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Tariq Abdelhamid, Ph.D.

Construction Management Program

RESEARCH

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Advancing knowledge through thoughtful, dedicated, rigorous, and persistent scholarship is an obligation and duty of all academics. 

 

My overarching research aim is to investigate and develop efficient and effective construction processes that result in a facility with maximum value to both the construction client and project participants.  Specifically, this refers to value viewed as follows:

 

 

Achieving this aim will lead to an efficient and effective construction industry that continues to significantly contribute to the health of national and international economies. 

 

To arrive at the stated aim, we need to move towards integrated and robust project delivery systems:

 

  • An integrated project delivery system is one that involves all project stakeholders (owner, contractors, architects, consultants, engineers, and end-user) upfront in the project development stages, as early as the programming phase.  This is only necessary but not sufficient for project success.

 

  • A robust project delivery system must exhibit efficient, reliable, and safe work processes.   Construction projects are notorious for having wasteful practices, unreliable handoffs between trades, and a shameful record of killing and injuring its workers – the most critical and important asset.

 


In his excellent book, The Toyota Way, Jeffery Liker used the following depiction of the factors negatively affecting the flow of work:

In the above figure, “Waste” refers to the unproductive use of resources while executing work tasks, “Variation” refers to the measurable and undesirable unevenness in execution of work tasks, and “Overburden” refers to the overloading of people or equipment during work operations.  The elimination of these three factors through a solid theoretical understanding and empirical research is the main aim of my research program.   I call this focus area “Workflow Management”.  We need to understand workflow management at a fundamental level to arrive at reliable workflow----Reliable workflow is the unimpeded progress of work within a trade and/or between trades.

 

Together with my students, our research activities focus on the discovery, exploration, and application of new theories and methods to arrive at the most efficient and effective “Workflow Management” practices.   This is enabled by the following research objectives:

 

(1) Eliminate “Overburden” to construction workers by protecting and safeguarding them from occupational injuries precipitated by overexertion and/or repetitive exertions/exposure.

ü  Primary Focus: Resilience Engineering; Worker Hazard Identification; Accident Causation; and  Work Physiology

ü  Secondary Focus: Biomechanics

 

(2) Eliminate “Waste” and “Variability” by developing efficient and effective production planning and control practices.

ü  Primary Focus: Workflow Modeling;  Embracing Uncertainty, Last Planner System®; Construction Applications of Six Sigma

ü  Secondary Focus: Computer Simulation of Construction Operations; Process Value Management, Supply Chain Management

 

We are guided in our research by the tenants of Lean Construction, which views construction projects as project-based production systems.  Lean Construction is defined as a “way to design production systems to minimize waste of materials, time, and effort in order to generate the maximum possible amount of value [ Koskela, L., Howell, G., Ballard, G., and Tommelein, I. (2002).  “The Foundations of Lean Construction.”  Design and Construction: Building in Value,  R. Best, and G. de Valence, eds., Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier, Oxford, UK.”].

 

My definition of Lean Construction is:  “the pursuit of concurrent and continuous improvements in the entire supply chain (design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance) to enable reliable workflow on a construction site and the delivery of value to owners, as agreed upon by all project participants”

 

To date, my students and I have conducted research projects that have focused on the residential and commercial sectors.  I am also very interested in post-disaster construction and the unique challenges it poses to contractors.

 

 

Federal and State Agencies, and Industry Associations interested in the above research areas :

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Current Students

           

            Wenda Nofera – PhD

            Ali Lahouti – MS/PhD

            Ahmed Galal - MS        

 

Former Students

            Thesis Option:

                       

Vijay Chitla – MSc (2002; Alpha Corporation)

            Bhavin Patel – MSc (2003; The Washington Group)

            Afshan Barshan – MSc (2003; Skender Construction)

            Thanveer Moosa – MSc (2004; Jacobs Engineering Group)

            Lili Xi – MSc (2005)

            Puneet Narang    MSc (2005; Turner Construction)

            Venkat Jayaraman – MSc ( 2006; Perini Corporation)

            Suzie Vonbernuth – MSc (2006; Mass Electric)

            Deepak Bhattachar – MSc (2007; DPR Corporation)

