The primary goal of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Construction Engineering Management, established in 1997 through a partnership with the University of Alberta, 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. Subsequent goals include establishing research programs of relevance to the construction industry, enhancing the overall quality of construction engineering education at the University of Alberta, and the transfer of research and technology to industry. 

The Chair has achieved considerable success in providing three products to the construction industry: 
  • State of the Art research innovation that broadens the possibilities for productivity and cost reduction. 
  • Technology transfer programs of immediate benefit to the collaborating companies. 
  • Human and technological resources that benefit the construction industry as a whole.

Since its inception in 1997, the Chair has propelled the Construction Engineering Management program at the Hole School of Construction Engineering to become the leading program in Canada and one of the finest in the world. Further, we are a major producer of graduate students who become industrial leaders in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Simaan AbouRizk


Dr. Simaan AbouRizk
University of Alberta
Hole School of Construction Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
5-080 Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2W2
Telephone: 780-492-8096