Move PhD Candidate Jojo France-Mensah received the Graduate Student Scholarship Award and the Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholarship from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The Graduate Student Award is given to 3 Graduate students who are conducting cutting-edge research in an engineering domain and have demonstrated high levels of service towards increasing minority inclusion in engineering programs.
Dr. O'Brien recieved the 2018 CII Celebrating Engineering and Technology Innovations Outstanding Researcher award, among the most prestigious given by the Institute. The award recognizes his significant body of research that advances capital projects, including evaluating benefits and hindrances of IT implementation and demonstrating Advanced Work Packaging as a best practice. Dr. O'Brien noted the contributions of his 70+ graduate students and numerous academic and industrial collaborators that have joined his research journey. Video can be seen here.
October 2017: Dr. William O’Brien has led a new University of Texas at Austin research team to discover what should be required in field supervision to facilitate the implementation of better productivity enhancement practices. As a result, the team sought to answer the question, what are the cognitive and practical skillsets required of field supervision to implement productivity enhancement practices effectively?
They came to the conclusion that industrial frontline supervisors often lack the cognitive and practical competencies that are indispensable parts of guiding and managing their work teams. As a result, the team urges those who work in the capital projects industry to invest in the education and training that is necessary to best equip frontline supervisors. In doing so, both foremen and general foremen will be able to supply quality managerial supervision and guidance in any project that they take on, despite the transient nature of their positions.
The ten competencies that the team outlined in their research report will help frontline supervisors foster a more productive work environment for everyone on their team. By implementing a higher standard for general foremen, more time will likely be spent on productive project operations in turn, increasing field productivity.
The research team presented their findings at this year’s CII Annual Conference which took place in Orlando, Florida from July 31 – August 2. While there, Dr. William O’Brien presented the work that his team discovered over the two-year research period.
Gurpreet Kaur, a CEPM master’s graduate, aided in the research endeavor and contributed to it by facilitating meetings and aiding in research analysis.
To find out more about RT 330 and the work that they conducted for the project, please visit the following website.
May 2017: This year’s Fiatech Technology Conference and Showcase, which took place in Orlando, Florida from April 10-12, was in full swing with members of the construction engineering industry from across the country coming together to explore “The Shape of Things to Come” in the industry.
Dr. William O’Brien, fellow professors, and students attended the conference to present a synthesized view of all of the research that CEPM has been taking part in at The University of Texas at Austin. The CEPM department had a booth at the conference, which allowed attendees from the department to interact with other industry professionals to discuss current research.
Doctoral student Thomas Czerniawski discussed a new strand of research which uses Pointcloud data and LIDAR technology to automatically update BIM models when building changes happen.
Jojo France-Mensah, also a doctoral student in CEPM, talked about research involving the integration of the technology and work processes of maintenance planning and capital planning groups. The research focused on the creation of a collaborative platform which would allow the two groups to work together more effectively.
The platform uses GIS, to bridge the gap in the planning stage between the maintenance planning and capital planning sides. GIS gives these groups a platform which allows them to see exactly what is happening on both sides at any given moment. This technology will prove to be incredibly beneficial because it can ultimately help eliminate potential flaws and redundancies in planning.