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Research

The Department of Construction Science supports the College of Architecture and Texas A&M Universities Strategic Plan, Education First, for the advancement of the public good. Research is a vital component of our mission that enriches and refreshes our faculty teaching experience for the benefit of our students and the industry. Research activities improve real world application of knowledge, insight and creativity.

The goal of our faculty and student research is to find topics of common interest to academia and industry and to address pressing areas and concerns of the industry. Research can help bridge the gaps of knowledge in areas of our focus which include:

  • Energy Development, Sustainability and Conservation
  • Information Management and Knowledge Utilization
  • Public Policy and Public Service
  • Economic Development and Innovation

Research Articles and Publications

Listed below is a sampling of significant faculty and student articles and publications.

Bigelow, Ben

Dr. Bigelow's research is focused on housing, underrepresented groups in construction, construction education, and technology usage in construction. His most recent publications include:

  1. Bigelow, B., Bilbo, D., Matthew, M., Ritter, L., Elliot, J. W. (2015). Identifying the Most Effective Factors in Attracting Female Undergraduate Students to Construction Management. International Journal of Construction Education and Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15578771.2014.1002639.
  2. Bilbo, D., Bigelow, B., Escamilla, E. Lockwood, C. (2014). Comparison of Construction Manager at Risk and Integrated Project Delivery Performance on Healthcare Projects: A Comparative Case Study. International Journal of Construction Education and Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/15578771.2013.872734.
  3. Bilbo, D., Bigelow, B., Rybkowski, Z., Anzadeh, A. (2014). Effects of Family Related Factors on Female Project Managers’ Salaries in the Construction Industry in the United States. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 10(4), 255-267. doi: 10.1080/15578771.2014.886641.
  4. Bilbo, D., Escamilla, E., Bigelow B., Garcia, J. (2014). Effects of HB 56 on the Construction Economy in Alabama. The Professional Constructor, 38(2), 34-46.
  5. Bigelow, B., Glick, S., Aragon, A. (2013). Participation in Construction Management Student Competitions: Perceived Positive and Negative Effects.International Journal of Construction Education and Research. 9(4), 272-287. doi:10.1080/15578771.2013.809037.

Dr. Bigelow is currently completing two funded projects, that include:

  1. Bigelow B. (2015). Increasing and Improving Homebuilding Education at Texas A&M UNiversity, National Housing Endowment. ($100,000) 2015-2020.
  2. Bigelow B., Van Zandt S., Campagnol G., O'Brien M. (2014). Design Build Community Service II, Texas A&M College of Architecture. ($25,000)

Bryant, John A.

  1. Bryant, John (2002). Short Term Energy Monitoring. Journal of European Facility Management, Fall 2002.
  2. Bryant, John (2002). Update on Energy metering at Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Proceedings of the 224th Industrial Energy Technology Conference, Summer 2002.
  3. Bryant, John and Kimberly Carlson (1999). "The STEM Test: An Approach for determining Building Connected Load Information." American Society of Mechanical engineers Renewable and Advanced Energy Systems for the 21st Century Conference. Lahaina, Maui, HI.

Choi, Kunhee (KC)

Dr. Choi is interested in transportation infrastructure construction and project management. His work has focused on integrated transportation informatics, infrastructure modeling, optimization, sustainability, and information technology. He directs i2dEAS LAB with a clear vision to develop a leading-edge research program that deepens our knowledge of both the theory and practice in these research fields. For more information click here.

  1. Lee, H.W., Oh, H., Kim, Y., and Choi, K. (2015). “Quantitative Analysis of Warnings in Building Information Modeling.” Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 51 (2015), 23-31.
  2. Choi, K., Haque, M., Lee, H., Cho, Y., and Kwak, Y.H. (2013). “Macroeconomic Labor Productivity and Its Impact on Firm’s Profitability.” Journal of The Operational Research Society (Special Issue on Construction Management), Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (64), 1258-1268.
  3. Choi, K., Kwak, Y.H. (2012). “Decision-Support Model for Incentives/Disincentives Time-Cost Tradeoff.” Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 21 (2012), 219-228.
  4. Choi, K., Kwak, Y.H., Pyeon, J., and Son, K. (2012). “Schedule Effectiveness of Alternative Contracting Strategies for Transportation Infrastructure Improvement Projects.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 138 (3), 323-330.
  5. Choi, K., Son, K., Woods, P., and Park, Y. (2012). “LEED Public Transportation Accessibility and Its Economic Implications.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 138 (9), 1095-1102.

