Construction Division News

President's message
Lincoln Forbes
Lincoln Forbes

Dear members,

I am happy to advise that our construction division's leadership team has been working very hard to develop a strategic plan that will bring several interesting activities to our membership during 2013 and continuing through to 2015. I would like to say a special thank you to our president-elect, Matt Horvat, and Prof. Isa Nahmens for their invaluable help in putting this plan together. We also owe a big thank you to Technical Vice President Eileen Van Aken for her guidance in the process.


Introduction to this year's Construction Division themes 
By Bobby Smyth and Matt Horvat, P.E.

In an effort to deliver consistent and solid content to you, the industrial engineering construction community, we at IIE Construction have put together a set of rotating themes for our material.

  • Q1 - Ergonomics in Construction
  • Q2 - Terrestrial Construction & Supervision
  • Q3 - Ergonomics revisited & Scheduling
  • Q4 - Scheduling & Terrestrial Construction & Ergonomics

We are planning four newsletters per year plus regular updates to the IIE Construction Linked In discussion site. Naturally, we'll continue to keep you informed of annual events related to IIE.

Please reach out to Bobby Smyth with your interest to participate with sharing some of your IE related work in Construction.


Message from the Editor  

Pearl of Wisdom: "It's not the strongest species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change."

My role and purpose as the the new Newsletter Editor: Connecting the Disconnected.

We believe that conference involvement is at the core of IIE's success, while still providing you the resources virtually to succeed in academic and professional careers. This year, the construction division will bring you the four themes mentioned above drawing parallels between IE success stories in other industries and applying them to construction. In addition, we will support the student paper competition, bring technology to the forefront, and be cheerleaders for YOUR success - we are committed to serving you.

Additional opportunities always exist: including international content exposure, conference track involvement, and networking through social media!

I attended the IIE Young Professional conference in Las Vegas this past weekend and my energy level is completely rejuvenated! IIE truly takes you places; please take advantage of all that's out there and doing something extra special!
Bobby Smyth

Feature article


Ergonomics in Construction: A Case Study of Ergonomic Improvements in Concrete Chipping Operations

By Ben Freidenberg

For those of you that have ever used a chipping or pneumatic hammer, you know what a burden the thing is. It's a heavy, mechanical, wild pogo stick that you have to somehow control. It is one of many tools used in construction that is heavy, cumbersome, and required to be used repeatedly in the most awkward of positions. After using a chipping hammer all day, a worker can strongly feel the strain it incurs on their body, with symptoms such as shoulder pain, lower back pain, joint pain, and the list goes on. It is one of the many tools responsible for the tens of thousands of musculoskeletal injuries reported by construction workers each year.

Imagine if this fundamental tool, used by thousands of workers for countless hours every day, were designed with the operator in mind, with an understanding of how the construction worker operates and interacts with their equipment. Through the understanding of basic ergonomic principles, one of the staple tools in an industrial engineer's toolkit, one construction firm is noticing the benefits of ergonomic design applied to construction equipment.

Membership chair's message


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

Hello, all fellow Construction Division members!

Thanks to Lincoln and Matt and the other committee members, it looks like we have a solid lineup of speakers for the upcoming annual conference. More on that and who are presenting will be detailed later, once it's firm.

Switching gears a little, for those who may think it's too late to study and sit for the P.E. exam, think again. I almost waited too long, but was still able to luckily pass it this October. I recommend taking the review course by Larry Aft and IIE. It definitely helps you focus on what's going to be on the test - topic wise.


More from George


Student liaison's message
By Ben Freidenberg - Student liaison, IIE Construction Division
VP Brand Management, The Ohio State University Chapter


Hello friends,

It is often said that luck favors those who are prepared, and in midst of an economic recession, young industrial engineers find themselves well equipped, and very prepared for the future. With all companies looking to increase productivity and reduce costs, industrial engineering students are being hired left and right. While most occupations are expected to have average job growth in the next decade, industrial engineering is forecasted to grow by a whopping 20.3 percent, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With such a bright future for the industrial engineering profession, I challenge all IE students to seek out and seize the careers you dream of. IEs have the ability to work in any industry, whether that be construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, or even government; and I firmly believe our IE tool set, business savvy minds, and interpersonal skills make industrial engineering the greatest major on earth.


More from Ben


Social Media update!

Hello Construction Division! We hope that everyone has had a chance to check out our LinkedIn page. This is a great way to converse with those within the construction industry as well as post interesting articles and videos. We are still looking for interest from those within industry and ultimately to make a Twitter page in the near future. We have worked together to create a calendar with various topics in order to spark interest. Please, check it out!

Renee Ulstad

Social Media Liaison


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 Bobby Smyth.


March 2013 
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In This Issue
President's message
Introduction to this year's Construction Division themes
Message from the Editor
Feature article
Membership chair's message
Student liaison's message
Social Media update
Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine
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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.


Paul Ray
Education Chair

Al Attah
Program Chair

Bobby Smyth
Newsletter Editor

Renee Ulstad
Social Media Coordinator

Benjamin Freidenberg

Student Liaison
ISERC Co-chairs
Laura Ikuma
Brian Kleiner
Isabelina Nahmens
Lincoln Forbes
Solutions Co-chairs
Matthew Horvat
George Gardner
Isabelina Nahmens
Lincoln Forbes

International Correspondents
Farook Azam - India
Brent Robertson - Canada
Sammy Wan - Hong Kong
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