New Frontiers in Construction

March 22, 2016

Since 2011,  The University of Washington’s Center for Education and Research in  Construction  (CERC)  has created a venue to highlight research and its relevance for  pressing issues facing the Construction industry through the New Frontiers in Construction Conference. CERC and their partners demonstrate the application and  benefits of applied research, and participants receive timely information that can be put into practice right when they return to the office.

This year’s event, held on March 4, 2016, drew a large crowd all interested in learning about innovative research that can increase safety, health, and productivity for the construction industry. Topics this year included:

  • Safety & Health, specifically exposure, on construction sites – presented by the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Project Delivery & Management 
  • Virtual Design & Construction (i.e., Asset information exchange, BIM in Operations, BIM for Design and Construction of Data Centers) 
  • Lean Construction (i.e.  Integrated Project Delivery, Contracting for Lean Delivery,  and agent-based modeling) 
  • Sustainability in Construction 
  • Infrastructure Development 

ERCstudentChris Mak, a Northwest Center ERC Trainee, presented during the poster session at the conference. Chris is pursing an MS in the new Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) program. CMOSH is an exciting new track within the Master of Sciences in Construction Management degree program at UW. The track aims to produce future construction leaders who will have the knowledge and skills to integrate project management and occupational health and safety for true project success. Learn more about the CMOSH program, and other ERC programs here.

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