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.
Pollutant Emission Reduction:
At NC State, we have conducted several studies examining the air pollution emissions associated with construction projects. Our research has established that typical differences in operational efficiency arising from commonly used construction contracts have little practical effect on the amount of air pollution created. We continue to work on a better understanding of how to develop contract specifications to minimize air pollution during construction, which requires an understanding of air pollution (CE 576), contract law (CE 564), highway design, operational efficiency and construction methodology (CE 765) and construction project management (CE 561).
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 2012||Spring 2013||Sum 2013||Fall 2013||Spring 2014|
|Construction Project Management||CE 561||3||Live & Dist.|
|Legal Aspects of Contracting||CE 564||3||Live||Live|
|Construction Safety Management||CE 565||3||Live & Dist.|
|Risk and Financial Management||CE 567||3||Live & Dist.|
|Construction Engineering Lab||CE 568||1||Live||Live||Live||Live|
|Pre-Construction||CE592**||3||Live & Dist.|
|International Construction||CE592**||3||Live & Dist.|
|CII Best Practices||CE592**||3||Live & Dist.||Live & Dist.|
|Construction Productivity||CE 762||3||Live||Live & Dist.|
|Materials Management in Construction||CE 763||3||Live|
|Advanced Construction Equipment Systems||CE 765||3||Live||Live|
|Dist. = Distance courses offered through Engineering Online.*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.