Choudhury, Ifte

  1. Choudhury (2010). The effect of private outside space quality on the property value of a single family dwelling. COBRA: RICS Construction and Building Research Conference. Paris, France: RICS. September 2010.
  2. Choudhury & Sultana (2010). Rainwater Harvesting for Domestic Consumption in Bangladesh: Sizing and Construction of Storage Cisterns. Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. Louisville, KY: ASEE. June 20-23, 2010.
  3. Choudhury (2010). A Comparative Analysis of User Satisfaction with Enterprise Resource Planning. Proceedings of CIB World Building Congress. Salford, England. May 2010.
  4. Choudhury (2009). The effect of political unrest on construction time for food grain warehouses in Bangladesh. Construction Management and Economics, 27(7).
  5. Choudhury & Sanampudi (2009). Effect of construction cost and change orders for industrial and commercial projects in India. International Journal for Construction Project Management, 1(2).

Dixit, Manish

Dr. Manish Dixit joined the Department of Construction Science as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Dr. Dixit’s research interests include life cycle energy and environmental modeling, green building materials, embodied energy modeling, zero-energy buildings, building information modeling (BIM), and facility performance assessment. He is also interested in developing Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to BIM authoring tools for life cycle energy analysis. His research has been recognized globally through two best paper awards in international conferences and an increasing number of citations of his research papers. Dr. Dixit currently represents the United States as the National Participant in Annex 57 of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Annex 57 is an international research project focusing on the evaluation of embodied energy & carbon dioxide emissions for building construction.

  1. Dixit, M.K. (2016). "Embodied energy and cost of building materials: correlation analysis." Building Research & Information, 1-16.
  2. Dixit, M.K., Culp, C.H., Fernandez-Solis, J.L., & Lavy, S. (2016). "Reducing carbon footprint of facilities using a facilyt management approach." Facilities, 34(3/4), 247-259.
  3. Dixit, M.K., Culp, C.H., & Fernandez-Solis, J.L. (2015). "Embodied Energy of Construction Materials: Integrating Human and Capital Energy into an IO-Based Hybrid Model." Environmental Science & Technology, 49(3), 1936-1945.
  4. Dixit, M.K., Culp, C.H., & Fernandez-Solis, J.L. (2014). "Calculating Primary Energy and Carbon Factors for the United States' Energy Sectors." RSC Advances, 4(97), 54200-54216.
  5. Dixit, M.K., Culp, C.H., Lavy, S., & Fernandez-Solis, J.L. (2014). "Recurrent Embodied Enery and Its Relationship with Service Life and Life Cycle Energy: A Review Paper." Facilities, 32(3/4), 7-7.

Du, Jing (Eric)

Dr. Du leads the Integrated Computing In Construction (ICIC) Lab at Texas A&M University. ICIC lab aims at understanding the role of human factors in the design, construction and management of built environments. Particularly, we strive to investigate how the decision making processes and behaviors affect quality, sustainability and safety in complex projects. To this end, we use computer simulation (Agent-Based Modeling, Discrete Event Simulation and System Dynamics), statistical and mathematical modeling (scenario analysis, topological data analysis), and visualization techniques (BIM game engine, virtual reality and augmented reality). 

  1. Du, J., and El-Gafy, M. (2016). "A Cloud Based Shareable Library of Cooperative Behaviors in Construction Project Teams for Agent Based Modeling." Automation in Construction, (2016) 62. 89-100.
  2. Du, J., El-Gafy, M., and Zhao, D. (2015). "Optimization of Change Order Administrative Process by Object-Oriented Discrete Event Simulation: A Case Study." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. (2015): 05015018.
  3. Du, J., Kim, B., and Zhao, D. (2015). "Cost Performance as a Stochastic Process: EAC project by Markov Chain Simulation." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. (2015): 04016009.
  4. Du, J., and Arika Ligmann-Zielinska (2015). " The Volatility of Data Space: Topology Oriented Sensitivity Analysis." PLOS ONE. 10.9 (2015): e0137591.
  5. Du, J., Liu, R., and Issa, R. (2014). "BIM Cloud Score: Benchmarking BIM Performance." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 140(11), 04014054. 

