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Development of Reduced Cementitious Materials Concrete (RCMC) Mixtures for Bridge Decks and Rails , Soumitra Das

Using Cost Simulation and Computer Vision to Inform Probabilistic Cost Estimates , Shu Jing Ding

Repair and Strengthening of Concrete Bridges Using Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) , Antony Kodsy

Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) Deck-To-Girder Connection For Accelerated Bridge Construction , Mostafa Abo El-Khier

Bayes’ Network and Smart Sensors – Occupancy Detection , Donald Tryon

The Impact of Extreme Virtual Elevation above Grade on Construction Workers' Physiological Responses, Physical Responses, and Task Performance , Mahmoud Habibnezhad

A Study on Residential Construction Energy Code Compliance in Nebraska , Aaron Thompson

PREDICTING CONSTRUCTION LABOR PRODUCTIVITY WITH BAYESIAN BELIEF NETWORKS , Ayoub Hazrati

ASSESSING GAIT AND POSTURAL STABILITY OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS USING WEARABLE WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS , Houtan Jebelli

Estimation of Optimal Productivity in Labor-Intensive Construction Operations , Krishna Prasad Kisi

A Framework for Estimating Labor Productivity Frontiers , Nirajan Mani

AIRBORNE INFECTION IN HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTS: IMPLICATIONS TO HOSPITAL CORRIDOR DESIGN , Ehsan Mousavi

Evaluate Students’ Learning Effectiveness of HVAC System Using 3D Game Animation , Lalitha Devi Nandam

Evaluating the Impact of Bridge Deck Removal Method on the Performance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete I-Girders , Shaddi Assad

COMPARATIVE STUDY OF BASE-ISOLATED AND FIXED-BASE BUILDINGS USING A DAMAGE/COST APPROACH , Martin Lashgari

Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panel Corbels without Thermal Bridging , Mohamed Elkady

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Truss-Girder for Roof Applications , Peter S. Samir

AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACTS OF TEMPERATURE SEGREGATION ON HOT MIX ASPHALT , Thaddaeus A. Bode

Efficient Prestressed Concrete-Steel Composite Girder for Medium-Span Bridges , Yaohua Deng

Automatic Object Recognition and Registration of Dynamic Heavy Equipment Using a Hybrid LADAR System , Mengmeng Gai

Applications of Cobb-Douglas Production Function in Construction Time-Cost Analysis , Ashkan Hassani

EFFICIENT PRECAST/PRESTRESSED FLOOR SYSTEM FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION , Eliya Henin

Curriculum Development for Recession Displaced Workers in Green Construction Industries , John Earl Killingsworth

In-Plane Shear Resistance of Sustainable Structural Walls With Large Openings , Matija Radovic

Determining a Community Retrofit Strategy for the Aging Housing Stock Using Utility and Assessor Data , Nathan A. Barry

Effectiveness Study on Temporary Pavement Marking Removals Methods , Koudous Kabassi

Effectiveness study of Non-Nuclear Gauge for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Pavement Construction , Ziqing Zhuang

Affordable Lightweight High Performance Concrete (ALWHPC) - Expanding The Envelope of Concrete Mix Design , Kevin J. Simons

Development of High Performance Precast/Prestressed Bridge Girders , Amin K. Akhnoukh

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All master’s theses completed through the Graduate College of Western Michigan University since 2012 have been entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies from earlier years are available through interlibrary loan. We have a few digital copies of earlier years. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

Investigating Disparities and Safety Equity in Pedestrian Nighttime Crashes in Michigan , Sia Isaria Mwende

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Evaluating the Impacts of Building Information Modeling on Construction Change Orders in Iraq , Nehad Alshebbany

Numerical Performance Evaluation of the Wooden Frame Structures with Adhesive Applied Connection under Wind and Seismic Loading , Sharthak Bhandary

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Establishing Delay-Based Criteria for Installing Traffic Signals at Two-Lane Roundabouts , Oluwaseun Ayomide Adegbaju

From Architectural Design to Structural Analysis: A Data-Driven Approach to Study Building Information Modeling (BIM) Interoperability , Mohammed Aldegeily

Evaluation of Bike Boxes and Protected Intersections with Bicycle Signal Treatments for Improving Safety and Multimodal Mobility at Urban Signalized Intersections , Odai Al Houz

Enabling Robust Distributed Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Method and Expanding Its Applications in Floating Wind Turbine Systems , Mehmet Cinar

Maintaining Deck Profile in Steel I-Girder Bridges During Deck Placement , Ali Naif Inceefe

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Enhancing Intersection Safety for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) Pedestrian Using Device-to-Infrastructure Communication , Mohammad Sayyah Al-Akash

Visualizing the Constructability of a Steel Structure Using Building Information Modeling and Game Simulation , Mohammed Al Dafaay

Evaluation of Swarm Nodes for Proximity Sensing on Construction Sites , Mohamed Ahmed Madi Binalhaj

Implementing Online Updating to Complex Hysteresis Models in Real- Time Hybrid Simulation Using Constrained Unscented Kalman Filter , Bilal Ahmed Mohammed

