Construction Management represented at CHHS Research Day 2020

The Department of Construction Management had five entries in the College of Health and Human Sciences’ “Research Day – A Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarship,” held on March 10 at the Lory Student Center. The event hosted a poster session with approximately 140 submissions. Each entrant was to craft a compelling three-minute summary of their research concept, highlighting key components.

Poster submissions

Representing the Department of Construction Management during the morning poster session:

Brad Harris with poster
Brad Harris

Brad Harris, an undergraduate CM and Honors Program student, who finished his thesis last semester enabling him to share his results with others during the Research Day event. His poster was entitled, “Assessing Fire Resistant Roofing for Colorado Residential Homes.” With wildfires as increasingly concerning threats facing citizens within the U.S., the purpose of this study was to assess three Class A roofing materials (asphalt shingle, synthetic shake, and metal), which are typically used on residential homes in wildland-urban interface areas.

Abdo with poster
Abdelrahman (Abdo) Abdallah

Abdelrahman (Abdo) Abdallah, a Ph.D. student in Construction Engineering and Management, a collaborative program between the Colorado State University Departments of Construction Management and Civil and Environmental Engineering, submitted “Integrated Uncertainty Based Inspection Framework,” based on his research. Bridges inspection depends mainly on the accuracy of the inspection technique and the timing of the inspection.  In the United States bridge inspection is usually done every 2 years using visual inspection regardless of the bridge age or condition. The uncertainty-based inspection framework presented herein incorporates information provided by nondestructive evaluation techniques and mechanistic prediction models, using Bayesian updating, to find the optimum time and technique for bridge inspection. An inspection should only be conducted when the level of uncertainty about the bridge condition is higher than a certain threshold.

President McConnell and Deniz with poster
President McConnell with Deniz Besiktepe

Deniz Besiktepe, a Ph.D. student in Construction Engineering and Management, submitted on, “Identification of Criteria for Development of a Multi-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) Model for Building Maintenance in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).” Very few studies have looked at how MCDM approaches have been integrated into decision making processes in building maintenance. In light of these gaps in the literature, and as a first step to build a MCDM framework, a set of 12 criteria has been identified in this study based on literature review and the results of an online-survey conducted with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA).

Andy Hieber with Manideep's poster
Andy Hieber

Manideep Tummalapudi, a Ph.D. student from the School of Education’s Education, Equity and Transformation program with an emphasis in Construction Management, co-presented “Evaluation of Construction Surety Bonding Criterion for Changing Economic Conditions.” This research focuses on formulating efficient economic downturn planning strategies to better prepare the construction industry for an anticipated upcoming economic recession. Over 60 construction companies participated, along with construction sureties, and construction CPAs using Delphi research methodology to develop economic downturn planning strategies. This poster was presented by CM graduate student, Andy Hieber.

Scott Glick, Ph.D., and Svetlana Olbina, Ph.D., were the two faculty members representing CM with their entry, “Automated Positioning of Anchors for Personal Fall Arrest Systems for Sloped Roofs.” The poster included results of the thesis research completed by their graduate student, Azin Heidari. Heidari developed a Windows-based app that could be used by steep sloped roofing companies, and help them improve their fall protection safety practices.

CM Speaker for luncheon presentations

Dr. Olbina presenting at luncheon
Svetlana Olbina, Ph.D.

Additionally, the poster session was followed by a luncheon with faculty talks about their research “innovation, integration, and impact.” These talks were limited to six minutes followed by a short Q and A session. As one of eight invited speakers, CM’s own Svetlana Olbina, CM Associate Professor, spoke about her research related to the integration of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) into the Construction Management curriculum, and the benefits of VR and AR for student learning. Olbina’s presentation highlighted innovative aspects of her research, the impact that the research makes on education, industry and community, as well as integration of her research with the CHHS vision and mission.

Learn more about the CHHS Research Day here.

The Department of Construction Management is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.