Fernandez-Solis, Jose L.

Dr. Fernández-Solís, José L.' teaching, research, and engagement interests are in the areas of sustainability, environment, applied chaos theory, capstone, materials and methods, deterministic nonlinear systems, and advanced project management.  His funded research proposals include NSF 14-1464:  “Automating Construction Optimization through a Reliability Modification Rate – A Multiple Related Complex System Approach based on Game Theories,” and NSF 13-1464 “Optimization of Construction Operations through a Value Resource Mapping System – A Multiple Related Complex System based on Organizations’ Core Activities”.  Dr. Fernández-Solís, is in the Editorial board of 10 industry research journals chaired 3 PhD and over 60 master students.

  1. Fernández-Solís, J. L., Rybkowski, Z. K., Xiao, C., Lu, X; Chae, L. S., (2014)General contractor's project of projects–a meta-project: understanding the new paradigm and its implications through the lens of entropy, Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 1-30
  2. Fernández-Solís, J. L. (2008), “The Systemic Nature of the Construction Industry,” Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 4(1) 31-46.
  3. Dixit, M. K., Culp, C. H., & Fernández-Solís, J. L. (2014) “Calculating primary energy and carbon emission factors for the United States’ energy sectors. RSC Advances 4 (97), 54200-54216.
  4. Dixit, M. K., Culp, C. H., Lavy, S., Fernández-Solís, J. L., and Culp, C. H (2014),  Recurrent embodied energy and its relationship with service life and life cycle energy: A review paper, Facilities 32 (3/4), 7-7
  5. Dixit, M. K., Fernández-Solís, J. L., Lavy, S., and Culp, C. H. (2010), “Identification of parameters for embodied energy measurement: A literature review”, Energy and Buildings, 42(8) 1238-1247.

Haque, Mohammed E.

  1. Haque, M. E. & Shah, G. (2007, June 24-28). 4D Construction Visualization: Techniques with Examples. Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Construction Engineering Division, Honolulu, HI.
  2. Haque, M. E. & Shah, G. (2007, June 24-28). 4D Construction Visualization: Techniques with Examples. Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Construction Engineering Division, Honolulu, HI.
  3. Haque, M.E., (2006). "Virtual Reality and Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Technology's New Role for the Architectural engineering Students," accepted for presentation and conference proceedings publication in the first international Conference of the Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR 2006) - Changing Trends in Architectural Design Education, November 14-16, 2006, Rebat, Morocco.

Kang, Julian H.

Dr. Kang's is interested in investigating how emerging technologies, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), 4D Construction Simulation, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), would enhance our decision-making processes in the course of designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining industrial plants, commercial buildings, and healthcare facilities. He has been working on various funded research projects with his graduate students, and BIM CAVE, which stands for Computer Aided Virtual Environment for BIM, is one of outcomes from his research projects.

Journal Papers

  1. Faghihi, V.; Reinschmidt, K.; and Kang, J. (2014). “Construction Scheduling using Genetic Algorithm based on Building Information Model”, Expert Systems with Applications, 41(16), 7565–7578.
  2. Kang, J. (2012). “BIM/CAVE: Immersive BIM Reviewing System”, Journal of Building Information Modeling, National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), Spring 2012, pp. 23-24.
  3. Kang, J. and Gandhi, J. (2010). “Readability Test of RFID Temperature Sensor Embedded in Fresh Concrete.” Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 16(3), 412-417.
  4. Kang, J., Anderson, S., and Clayton, M. (2007). “Empirical Study on the Merit of Web-based 4D Visualization in Collaborative Construction Planning and Scheduling.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 133 (6), 447-461.
  5. Kang, J., Lho, B., and Choi, S. (2004). “Parametric Web-CAD for Box Culvert Design.” Computer Aided Design and Applications, Vol. 1, No 1-4, 147-152.