            Yash Singh – MSc (2007; KPMG – India))

Surabhi Rao – MSc (2008; Jacobs)

Sagata Bhawani – MSc (2009; AEP Corporation)

Samarth Jain – MSc (2009; AEP Corporation))

Ankur Desai – MSc (2011; Rio Tinto)

Naveen Nerwal – MSc (2012; DPR)

John Martin – MSc (2012;)

Jeremy Williams – MSc (2012; US Dept. of Energy)

Ali Lahouti – MSc (2013; IPF, MSU)

Tucker Wilkinson – MSc (2013)

Don Schafer – PhD (2013)

                        Heather Moore – PhD (2013)

 

 

            Non-Thesis Option (Exam [E] or Report [R]):

            Ashish GuhaMSc ( 2001 [E]; Jacob’s Facilities)

            Robby Stein – MSc (2004 [E]; Stein Contractors)

            San Pattanaprechakul  MSc (2004 [E])

            Adam Kedich – MSc (2006 [E]; Whiting-Turner)

            Himesh Pandya – MSc (2006 [R]; MBA program MSU)

            Shohaab Kadiani – MSc (2008 [E]; Swinerton)

Michael Sonko – MSc (2009; CPC Exam)

Maj. Alan Reed – MSc  (2009;  CPC Exam)

                        Kim Nguyen – MSc (2010; [R])

Daisey Xu – MSc (2010; CPC Exam)

Stephanie (Ye) Zhou – MSc (2011 [R])

Jim Oliver – MSc (2012 [R] ; Home Depot)

 

 

 


Publications

 

JOURNALS [ IN PRESS ]

 

1.     Abdelhamid, T.S., Narang, P., Schafer, D. (2011). “Quantifying Workers’ Hazard Identification Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory.”  The Open Occupational Health & Safety Journal, 2011, 3, (Suppl 1-M3), 18-30.  

2.     Schafer, D, Mrozowski, T, Abdelhamid, T, Rao, S, Singh, Y, Jain, S, Bhawani, S, Lung, S (2011).  “Assessment and Improvement of Construction Project Closeout,  AIC Journal, May 2011, 34 (1), 5-15.

3.     El-Gafy M. A., Y. A. AbdelRazig, and T. S. Abdelhamid (2011) “Environmental Impact Assessment for Transportation Projects: A Case Study Using Remote Sensing Technology, Geographic Information Systems, and Spatial Modeling”, Journal of Urban Planning and Development; Posted ahead of print 24 July 2010.  (ISSN: 0733-9488)

4.     Abdelhamid, T.S., Mitropoulos, P., Schafer, D. and Howell, G.A. (2010).  “Construction Safety: A Lean Construction Research Agenda,” AIC Journal,  33(3);31-67.

5.     El-Gafy M. and Abdelhamid T. (2010) “Lean Work Structuring Using System Dynamic Modeling”, NICMAR Journal of Construction Management, Vol. XXV, No. III, pp.22-27. (ISSN: 0970-3675).

6.     Kshirsagar, A., M. El-Gafy, and T. S. Abdelhamid (2010) "Suitability of Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) as Asset Management Tools for Institutional Buildings" Journal of Facilities Management, Vol 8, No. 3, pp 162-174.  (ISSN: 1741-0983)

7.     El-Gafy, Mohamed, Abdelhamid, Tariq and AbdelRazig, Yassir (2010) 'Environmental Impact Analysis Using Hybrid Decision Support Framework: A Transportation Project Case Study', International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 6: 3, 219 — 237.  (ISSN: 1557-8771)

8.     El-Gafy M., and T. Abdelhamid. “Construction Site Layout Using Simulated Annealing” (2009).  NICMAR Journal of Construction Management, Vol. XXIV, No.3, July-Sept. 2009. pp. 30-38. (ISSN: 0970-3675).

9.     Abdelhamid, T.S., El-Gafy, M., and Mitropoulos, P. (2009). "Selection Of Roof Casting Formwork Systems For The Bird Island Project:  A Case Study.  ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 14(4), pp. 224-241.  (ISSN: 1084-0680)

10.  Sobeih, T, Salem, O., Genaidy, A., Abdelhamid, T. and Shell, R. (2009).  “Psychosocial Factors and Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Construction Industry.”  The Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 135 (2), 267-272.  (ISSN: 0733-9364).

