Construction Engineering Conference: Opportunity and Vision for Education, Practice, and Research -    September 30 - October 2, 2010 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center -  Blacksburg, Virginia
General Information
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News and Updates

Conference presentations are now available to view online.

Abstracts for each presentation have been posted to the Schedule page. PDF copies of the presentations will be posted after the conference.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will sponsor 10 travel grants to cover up to $1,000 in travel expenses for students that are interested in pursuing a construction engineering career in either industry and/or academia.
See: Student Travel Grants


This conference provides a unique venue to bring together a focused group of construction engineering educators, researchers, and practitioners. The goal is to promote opportunities in the area of construction engineering to young faculty and university decision makers; envision an exciting path forward for this field; identify mutually beneficial interfaces between industry practitioners, construction educators and researchers; and establish a holistic research and education agenda for construction engineering.

Construction engineering is the series of technical activities throughout the project delivery process that support construction and constructability decisions and plans along with field operations, create a safe and productive construction environment; and seek to avoid and solve the engineering issues associated with delivering a project.

This conference contains two complementary parts over a two day period of time:

  1. Symposium: To investigate the role of construction engineering as it pertains to various project types, equipment selection, economics, and education (1.5 days);

  2. Workshop: to establish priorities in construction engineering research and education (0.5 days).
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The conference will be held on September 30 - October 2, 2010 at Virginia Tech and will coincide with the Vecellio Distinguished Lecture delivered by a recognized leader in construction engineering education and research.

This symposium and research workshop will be providing a greater understanding of the role construction engineering plays in relation to that of design along with explaining the significance of construction engineering for completing complex infrastructure and building projects to provide societal benefits and improve the sustainability of the built environment. It will just as importantly provide increased understanding of practice and need, along with a set of priorities to guide the future agenda of construction education and research, including providing tools to assist educators in developing and offering construction engineering courses.

This symposium and research workshop will be preparing the next generation of educators, researchers, and practitioners for advances in construction engineering and explaining how the university and profession can work as a team to plan a path forward for advancing the practice of construction engineering.

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