Economic Impact Analysis of Bridge Construction , Funda Yavuz

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Analysis of Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes in Michigan , Ahmed Abbas Ghubin Al-zubaidi

Comparison of Safety and Operational Performances for Three Engineering Countermeasures , Ali Hamzah Hussein Alzuhairi

Comprehensive Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Pedestrian Countdown Signals on Road Users in Michigan , Richard Atta Boateng

Safety Benefit Analysis of Alternative Delineation Practices in Michigan , Brenda C. Burdick

Verifying Automated Prestressed Concrete Design Software for MDOT Bridge Design Standards , Hussein Kadhim Abood Khalaf

Improved Methodology for Developing Non-Motorized Safety Perfomance Functions , Keneth Morgan Kwayu

Application of Wavelet Transform in Structural Health Monitoring , Yashodhya Swarna Sri Dhanapala Liyana Kankanamge

Analysis of Transit Accessibility for People with Disabilities , Rostam Khalid Mohammed Ameen Qatra

Developing Standard Procedures for Structural Aspects of Slide-in Bridges in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) , Ozan Utku Ridvanoglu

An Equivalent Plate Model with Orthotropic Material Properties for Adjacent Box-Beam Bridge Superstructure , Timothy Alexander Schnell

Transportation System and Its Association with Human Health – A Review and Modeling Approach , Fnu Zahed

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Evaluation of the Safety Effectiveness of Clearview Font and Fluorescent Yellow Sheeting on Michigan Freeways and Non-Freeways , Lusanni Mercedes Acosta Rodrieuez

Analysis of Mobility Impact for Implementing Complete Streets , Marino Esteban Calderón Díaz

A Microscopic Simulation Approach to Performance Evaluation of Intelligent Transportation System Corridors: A Case in Michigan , Matthew Levi Clark

Fragility Assessment of High-Rise Reinforced Concrete Buildings , Hezha Sadraddin

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

An Integral Framework for Sustainable Building Design , Bushra Asfari

Economic Analysis of Michigan Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Strategies , Randy José Jorge Díaz

Development of Safety Performance Functions for Non-Motorized Traffic Safety , Hamidreza Ahady Dolatsara

Real-Time Hybrid Simulation with Online Model Updating , Adam Mueller

Overtime Traffic Enforcement Evaluation: A Methodology for Selecting Agencies and Enforcement Periods , Dario Enrique Romero Santana

Virtual Analysis and Evaluation of Roundabout Safety and Operational Features , Elisha Jackson Wankogere

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Spatial Factors Impacting Non-Motorized Exposures and Crash Risks , Farhad Abasahl

Standardized Longitudinal Connection Detail for Decked Precast Prestressed Concrete Girders , Ramzi Muftah Ali Abduallah

Investigating Crash Frequency and Injury Severity at Freeway Fixed Weigh Stations in Michigan , Fathi Salam Mo. Alkhatni

Safety Benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems: A Case Study of Oakland County, MI , Joshua Adam Fink

Evaluation of Point Cloud Data Dispersion with Relation to Point Cloud Density under Field Conditions , Ling Kit Kong

An Automated Approach to Dynamic Site Layout Planning , Duy Huu Nguyen

Cyber-Adaptive Physical Systems for Automated Construction Progress Monitoring and Asset Tracking , Syed Hammad Rasheed

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

The Implementation of a Versatile Pseudodynamic Hybrid Simulation for Seismic Evaluation of Structural Systems , Chelsea Griffith

Regression-Based Prioritization and Data Modeling for Customized Civil Engineering Data Collection , Omar Kanaan

Statistical and Numerical Integrated Approach for Detecting Onset of Prefabricated Bridge Component Connection Deterioration , Cem Mansiz

Structural Health Monitoring of a Bridge Structure Using Wireless Sensor Network , CheeKian Teng

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Sensor Modeling and Cost Benefit of Using Laser Scanning Technology in AEC , Fahd Saleh Alaswad

Statistical and Visualization Approach for Ranking Factors Affecting NBI Bridge Rating , Saad Aoun Alqahtani

Solar Modeling and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Energy Efficiency Window Arrangements , Wael Muqhim Alruqi

A Comparative Analysis of the Sense of Construction Delays of Experienced and Inexperienced Engineers , Salahedeen A. El Kadeki

Development of a Versatile Hybrid Testing System for Seismic Evaluation of Structural Systems , Griffin Enyart

Selecting an Optimal Construction Alternative through Informed Decision-Making Highway Bridges , Abdul Wahed Mohammed

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

A Computer Model for Sustainable for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis , Sami Ghurmullah Al Ghamdi

Sustainable Universal Design and Zero Energy for Buildings , Ahmad Mohammad Alotaibi

Integration of Sustainability Measure into Highways , Krishna Prasad Dhakal

Investigation of Damage Detection Methods with a Wireless Sensor Network , Mark Joseph Humiecki

Application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) toward Zero Energy High Rise Office Buildings , Moutaz Mohammed Msawealfi