11.  Abdelhamid, T. S., El-Gafy, M.A., and Salem, O. (2008).  “Lean Construction:  Fundamentals And Principles.”  The American Professional Constructor Journal, American Institute of Constructors – Fall 2008.

12.  Mitropoulos, P., Nichita, T., and Abdelhamid, T.S. (2008).  “Sources of Workflow Uncertainty and Variation in Residential Construction Projects.”  HBRC Journal, 4(1), Housing and Building National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt.

13.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2006).  “Relative workload prediction using data dependent systems (DDS) modeling”.    Journal of Occupational Ergonomic, 5(4), 249-263.

14.  Mitropoulos, P., Abdelhamid, T. S., and Howell, G. A. (2005).  “Systems Model of Construction Accident Causation”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 131(7), 816-825.

15.  Senghore, O., Hastak, M., Abdelhamid, T. S., AbuHammand, A., and Syal, M. G (2004).  “Manufactured Housing production Process”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 130(5), 708-718.

16.  Abdelhamid, T. S. (2003).  “Evaluation of Teacher-Student Learning Style Disparity in Construction Management Education”.  Journal of Construction Education, 8 (3), 124,-145.

17.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2002).  “Physiological demands During Construction Work”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 128(5), 427-437.

18.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2001).“Closure to Identifying Root Causes of Construction Accidents”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 127 (4), 348-349.

19.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2001).“Closure to Time Series Analysis for Construction Productivity Experiments”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 127(3), 252-253.

20.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2000).  “Identifying Root Causes of Construction Accidents”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 126(1), 52-60.

21.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (1999).  “Physiological demands of concrete slab placing and finishing work”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 125(1), 47-52.

22.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (1999).  “Time series analysis for construction productivity experiments”.  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 125(2), 87-95.

 

CONFERENCES [ IN PRESS ]

 

1.     Rybkowski, Z. K., Abdelhamid, T. S., Forbes, L. H. (2013).  “On the Back of a Cocktail Napkin: An Exploration of Graphic Definitions of Lean Construction.”   Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2013, Fortaleza, Brazil.

2.     Sands, M., Abdelhamid, TS (2012).  “Whole-Building Measurement And Computing Science: BIM For Lean Programming And Performance.” Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.

3.     Desai, A. P., Abdelhamid, TS (2012).  “Exploring Crew Behavior During Uncertain Jobsite Conditions.”  Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.

4.     Nerwal, N., Abdelhamid, TS (2012).  “Construction Crew Design Guidelines: A Lean Approach.”  Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.

5.     Lahouti, A., Abdelhamid, TS (2012).  “Cue-Based Decision-Making In Construction: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach.”  Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.

6.     Nerwal, N., Abdelhamid, T.S. (2010).  “Work Structuring Of Construction Crews: Installation Of Light Fixtures Case Study.”  Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2010, Technion, Haifa, Israel – 316-325.

7.     Abdelhamid, T.S., Jain, S., Mrozowski, T. (2010).  “Analyzing The Relationship Between Production Constraints And Construction Work Flow Reliability: An SEM Approach.”  Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, July 2010, Technion, Haifa, Israel – 525-537.

8.     El-Gafy, M., T. Abdelhamid, and A. Ghanem. “Using Simulated Annealing for Layout Planning of Construction Sites”. Proceeding of the ASC 46th Annual International Conference, April 7-10, 2010

9.     Abdelhamid, T.S., Schafer, D., Narang, P. (2009)  Hazard Identification Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory.”  Proceedings of the XXIst Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, 11-12-2009, C15-C20.

10.  Schafer, D., Abdelhamid, T.S., and Mitropoulos, P. (2009). “Resilience Engineering: Revisiting Safety Management.” Proceedings of the XXIst Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, 11-12-2009, 305-310.

11.  Abdelhamid, T.S., Xi, L. (2009).  “Predicting Relative Workload During Construction Work Using Data Dependent Modeling”. Proceedings of the XXIst Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, 11-12-2009, 259-263.

