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MS and PhD Theses Supervised at IIT

MS and PhD Theses Supervised at AIT  

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MS and Ph.D. Theses Supervised at IIT

  Construction Project Scheduling with Optimized Financing, (Alavipour, in progress)

 

  Optimized Sustainable Design and Construction: Maximum LEED Points for Minimum Cost (Alothaimeen, PhD, in progress)

 

  Modeling Post-Disaster Permanent Housing Reconstruction (Alves de Carvalho, PhD, in progress)

 

  Detection of Maintainability Issues in BIM (Barbarosoglu, PhD, in progress)

 

  Improving the Process of Delay Analysis in Construction Litigation (Yang, PhD, in progress)

 

  Electronic Retrieval of Information from Court Archives for the Prediction of Construction Cases (Poku, PhD, in progress)

 

  Creation and Diffusion of Innovations in Construction Management (Tangkar, PhD, in progress)

 

  Material Inventory Control and Management System in Construction Using GIS Applications and a "Hybrid" Tracking System (Le, PhD, 2017)

 

  Heuristic Decision-Making Model for Electrical Foremen when Workflow Is Disrupted (Pandey, PhD, 2016); Supervised jointly with Dr. Cindy Menches, formerly Assistant Professor at IIT.

 

  Automated Material Inventory Control in Construction Sites Using Smart Bluetooth/NFC Tracking Devices and Information Technology (Mohtat, MS, 2016)

 

  Organizational Flexibility in Construction Companies (Taghizadeh-Khamesi, MS, 2016)

 

  Public-Private Partnerships – Evaluation of Financial Issues in PPP Projects (Devito, PhD, 2016).  Supervised jointly with Professor Arie Gottfried of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

 

  Task/Staffing-Technology Fit in Construction Scheduling (Yang, MS, 2015)

 

  Maintainability Issues in Building Design and Operation (Jalali-Sohi, MS, 2015)

 

  Barriers Faced by Parties to a Public and Private Partnership (PPP) in the Pre- Agreement Phase (Thakkar, MS, 2014)

 

  Claims in Construction: Analysis of Claims in Traditional and Green/Sustainable Building Construction (Tackey-Otoo, MS, 2014)

 

  Low Bids and Claims Games in Competitive Bidding for Public Projects (Vuong, MS, 2014)

 

  Application for Construction Site Monitoring with Mobile Devices (Barbarosoglu, MS, 2013)

 

  Automated Progress Control in Construction Sites Using Laser Scanner Technology (Zhang, PhD, 2013)

 

  Optimal Material Selection Model for LEED Certification Using Genetic Algorithms (Kim, MS, 2012)

 

  Resource Leveling in Line-of-Balance Scheduling (Damci, PhD, 2012).  Supervised jointly with Dr. Gul Polat of the Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.

 

  A Parametric Study of the Thermal Performance of Double Skin Façades at Different Geographical Locations Using Annual Energy Simulation (Pekdemir, MS, 2011)

 

  Motivating Construction Project Managers and Assessing their Human Values: The Value/Motivation Linkage (Wang, MS, 2011)

 

  Web-Based Contemporaneous Delay Analysis (Pektas, MS, 2011)

 

  Safety Training of Construction Workers (Demirkesen, MS, 2011)

 

  Managing the Bidding Process for the Construction Owner – Detection and Prevention of Unbalanced Bids and Collusive Bids (Chotibhongs, PhD, 2011)

 

  Impact of Scheduling Culture on Construction Delays (Nayak, MS, 2011)

 

  Impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on Construction Management Functions (Yalcinkaya, MS, 2010)

 

  Planning Construction, Design and Brand Related Activities for Hospitality Development Projects (Hanioglu, MS, 2010)

 

  Effects of Learning on Architectural Design Firm Performance (Ozturk-Barlak, PhD, 2010).  Supervised jointly with Dr. H. Murat Gunaydin of the Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

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  Effects of Learning on Architectural Design Firm Performance (Ozturk-Barlak, PhD, in progress).  Supervised jointly with Dr. H. Murat Gunaydin of the Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey.

 

  Optimizing the Use Public-Private Partnerships in Funding and Building Infrastructure Projects in the U.S. (Zhou, PhD, in progress)

 

  Construction Management with BIM (Poku, PhD, in progress)

 

  Automatic Progress Control in Construction Sites (Zhang, PhD, in progress)

 

  Creation and Diffusion of Innovations in Construction Management (Tangkar, PhD, in progress)

 

  Detection and Prevention of Illegal and Unethical Bidding Practices (Chotibhongs, PhD, in progress)

 

  Outsourcing Engineering and Management Services to Offshore Firms (Vathare, MS, in progress)

 

  A Conceptual Performance Measurement Framework for the Construction Industry (Isik, PhD, 2009).  Supervised jointly with Drs. M. Talat Birgonul and Irem Dikmen of the Department of Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

