The future of construction in the US and around the world includes the need to maintain and build new housing, schools, healthcare facilities, shopping, government and safety services; more clean water and waste water treatment facilities; and more sustainable energy resources. We will need more roads, rail, public transit and ports to move people and goods. Coupled with retirement projections, employers seek new, qualified professionals able to complete these big projects while maintaining the sustainability triple bottomline: people, planet and profit.
The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering conducts funded sustainable construction engineering research which considers this future state and prepares our graduates to be leaders in the field. While considering the interconnection of people and technology, research projects investigate:
Smart and Intelligent Construction
This theme of research focuses on the development and test of the next generation Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) and Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) for the design, engineering, construction and operations of built environments (e.g., buildings, industrial facilities, and smart transportation systems etc.). Specifically, it aims at augmenting human cognitive and physical capabilities and developing a 21st century data-capable civil engineering workforce via Intelligent Cognitive Assistants (ICAs) and Collaborative Robots (Cobots).
This research bridges the space between understanding the future of work in civil engineering in the United States and characterizing the competencies, learning technologies, and ecosystems that equip and sustain an inclusive workforce for that future. Topics include hazard recognition, safety, leadership, satisfaction, personal resilience, organizational culture, training, informal learning and social considerations. When employees thrive in the workplace and are professional prepared for work, organizational outcomes such as sustaining the workforce; achieving safety, productivity, and profitability goals; planning, designing and constructing intelligent and/or resilient infrastructure; and addressing current and future challenges such as infrastructure and disaster management are also achieved.
Education for Leadership Roles
- More Effective Project Delivery Systems
- Advanced Project Management and Control Systems
- Advanced Safety Management Methods
- Sustainable Infrastructure Renewal Research Focus Areas
- Advanced Project Planning and Delivery
- Intelligent Infrastructure Asset Management Systems
- Advanced Project Safety Management
- New Construction Methods, Material and Equipment
- Intelligent Real Time Construction Information Management Systems
- Improved Project Planning
- More Efficient and Cost Effective Project Delivery
- Improved Infrastructure Management Decisions
- Safer more cost effective work technologies and processes
- Improved Project Outcomes
- Infrastructure Assets Conservation and Optimization
- More Cost Effective Investment in Capital Projects
- Safety of the Work Force and the Public Facilities
- State of the Art Project Controls Laboratory
- Multiple Digital Recording Equipment Systems for Data Collection
- Multiple Vehicles Available for Project Trips
- Research Assistants Assigned Individual State of the Art Work Station Research Opportunities
- Activity funded research program with multiple sponsors
- Research Assistantships and fellowships
- Competitive stipend and full tuition
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Graduate Study Program
The 30 credit hour master’s program option provides students with the opportunity to obtain a degree in one year. Students can enhance their professional competency through intense coursework focusing on both management and technical engineering skills. A course elective component offers flexibility and permits students to tailor the Master’s degree to their interest.
Qualified students have an outstanding opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree. The UF Construction Engineering group has a strong research program with four full-time faculty members actively engaged in research of national importance. Students work closely with their professor and acquire valuable research experience. A minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the Ph.D. degree.
The course of study in construction engineering provides a balance of technical engineering and project management principals. The emphasis is on developing fundamental skills and knowledge of emerging advanced methods. Our faculty uses its close relationship with industry to bring “real world” project lessons to the class room. Teaching facilities include dedicated project management laboratories with state of the art software including: Primavera, Quest and Hard Dollar.
Students may choose to strengthen their technical engineering skills with additional courses from other areas of Civil Engineering. Additionally, students may select elective courses from other non-engineering departments to obtain knowledge in their areas of interest.