Design Recommendations for High Skew Link Slabs , Michael A. Romkema

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Optimization Computer Model for Heavy Equipment Selection , Naif Albelwi

Optimal Placement of Traffic Sensors for Traffic Operation and Management , Nahedh M. Alhubail

An Integrated Database Management System and Building Information Modeling for Sustainable Design , Sultan Althobaiti

The Design and Implementation of a Sensor Network System for Concrete Bridge Health Monitoring , Joseph John Barbera

Barrier-Based Evacuation Plan for University Campuses , Asadur Rahman

Highway Construction Staging and Intelligent Traffic Routing: A Cost Optimization Strategy , Richard C. Rhodes

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

Incorporation of Space Syntax Theory in Determining Safe and Efficient Construction Site Layout , Minsuck Cho

Cathodic Protection of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks , Joshua Thomas Host

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Data Fusion Technique for Measuring Intersection Delay Using GPS-Enabled Probe Vehicles , Byung-Hee Han

Development of Knowledge Base of Concrete Bridge Maintenance System , Bahre Karam

Health Monitoring of Concrete Bridges Utilizing Sensor Technology , Ammar Zalt

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

Repair, Inspection and Maintenance Methods of Steel Bridges , Deepak Koirala

Computer Model to Select Leed Certification for Building Projects , Ruba Mirghani Mohammed

Simulation Based Evaluation of Parking Facilities , Niru Tiwari

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Alkali Silica Reaction in Virgin and Recycles Aggregates: State of the Art and Experimental Investigation using ASTM C 1260 and the Staining Method , Shadi Sami Bajjali

Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Self-Consolidating Concrete , Bhusan Basnet

Decision Support System for Bridge Maintenance , Imran Fazal

Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Recycled Aggregate Concrete , Sajjad Ali Khan

The Detection of Common Concrete Bridge Deck Defects Using the Thermography, Impact Echo, and Ground Penetrating Radar , Saleh Z. Nabulsi

Theses/Dissertations from 2004 2004

Oxidation of Titanium in Alpha-Calf Serum Solution , Ali Stait Ismailoglu

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Resistance of NI-SIC NANO Composite Coatings on 2024-T3 Aluminum , Amit Jain

Development of a Redesign Plan for Moore Hall using Architectural Principles of Green Building and Sustainable Design , Alkhaziam Saad

Future Housing in the United States: Senior’s Housing Demand , Sandeep Singh

Innovative Contracting Prequalification/Selecion Model using Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) , Saad J. Zidan

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

An Imaging System for Concrete Bridge Inspection , Mohammed Talal Al-Bataineh

A Model for Optimizing the Selection of Project Delivery Systems Using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) , Arosha De Silva

Metastable Phases of Mgo-TiO 2 Solid Solutions , Liang-Chieh Ma

Building Deconstruction Guidelines: Tools for Recovering Building Materials , Ali Ayedh Merzen

Management Commitment to Construction Safety , Areen M. Shaar

Adaptation of Project Finance to Small Contractor Financing , Ragunathan Venkateswaran

Theses/Dissertations from 2001 2001

Structural Studies of Metastable Nanocrystalline Magnesium Titanate Ceramics , Renmei Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2000 2000

Texture and Young’s Modulus of Nickel/Gamma-Alumina Composites , Abdulaziz Alamr

CFMMS – Computerized Facilities Maintenance Management System , Prawit Rotsawatsuk

Learning Reinforced Concreyte Design Principles Using a Java-VRML based Design Studio , Amarneethi Vamadevan

Theses/Dissertations from 1999 1999

Quantitative, Non-Destructive Calibration of Scanned Probe Microscope Cantilevers , John Hazel

Development of Mechanical Properties Micromapping for Composite Polymer Systems , Zheng Huang

Intellicrances – A Neural Network-Based Crane Selection System , André T. Mund

Conform- A Computerized Job-Built Concrete Construction Formwork Design , Kajpong Pongponrat

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Construction programme management theory and practice: Contextual and pragmatic approach

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The combination of the economic pressures, maturity and limitations of project management and the dynamic nature of the construction industry clients’ requirements has triggered the need for the adoption and implementation of programme management as a de facto means of aligning, coordinating and managing a portfolio of construction projects to deliver benefits that would not be achievable if the projects were managed independently. Despite the benefits achievable in the practice of programme management, the awareness and understanding of its practice in the construction industry remains vague as a result of a lack of clarity and inconsistencies associated with its definitions. To fully understand the core essence of programme management, it is imperative that its quintessential definition, practice and context are clearly understood and documented. This research is based on a pragmatic synthesis of literature review and industrial questionnaire survey which establishes the relationship, similarities and differences between programme management and project management and subsequently draws comparisons of the practices relevant to programmes between programme and non-programme organisations. The research further highlights the implications of unawareness and lack of understanding that can affect the effective implementation and practice of programme management in the UK construction environment.

