Discussion Thread

  • 1.  Construction Institutes Summit!

    Posted 02-18-2020 02:32 PM

    Howdy everybody!

    Tomorrow, the Construction Institutes 2020 Summit is underway! I wanted to open up a discussion on the content of the conference for students, most of the material is super-technical but can be located on the program tab using the link below. I planned on attending as many technical sessions as possible to take detailed notes/ask your questions! Please add any comments/questions to this thread. 

    Hope to see many of you there!

    Summit Website:

    Sophie Lipomanis
    J.B. Speed School of Engineering | Civil Engineering Student Ambassador
    American Society of Civil Engineers (S.C.) | Vice President
    National ASCE Student Ambassador
    Speed School Student Council | Director of Society Relations

  • 2.  RE: Construction Institutes Summit!

    Posted 02-18-2020 03:19 PM
    ِDear Sophie Lipomanis
    I have two suggestions:
    Adding a Comprehensive Seismic rehabilitation Course for Undergraduate degree.
    Add a comprehensive lesson on prefabricated structures.

    Why do I suggest this because these discussions are mainly held at conferences and seminars and postgraduate courses. Most of engineers with a bachelor degree are a little confused when problems arise, mainly because they are involved in executive departments and do not know how to solve them.

    Reza Mokarramaydenlou, Ph.D., C.Eng, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE
    Structural Engineering and Seismic rehabilitation Consultant 
    Mokarramandpartners LLC

  • 3.  RE: Construction Institutes Summit!

    Posted 02-19-2020 05:23 PM

    I will be participating in the Assessing Safety Risk session on Friday.  Please ask about Safety By Design and how to implement it into your practice.

    Looking forward to challenging questions!  See you there!

    Chad Morrison P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Greenville RI

  • 4.  RE: Construction Institutes Summit!

    Posted 03-01-2020 02:50 PM
    Chad:  I think that any discussion on safety by design should consider the safety of those who work in or near the structure, those who perform maintenance, and those constructing the structure. There are many real life examples of all of these.

    Jim Worrell] Retired
    PE, RLS (retired)
    Raleigh, NC

  • 5.  RE: Construction Institutes Summit!

    Posted 03-02-2020 07:51 AM

    Something new this year, was the following presentation:

    The Need to Improve Facility Operations, Maintenance, and Repair (OM&R) Safety through Early Design Interventions

    Upon a project's completion of day-to-day operations, maintenance and repairs become the responsibility of facility managers (FM). This presentation will explore FM safety needs, focusing on a direct preliminary investigation with facility owners. Information is provided on types of OSH incidences that occur in various facilities, and the facility features that may require modifications after occupancy to address the owner's OSH needs, as well as the measures taken by FM personnel to address safety needs.

    Speakers: Nicholas Tymvios, Ph.D., Bucknell University; Glenda Mayo, Ph.D., LEED-AP, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Jake Smithwick, Ph.D., MPA, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Joe Archie, Director of Campus Operations at Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University

    Nick and his colleague spoke on the importance of engaging the facility manager during the design phase for input on maintenance needs throughout the lifetime of the building.  This was the first time I have heard encouragement to do this.  Keeping those who maintain the building safe should not be an afterthought!

    Chad Morrison P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Greenville RI