2014 Construction Engineering Conference: Leveraging Project and Career Success
Building on the success of the Virginia Tech conference in October 2012, the University of Washington is hosting a construction engineering conference to bring junior construction faculty members and industry practitioners together to discuss industry needs and create beneficial relationships. The conference will team industry professionals with professors to create presentations focused on project and career success. The conference objectives are:
Increase interaction between construction engineering practice, education, and research to improve the performance of capital projects in meeting all types of objectives: safety, quality, sustainability, cost, and schedule.
Foster increased integration to help prepare young engineers in industry and young construction faculty for career success and for continued self-directed learning.
Identify priority new technologies needed by industry and those potentially available from researchers to improve performance in meeting project objectives.
The conference program includes six sequential sessions and 24 invited papers that highlight the industry and academic linkages to leverage career and project success, sustainability and BIM as current challenges and opportunities for success, and career development; four keynote speakers; and a field trip to the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Project.
On Saturday afternoon there is an optional NSF Workshop: Promoting Basic Construction Research. There is an additional registration fee for the workshop. The workshop objectives are:
Define a basic research agenda for construction engineering
What is basic construction research?
Why is this type of research important?
What are the barriers and enablers for performing basic construction research?
Where are the major basic research needs?
Increase research interactions between industry and academia
Learn strategies for writing successful NSF proposals
The conference and workshop will both be held at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel - conveniently located at the airport and next to Seattle light rail transit for access to the city. Participation by faculty members will be subsidized by the AGC Education and Research Foundation and the Beavers.