1996 Peurifoy Lecture1

Engineering and Construction Management:
Leadership and Opportunity


ABSTRACT: Construction engineering and management (CE&M) is a recent and successful academic area that continues to grow and evolve to meet the need for engineers who specialize in CE&M and design engineers who understand CE&M. The construction industry is constrained by many problems, and CE&M research removes constraints and advances the industry. Research is needed in describing construction processes; document form, quality, and packaging for construction; construction sequencing and documentation; construction worker training, safety, and ergonomics; controlling construction impacts; erection stresses, tolerances, and damages; and subcontractor problems. This research requires engineers who have strong backgrounds in CE&M, built on a solid understanding of engineering sciences and engineering design. CE&M engineers benefit from strong backgrounds in design engineering, just as design engineers benefit from CE&M knowledge,. We must make sure the success of our CE&M programs does not damage the engineering base on which CE&M is built. As CE&M expands and grows, it must not be at the expense of strong preparation of students in engineering design.


Robert I. Carr, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Civil Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
(734) 764-9420 Fax: 764-4292
Email: RICarr@umich.edu


construction engineering and management; civil engineering; education; construction research; construction education; construction innovation; construction processes; construction documents; construction sequencing; construction documentation; training; safety; ergonomics; construction impacts; erection stresses; construction tolerances; subcontractor problems


1996 by R. I. Carr. Published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, September, 1997, pp 545-551.

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1The 1996 Peurifoy Lecture, presented at the November 11, 1996 ASCE annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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