January 2017 Newsletter                                                                                  
About the Division

IISE's Construction Division brings together members who are involved in all facets of the construction industry, such as design, value engineering, project management, research, safety and ergonomics. With these combined resources, we hope to bring to the construction industry a rich supply of knowledge, innovation and experience that can have the kind of positive impact that IEs have long used to bring the manufacturing and service industries to superlative levels of performance.  

Message from the Editor

Hello members of the Construction Division,

I hope everyone enjoyed reading our last newsletter. As you may recall I asked you to send me any interesting articles you thought other members might find helpful. Well, I did receive some interesting articles from members, and I have spotlighted one of them for you in the "In the Headlines" section of the newsletter. The articles submitted had a variety of topics and hopefully you will keep the articles coming. I would like to spotlight at least one article every time the newsletter is released.

We are trying to reach more members, and one way the Construction Division is doing that is by using social media. We currently have Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. So look for some interesting articles to be posted on our social media sites and feel free to share your comments online.

In other news,  we have an upcoming webinar scheduled for April 11 on Modeling Projects' Enterprise Using Integration Definition for Function Modeling (IDEF0) by Ali Shafaat, Ph.D. I hope everyone has a chance to attend the webinar. Please check the upcoming webinars  section of the IISE website for more information.

Lastly, please let the division know if you are interested in getting involved. Elections are coming up, and we would like to see anyone with an interest apply. So please let us know in what areas you would like to serve.
Thanks for your dedication to the profession.
Kristopher Harbin
Newsletter Editor

In the Headlines

The following is a brief introduction to:

Eaves, S., D. E. Gyi, and A. G. F. Gibb. "Building Healthy Construction Workers: Their Views on Health, Wellbeing and Better Workplace Design." Applied Ergonomics 54 (2016): 10-18.

The purpose of the article was to report on good working practices and behaviors that were encountered on construction sites and describe ideas for workplace design given from actual workers. The article framed these issues in the context of an aging workforce but portions of the paper covered aspects of construction that is important beyond the age of the worker. Information regarding musculoskeletal symptoms in construction workers is also included.

The authors wanted to view the research from a participatory ergonomics approach. Interviews were used to collect data from workers in the study. The study found that construction workers had a high occurrence of musculoskeletal symptoms. Many of the participants of the study held the thought that these occurrences were an effect of the construction work. Even though participants reported higher numbers of symptoms, they also reported that they felt that it did not affect their ability to work. The age of the worker did not affect this finding. Although I found it interesting that knees were the only part of the body that showed a significant difference in the reporting of symptoms with respect to time in the construction industry.

Over 250 ideas related to the health and well-being of workers were mentioned and some are already being used on job sites. Participants also reported an effort to live healthy lifestyles and stay fit. This was seen as an effort to be involved in the outcome of their ability to work for as long as possible. The authors noted the worker's use of non-mainstream PPE. It would be interesting to see a study addressing the effect of adapting PPE or using non-mainstream PPE on the overall safety of construction workers.

The full article can be found here.
IISE Annual Conference & Expo

Plan to attend the
IISE Annual Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh,  May 20-23.

Look for the Construction Research Track in the program.
Our track looks forward to a number of high-quality presentations at the 2017 conference.
A reminder for our presenters: Final papers are due no later than March 6.

Please see the speaker information page for more dates and information.

Conference events will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Student Paper Competition - Sponsored by ConAm Group

Important: Papers due Feb. 24.

Attention students: The Construction Division is holding its annual student paper competition. Entries are open to both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams. Papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as lean methods, quality management, green technology, simulation, optimization, automation and alternative materials. The first place winner will present their student paper at the Construction Town Hall meeting at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 20-23, in Pittsburgh.

Submit all entries to Laura Ikuma by Feb. 24. We look forward to seeing your papers!

For more information or questions contact Bonnie Cameron.

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IISE Webinars

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