New Frontiers in Construction Conference 2018


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. Looking deeply at the frontiers in technology and evolving practices, CERC and our partners, demonstrate the application and benefits of applied research for participating organizations. Participants receive timely information that can be put into practice right when they return to the office Monday morning.

2018 Conference Registration


Join Dr. Yong Woo Kim on Wednesday, March 14th for the pre-conference, A Missing Link in Reliable Planning. The workshop includes two presentations and panel discussion on reliable production planning and the UW’s journey to Lean construction. Event will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, and up to 35 seats are available. Please use the link below to register for the pre-conference and reserve your seat. Registration is free with the conference registration.

Pre-Conference Registration

2018 Conference Agenda

7:30 AM - Breakfast and Student Presentations

Thanks to our Applied Research Consortia (ARC) industry partners, Skanska and Turner, for sponsoring our networking breakfast.

9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick, CERC Executive Director and CM Professor

9:15 AM - Keynote : central Building Information Management (cBIM)

Frank Peters, LAWA cBIM Program Manager at Los Angeles World Airport

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - SESSION 1

See below to choose among Session 1 options

... 1A - Construction Management Education

Lead: Bill Bender (UW CM Department Chair and Professor)

Speakers: Dave Carns (Professor at Central Washington University), Warren Plugge (Associate Professor at Central Washington University)

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... 1B - Making Net Zero Buildings: MEP Design Criteria for Reducing Emissions in High Performance Buildings

Lead: Monica Huang (Research Engineer at UW)

Speaker: Brian Griffith (Managing Principal at Integral Group), Barbara Rodriguez (PhD Candidate at UW)

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... 1C - Tech and Teams

Lead: Carrie Sturts Dossick (UW CM Professor)

Speakers: John Messner (Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State University), Laura Osburn (Research Scientist at UW), Jack Ray (Vice President/COO at CCI Engineering Services)

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12:00 PM - 1:30 - Lunch & Poster Session

Enjoy lunch from 12:00 – 12:30, when the poster session and lightening rounds will begin. Learn about student research and network with colleagues.

1:30 PM - Keynote : Innovation Through Practice

Carrie Sturts Dossick, UW CM Professor

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2:30 PM - 4:00 pm - SESSION 2

See below to choose among Session 2 options.

... 2A - Emergent Project Delivery, Procurement, and Contracting

Lead: Giovanni Migliaccio (UW CERC Executive Director and CM Professor)

Speakers: Markku Allison (Director of Engagement and Innovation at Chandos Construction) Jeannie Natta (Project Manager at UW CPD), Janice Zahn (Assistant Director Engineering at Port of Seattle)

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... 2B - Communicating Safety and Health in Construction

Lead: Ken-yu Lin (UW CM Associate Professor)

Speaker: Linda Goldenhar (Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Construction Research and Evaluation (CPWR))

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... 2C - International Construction Projects in a Digital World

Lead: Katharina Klemt-Albert (Professor at Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Speakers: Robert Hartung (PhD Candidate at Leibniz Universität, Hannover), Sara Omrani (Research Associate at Queensland University of Technology), Sheryl Staub-French (Professor at University of British Columbia)

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4:00 - 5:00 pm - HAPPY HOUR

Enjoy a beverage (cash-bar) and snacks while you mingle with colleagues and talk with vendors.



The Call for Posters & Presentations is now closed. If you have questions, please email

Selection Notification: December 12, 2017

Final Submittals Presentations Due: January 30, 2018

Final Submittals Posters Due: March 10, 2018

Conference: Thursday, March 15, 2018