During the COVID-19 pandemic in North America, a great deal has been learned in a short amount of time, in all areas of the construction industry. Early on, provincial governments designated construction projects either essential or non-essential work, which naturally had immediate effects for contractors, owners, workers, and managers. Those people working in research and academic settings — such as the IRC in SCMD chairholder, students, and staff — have been generally working from home. All manner of meetings and conferences have been either postponed or held virtually. …

The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery (IRC in SCMD) program is now in its final year of funding, as the NSERC partnerships model has changed to the Alliance Grant program (NSERC Alliance webpage). In 2021, the IRC in SCMD is focusing on wrapping up projects and developing results and recommendations. Tools, such as the Fuzzy Risk Analyzer® and Digitalization Opportunities Road Mapping Tool©, will continue to be supported.

Naturally, the research, tools, and expertise generated under the banner of the IRC in SCMD will continue to be of interest and use to industry colleagues and…

A Time of Transition: 2020 and 2021

I would like to begin this message by expressing gratitude, to my research team for persevering during challenging times, and to our industry partners for supporting our research during the pandemic. Last year was unique, full of novel and unexpected challenges, and 2021 will be one of transition for the IRC in SCMD. I believe we will look back on 2020 and 2021 as two eventful years that also reflect the strength of our collaborative approach to construction innovation, research, and application.

Early 2020 resembled a normal work year. The IRC in SCMD…

Goodbyes…

Please join the IRC in SCMD in congratulating Dr. Nima Gerami Seresht on his new position as Assistant Professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering. In his upcoming research projects, Dr. Gerami Seresht will focus on utilizing artificial intelligence and simulation techniques to increase the resiliency of urban infrastructure projects and to improve urban sustainability. He is looking forward to developing collaborative research projects internationally and to implementing his future developments in the real-world engineering practice.

The IRC in SCMD is pleased to congratulate Daniel Kamau, who completed his dual M.Eng…

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