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Zayyana Shehu

For the construction industry to survive the current turbulence in the economic atmosphere, it has the option of integrating new initiatives to march the uncertainties. Programme management is seen as an efficient vehicle to successfully deliver the improvements and changes. However, the implementation of any new system or change initiatives has always been a challenging task; some of these challenges can be faced during the implementation or at practice stage. Programme management is not exempt from such challenges, in order to successfully implement and practice programme management, the knowledge of the major challenges associated to effective implementation and practice should not be left to serendipity or sagacity. Due to the lack of clarity surrounding programme management in the construction industry, the understanding of these major challenges remains vague. To provide a deeper insight into the major challenges to implementation and practice of construction programme management, this paper conducts both a pragmatic and theoretical study by triangulating literature, industrial questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews. The research was conducted in the UK construction industry and other programme management sectors to analyse and exploit the knowledge of these challenges for effective implementation and practice of construction programmes. A total of 119 usable questionnaires were received and 17 semi-structured interviews were conducted, analysed and synthesised to provide a broader view on the major challenges and how to effectively implement and practice construction programmes.

thesis about construction management

Karisutu Joas

The Government of Botswana is principled to allocate funds to the development of the country by allocating more resources into building and infrastructure construction projects, especially the recently announced programme (Economic Stimulus Package (ESP)) whose objective is to stimulate the economy through a number of targeted projects with the potential to create employment. Furthermore, the government of Botswana under this new initiative has intentions to put substantial amount of resources to be spent on infrastructure projects, but the challenge is that the construction sector is traditionally prone to unethical practices and notorious for its inability to deliver projects on time, to the desired quality and cost overruns quite a norm. These negative attributes of the construction industry are often as a result of a number of challenges, among which are lack of capacity to effectively handle construction projects, contractor poor planning and supervision, lack of professionalism to mention a few. Therefore, it has been realised that the Government of Botswana will continue to put taxpayer’s money in a “bottomless pit” if there are no proper project management methodologies, techniques and tools used for management of building and infrastructure construction projects to deliver positive projects. The aim of the study is to improve management of building and infrastructure construction projects and improvement of their performance. The reason being that almost all of the building and infrastructure major projects such as stadia and others were previously completed behind their original time schedule and with cost overruns effected by various challenges encountered by the Department of Building and Engineering Services. Using a comprehensive literature review and survey questionnaires, the challenges encountered by the Department of Building and Engineering Services were confirmed using the Relative Importance Index methodology to rank the most important challenges leading to schedule delays, costs escalations, inability to implement a project management office, failure to use project management methodologies, tools and techniques in managing building and infrastructure construction projects. A specific survey was distributed to the DBES technical staff to examine the most significant challenges leading to schedule delays, costs escalations, inability to implement a project management office, failure to use project management methodologies, tools and techniques in managing building and infrastructure construction projects. Opinions from the DBES technical staff were used to rank the most important challenges leading to schedule delays, costs escalations, inability to implement a project management office, failure to use project management methodologies, tools and techniques in managing building and infrastructure construction projects using the Relative Importance Index methodology. Data from the collected survey questionnaires was analysed by statistical methods (RII formula) to determine the most important challenges leading to schedule delays, costs escalations, inability to implement a project management office, failure to use project management methodologies, tools and techniques in managing building and infrastructure construction projects. A relative importance index has been used to identify the relative importance of the challenges got from the comprehensive literature review. The study established that slowness in decision making by clients, incomplete project design, poor site management and supervision by contractors, ineffective project planning and scheduling by contractors and poor communication and coordination between supervising consultants and contractors are the most important challenges leading to schedule delays and costs escalations in building and infrastructure construction projects. On the other hand, lack of relevant training in project management for DBES technical staff, lack of understanding of the role of project management in the organisation, lack of commitment from senior management, lack of defined clear mission for programmes and lack of knowledge to evaluate risks were found to be the major challenges that lead to inability to implement a project management office, failure to use project management methodologies, tools and techniques. Thus, the need to use appropriate project management practices, deliberate for personnel building capacity, commitment from the senior management and prompt decision making, thereby improving projects performance.

Programme management involves the alignment; coordination and execution of a portfolio of construction projects to achieve certain benefits that are not always possible if the projects are managed individually. Programmes have always been complex in nature, with the potential for intense cross-project integration, conflicting stakeholders and socio-econo-political pressures. Any problems from one project automatically affect others in the programme. With this high level of synergy and integration, programmes require highly skilled and competent managers to ensure that they are operated and delivered successfully. The complexity of programmes, and their roots in project management, brings about pressure for the managers to think and rethink, search and research, and view and review, for skills and competencies that can put them at the top of their demanding jobs. The findings in this research were achieved through a triangulation of literature review, industrial questionnaire survey, and semi-structured interviews conducted with programme management experts. The paper offers a critical review and an analysis of the skills and competencies required by programme managers to effectively discharge their responsibilities. The number of skills and competencies was reduced and categorised using factor analysis for the ease of administration and training by managers and educators.