 

  Impact of European Union Enlargement on the European Construction Industry (Kechagias, MS, 2009)

 

  The Performance of Minority Based Small and Medium Enterprises in Construction (Kim, MS, 2008)

 

  Universal Prediction Model for Construction Litigation (Pulket, PhD, 2008)

 

  A Comparison of the Management Skills of Female vs. Male Construction Executives (Balci, MS, 2008)

 

  Performance of International Joint Ventures (Ozorhon, PhD, 2007).  Supervised jointly with Drs. Irem Dikmen and Talat Birgonul of the Department of Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

 

  Construction Management Services Expected by Different Parties (Ongkasuwan, MS, 2007)

 

  Effectiveness of Pre-Project Peer Reviews (Kaplanoglu, PhD, 2007)

 

  Marketing of Construction Services (Makinde, MS, 2006)

 

  Database System for Lessons Learned in Construction Management (Akin, MS, 2006)

 

  Delay Analysis Methods in Construction Litigation (Thanat Pattanakitchamroon, MS, 2005)

 

  Using Machine Learning Techniques for Early Cost Estimation of Structural Systems of Buildings (Dogan, PhD, 2005).  Supervised jointly with Dr. H. Murat Gunaydin of the Faculty of Architecture at Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey.

 

  A Simulation-Based Decision Support Tool for Economical Materials Management System in the Construction Industry (Polat, PhD, 2005).  Supervised jointly with Dr. Ugur Mungen of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.

 

  Construction Scheduling Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (Poku, MS, 2003)

 

  ALISS  Advanced Linear Scheduling System (Tokdemir, PhD, 2003)

 

  Foreign Market Entry Decision Model for Construction Companies (Gunhan, PhD, 2003)

 

  Evaluation of Worker Safety Issues in Nighttime Highway Construction (Ayrancioglu, MS, 2003)

 

  Predicting the Development of Decline in Construction Companies (Koksal, PhD, 2002)

 

  Subcontracting Issues in the Construction Business (Chotibhongs, MS, 2002)

 

  Predicting the Outcome of Construction Claims Using Boosted Decision Trees (Pulket, MS, 2001)

 

  Optimal Strategies for Highway Bridge Rehabilitation (Bolukbasi, PhD, 2001)

 

  Assessment of Risk Allocation in Construction Projects (Al-Sobiei, PhD, 2001)

 

  PHOTO-NET: An Integrated System for Controlling the Progress of Construction Activities (Abeid Neto, PhD, 2000)

 

  Market-Based Pricing in Construction (Mochtar, PhD, 2000)

 

  Quality Performance Measurement Tool for Design/Build Construction Using Quality Function Deployment (Lee, MS, 2000)

 

  Quality Based Performance Evaluation of Construction Contractors (Yasamis, PhD, IIT, 1999)

 

  Competitive Advantage in the Construction Industry: Firm Specific Resources and Strategy (Kale, PhD, IIT, 1999).

 

  Impact of Information Technology on Project Management Functions (Gunaydin, PhD, IIT, 1999)

 

  Constructability Analysis in the Design Phase (Elhassan, MS, IIT, 1999)

 

  Issues in Building Maintenance Management (Nawakorawit, MS, IIT, 1998)

 

  A Comparative Study of Construction Contracting between the United States and Austria (Borovsky, IIT, 1998) (Supervised jointly with o.Univ.Prof.Dipl.Ing.Dr.mont. Gert Stadler and Dipl.Ing. Klemens Einspieler of the Technische Universitat Graz, Institut for Baubetrieb und Bauwirtschaft, Graz, Austria)

 

  Predicting the Outcome of Construction Litigation Using Case Based Reasoning (Tokdemir, MS, IIT, 1997)

 

  Perception of Trends in Intelligent Building Development (Nalbantgil, MS, IIT, 1996)

 

  Automation and Robotization in Construction (Goren, MS, IIT, 1996)

 

  Hyper-automated Estimating Support System (Alnajjar, PhD, IIT, 1995)

 

  Predicting the Outcome of Construction Disputes Using Neural Networks (Oksay, MS, IIT, 1995)

 

  Industrialized Building Systems in the United States (Ergin, MS, IIT, 1995)

 

  Total Quality Management in the Construction Industry (Gunaydin, MS, IIT, 1995)

 

  Life Cycle Costing in Municipal Construction Projects (Messiha, MS, IIT, 1995)

 

  Effectiveness of Incentive/Disincentive Contract Provisions in Highway Construction and Rehabilitation Projects (Yasamis, MS, IIT, 1994)

 

  Productivity Improvement in the US and Indonesian Construction Industries (Mochtar, MS, IIT, 1994)

 

  RUSS - A Scheduling System for Repetitive Unit Construction Using Line-of-Balance Technology (Suh, PhD, IIT, 1993)

 

