Construction Division News
President's message

Dear members: 

I am happy to report that our division has a great set of presentations lined up for the Annual Conference that is scheduled for May 19-23. As you may already know, the conference will be held at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. The research program (ISERC) has been coordinated by Laura Ikuma of Louisiana State University (LSU), Brian Kleiner of Virginia Tech, and Kari Babski-Reeves of Missouri Southern State University. We thank them for putting a fine program in place. The Research sessions are organized under several topics: Quality and Productivity in Construction, Safety in Construction, Sustainability and Environmental Impacts of Construction and a Joint Session: Ergonomics in High-Risk Industries.

The ISERC sessions will be presented on Sunday, May 20. If you plan to be at the conference on that day, be sure to attend the sessions.  More from the president 



Membership chair's message  

By George P. Gardner, state partnering coordinator, Virginia Department of Transportation 


Hello all Fellow Construction Division Members!

Let's give a big welcome to our new student liaison, Ben Freidenberg from Ohio State University!  Ben is taking over the position from Bobby Smyth who did an excellent job.  

We have all been busy helping out with the planning for the upcoming IIE Annual Conference in a few weeks. There is a great lineup of speakers for our Division including: Kevin McManus, Jorge Cossio, Lincoln Forbes, and myself. Please come by our presentations and say hello.  


We are also taking nominations for Construction Division positions.
These include:

Membership, Industry Liaison, Continuing Education, Academic/Research,

Conferences,Communications/newsletter, Social media - LinkedIn,  Mentoring (of students)

If you are interested in serving, please let us know soon.

See you in Orlando!  





Schedule at a glance for Solutions presentations for Construction

Please take note of the presentations listed below, and be sure to attend as many of them as possible! The Construction Town Hall Meeting will be held at 5:15 on Monday, May 21.





Monday, May 21

8:00 to 9:15

Kevin McManus/#234 - Addressing Performance Improvement Challenges in a Construction Setting       

9:30 - 1:00 pm


1:00 to 2:15 pm

George Gardner/#67 - Integration of Partnering Concepts into Construction Projects

2:25 to 3:40 pm

Jorge Cossio/#194 - Key Points to Succeed Applying Industrial Engineering in Construction. 5 Lessons Learned from Projects

3:50 to 4:25 pm

Lincoln Forbes/#61 - Lean Construction: A New Challenge and Opportunity for Industrial Engineers

4:30 to 5:05 pm

John Gresh - Student paper /#62 - Application of Lean Principles in Construction Management

5:15 to 6:30 pm

Construction Town Hall Mtg/#63


Tuesday, May 22

8:00 to 8:35

Farman Moayed/#167 - Occupational Vibration Exposure Assessment Among Stone Workers in Taiwan/China

8:40 to 9:15

Lauren Hale / 178 - Optimizing Design and Construction Management Proposal Preparation

9:30 to 1:00


1:00 to 1:35 pm

Ben Freidenberg/#137 - The Comer Stone: Bringing together IE
Lean and Construction

1:40 to 2:15 pm

Lincoln Forbes - Strategies for Lean Construction Projects: a discussion

2:25 (check schedule)

Kazuo Takeda - will speak in the panel symposium on construction - related issues.



Student Best Paper Competition for 2011 - 2012

The IIE Construction Division would like to congratulate Mr. John Gresh, a graduate student from Drexel University, for winning the student competition. John's paper titled "Application of Lean Principles and Practices in Construction Management" focuses on the implementation of Lean in construction to improve project management and delivery. He will be presenting his paper at the Annual IIE conference May 21th, 2012 in Orlando.

Kind regards,

Isabelina Nahmens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Holder of the McCollister Family Professorship

Dept. of Construction Management & Industrial Engineering

Louisiana State University


Social media opportunity for the Construction Division

Our division needs your help with a couple of important initiatives. We have begun to implement social media, starting with LinkedIn, and we need to start up other media such as Facebook to communicate with other members. These media will help members to share information on issues ranging from technical matters such as lean construction and Building Information Modeling (BIM) to job opportunities. If you are interested in working with social media, do let us know! The next initiative involves providing webinars via the IIE website for the benefit of Construction Division members. If you have an interest in either of these activities, please contact



Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine 


The Construction Division invites members to submit articles on construction topics through our publications committee for publication in the monthly Industrial Engineer magazine. We would like to see IE-related articles about construction included in the Industrial Engineer magazine on a regular basis, and we are starting by determining which members are interested, and the topics that they would like to write about. At this point, we would just like to see a brief outline of the topic(s) that you wish to write about. Following that we plan to provide you with the detailed publication requirements, such as the format and length to be observed for each article. By working together, we can organize our articles in a sequence that will be most interesting and informative for our readers. Please contact Lincoln Forbes.



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. We would appreciate hearing reports about construction 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 or Pam Patterson. Your thoughts and ideas will give our newsletters an international perspective that represents our membership in different parts of the world. Get in touch and let us know of your interest!



Pearl of Wisdom

"The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions."
                                                              -- Peter Drucker, Men, Ideas & Politics
May 2012 
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In This Issue
President's message
Membership chair's message
Schedule at a glance for Solutions presentations for Construction
Student Best Paper Competition for 2011 - 2012
Social media opportunity for the Construction Division
Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine
Sign Up to Join The Construction Division!
1. Go to this link
2. Select "Update Your
Member Record"

3. Set up username and password (if you don't already have one)

4. Under "Societies and Divisions," select "Edit" and click on the
Construction Division

Call Robyn Dowdall at
(800) 494-0460, ext. 102, for assistance.

It's fast, free and simple.


Construction Division Committees

Please consider joining one of the following committees and helping the division through your expertise.

Continuing education

Industry liaison
Discussion board/Website support
To get involved, contact
Construction Division Board

Lincoln Forbes

George Gardner
Membership Director 


Matt Horvat, P.E.

Industry Liaison  

Paul Ray
Education Chair

Al Attah
Program Chair

Newsletter Editor

ISERC Co-chairs
Laura Ikuma
Brian Kleiner
Lincoln Forbes

Solutions Co-chairs

George Gardner

Isabelina Nahmens - (Student Award)
Lincoln Forbes

International Correspondents
Farook Azam - India
Brent Robertson - Canada
Sammy Wan - Hong Kong
Volunteer leadership is the heart of IIE and its technical divisions.