Construction Engineering

The Construction Engineering (CON) group seeks to develop and apply advanced materials and structural systems to enhance the sustainability and resiliency of the built infrastructure through experimental, theoretical, and computational research at scales ranging from nanometers to large structures.We develop and apply engineering knowledge and technologies to construct a wide variety of infrastructure projects by selecting and organizing resources efficiently and economically to deliver projects on time, within budget, with required quality and reduced risk.
CCEE graduate student works in the Constructed Facilities Lab (CFL) on Centennial Campus. Photo by Marc Hall.
CCEE graduate student works in the Constructed Facilities Lab (CFL) on Centennial Campus. Photo by Marc Hall.

Focus Areas

Virtual Design and Construction:

The focus of this area includes the use of Building Information Management (BIM) systems, technology and modeling, tele-engineering and tele-presence, laser scanning, real time construction project monitoring, and sensors for improving construction operations and controlling construction processes.

Sustainable Concrete Materials:

The CON group has been working on several different aspects of sustainable concrete materials here at NC State in recent years. We have found ways to quantify crack densities of concrete subjected to high temperatures to determine if new, improved sustainability mixtures respond the same as conventional mixtures to aggressive exposures. The CON group also developed the software tools now sold by PCA to provide hydrologic design of pervious concrete pavements used as a “parking pond.” This software is used nationwide by designers to mitigate the deleterious effects of urbanization on stormwater runoff and receiving water quality. We have recently added a “sedimentation app” to address issues of accumulating sediment over the life of the pervious pavement. The CON group has also examined non-portland cement based mixtures to help reduce the CO2 emissions.

Construction Safety:

Unacceptable injury rates continue to be a global challenge in the construction industry. Construction workplaces around the world report over 60,000 fatal and many more non-fatal injuries every year. Our research focuses on developing and testing life-saving interventions targeted at improving worker safety. Current research efforts include:

  • Measuring and Improving Hazard Recognition
  • Construction Hazard Prevention Through Design
  • Technology Driven Safety Monitoring and Management
  • Personalized Safety Training Interventions
  • Safety Skill development

Lean Construction:

The CON group has worked to bring Lean principles to the construction industry.
Current research topics include:

  • Methods to improve work flow plan reliability
  • Causes for task starting time and duration variation
  • Quantity of time buffer added in task duration estimation at different management levels
  • Identifying the underlying social networks for construction specialty trades
  • Cost/Benefit analysis for varying levels of planning detail

The CON group works closely with member companies in the Lean Construction Institute – Carolina Community of Practice, a research centered organization that helps owners, designers, contractors, and suppliers understand their way in learning and applying Lean Construction principles and strategies.



Course Course Number Credits Current and Planned Offerings*
Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Construction Project Management CE 561 3 Live & Dist.
Lean Construction CE 562 3 Live & Dist. Live & Dist.
Legal Aspects of Contracting CE 564 3  Live Live
Construction Safety Management CE 565 3  Live Live
Risk and Financial Management CE 567 3 Live & Dist.
Building Information Modeling in Construction CE 592** 3 Live
International Construction CE 592** 3 Live & Dist. Live & Dist.
Introduction to Building Information Modeling CE 610 1 Live
Design of Temporary Structures in Construction CE 761 3 Live Live
Construction Productivity CE 762 3 Live & Dist. Live & Dist.
Materials Management in Construction CE 763 3 Live & Dist.
Dist. = Distance courses offered through Engineering Online. Live = Traditional in-class courses. *Note: Course offerings are subject to change.**Note: New courses are offered as CE 592 (“Special Topics”) until they become permanent courses, at which point the course number will change. Students may register by selecting the appropriate section of CE 592.

Graduate Course Requirements

The Master of Science (MS) degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study including up to 6 credit hours for a thesis and a final oral examination. The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study without a thesis. This degree is also available by distance education through Engineering Online.  Both degrees require 18 credit hours in civil engineering, of which 12 hours must be taken from a set of core courses in construction engineering and management.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree normally includes one academic year of full-time course work beyond the master’s degree. The major component of the Ph.D. program is preparation of a dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation that represents a significant contribution to knowledge.