Keynote Speaker for ICCPM 2018


Prof. Lonny Simonian
California Polytechnic State University, USA

Lonny Simonian has over 25 years of professional experience in the electrical design and construction industry and has worked on several multibillion USD federally funded domestic projects, as well as numerous public and privately funded projects around the world. This has including extensive experience in project & construction management, project controls and administration, and design and construction engineering on several US government advanced technology projects. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford.

 Professor Simonian’s current appointment is as a Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and graduate course instructor in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly. Professor Simonian is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California and a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional. Professor Simonian’s previous experience includes positions as an Engineering Group Supervisor at Bechtel National and Senior Project Manager for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. His Cal Poly courses have included Building Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Systems, Construction Contracts, Construction Project Administration, Principles of Construction Management, Project Controls, Management of the Construction Firm, Professional Practice for Construction Project Managers, and Integrated Project Delivery. Professor Simonian was a past recipient of a NSF/DOE fellowship, conducting Smart Grid research at UC Berkeley Lab on Energy Information System Dashboard Integrating Wireless Sensing Devices with Wired Metering and Controls. He is the principal or corresponding author of over three dozen peer-reviewed papers.
Speech Title: Using Game-Based Learning and Simulations to Enhance Construction Engineering and Management Education
Abstract:
Simulations and learning games use technology to allow participants to experience tasks and see the results of their decisions. Frequently, they are designed to meet specific learning goals, i.e. from sharing case studies to demonstrating very complex situations. In the construction industry, many new employees do not have the training or coursework to provide access to such simulations. While games are not new to higher education, their use most often has been limited to a very narrow vein because of their complexity and the amount of development time required to produce them. Most games have not been robust enough to engage construction participants. Managing construction involves being able to make decisions to balance time, cost, quality, resources, and identifying and solving a variety of issues. The skills required of today’s construction management personnel are a combination of management skills and technical knowledge. This presentation describes the Construction Industry Simulation (COINS) game, designed to prepare construction engineering and management personnel for the real world.

 

Invited Speaker for ICCPM 2018

Assoc. Prof. Syuhaida Ismail
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Syuhaida Ismail is a registered Professional Engineer with Practising Certificate with BEM and IEM, and also the UK Chartered Engineer with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Serving Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as the Associate Professor in Project Management, she is currently the Secretary cum Treasurer of IEM Project Management Technical Division (PMTD) after serving PMTD as the technical committee since 2013. After obtaining her BEng (Civil Engineering) (UTM), MEng (Project Management) (The University of Melbourne) and PhD (Civil Engineering) (UTM), she has been actively undertaking research and publication in the area of Project Management. On top of writing articles for IEM's Bulletin Jurutera, she has published more than 140 research papers and books, and received more than 30 research awards due to her significant contribution to the Project Management body of knowledge. Her research products in the area of Project Management have been commercialised into more than 100 copyrights/patents/trademarks.
Speech Title: Construction and Project Management Practices towards the 4th Industrial Revolution: The Way Forward
Abstract:
4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) or Industry 4.0 is the revolution of convergence in cyber and physical realsm in the form of data and analytics from the industrial internet of things (IoT), automation, mobility and the cloud. This apparently affects all disciplines, economies, industries and governments, including construction and project management, where new opportunities drive new employment and growth within the practices. With the main attribute of construction project as being complex, 4IR would undoubtedly increase productivity and flexibility in the process of construction and project management practices. This keynote speech thus aims at appraising the construction and project management practices worldwide towards the 4IR of which the continuous improvement in terms of construction industry performance could be made efficiently and effectively. Current practices of both construction and project management would be critically reviewed in investigating its impact to the society as a whole. The keynote speech is expected to shed lights on the current scenarios, challenges and ways forward of construction and project management practices in 4IR despite the fact that automation is seen as the anticipated disruption to the construction and project management organisation and industry.

Prof. M. Gopal Naik
Osmania University, India

Dr. M. Gopal Naik is working as Professor and Chairman, Board of Studies (BOS), Department of Civil Engineering, University College of Engineering (Autonomous), Osmania University, Hyderabad. He graduated in Civil Engineering from University College of Engineering, Osmania University in 1995. He obtained his Master’s Degree (M.E.) in Civil Engineering with specialization of Water Resources Engineering in the year 2001 from Osmania University. He obtained his Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay) in the year 2008.

Before joining Osmania University, Dr. Naik worked as Associate Lecturer at G.M.R. Polytechnics, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh from 1996 to 1998. He joined the University services in the year 1998 as Assistant Professor and presently working as a Professor since 2012 till date. His areas of specializations are “Geospatial Techniques” such as Remote Sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) applications to Civil Engineering fields, Water Resources Engineering, Urban Watershed Management and Development, Construction Engineering and Management.

He has been awarded major DST Major Research Projects (Rs. 15.15 lakhs) and one Minor Research Project (5.0 lakhs) by UGC. He has guided more than 40 P.G. Projects (M.E/M.Tech). Apart from this Dr. Naik has to his credit of guiding 6 Ph. D. Scholars and one Ph.D. scholar has submitted the dissertation for award of Doctorate by the University. He has published more than 45 research articles at National and International Journals and conference proceedings.

He has visited many countries viz., Italy (Venice), France (Paris), Malaysia (Kaula Lumpur), Singapore, United States of America USA (Los Angeles), China (Beijing), Thailand (Bangkok) and United Kingdom (London). He has held various administrative positions in the College as well as at the University Administration level. Presently Dr. Naik is holding the post of Chairman BOS, Department of Civil Engineering, Director (Infrastructure), Nodal Officer (Academic), TEQIP-II, Joint Director (Directorate of Academic Audit), Osmania University. Further, Dr. Naik has been appointed on the board of various Committees at the University Administration and also as member of Governing bodies of Affiliated Colleges of Osmania University. He was appointed as a reviewer of Elsevier Journal of Hydrology and Journal of Hydro-Environment Research and other journals. Dr. Naik has also been appointed as the Editorial member of IRED conferences and Journals.