The global economic situation is now in a no-one-knows-what-happens-next state, the drivers are impacting on the construction industry into major changes which have never been greater in terms of fierce competition, changes in business models, new technologies, deregulation, cost pressures and complexity. The industry’s requirements to survive the competitive atmosphere are forcing the industry into new and challenging paradigms shifts by adopting more complex initiatives to meet these challenges. Project management is undoubtedly the backbone of the tremendous successes achieved in planning, execution and delivery of many construction projects. The maturity and limitations of project management, however, have triggered the need for more complex initiatives to meet the demands that the UK construction industry is facing. Organisations adopt programme management to achieve benefits that are not possible by employing project management approaches. Programmes by their very nature are highly integrated endeavours which are dynamic, with intense cross-discipline and cross-project integration. There is also a dichotomy in the programme management fraternity where one part believes that programme managers evolve strictly from programme environments. The other faction, however, believes that programme managers attain their positions through career progression as project managers. This paper which is based on an on-going doctoral research documents the findings from the data gathered through semi-structured interviews with 17 programme management team members on, inter alia, the career path of construction programme managers. The paper also documents the implications of the results for individual programme managers, trainers and educators, and those involved in the selection and recruitment of programme managers.

Programme management is the alignment; coordination and executing a group of related projects to achieve certain benefits that are not always possible if the projects are managed individually. Programmes are always complex in nature with the potential for intense cross-project integration, conflicting stakeholders, econo-socio-political pressure. With a high level of synergy and integration, programme management require essential skills and competencies to efficiently and successfully deliver the anticipated benefits. A total of 119 useable questionnaires were received from the construction industry and analysed using statistical approaches. The research discussed in this paper is based on on-going doctoral research in successful adoption and implementation of programme management in the UK construction industry. The paper documents the definitional issues, critical review of the ranking for the importance and the analysis of the skills and competencies that programme managers require to effectively discharge their responsibilities.

Daniel Kwasi Larbi

Nicholas Chileshe

Beemnet Kumlachew

The paper describes, on the basis of a questionnaire survey of general contractors and project management practices, the construction industry's perception of risk associated with its activities and the extent to which the industry uses risk analysis and management techniques. It concludes that risk management is essential to construction activities in minimizing losses and enhancing profitability. Construction risk is generally perceived as events that influence project objectives of cost, time and quality. Risk analysis and management in construction depend mainly on intuition, judgement and experience. Formal risk analysis and management techniques are rarely used due to a lack of knowledge and to doubts on the suitability of these techniques for construction industry activities.

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Liz Lee-kelley , Elmar Kutsch

pupung abdul

All construction professionals such as civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers, quantity surveyors, and architects have important roles in the construction process. Among these, architects are frequently appointed as a project manager (PM). The role of a PM will drive the success of the projects implementation. Therefore, the capability of an architect as a PM (ArPM) is critical in reducing challenges encountered. Accordingly, the identification of these challenges is an important task in selecting an appropriate ArPM. The aim of this study is to identify the most critical challenges faced by an ArPM for construction projects. The data were collected through questionnaires and interviews with architects and professionals in the Malaysian construction industry. Because of the fuzziness and uncertainty of subjective responses, Fuzzy Set Ttheory is applied to identify critical challenges. A total of 65 questionnaires were distributed and 36 questionnaires were returned. The results revealed that the critical challenges faced by an ArPM are " poor planning, " " unfamiliar technology, " " unfamiliarity with green buildings and materials, " " inappropriate scheduling, " and " poor workmanship. " All critical challenges were then categorized into six main

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Master of Science (M.S.) Major in Construction Management (Thesis Option)

Program overview.

The master’s degree is increasingly becoming the degree of choice among Construction Managers as the field becomes more technologically advanced and the industry more complex with governmental regulations.  The purpose of the Construction Management master's degree program is to provide advanced project management principles and practices, critical thinking and creativity, and complex problem solving and decision making in construction projects as a specialized program for working construction professionals and others seeking master’s level preparation.  Further, the program will provide students with the skills to integrate information and communication technology in Construction Management.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the current academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website . International students should review the International Admission Documents webpage for additional requirements.

  • completed online application
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee

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  • $90 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university in construction related degree. Graduates of curricula outside these program areas may be required to satisfy program prerequisite before full admission into the program
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • knowledge of Construction Management demonstrated through previous coursework and/or work experience
  • responses to specific essay questions on the statement of purpose
  • resume/CV detailing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
  • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess the student’s ability to succeed in graduate school

Applicants should refer to The Graduate College website for additional information regarding the admission process.

TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not quality for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with an 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Construction Management requires 30 semester credit hours, including a thesis.

Course Requirements

Comprehensive examination.

All candidates for graduate degrees must pass one or more comprehensive examinations, either written, oral, or both, covering at least the field of concentration and the thesis.

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the  Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation .

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official  Thesis Proposal Form  and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, the graduate advisor’s signature if required by the program and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the Thesis Proposal Form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. The IRB approval letter should be included with the proposal form. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended that the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A. Failure to submit the thesis proposal in a timely fashion may result in delayed graduation.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. For a student's initial thesis course enrollment, the student will need to register for thesis course number 5399A.  After that, the student will enroll in thesis B courses, in each subsequent semester until the thesis is defended with the department and approved by The Graduate College. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

Students must be enrolled in thesis credits if they are receiving supervision and/or are using university resources related to their thesis work.  The number of thesis credit hours students enroll in must reflect the amount of work being done on the thesis that semester.  It is the responsibility of the committee chair to ensure that students are making adequate progress toward their degree throughout the thesis process.  Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. Thesis projects are by definition original and individualized projects.  As such, depending on the topic, methodology, and other factors, some projects may take longer than others to complete.  If the thesis requires work beyond the minimum number of thesis credits needed for the degree, the student may enroll in additional thesis credits at the committee chair's discretion. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B.

The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis has been both approved by The Graduate College and released to Alkek Library.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during the summer, the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted on  The Graduate College  website under "Current Students." The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee on or before the deadlines listed on The Graduate College website.

The following must be submitted to The Graduate College by the thesis deadline listed on The Graduate College website:

  • The Thesis Submission Approval Form bearing original (wet) and/or electronic signatures of the student and all committee members.
  • One (1) PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the online Vireo submission system.  

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, Alkek Library will harvest the document from the Vireo submission system for publishing in the Digital Collections database (according to the student's embargo selection).  NOTE: MFA Creative Writing theses will have a permanent embargo and will never be published to Digital Collections.  

While original (wet) signatures are preferred, there may be situations as determined by the chair of the committee in which obtaining original signatures is inefficient or has the potential to delay the student's progress. In those situations, the following methods of signing are acceptable:

  • signing and faxing the form
  • signing, scanning, and emailing the form
  • notifying the department in an email from their university's or institution's email account that the committee chair can sign the form on their behalf
  • electronically signing the form using the university's licensed signature platform.

If this process results in more than one document with signatures, all documents need to be submitted to The Graduate College together.

No copies are required to be submitted to Alkek Library. However, the library will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Master's level courses in Engineering Technology: CSM, TECH

Courses Offered

Construction science and management (csm).

CSM 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

CSM 5299B. Thesis.

CSM 5302. Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Liability Issues.

This course introduces students to the legal aspects of design and construction contract documents, including dispute resolution methods and professional ethics commonly used in the construction industry. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

CSM 5304. Fundamentals of Construction Estimating.

This course provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to the principles, techniques, technologies, and basic concepts involving methodologies and strategies used in the preparation of various types of construction estimates and bids. This course does not count as degree credit.

CSM 5306. Fundamentals of Commercial Building Construction Systems.

This course is a commercial building construction systems class dealing with soils, site work, heavy foundations, steel, reinforced concrete, pre-cast structures and common assemblies. Commercial MEPs are studied along with CSI master format, as-built/shop drawings, schedule of values, AIA documents, and appropriate building codes. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

CSM 5313. Building Information Modeling.

This course covers understanding the supervisory role of construction professionals in the design process including, directing a design team in the integration of construction documents for commercial buildings, coordination of site work, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing plans and contemporary CAD software for 2D& 3D design including Building Information Modeling. Prerequisite: CSM 2313 with a grade of "D" or better or instructor approval.

CSM 5314. Technology Management in Construction.

This course covers the supervisory role of construction professionals in the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) process. Topics covered include directing a VDC team in the integration of construction documents for construction (architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing plans), coordination of site work, implementation of current CAD software for 2D and 3D design, the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process, and other technologies that have an impact on the construction industry.

CSM 5360. Construction Company Financial Control.

Financial accounting and cost controls used at the company level in construction companies are studied. Topics include accounting systems, construction project profit calculations, and financial analysis.

CSM 5362. Pre-Construction Services.

The course will introduce students to designer/contractor interactions, including conceptual estimating and scheduling, the RFQ/RFP process and legal, insurance, risk allocation issues, along with procurement and selection.

CSM 5363. Construction Project Delivery and Leadership.

This course covers methods of construction project delivery in detail and focuses on analyzing data to assess its impact on project outcomes. Construction project delivery is covered along with contract strategies. An owner approach to a method selection is developed within this class.

CSM 5364. Decision Making in Construction Management.

This course focuses on the application of systems engineering and statistics used in solving construction and civil engineering problems. Topics covered include network and linear programming models, construction and evaluation of decision trees to clarify a proper course of action considering uncertainty, probability distributions, sample statistics, linear regression models, risk analysis, and sampling plans for quality assurance. Personal computer usage emphasized for problem solving.

CSM 5365. Construction Project Controls.

This course covers construction management cost and schedule concepts, cost/schedule management information systems, variance analysis, forecasting, resource management, project recovery strategies, and application of theory to practical problems.

CSM 5366. Soils in Construction.

This course provides students with an in-depth examination of geotechnical principles as they apply to soil construction activities. Topics covered include geological formations of natural soils, soil mineralogy, soil sampling, classification, soil testing, dewatering, safety and sustainability in soil construction, soil contamination and remediation, recycled content used in soil construction and innovative technologies in soil stabilization.

