Construction Division News

President's message
Lincoln Forbes
Lincoln Forbes

Dear members:

The Annual Conference in Puerto Rico is mere days away, and I am certainly looking forward to it. As you may already know, the conference will be held from Saturday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 22. Our Construction Division has several interesting presentations lined up, and I am sending a special invitation to all Division members who attend the conference to make a point of turning out and packing the presentation room!  We need you to support our program by attending and participating. Be sure to bring a friend or colleague along with you!

The program is subdivided into two main headings: a) The Solutions Track, which presents papers that demonstrate applications of IE principles to practical situations in the industry setting; and b) the Research Track, which presents the latest concepts and cutting edge trends that influence the direction of the construction industry. The research sessions are a part of the ISERC program that includes research offerings across all areas of the IE spectrum. Read more from Lincoln 


Overview of the Construction Division Solutions Track




The track is on May 20 and will include several interesting presentations.


Click here for times, titles, presenters and moderators.


ISERC Track at Conference
By Laura Ikuma

We are excited to be hosting three sessions at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference focused on construction research. We have a total of 10 presentations divided into human factors and safety, construction productivity, and energy and the environment. Topics range from Kinect applications in construction to evaluations of driver behavior in construction zones. These presentations represent cutting-edge research going on in industrial engineering as applied to construction. Hope to see you there!

Ergonomics and Safety in Construction: Monday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. (Location: Salon del Mar A) Chaired by Dr. Fereydoun (Fred) Aghazadeh
(Note this is immediately following the Construction Division Town Hall meeting!)
Construction Productivity:Tuesday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. (Location: Salon del Mar B) Chaired by Dr. Isabelina Nahmens

Energy and the Environment: Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 a.m.
(Location: Salon del Mar B) Chaired by Al Attah


Message from the Editor  

Pearl of Wisdom: "By making yourself vulnerable, you don't lose anything, you actually gain a ton." - Matthew Kelly
Allow me to reiterate my mission as newsletter editor: 'connecting the disconnected.' Our shared goal with this publication is to encourage you to get outside your comfort zone and just say 'yes' in Puerto Rico. As one of IIE's fastest growing divisions, we need you to venture into a non-traditional IE environment, the construction industry. Make yourself vulnerable to the first step: attend one of our sessions (research or industry track) at this year's conference. Those of us lucky enough to travel to Puerto Rico are promised beautiful sun and incredible networking, but many will not have an open mind and go outside their expertise during the tracks. Construction Division is run by amiable and devoted members who will greet you with a smile.

Please enjoy the guest author, Dr. P.K. Joy as the second installment of themes outlined in our strategic plan - Supervision. His article discusses a very real issue that IE's are facing everyday across MANY different industries including construction.

Thanks for your positive feedback and support from last quarter's construction division newsletter, one of our most popular yet.

Conference is the core of IIE's success; it continues to take us places. We look forward to all of our esteemed speakers and the announcement of our competition winners!

Thanks so much,

Bobby Smyth
Project Manager at AMEND Consulting

Feature article


Impact of Baby Boomers' Retirement 

By Dr. P. K. Joy 

A major human resources problem needing industry leaders' urgent attention

Retirement of construction executives born in the Baby Boomers Era (1946-64), taking away with them the much-needed and not-so-easily replaceable hands-on experience, conventional knowledge, multidisciplinary skills, and traits of personal commitment that they gained in the developmental stages of the industry, is posing a major problem to human resources (HR) planners in the construction industry.

This problem is more in the construction industry than in others because the possibility to automate and digitize the operations is less in construction than in others, and the former still depends largely on human resources. When it comes to manual operations, the above-mentioned human attributes are keys to efficiency and overall success of projects. As a class, the baby boomers are known to possess these qualities because of their privileged upbringing under the newly introduced lavish post-war government subsidies. 

Read the full article

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


I hope everyone is having a successful end of the year, and is looking forward to the summer months. As a fourth year at The Ohio State University, my time left at school grows short. Upon reflecting on the experiences I've had these recent years, what has been most valuable to me has not been any particular knowledge or skill, but the people I have met: an amazing network of peers, professors and friends.

The network of people you forge in college and in IIE is something that will remain with you for life. I strongly urge everyone to connect with as many industry professionals and peers as possible. Don't be afraid to seek out a mentor in your field of interest, to introduce yourself to an executive at work, or to grab coffee with a colleague. These are the people who may someday get you a job, and who will remain lifelong friends with whom you will learn from and have fun.


More from Ben



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.


May 2013 
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In This Issue
President's message
Overview of the Construction Division Solutions Track
ISERC Track at Conference
Message from the Editor
Feature article
Student liaison's message
Wanted: Construction articles for Industrial Engineer magazine
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Construction Division Committees

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Continuing education

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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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