12.  T.S. Abdelhamid, Don Schafer, Tim Mrozowski, Jayaraman, V., Howell, G. and Mohamed A. El-Gafy (2009).  “Working through unforeseen uncertainties using the OODA loop: an approach for self-managed construction teams.” Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 15-17 July 2009, Taipei, Taiwan.

13.  Abdelhamid, T. S. and Xi, L. (2009). “The Validity Of Data Dependent System Modeling to Predict Relative Physiological Workload During Construction Work.” Proceedings of the 2009 Construction Research Congress. .

14.  Schafer, D., Abdelhamid, T.S., and Mitropoulos, P. (2009). “Resilience Engineering: A New Approach For Safety Management.” Proceedings of the 2009 Construction Research Congress. .

15.  Abdelhamid, T.S., Narang, P., and Mitropoulos,, T.  (2009).  Hazard Identification Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory”.  Proceedings of the 19th Annual Construction Safety Conference, 17-19 February 2009, Rosemont, Illinois.

16.  Abdelhamid, T.S., Xi, L., and Mitropoulos,, T.  (2009).  Predicting Relative Workload During Construction Work Using Data Dependent Modeling”.  Proceedings of the 19th Annual Construction Safety Conference, 17-19 February 2009, Rosemont, Illinois.

17.  Abdelhamid, T. S. and Mitropoulos, P. (2008).  "Quantifying Workers’ Hazard Identification Ability Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory".  2008 National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, October 21 – 23, 2008,  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

18.  Schafer, D.‎ ‎, Abdelhamid, T.S.‎ ‎, Mitropoulos, P.‎ ‎, and Howell, G.A (2008).‎ ‎ ‎Resilience Engineering:  A New Paradigm For Safety In ‎Lean Construction Systems.”  Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 16-18 July 2008, Manchester, United Kingdom.

19.  El-Gafy, M. A., and Abdelhamid, T. S. (2008). ‎ “Using System Dynamics Modeling AS a Lean Construction Work Structuring Tool.”  Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 16-18 July 2008, Manchester, United Kingdom.

20.  Ilozor‎, B. D., Egbu, C. O., and Abdelhamid, T. S. (2008).  “Designing And Building To Minimize ‎Construction Waste.”  Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 16-18 July 2008, Manchester, United Kingdom.

21.  Jayaraman, V., Abdelhamid, T. S., and Ilozor, B. D (2008).  “Assessment Of Uncertainty Management ‎Approaches In Construction Organizations.”  Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 16-18 July 2008, Manchester, United Kingdom.

22.  Abdelhamid, T.S., and Patel, B. (2008).  “Assessment of occupational safety and health competencies using signal detection theory”.  Proceedings of the 18th Annual Construction Safety Conference, 12-14 February 2008, Rosemont, Illinois.

23.  Salem, O., Lothlikar, H., Genaidy, A., and Abdelhamid, T. (2007).  “A Behavior-Based Safety Approach For Construction Projects”.  Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 18-20 July 2007, East Lansing, Michigan.

24.  Beary, T., and Abdelhamid, T. S. (2006).  “Prioritizing Production Planning Problems And Normalizing Percent Plan Complete Data Using Six Sigma”.  Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 25-27 July  2006, Santiago, Chile.

25.  Narang, P. and Abdelhamid, T., S. (2006).  “Quantifying Workers’ Hazard Identification Ability Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory”.  Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 25-27 July  2006, Santiago, Chile.

26.  Abdelhamid, T, and Salem, O. (2005).  “Lean Construction:  A New Paradigm For Managing Construction Projects”.  The International Workshop on Innovations in Materials and Design of Civil Infrastructure, December 28-29, 2005, Cairo, Egypt.

27.  Mohamed, T., and Abdelhamid, T (2005).  “Construction Operations Planning And Control Using Statistical Quality Control Charts”.  The International Workshop on Innovations in Materials and Design of Civil Infrastructure, December 28-29, 2005, Cairo, Egypt.

28.  Moosa, T., and Abdelhamid, T. (2005).  “Production Planning Process in Residential Construction Using Lean and Six Sigma”.  Construction Congress VII, American Society of Civil Engineers , April 5-7, 2005, San Diego, CA.

