be in Meeting Room-Plum A
Results of the Student Best Paper Award
We congratulate the following students who distinguished themselves in the competition for the best paper relating to construction.
We sincerely thank the sponsor of the award , Mr. Dan Epstein, Chairman of the CONAM Group of Companies.
FIRST PLACE: Sammy K. Wan, Department of Civil Engineering, U of Hong
Kong. "Understanding and Managing Dynamic Behaviours of Critical Production Wastes in Hong Kong Building Projects"
2ND PLACE: (Honorable Mention) Digvesh Khot, Louisiana State University
"Evaluation and Comparative Analysis of Construction Warning Labels"
3RD PLACE: (Honorable Mention) Rebecca Pasternack, University of Southern California "Building Information Modeling and Lean Construction"
The first place winner receives a $1,500 cash award and $1,000 in travel and conference expenses.
Sunday, May 31
Schedule for Construction Papers in the IERC Program
Fifteen papers are included in the following five sessions:
Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3
Schedule for Construction Papers in Solutions Session
Profile of Mr. George Gardner - State Partnering Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Transportation|
George will be presenting a paper in the Solutions Track titled: "Successful Partnering Methodology Deployment at the Virginia Department of Transportation." We talked with him about his professional journey and his thoughts on the roles that IE's can play in the construction industry.
(1) What has been your involvement with the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)?
IIE has always been an important part of my professional development. I have been a member of IIE for almost twenty years now, having served as Richmond-Virginia Chapter President, Vice-President, and Newsletter Editor. Also, I have given presentations at some of the IIE Annual Conferences on various subjects and have attended various courses in IIE's Continuing Education Program. more
|WANTED: STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE:|
We are looking for an enterprising student to serve as Student Liaison for the Construction Division. The current Liaison,Kyle Verzello, is graduating and moving on with his career.
The Student Liaison will be a member of the Construction Division's Board and will serve as a link between the student members and the professional members.
Interested parties should contact Pam Patterson at IIE Headquarters.
WANTED: INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS
The Construction Division has a special opportunity for members who wish to serve as international correspondents. Our members reside in several different regions of the world, and it is always refreshing and informative to hear what is going on in those countries with regard to the construction industry. For example, John Murphy, has provided us with interesting articles and commentary on the construction industry in the United Kingdom. We would appreciate hearing similar stories from members in such regions as Canada, Europe, Central and South America, The Middle East, Africa, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Australia and the Caribbean to name a few.
The Construction Division is committed to sharing knowledge and information among our members to enable us to have a significant positive impact on the Design and Construction industry in all regions of the world. You do not have to be a professional writer! Just give us the basic ideas,and we can work with you to make their presentation as easy to read and interesting as possible.
Please let us hear from you as soon as possible; contact Lincoln Forbes. Your thoughts and ideas will give our newsletters an international perspective. Get in touch and let us know of your interest!
|Student Message |
By Kyle Verzello
Summer is always an exciting time for students. Usually we are taking a break from classes, looking for an internship or maybe that first job. As for me, I will be finishing my degree at Georgia Tech! Finally.This will be my last student message as I will be resigning as the Construction Division's Student Liaison. It has been a positive experience for me to be able to have contact with people like Dr. Forbes and other members of the Construction Division. They need our input! I encourage any one of you step up and become the Student Liaison. You will have the opportunity to write the student message, promote the student paper competition, and participate in conference calls with the board. Also, I encourage all to pursue an opportunity to intern or work with a construction company. The internship I had opened my eyes to how processes work, how people in construction communicate, as well as allowed me to see how I can make a difference. Best of luck to all!
|Pearl of Wisdom
"Action is the foundational key to all success. "