Construction Division News
President's message
Dear members,
I am looking forward expectantly to this year's Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in Cancún, Mexico. The event will take place from June 5-9 and will feature a wide variety of seminars, presentations, exhibits and meetings that are invaluable to all IEs who wish to stay abreast of the many advances in the field. More from the president
Exciting presentations scheduled for the Construction Solutions Track in Cancún

The Construction track will be held in the Coral Kingdom 3 conference room starting on Monday, June 7, and ending the following morning, June 8. The presentations and their time slots can be found here.
Please be sure to attend the track, especially the Town Hall Meeting!
Membership chair's message  
By George P. Gardner, state partnering coordinator, Virginia Department of Transportation 
Hello all!
For those who are going to Cancún - congratulations! It is most likely a well-deserved break for all of you. I have always said that you can learn more in a relaxed environment.
We have had a lot of positive activity in the Construction Division since the last time we spoke. We received several really high quality student papers for the conference competition, which made it difficult to narrow down the winner. 

Also, we have had more contributing writers come aboard with an international flair, including:         
  • Farook Azam (India)         
  • Bobby Smyth (U.S. - our student liaison)       
  • Sammy Wan (China)       
  • Brent Robertson (Canada)       
  • Paula Eick (U.S) 
Our next couple of newsletters will include articles from these contributors. Be on the look-out for some great information.

Have a great conference and we will speak again soon.
Paul Ray, University of Alabama - Continuing education chair
Paul S. Ray of the University of Alabama (UA) has graciously volunteered to serve the Construction Division as the Chair of Continuing Education. Paul is a Fellow of IIE and is a professor of Construction Engineering & Management in UA's Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Tuscaloosa, Ala. He has been very active in the Construction Division as a frequent conference presenter and as a judge for the Student Best Paper Award. Paul's unique expertise as both an IE and a seasoned construction professional will be highly valuable to the division as we seek to pave the way for other industrial engineers to apply their skills in the construction industry. We thank him for his support to the division and look forward to working with him in this new role.
Matt Horvat of Lean Project Consulting Inc. - Industry liaison chair
We are pleased to announce that Matt Horvat, PE, PMP, is now serving the Construction division as Industry Liaison chair. Matt is a consultant with Lean Project Consulting Inc. (LPC), a firm that provides management consulting services to the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.  Matt has been an active member of the division for several years, and has served as a judge for the Student Best Paper Award. He is uniquely qualified to serve in this role as he is actively involved in lean construction, a cutting edge approach that is being gradually adopted by the construction industry. Matt has adapted IE principles to the construction industry since his first job out of college building homes, then as a consultant program manager for a local government, prior to undertaking his current position. He earned his master's degree in industrial engineering (quality and reliability) from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management. We look forward to Matt's guidance in serving the construction industry.

Construction - A diverse Industry for the industrial engineer 

By Matt Horvat, consultant, Lean Project Consulting 

Here is a sure sign that industrial engineers are needed in the construction industry: More owners are asking for contractors to have experience with lean construction. Lean Project Delivery includes three opportunities: reliable planning, customer-focused work structuring, and a contract that  "incentivizes" whole-project cost reduction. Together, these three opportunities are opening up a whole new world to contractors which require new processes and behaviors. Full article 
Safety and quality in construction - Applying IE principles to improve processes
By Paula Eick, safety director, Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Imagine how many parts go into building a large commercial aircraft. It is in the order of millions. Each part must be installed correctly and in the right sequence before that aircraft can ever get off the ground. The manufacturing conditions and environment are well controlled and the processes are largely repeatable leading to a successful product rolling off the factory floor. Read more
International articles
Construction workers registration scheme in Hong Kong: An initial step towards mistake-proofing checks
By Sammy Wan, University of Hong Kong
In comparison with the manufacturing industry, the construction industry has been criticized for the relatively poor performance in operation and the existence of unwanted production wastes. Full article
The Construction Industry in India

By Farook Azam, international correspondent - India
The development of physical infrastructure in India and, consequently, the construction sector has been in focus during the last decade. Read the complete article
Student's liaison message
Bobby Smyth, Ohio State University
Hello everyone

First, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to those who have reached out to me and helped me out since I began working with this division. Everyone that I have interacted with so far, both students and professional members, have given me great confidence about the capabilities of this division. More
Pearl of wisdom
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
May 2010
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In This Issue
President's message
Exciting presentations scheduled for the Construction Solutions Track in Cancún
Membership chair's message
International articles
Student's liaison message
Pearl of wisdom
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IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2010  
At the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Cancún, Mexico ...
Help us plan for the future!
Construction Division Town Hall Meeting
5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 7
Meeting Room: Coral Kingdom 3

The Town Hall Meeting is a very important feature of the Division's activities at each Annual Conference, and this year is no exception.
The agenda will include:
  • Presentation of the 2010 award for the Best Student Construction Paper
  • Filling open positions in the Division's  board                  
  • Nomination/selection of a chair for the next conference
  • Specific plans for serving members better (job networking, etc.)


Mentoring and internship opportunities for IE students in the construction industry 

Interested parties, contact Mr. Al Attah.