Funded Research Projects

  1. Development of a Computer Application Controlling the Move of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, sponsored by Baytech Korea in 2014
  2. Evaluation of Robotic Total Station (RTS) Technologies for Innovative Use of BIM on Construction Sites, sponsored by Skanska USA Building in 2011
  3. Fabrication of BIM CAVE System for Construction Management, sponsored by IEEF of Texas A&M University in 2009
  4. Application of Multimedia-based Learning Theory to Construction Tacit Knowledge Collection and Distribution, sponsored by NSF in 2007
  5. Empirical Application of BIM to a High-Rise Commercial Building, sponsored by AGC of America in 2007

Lavy, Sarel

Dr. Lavy's main research interests are in the area of facility management, mainly in the healthcare and education sectors, and particularly on topics of maintenance and operation management, life cycle cost techniques, performance indicators, condition assessments, green and sustainable practices, and the growing demand for technology in facility management applications. Nevertheless, Dr. Lavy has also conducted research and published papers on other topics, such as construction safety and design terror mitigation. Dr. Lavy teaches facility management classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Texas A&M University.

  1. Lavy, S., and Dixit, M. K. (2014), “Industry-specific needs”, in International Facility Management, Editors: Roper, K. O. and Borello, L., Blackwell-Wiley Publications, 141-166, ISBN: 978-0-470-67400-0.
  2. Shohet, I. M., and Lavy, S. (2010), “Hard facilities and performance management in hospitals”, in Improving Healthcare through Built Environment Infrastructure, Editors: Kagioglou, M., and Tzortzopoulos, P., Wiley-Blackwell Publications, 229-248, ISBN: 978-1-4051-5865-7.
  3. Lavy, S., Garcia, J. A., Scinto, P., and Dixit, M. K., “KPIs for facility performance assessment: Simulation of core indicators”, Construction Management and Economics, 32(12), 1183-1204.
  4. Lavy, S., and Fernandez-Solis, J. L. (2009), “LEED Accredited Professionals’ perceptions affecting credit point adoption”, Facilities, 27(13/14), 531-548.
  5. Lavy, S., and Bilbo, D. L. (2009), “Facilities maintenance management practices in large public schools, Texas”, Facilities, 27(1/2), 5-20.

Nichols, John M.

Dr. Nichols has research interests in Reverse Auction Bidding, which is a study of how people interact in a competitive market place; in deaths in earthquakes and the loss rates with distance from the epicentre of each event, in flexural strength of masonry using the bond wrench tests, and hospital acquired fungal infections, specifically the movement of the fungi from the outside to the inside of the hospital. Dr. Nichols has been the chair of approximately 100 masters students in the last decade.  He is intereseted in the study of vibration during construction and the impact on existing buildings.

  1. Nichols, J. M. (1999). The assessment and repairs of certain structures after the Newcastle earthquake. Masonry International, 13(1), 11 - 22.
  2. Abell, A. B., & Nichols, J. M. (2003). Investigation of the Rheology and Microstructure of Hydrated Lime and Sand for Mortars. Paper presented at the Masonry: Opportunities for the 21st Century ASTM STP 1432, West Conshohocken, PA.
  3. Nichols, J. M., & Beavers, J. E. (2008). World Earthquake Fatalities from the Past  -- Implications for the Present and Future. Natural Hazards Review, 9(4), 179-189.
  4. Nichols, J. M. (2013). A Modal Study of the Pont-Y-Prydd Bridge using the Variance Method. Masonry International, 26(2), 23-33.
  5. Nichols, J. M. (2014). A Vibration Study of the Commissary Building at TAMU Using the Variance Method and the CX1 Accelerometer (Nichols 2014 ed.). College Station: TAMU.

Rybkowski, Zofia

Dr. Rybkowski specializes in the development of simulations and serious games to research the impact of specified interventions during the delivery of capital projects. Her expertise includes Integrated Project Delivery, Lean Construction, Target Value Design, Evidence-Based Design for healthcare facilities, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, environmental sustainability of capital projects, and researching ways to enhance flow at points of intersection between architecture, engineering and construction management.

