TCMP Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

CEE 331. Construction Management

Introduction to a construction management process for engineers in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, evaluating, planning, monitoring and controlling. Students will learn about the project delivery, financial and procurement systems; legal issues; cost estimation; scheduling; bonding and insurance; and project resource planning and control.

CEE 435. Building Information Modeling

Fundamentals of Building Information Modeling (BIM) methods and their significance in project management and collaboration; Application of BIM in primary construction management functions such as coordination, design clash detection, sequencing, safety, logistics, and communication; BIM-based Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach and the project lifecycle; Reality capture methods for as-built documentation in BIM; BIM in facility and asset management; BIM standards and interoperability. 

CEE 501 (Section TBD). Construction Industry Institute (CII) Best Practices

Introduction to the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Best Practices defined and developed by CII over the last 25 years. Current professional and practice issues in the construction industry. The course covers the majority of CII Best Practices, such as Front End Planning, Zero Accident Techniques, Constructability and Materials Management. Lectures focus on Best Practices or practice, and critical issues facing the construction industry. 

CEE 530. Construction Professional Practice

Construction industry speakers, field trips, team projects. Student teams investigate construction technologies and work with construction industry clients as volunteer consultants to address industry, organization, and project problems. Teams prepare and present written and oral reports to seminar and clients.

CEE 531. Construction Cost Engineering

Cost engineering for construction organizations, projects, and operations. Construction financing; break-even, profit, and cash flow analyses; capital budgeting. Equipment cost and procurement decisions. Construction financial accounting, cost accounting, cost control systems, databases. Cost indices, parametric estimates, unit price proposals, measuring work and settling claims.

CEE 532. Construction Project Engineering

The course covers the fundamentals of project-based organization, project delivery systems, resource management focusing primarily on human aspects, organizational behavior and culture, change and interface management, productivity measurement and analysis, and construction safety and ergonomics. Examples and case studies from construction are used to help students’ learning.

CEE 533. Engineering Process Modeling and Risk Analysis

Engineering complex systems, models and simulation. Probabilistic aspects of simulations. Data collection and selection of input distributions. Design of experiments, input and output analysis and interpretation. Random number generators, variate and process generation. Monte Carlo simulation models. Activity cycle diagrams. Cyclone-EZStrobe-Stroboscope networks. In-depth examination of discrete-event simulation systems. Variance reduction techniques, antithetic sampling, common random numbers. Simulation and optimization. Parametric analysis. Single system output analysis and multiple system comparison. Hands-on model development using Stroboscope, EZStrobe, ProbSched, Risk-Solver-Platform, Simtools, and YASAI. Animations using Proof-Animation, Vita2D and Vitascope++. Applications from on-site construction, off-site manufacturing, tunneling, earthmoving, mining, land, air, and marine transportation systems.

CEE 534. Construction Engineering, Equipment, and Methods

Engineering principles and economics of conventional earthmoving equipment and its use in site development, earthwork, and excavation; Mobile and tower construction cranes, and their selection to perform services based on lifting capacity and working range; Concrete construction including concrete production, formwork and shoring systems, transportation and placement, and reinforcement systems; Aggregate production, including drilling and blasting, and crushing for use in concrete and asphalt production; Concrete and steel bridge construction, paving of asphalt and concrete highways, and piled foundations.

CEE 536. Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

Project planning and scheduling with arrow and precedence networks using the Critical Path Method (CPM). Advanced scheduling using overlapping networks. Project control, C/SCSC and earned-value systems. Scheduling under uncertainty, PERT, PNET, and Monte-Carlo simulation. Time-cost tradeoff, resource allocation, and resource leveling. Scheduling using the Repetitive Scheduling Method (RSM).

CEE 537. Building Construction

Using the basics of building codes, standards, and development in materials and technologies, this class will address the fundamentals of building construction as it relates to a complete range of construction activities. Construction details, material selection and fabrication, equipment utilization, and methods for labor installation will be discussed for a variety of civil, structural, and architectural systems. Topics to include, but not limited to, cast-in-place concrete, masonry, steel, precast concrete, light wood and timber, light gage steel, roofing, windows and doors, and sitework. Introductions to mechanical and electrical systems will be discussed.

CEE 538. Computer-Aided Project Management (2 Credits)

Introduction to the application of modern computer systems, including Primavera Project Management Professional P6 and Microsoft Project, for construction project planning, scheduling and control. This course must be accompanied or preceded by CEE 536.

CEE 539. Modern Construction Management

As technological integration and construction complexity increase along with construction lead time and budget constraints, staying competitive in the construction industry is challenging. Construction companies seek to shorten the duration of construction project completion and to remain within the budget by managing construction development efforts effectively. This can be achieved by understanding and applying modern construction management methods. To this end, this course will discuss how to organize, evaluate, and manage a construction project. By the end of the term students will be able to understand and apply modern construction management to effectively manage a construction project in an Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) organization.

CEE 555. Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems

Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Life Cycle Analysis – Methods and Applications in Buildings; Building Energy Modeling and Simulation; Energy Management in Buildings; Impact of Building Occupants and Behavioral Challenges; Renewable Energy and Efficiency in Buildings; Existing Buildings and Technical/Social Challenges of Energy Retrofits; and Building Certifications (e.g., LEED). 

CEE 630. Directed Studies in Construction Engineering

Selected reading in specific construction areas. Independent research under the direction of TCMP faculty leading to a written report (3 hr credit) or a Master’s Thesis (6 hr credit), and an oral presentation.

CEE 631. Construction Decisions Under Uncertainty

Construction project and organization decisions for the uncertain future. Selection of construction method, equipment, contract, markup, and financing alternatives having the highest expected values. Uses decision theory, competitive bid analysis, probabilistic modeling and simulation, and multiple regression analysis in managing construction.

CEE 830. Construction Engineering and Management Seminar

Presentation and discussion of selected topics relating to construction engineering and management practice and research by invited lecturers.

CEE 990. Dissertation/Pre-Candidate

Dissertation work by doctoral student not admitted to status as candidate. The defense of the dissertation, that is, the final oral examination, must be held under a full-term candidacy enrollment.

CEE 995. Dissertation/Candidate

Election for dissertation work by a doctoral student who has been admitted to candidate status. The defense of the dissertation, that is, the final oral examination, must be held under a full-term candidacy enrollment.