29.  Mitropoulos, P., Howell, G. A., Abdelhamid, T. S. (2005).  “Accident Prevention Strategies: Causation Model And Research Directions”.  Construction Congress VII, American Society of Civil Engineers , April 5-7, 2005, San Diego, CA.

30.  Patel, B., and Abdelhamid, T. S. (2004).  “Assessment of Structural Steel Workers’ Safety and Health Competencies Using Signal Detection Theory”.   Proceedings of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 48th Annual Meeting, September 20-24, 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

31.  Abdelhamid, T., S. (2004).  “The Self-Destruction and Renewal of LEAN CONSTRUCTION Theory:  A Prediction From Boyd’s Theory”.  Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 03-06 August 2004, Helsingør, Denmark.

32.  Barshan, A., Abdlehamid, T. S., and Syal, M. (2004).  “Manufactured Housing Construction Value Using The Analytical Hierarchy Process”.  Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 03-06 August 2004, Helsingør, Denmark.

33.  Abdelhamid, T. (2004). “Lean Production Paradigms in the Housing Industry” Proceedings of the NSF Housing Research Agenda Workshop, Feb. 12-14, 2004, Orlando, FL. Eds. Syal, M., Hastak, M., and Mullens, M. Vol 2, Focus Group 1, 72-81.

34.  Abdelhamid, T. S. (2003).  “Six-Sigma in Lean Construction Systems:  Opportunities and Challenges”.   Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia, 65-83.

35.  Abdelhamid, T. S., Patel, B., Howell, G. A., and Mitropoulos, P. (2003).  “Signal Detection Theory:  Enabling Work Near The Edge”.   Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia, 243-256.

36.  Mastroianni, R. and Abdelhamid, T. S (2003).  “The Challenge: The Impetus For Change To Lean Project Delivery”.   Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia, 610-621.

37.  Chitla, V. K., and Abdelhamid, T. S. (2003).  “Comparing Process Improvement Initiatives Based On Percent Plan Complete And Labor Utilization Factors”.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 22-24 July 2003, Blacksburg, Virginia, 118-131.

38.  Howell, G. A., Ballard, G., Abdelhamid, T. S., and Mitropoulos, P. (2003).  “Rethinking safety: Learning to work near the edge”.  Proceedings of the 2003 ASCE Construction Research Congress, 19-21 March 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii.

39.  Howell, G. A., Ballard, G., Abdelhamid, T. S., and Mitropoulos, P. (2002).  “Working near the edge: a new approach to construction safety”.   Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 6-8 August 2002, Gramado, Brazil, 49-60.

40.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2002).  “Physical demands of construction work:  A source of workflow unreliability”.  Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference for Lean Construction, 6-8 August 2002, Gramado, Brazil, 75-86.

41.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2002).  “Physical Demands of Construction Work”.  Proceedings of the 10th international CIB W65 Symposium, 9-13 September 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1360-1368.

42.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2001).  “Predicting Workload During Physically Demanding Work Using Oxygen Uptake Data”.  Proceedings of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 45th Annual Meeting, 8-12 October 2001, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1780-1784.

43.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G. (2000).  “Ironworkers: physiological demands during construction work”.  Proceedings of Construction Congress VI, American Society of Civil Engineers, 20-22 February 2000, Orlando, Florida, 631-639.

44.  Abdelhamid, T. S., and Everett, J. G (1999).  “Concrete slab placing and finishing: Physiological demands”.  Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Implementation of Safety and Health on Construction Sites, 24-27 March 1999Honolulu, Hawaii, 345-349.

 

TECHNICAL REPORTS / DISSERTATION

Supervised Technical Reports / Dissertations

PhD Level (Committee Chair)

 

1.             Wenda Nofera ((Expected Summer 2014).  “Lean Crew Design on Construction Projects,” PhD Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

2.             Heather Moore (2013).  “Exploring Information Generation And Propagation From The Point Of Installation On Construction Jobsites: An SNA/ABM Hybrid Approach,” PhD Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

3.             Don Schafer (2013).  “Built Environment Project Disruptions: A Resilience Engineering Perspective,” PhD Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

 

PhD Level (External PhD Examiner / Committee Member)

1.     Min Liu ( Expected: Fall 2014).  PhD Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2.     Jing Du ( May 2012).  Investigation Of Interpersonal Cooperation In Construction Project Teams: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach,” PhD Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

3.     Mohamed Hassan (May 2013).   “Lean Construction Rating System,” George Mason University, VA.

4.     Somik Gosh (Feb 2012).  “Role of Social Interaction in Construction Production Planning and its Impact on Safety Performance,” Myers Lawson School of Construction; Virginia Tech.; Blacksburg, VA (Feb 2012).