  Labor Practices in the Construction Industry - A Comparative Study (Abbasi, MS, IIT, 1993)

 

  Fire Prevention and Protection During Construction (Gray, MS, IIT, 1993)

 

  Knowledge Acquisition, Treatment of Uncertainties, and Verification and Validation of Expert System Applications in Construction Engineering and Management (Ferreira, MS, IIT, 1992)

 

  Analysis of State of Illinois Appellate Court Cases Filed for the Resolution of Construction Disputes (Tunca, MS, IIT, 1992)

 

  Competitiveness of European Construction Companies in the World Market (Alkan, MS, IIT, 1992)

 

  A Knowledge Based Integrated System for Line-of-Balance Applications in High Rise Building Construction (Sringungvarl, PhD, AIT, 1992).

 

  Expert System for Scheduling and Control of Highway Construction Projects (Bentotage, MS, AIT, 1992)

 

  Resolution of Legal Disputes in the Thai Construction Industry (Limpawutiwaranont, MS, AIT, 1992)

 

  Development of an Expert System for Project Management Software Selection (Wasim, MS, AIT, 1992)

 

  Common Problems in Expert Systems Developed for Construction Management Applications (Sathyaprasad, MS, AIT, 1992)

 

  A Study of Construction Contracting Systems for Large Projects in Bangkok (Co-advisor) (Padmasuta, MS, AIT, 1992)

 

  MODA - An Expert System for Managing Owner-Directed Acceleration (Riad, PhD, IIT, 1990) (supervised jointly with J. Mohammadi)

 

  CASSEX - An Expert System for Construction Accounting Software Selection (Rojas, MS, IIT, 1990)

 

  Competition in the International Construction Market (Fink, MS, IIT, 1990)

 

  Construction Management Services in International Projects (Catakli, MS, IIT, 1990)

 

  An Expert System for Cost Estimating System Selection (Suh, MS,IIT,  1989)

 

  Performance of U.S. Construction Companies in Foreign Markets (Gutierrez, MS, IIT, 1989)

 

  Prebidding Analysis to Predict Contractor Performance (Usher, MS, IIT, 1989)

 

  Expert Systems in Forensic Scheduling (Patel, MS, IIT, 1988)

 

  Analyzing Bidding Behavior to Predict Contractor Performance (Sami, MS, IIT, 1988)

 

  SYRUS - A Program for Repetitive Projects (Psarros, MS, IIT, 1987)

 

  Safety Training in Construction (Akhlaq, MS, IIT, 1983)

 

  Railway Route Rationalization: A Valuation Model (Krieter, MS, IIT, 1983)

 

  Commercially Available Computer Software for Construction Planning and Scheduling (Pozarniuk, MS, IIT, 1983).

 

  Productivity Improvement in the Construction Industry (Nasra, MS, IIT, 1983)

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MS and PhD Theses Supervised at AIT

 

  A Knowledge Based Integrated System for Line‑of‑Balance Applications in High Rise Building Construction (Sringungvarl, PhD, 1992).

 

  Expert System for Scheduling and Control of Highway Construction Projects (Bentotage, MS, 1992).

 

  Resolution of Legal Disputes in the Thai Construction Industry (Limpawutiwaranont, MS, 1992).

 

  Development of an Expert System for Project Management Software Selection (Wasim, MS, 1992).

 

  Common Problems in Expert Systems Developed for Construction Management Applications (Sathyaprasad, MS, 1992).

 

  A Study of Construction Contracting Systems for Large Projects in Bangkok (Co-advisor) (Padmasuta, MS, 1992).

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 MS Theses Supervised at METU

  Application of Work-Study in Brick Wall Construction for Establishing Unit Price Standards (Ayaydin, MS, METU, 1982) (supervised jointly with Ekrem Yesilada).

 

  Analysis of Legal Disputes in Public Works (Tezduyar, M., MS, METU, 1980).

 

  Analysis of Fatal Accidents and Determination of Safety Performance in the Construction Industry (Sengor, MS, METU, 1980).

 

  A Comparison of Two Computer Packages (PROJACS and BKN) Related to Network Planning from the Point of View of the Requirements of the Construction Industry (Tezduyar, L., MS, METU, 1980).

 

  Effects of Introduction and Implementation Problems on Success in CPM Applications (Koseoglu, MS, METU, 1980).

 

  An Investigation into Delays and Cost Overruns in Construction Projects (Gurdamar, MS, METU, 1980) (supervised jointly with Guzin Tarim).

 

  Project Evaluation and Priority Ranking in Highway Investments (Imre, MS, METU, 1980) (supervised jointly with Guzin Tarim).

 

  Comparison of Network Analysis with Line-of-Balance in a Linear Repetitive Construction Project (Albulak, MS, METU, 1980).

 

  An Investigation into the Effects of Organizational Characteristics on Network Applications in Contracting Companies (Kutay, MS, METU, 1979).

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