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Construction Division

IIE's Construction Division brings together members who are involved in all facets of the construction industry, such as design, value engineering, project management, research, safety and ergonomics. With these combined resources, we hope to bring to the construction industry a rich supply of knowledge, innovation and experience that can have the kind of positive impact that IEs have long used to bring the manufacturing and service industries to superlative levels of performance. Review the Construction Division mission statement.

President's message 

Al Attah 

Dear Division Members, 

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014!

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of you for your support this past year. Without your support we could not have completed some critical items such as the Strategic Plan and the 2012/2013 Division Health Report (DHR). Based on the preliminary feedback we received on the DHR, we are in good shape.  

More from the president 

2014 Student Paper Competition winner - Laura Florez

Competition sponsored by the ConAm Group
Congratulations to Laura Florez, Georgia Institute of Technology, winner of the 2014 Construction Division Student Paper Competition! View Laura's winning paper, "Decision Support System for Sustainable Labor Management in Masonry Construction." The competition is sponsored by the ConAM Group, a builder and developer of residential projects throughout the United States.

Interview with Tom Thistleton - COO of Pioneer Cladding & Glazing

In the September 2013 Newsletter, I was able to explore the burgeoning trend of Prefabrication, a practice that unites the formerly disparate worlds of manufacturing and construction into a single hybrid industry. Although last issue’s article provided an idealistic argument as to the numerous benefits behind this activity, this month I was able to interview Tom Thistleton – COO of Pioneer Cladding & Glazing LLC – to garner a more realistic take on the benefits, challenges, and future trends surrounding this industry. Read a transcription of his thoughts 

Feature article

Schedule Control Techniques
By Dr. P.K. Joy
Time-Crashing – A Simplistic Method for Cost-Benefit Evaluation
When faced with 'Time Overrun" (TOR), project owners and consultants in general would hastily take all sorts of time-crashing (TC) measures for putting the delayed project back on tack and achieving the scheduled completion. Read the full article.

Lean Construction is flourishing in Brazil

By Lincoln Forbes, Ph.D., P.E.
Lean construction is flourishing in Brazil. We often expect developing nations to lag behind the US in the adoption of modern technologies. This past August (2013) I attended a construction conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, and was most pleasantly surprised. Read more 

Social Media Byline

As the social media chair, I would like to alert everyone to become a member of the IIE Construction Division LinkedIn page. This is a great way to start conversation amongst cohorts and even learn something new! Read more 

Conference seminar on lean and safety

Laura Ikuma and Isabelina Nahmens, director and president-elect of the Construction Division, respectively, are hosting a special seminar at the IIE Annual Conference in Montreal. Find out more about the seminar.

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.

International Correspondents – The Construction Division has a special opportunity for members who wish to serve as international correspondents.

Mentoring and Internship Opportunities for IE Students in the Construction Industry – One of the goals of the Construction Division is to assist members in becoming actively involved in the construction industry.

Reviewed Links

Lean Construction Institute
Rapid Prototyping Laboratory 

Archived Newsletters

February 2014
September 2013
May 2013
March 2013
November 2012
September 2012
May 2012
March 2012
August 2011
May 2011
December 2010
August 2010 
May 2010 
January 2010
October 2009
August 2009 
May 2009
February 2009
October 2008
July 2008
April 2008
February 2008
November 2007 

Construction Division Committees

  • Membership
  • Newsletter/publications
  • Continuing education
  • Conference
  • Academic/research
  • Industry liaison
  • Discussion board/website support

To get involved, contact Lincoln Forbes at (305) 995-4801.

Construction Division Board

Volunteer leadership is the heart of IIE and its technical divisions.



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