5.     Moataz Farag (June 2010).  ““An Integration of a Buffering Assessment Model Based on Fuzzy Logic with LPS for Improving Highway Construction Process in Egypt,” Institute for technology and management in construction University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

6.     Ghaffar Imtiaz (2007).  “Lean Production System to Enhance Performance in Operations: An Empirical study of Malaysian Construction Industry,”University of Malaya, Malaysia

 

Masters Level (Committee Chair)

1.     Lahouti, A. (2013).  Cue-Based Decision-Making in Construction: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach. Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

2.     William, J. (2012).  Energy Codes And The Recovery Act: Guidance For States Addressing 90% Compliance Requirements.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

3.     Martin, J ( 2012).  Development and Assessment of a Refined Masonry Construction System.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

4.     Desai, A ( 2011).  Exploring Crew Behavior during Unexpected Events in Construction. Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

5.     Nerwal, N (2011). Construction Crew Design:  A Lean Approach. Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

6.     Kakkente, K (2011).  A New Prediction And Prevention Approach For Trench Excavation Cave-Ins.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

7.     Jain, S (2009). Percent Plan Complete:  Exploring the Relationship between Production Delay Factors and ‎‎Construction Site Performance. Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

8.     Bhawani, S. (2009).  Post Occupancy Evaluation: An Investigation ‎‎Instrument to Improve Performance and Indoor Environment Design and Operation of Buildings. Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

9.     Rao, S. (2008).  “Influence of Organizational Behavior on Construction Project Closeout.”  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

10.  Singh, Y. (2007).  “A Framework For Production Management Of Renovation Projects”.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

11.  von Bernuth, S. (2006).  “Construction Worker Safety and Personality.” Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

12.  Jayaraman, V. (2006).  Assessment of Uncertainty Management Approaches In Construction Organizations”.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

13.  Narang, P. (2005).  “Analysis of Construction Safety Competencies Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory.”  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

14.  Xi, Lili (2005).  Predicting Relative Workload During Construction Activities Using Multiple Regression Techniques.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

15.  Moosa, T (2004).  Production Planning Process in Residential Construction Using Lean Construction and Six Sigma.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

16.  Barshan, A. (2003).  Methodology For Evaluating And Ranking Manufactured Houses Based On Construction Value.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

17.  Patel, B. (2003).  Assessment of Construction Workers Occupational Safety Competencies Using Signal Detection Theory.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

18.  Barshan, A., Willenbrock, J., Abdelhamid, T. S., and Syal, M. (2003).  “Manufactured Housing Construction Quality Guidelines”.  Technical Report, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

19.  Chitla, V. (2002).  Performance Assessment Of Planning Processes During Manufactured Housing Production Operations Using Lean Production Principles.  Masters Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

 

Technical Reports

1.     Mrozowski, T., Abdelhamid, T., S., Schafer, D., Singh, Y., Rao, S., Jain, S., Bhawani, S., and Lung, S. (2008).  “Assessment and Improvement of Construction Closeout at Michigan State University”.  Report, Center for Construction Project Performance Assessment and Improvement, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

2.     Xi, Lili and Abdelhamid, T. (2005).  Predicting Relative Workload During Physically Demanding Work.  Technical Report, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

3.     Abdelhamid, T.  (2003) “Evaluation of Teacher-Student Learning Style Disparity in Construction Management Education”.  Technical Report, Lilly Fellowship Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

4.     Abdelhamid, T. S. (1999).  Measuring and Evaluating Physiological Demands of Construction Work.  Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 


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Current Projects

1.     Managing The Unexpected in the Built Environment – A Resilience Engineering Approach

2.     Accident Documentation And Hazard Assessment System Using Case-Based Reasoning

3.     Addressing Workforce Shortage In The Construction Industry - Avoiding The Perfect Storm

4.     Evaluation of Sensing Technology for Collision Avoidance Inside Highway Work Zones

5.     Percent Plan Complete:  A Leading Indicator Approach

6.     Higher Education Construction Project Benchmarking

Future Projects:

Lean Construction:

ü  Construction Safety and Ergonomics:

§  An Ergonomic Evaluation of Manufactured Housing Production

§  Construction Fall Accidents Causation and Prevention Using Process-Based Reliability Assessment Techniques.