  1. Rybkowski, Z. K., Shepley, M. M., and Ballard, H. G. (2012). "Target Value Design: Applications to newborn intensive care units," Health Environments Research and Design Journal (HERD), 5(4), 5-22.
  2. Rybkowski, Z. K., Zhou, X., Lavy, S. and Fernández-Solís, J. (2012). Investigation into the nature of productivity gains observed during the Airplane Game lean simulation,” Lean Construction Journal, 78-90.
  3. Rybkowski, Z. K., Abdelhamid, T., and Forbes, L. (2013). “On the back of a cocktail napkin: An exploration of graphic definitions of lean construction,"Proceedings of the 21th annual conference for the International Group for Lean Construction; July 31-August 2, 2013: Fortaleza, Brazil, 83-92:http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/152156.
  4. Kulkarni, A., Rybkowski, Z. K., and Smith, J. (2012). “Cost comparison of collaborative and IPD-like project delivery methods versus non-collaborative project delivery methods," Proceedings of the 20th annual conference for the International Group for Lean Construction; July 17-22, 2012: San Diego, CA, U.S.A., 781-790, 781-790: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/152155.
  5. Rybkowski, Z. K., Munankami, M., Gottipati, U., Lavy, S., and Fernández-Solis, J.  (2011). “Impact of cost constraints on aesthetic ranking following Target Value Design exercises,” Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, Lima, Peru, July 13-15: 448-457,http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/152157.

Ryoo, Boong

Dr. Ryoo specializes in construction information technology such as machine learning, knowledge management, wearable computers, visualization of management processes, adaptable information framework, network and distributed computing, and sensor technology implementation. He has been a recipient of various government and industry funds in the field of information technology in construction where he has extensive experiences in developing e-commerce tools for both industrial and government projects. Dr. Ryoo’s recent research includes the development of RFID-based health systems, an artificial intelligence system to understand the behavior of information transaction, and development of adaptable information frameworks to provide accommodations based on various project delivery strategies.

  1. “Web-based Construction Project Specification System,” Boong Yeol Ryoo, Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, Young Hoon Kwak, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp212-221, March/April, 2010.
  2. "e-Portal for Construction Engineers: Integrated Construction Information Portal using 4-Tier Architecture”, Boong Yeol Ryoo and Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, The International Journal of Construction Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 83~99, 2007.
  3. “A Study on Proposal to Improve Domestic Construction Management Service Guide,” Korean Institute of Architectural Construction, Kwang-Tae Na, Boong Yeol Ryoo, and Byung-Hee Kang, v. 2, n. 3, pp. 147-154, August 2002.
  4. “Knowledge Extraction of Highway Retaining Structure Selection: Characteristics of Knowledge Database,” Architectural Institute of Korea, Chang-Young Song, Boong Yeol Ryoo, and Soo-Gon Lee, v. 4, n. 1, December 2002.
  5. "Development and Management of an Information Exchange System for the Construction Project Specifications,” Kyoon-Tai Kim, Tae-Song Kim, Boong Yeol Ryoo, and Jai-Dong Koo, Architectural Institute of Korea (Structure), v. 18 n. 7, July 2002.

Williamson III, Kenneth C.

As an education psychologist-technologist with sixteen years of construction industry ownership my research is inseparable from teaching and extension. My research areas of interest include: (1) the cognitive nature of learners, (2) the investigation, development and testing of innovative instructional strategies, (3) computer servers and web-site programming, (4) surveying and wayfinding, (5) undergraduate and graduate data mining, and (6) visualization of concepts that are unobservable in the natural environment.

  1. Hinze, S.R.,  Williamson, V. M., Shultz, M. J., Williamson III, K. C., Deslongchamps, G., Rapp, D. N. (2013). When do spatial abilities support student comprehension of STEM visualizations? Cognitive Processing - International Quarterly of Cognitive Science, 14(2), 129-142.
  2. Williamson III, K. C. (2008, April). College mathematical problem solving abilities. In T. Sulbaran  & C. Sterling (Eds.), Proceedings of the Associated Schools of Construction's 44th Annual International Conference, Auburn, Alabama, 2-5 April, (pp. 263-274). Hattiesburg, MS: The University of Southern Mississippi.
  3. Williamson III,  K. C. & Burt, R. R. (2007). The ranking of c-schools using the criteria of ASC publication. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 3(1), 3-16.
  4. Woo, J.H. & Williamson III, K. C. (2003). Measuring the time and cost benefit of an extranet using simulation models. The American Professional Constructor, 27(1), 1-16.
  5. Williamson III, K. C., & Bilbo, D. (1999). A road-map to an effective graduate construction education program. Journal of Construction Education4(3), 260-277.