Welcome to the overview of the NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering and Management, held within the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering at the University of Alberta.

The NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Construction Engineering Management was established in 1997 through a partnership with the University of Alberta, and has been consecutively funded for three five-year terms. The main goal of this Chair was to build the critical mass required for a major endeavor in the area of computer simulation in construction and to ensure this established critical mass is sustainable over the long term.

The first term of the Chair (1997-2001) was established following a successful Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant project (completed between 1993 and 1996). Since then, the past three terms of the IRC have witnessed the evolution of our simulation technologies and their progression into tools used for planning, analysis and process improvements. The results of our research program included demonstration projects that applied various modeling and simulation studies to enhance the business processes of participating companies. Finally, the discoveries have been used by others in academia to advance the state of the art or for application in the construction industry. Research carried out over the past fifteen years provides the foundation for this fourth term. 

What is an NSERC IRC?

As outlined by NSERC, Industrial Research Chairs are intended to:

  • assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in science and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
  • assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and
  • provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).
For more information on NSERC IRC, please visit their website.