§  Validation of Energy Expenditure Production Models for Construction Work Activities

§  Assessment of Alertness Levels During Construction Work Activities Using Ambulatory Electroencephalography (EEG)

§  Work-Rest Cycle Management to Improve Worker Performance In Construction

ü  Production Management:

§  Production Planning Assessment During Manufactured Housing Installation Operations Using Lean Production Principles

§  Construction Workflow Modeling Using Graph Theory

ü  Quality / Tolerances

§  Improving quality of pre-fabricated wood truss elements using Six-Sigma techniques

 


Previous Projects

 

At Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

§  Performance Assessment During Manufactured Housing Production Operations Using Lean Production Principles (2001 – 2002) MSU funded.

§  Manufactured Housing Construction Quality Guidelines - Consumers Union Southwest Regional Office – Manufactured Housing Research Initiative (1 year project - Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Matt Syal).

o    The specific goal of this research was to provide consumers with construction quality attributes that are critical to making manufactured homes purchase decisions.  In addition, this research provided an overview about the factory assembly, site installation, construction techniques, and materials for manufactured housing.

§  Assessment of Manufactured Housing Construction Quality:  A Consumer Perspective. (2002 – 2003)

§  Identification of the Safety and Health Competencies for Structural Steel Workers in Construction (2002-2003). – MSU funded.

§  Evaluation of Teacher-Student Learning Style Disparity in MSU’s Construction Management Education (2002-2003) – MSU Lilly Teaching Fellowship

§  Assessment of Site-Built Housing Production Planning Performance Using Lean Construction Principles (2003-2004).

§  Predicting Relative Workload During Physically Demanding Work – Funding Agency: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); 8/2002-8/2005.

o    The specific aim of this research was to develop a practical and direct method to predict relative workload (expressed as a percentage of maximum oxygen uptake) from in-situ collected sub-maximal oxygen uptake data without the need to determine maximum oxygen uptake.  The method was developed by modeling the human cellular utilization system as a stochastic system and on the hypothesis that oxygen uptake data are serially dependent, and that by exploiting this dependence using time series analysis techniques, a regression model between relative workload and a statistical characteristic of collected oxygen uptake data can be developed.

§  Analysis Of Construction Safety Competencies Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory (2004-2006)

§  The Relation Between Construction Worker Safety Awareness and Personality (2004-2006)

§  Investigation of Construction Workers’ and Managers’ Attitudes Towards Project Uncertainty (2005-2006)

§  Assessment and Improvement of Construction Project Closeout (2006 – 2007)

o    This project developed guidelines and improved practices for construction project closeout procedures

§  Construction Vendors Performance Evaluation

o    This project developed guidelines and recommendations for a vendor’s performance evaluation framework

§  A Production Management Framework for Renovation Projects

§  Achieving Robust Construction Project Closeout Processes Using Integrated Project Delivery Systems

§  Quantifying Workers’ Hazard Identification Using Fuzzy Signal Detection Theory

§  Influence of Organizational Behavior on Construction Project Closeout

§  Post Occupancy Evaluation: An Investigation Instrument To Determine The Economic Impact And Benefits Of Universal Design On Assisted Living Facilities

At University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

§  Statistical Analysis of Productivity Improvements Studies (1999)

§  Physiological Demand of Construction Work (1996-1999)

§  Accidents Causation Models (1996-99)

§  Queuing Theory in Construction (1998)

§  Ergonomic Analysis of Construction Tasks for Risk Factors for overexertion problems (1995)

§  Sequencing Formwork Systems for Concrete Casting Operations (1995)

§  Improved Construction Methods for Rehabilitation Highway Projects (1994-95)

§  Highway Work Zone Safety (1994-95)


 

 

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