CSM 5367. Principles of Leadership in Construction.

This course covers individual, organizational, and process/structure styles of leadership using a transformational model.

CSM 5368. Sustainable Construction.

This course examines a breadth of sustainable construction techniques, including material production, material selection, sustainable design, the ecology model for design, life cycle cost analysis, and sustainable construction. The sustainable construction techniques are discussed relative to advanced sustainable framing, waste minimization techniques, LEED, and green roofs.

CSM 5369. Construction Dispute Resolution.

This course focuses on different mechanisms of dispute resolution in the industry. They are presented from the perspective of owner, designer, and contractor’s liability/risk assessment. The course is comprised of best practices and pitfalls of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Finally, a perspective on litigation is discussed, along with the fast changing world of case law. The course uses a collaborative model of contemporary research and industry case studies.

CSM 5380. Construction Safety Management.

This course covers the administration and application of 29CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations for the construction industry along with applicable state and federal construction safety laws related to construction, alterations, or repair work at construction sites. The roles of all participants at the construction job site concerning construction safety are discussed.

CSM 5384A. Construction Failure.

This course covers a breadth of causes of construction failure, including how past failures can improve current construction practices and litigation is a likely response to failures in construction.

CSM 5390. Research in Construction.

This course examines research methods used for construction, including such topics as designing experiments, scientific principles, problem solving techniques, producing a proposal, executing research, acquiring and managing data, statistical analysis methods, reporting results, and publishing. The course highlights up-to-date discussions on debates and concerns within the construction research community.

CSM 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Construction Management.

CSM 5399B. Thesis.

CSM 5599B. Thesis.

CSM 5999B. Thesis.

Technology (TECH)

TECH 5100. Academic Instruction for Technology.

The course is seminar based and covers topics related to teaching and employment responsibilities. Completion of this course is required as a condition of employment for graduate assistants. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis.

TECH 5195. Industrial Internship.

This course is a supervised experiential learning course in Technology Management. This work integrated learning course helps the student link theory with practice. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

TECH 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding.

TECH 5299B. Thesis.

TECH 5300. Academic Instruction for Graduate Instructional Assistants.

This course is designed to develop and enhance the professional and technical skills of graduate instructional assistants. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, teaching skills, technical skills, ethical and legal issues, safety, and laboratory management. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

TECH 5310. Product Design and Development.

This course provides an overview of the new product realization process, focusing on systematic product design, including problem identification, product planning, conceptual design, and embodiment design. Standard CAD tools are employed for product modeling.

TECH 5311. Computer-Aided Engineering.

This course teaches the application of computer hardware and software to the design of products and of systems. Specific topics include geometric modeling, the development of computational methods, and an overview of engineering analysis software. Additional topics may include finite element analysis, manufacturing simulation, solidification modeling, and rapid prototyping.

TECH 5315. Engineering Economic Analysis.

This course covers economic analytical techniques used in engineering decision-making. Topics include time-value of money, comparing alternatives, depreciation, replacement, and income tax considerations.

TECH 5364. Robust Product and Process Design.

Provides the student with in-depth knowledge of inferential statistics as applied to design of robust processes and products. Topics covered include probability distributions, ANOVA, fractional factorial design, response surface method, orthogonal arrays, and Taguchi method. Prior experience with introductory-level statistics is assumed. Prerequisite: TECH 5394 with a grade "C" or better.

TECH 5365. Industrial Project Management and Scheduling.

This course introduces students to industrial management system concepts and applications relating to management operations, system design, implementation and management, case studies of practices, and application of theory to practical problems.

TECH 5380. Principles of Information and Communication Technology Management.

This course, in a case-based learning environment, integrates concepts and principles of information and communication technology (ICT) including mobile communication and Internet of Things (IoT). Analysis and evaluation of advanced ICT management examples demonstrate issues and strategies of modern ICT management.

TECH 5382. Industrial Ecology and Sustainability Engineering.

This course covers the principles of life cycle analysis (LCA) of engineered products and processes. Topics include industrial ecology, resource depletion, product design, process design, material selection, energy efficiency, product delivery, use, and end-of-life considerations.

TECH 5384. Problems in Technology.

In this course graduate students investigate a particular topic by developing a technical problem, researching the topic, and presenting the findings. Plans will be developed on an individual basis with strict faculty supervision. It may be repeated for credit with the permission of the department chair. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

TECH 5385. Readings in Technology.

A study of the ethical and moral viewpoints typically associated with American society as related to the development and introduction of new technology and engineering. Past, present, and future issues will be studied with selected readings focusing on industrial related problems and issues.

TECH 5387. Advanced Facilities Planning.

This course is an in-depth study of technical problems encountered in designing, equipping, arranging, and specifying facility requirements for industrial and technical training facilities.

TECH 5390. Research in Technology.