Assoc. Prof. Kosa Golic
University Union - Nikola Tesla, Belgrade

Kosa Golic is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Construction Management, University Union - Nikola Tesla, Belgrade. She received a MS degree and PhD from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade. Previously she worked at the well-known Institute of Material Testing, Belgrade, where she has been particularly engaged in the design of a production factory for IMS system elements, in particular in the design and application of prestressed concrete structures developed in the institute. One such instance is the IMS prestressed concrete skeleton structure, with which more than 300 000 dwelling units have been built in ex-Yugoslavia and more than 100.000 abroad. Kosa Golic has also worked at Cornell University, SAD, and Queensland University of Technology, Australia, on several research projects as a research assistant. Her main research interests in construction management include multi-criteria decision-making, network planning, linear and nonlinear programming, applied fuzzy sets and neural networks theory, planning and design of building integrated photovoltaics and solar thermal systems. Kosa Golic has published in top-tier journals such as the Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of Economics, Business and Management, etc., and has presented papers at many top national and international conferences and symposiums. She published two books regarding the application of fuzzy sets and neural networks theory in the field of construction management and served as a member of Technical Committee Chairs and Session Chair at several international conferences.

Speech Title: Fuzzy Model for Integration of Solar Systems into Nearly Zero-energy Buildings
Abstract: The general tendency to aspire for larger floor spaces over time along with the increasing population projections has significant implications on future energy needs, emphasizing the subsequent urgency for improving the energy performance of the buildings. In European Union (EU), building sector accounts for approximately 40% of global energy consumption, and for 36% of CO2 emissions (Buildings - European Commission, 2017). Taking into account that 75% of the total stock in EU is energy inefficient, this part of building sector represents a great potential for energy saving and reduction of CO2 emissions. Especially this pertains to the buildings built in the period from 1961 to 1990, due to the utilization of low-cost construction technologies ((Di Giulio, 2012). In order to achieve nearly zero energy level, various energy efficiency measures (active and passive) and building-integrated renewable technologies need to be implemented. Among these, solar thermal systems (STSs) and photovoltaics systems (PVSs) may play a pivotal role since they can provide electricity, heating and cooling of the buildings, as well as ensure hot water supply. Although the continuous growth and advancement of the solar system technologies led to the price reduction, allowing some leading countries to reach solar grid parity with electricity price generated from the conventional power plants (i.e., fossil fuel and nuclear energy) [Wirth, 2016; IEA, 2015; REN21, 2015), other factors still limit their large-scale application: a general lack of knowledge among building professionals on different technologies, an overall reluctance towards using “new” technologies, the limitations stemming from functional and aesthetic factors related to the integration of solar systems, a lack of tools to support design process, etc., (Heinstein, 2013). Towards this end, the main objective of this paper is to propose a model for optimizing PVS integration in retrofitting of multi-family housing based on fuzzy sets type- 2, having in mind that building retrofitting or refurbishment is being considered as one of main approaches to effectively achieve reduced building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (Lee at al., 2017; Buildings - European Commission, 2017). The proposed model employs Fuzzy VIKOR method jointly with fuzzy AHP method based on type-2 fuzzy sets to create an effective decision-making platform for selection of the optimal solution. Fuzzy set theory provides the possibility of addressing complex problems when it is not possible to gather a complete data set or/and when data accuracy is uncertain. This theory provides a sophisticated inference structure for addressing such problems (Mendel 2003, Mendel 2006) and the variables involved can have both quantitative and qualitative form, which also contributes to the flexibility of the model (Dereli, 2011). The model developed in this study can help both the investors and the contractors in decision-making process regarding the integration of PVS through retrofitting/refurbishment of the multi-family residential buildings.

Keynote Speaker for ICCPM 2017

Prof. Lonny Simonian
California Polytechnic State University, USA

Lonny Simonian has over 25 years of professional experience in the electrical design and construction industry and has worked on several multibillion USD federally funded domestic projects, as well as numerous public and privately funded projects around the world. This has including extensive experience in project & construction management, project controls and administration, and design and construction engineering on several US government advanced technology projects. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford.

 Professor Simonian’s current appointment is as a Professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and graduate course instructor in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly. Professor Simonian is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California and a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional. Professor Simonian’s previous experience includes positions as an Engineering Group Supervisor at Bechtel National and Senior Project Manager for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. His Cal Poly courses have included Building Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Systems, Construction Contracts, Construction Project Administration, Principles of Construction Management, Project Controls, Management of the Construction Firm, Professional Practice for Construction Project Managers, and Integrated Project Delivery. Professor Simonian was a past recipient of a NSF/DOE fellowship, conducting Smart Grid research at UC Berkeley Lab on Energy Information System Dashboard Integrating Wireless Sensing Devices with Wired Metering and Controls. He is the principal or corresponding author of over three dozen peer-reviewed papers.

Prof. Masahisa Shinoda
Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan

Masahisa Shinoda is a professor at the Mathematics and Science Research Center of Academic Foundations Programs in Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics from Osaka University in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He worked for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation from 1981 to 2015. He was a researcher and an engineer on optical engineering, and was in charge of developing DVD and Blu-ray equipment at Mitsubishi. He received his Dr. degree in optical engineering from Osaka Prefecture University in 2001. He was certified as Project Management Professional (PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2007. Then, he moved to Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2015. His current research interests are educational engineering and project management. He is a member of The Japan Society of Applied Physics, The Optical Society of Japan, Japanese Society for Engineering Education, and Project Management Institute (USA). He is a senior member of The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (Japan).