This course examines the scientific method, including theory formulation, deductive reasoning, hypothesis generation, observation, inductive reasoning, and theory revision. Categories of research are compared and contrasted as regards methodology. Experimental research relating to significant industrial problems, including design considerations, internal and external validity, and appropriate analytical techniques, is studied in-depth. The course includes an introduction to data analysis and its proper interpretation.

TECH 5391. Advanced Manufacturing Systems.

This course introduces various advanced tools, technologies, and strategies in modern manufacturing. Topic coverage emphasizes state-of-the-art in factory automation, as well as global and smart manufacturing enterprises. Specific topics include process automation and control, advanced manufacturing processes, intelligent manufacturing control, and information and communication technology (ICT) in manufacturing.

TECH 5392. Fundamentals of Microelectronics Manufacturing.

This course is an introduction to integrated circuit fabrication. Topics include crystal growth, wafer preparation, epitaxial growth, oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, thin film deposition, lithography, etching, device and circuit formation, packaging, and testing. A significant part of the course is a project focusing on circuit design and simulation or on process design. Laboratory component involves the actual production and testing of a functional semiconductor device.

TECH 5394. Design of Industrial Experiments.

This course covers fundamentals of designing industrial experiments.

TECH 5395A. Structure and Properties of Alloys.

This course is an advanced exploration of the structure and properties of engineering alloys. Strengthening mechanisms of alloys are explored with specific applications to the alloys studied. The processing, properties, and structure of ferrous and nonferrous alloys are explored including new and emerging alloys. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

TECH 5398. Directed Project.

This course is a formal investigation into a business or industry problem. The directed project is an applied research project that is more extensive than an independent study and less extensive than a thesis. The course culminates in a detailed project report and oral presentation. Prerequisite: TECH 5394 with a grade of "C" or better and instructor approval.

TECH 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Technology 5399B.

TECH 5399B. Thesis.

TECH 5599B. Thesis.

TECH 5999B. Thesis.

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Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 32

Program Code: M254

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CNS 5003 , CNS 5013 , and CNS 5033 are fundamental courses for students without construction education or background-may be replaced with electives for students with sufficient construction education and/or experience, with approval of the graduate liaison.

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  • Exposition for the Application to Master in Construction and Real Estate Management at HTW Berlin Countries around the world have realized that the best way of managing the competitiveness of the market is to successfully government and private projects completed in time and as per the expectations.
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Program Description 

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Accreditation

The Master’s in Construction Management program is accredited by the  American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).

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Admission, enrollment and graduation policies, admission requirements  .

The following are requirements beyond the general  Admissions    requirements:

Admission to the Master of Science with a major in Construction Management is open to persons holding the Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Architecture, Management or a related degree from an accredited college or university. Preference in admission will be given to applicants having professional experience in a construction work environment. The admission procedure is competitive in that students will be admitted only if academic accomplishments and work experience demonstrate that they can successfully complete the program.

Applicants must supply all of the following to the  Office of Graduate Admissions  in order to be considered for admission:

Admission Materials:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Application Letter (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Should state your interest and goals for the MS and the potential use of the degree.
  • Resume - (Can be uploaded into the online application)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3) (Can be sent electronically through the online application) - completed by supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, one of which must be from the current supervisor. 

* Additional requirements for international students  (applying from outside the United States) 

Transfer Credit 

Graduation Requirements

Program course requirements, degree requirements (16 credit hours).

  • CM 6000:Information Methods
  • CM 6100:Construction Law: Contracts and Claims
  • CM 6200:Strategic Bidding and Estimating
  • CM 6600:Construction Risk Analysis and Control

Construction Degree Option (20 Credit Hours)

Select one of the options listed below.

Elective Option

Select five construction elective courses (four credits each), up to two of which may be approved courses from another graduate department.

Thesis Option

  • CM 7801:Masters Thesis
  • CM 7802:Masters Thesis
  • CM 7803:Masters Thesis
  • Select two 4-hour construction elective courses at the 6000 level

Project Option

Select five 4-hour construction elective courses at the 6000 level.  Up to 3 of these courses may be replaced by project courses, CM 7701-CM 7703 A grade of “C” or better is required for each course applied to the degree program In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.00 G.P.A. is required. No grades below ‘C’ may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements, and a maximum of 2 ‘C’ grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program’s requirements.

A cumulative 3.00 grade point average is required in all courses that apply to the degree.

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)

Foundation requirements.

In addition to the 36 required hours for the Masters degree, students may be required to demonstrate competency in the following:

  • English Communication Skills (TCOM 2010)
  • Construction Graphics (CM 2000)
  • Residential and Light Construction Methods (CM 3110)
  • Structural Systems (CM 5030)
  • Computer Applications in Construction (CM 3000)
  • Construction Scheduling (CM 4510)
  • Construction Quantity Surveying (CM 3410)
  • Construction Finance and Feasibility (CM 3620)

Courses (undergraduate or baccalaureate) taken to show competency in these areas will not count toward the 36 hours required for the Graduate degree. Competency can be shown by:

  • Successfully completing coursework
  • Successfully completing competency testing developed by the Program

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  15. Construction programme management theory and practice: Contextual and

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