School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) Annual Report

The SSEBE Annual Report is now posted at  The Del E. Webb School of Construction Programs is one of three academic units in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.  Our sister programs are Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Engineering.  All the programs are aggregated in the SSEBE Annual Report.

9th Annual Construction in Indian Country Conference – 24 and 25 April 2012

Kim Kanuho told me that that we will have a full house for the 9th Annual Construction in Indian Country Conference.  The rooms are sold out so is golf mixer on Monday.  Walk-up registration is still available.  For more information about the conference head over to the CIIC website at

I will be on site for the conference from Sunday through Wednesday at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.   I will be running around the in the main performance hall helping all of the keynote speakers.   There is a great line-up this year.

Dr. Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University

Charles Galbraith, Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel in the White House

Tracey LeBeau, Director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

Stephen Roe Lewis, Lt. Governor of the Gila River Indian Community

If you are at the conference be sure say hi.

Engineering Alumni Networking Mixer – May 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Lauren Majure in the Engineering Career Center asked that I pass on information about the upcoming Engineering Alumni Networking Mixer.  She indicated that there were CM graduates at the last mixer.

It is a great way to stay in touch with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering alumni and meet our newest graduates.

You’re invited to our next mixer on May 17, 5:30-7 p.m., co-hosted by the Engineering Alumni Chapter and Engineering Career Center. Plan to arrive by 5 p.m. so that you are set up and ready to greet Engineering alumni and new graduates by 5:30 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe – Arizona Room, 1600 South 52nd Street Tempe, AZ 85281

Now is a great time to visit Sun Devil CareerLink, ASU’s excellent Web employment management system powered by NACElink Network. Create or update your account, view resumes and post your open positions. This is the first place students and alumni go when exploring career opportunities.

RSVP today!

Construction Graduate Network (CGN ) First Industry Mixer, Hosted by DIRTT Environmental Solutions

I will be attending this event tonight (4/18) with Dr. Howard Bashford.  The information below came from the CGN flyer.  I believe they are still open to additional attendees. See contact information below.

Come meet the Del E Webb Graduate Program at the 1st Industry Mixer.
The Construction Graduate Network at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction will be holding first ever industry mixer. Please come and join faculty and graduate students to learn more about the research activities being conducted in the school, meet graduate students and faculty.

WHO: construction professionals + graduate students + faculty
WHAT: networking mixer
WHEN: April 18 @ 4:00PM – 6:00PM
WHERE: 836 East University Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034

Roberta Bosfield |
Jaqueline Thompson |
Samnang Dul |


Come meet the Del E Webb Graduate Program at the 1st Industry Mixer.
The Construction Graduate Network at ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction will be holding first ever industry mixer. Please come and join faculty and graduate students to learn more about the research activities being conducted in the school, meet graduate students and faculty.


Intersection of 7th St. and University Dr. in PHOENIX

DEWSC Blog Migrated

Quick update – My blog posts for the Del E. Webb School of Construction have migrated to Anyone using an RSS feed to keep up with my posts will need to readjust your setting.  Anyone catching my posts through Twitter or LinkedIn won’t see any changes.  Many thanks to Jake Kupiec for setting the blog up under the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  The new location will provide a lot more flexibility in content and I will likely add more student related activities in the posting mix going forward

Matt Eicher – Del E. Webb School of Construction

AGC Student Chapter – Site Tour – New Business Building (4/17)

Tomorrow (4/17), AGC Student Chapter members have the opportunity to tour the New Business School under construction by DPR. The tour will begin at 9:00 AM. If anyone is interested in having a chance to see the Business school and get a tour from the Project Manager RSVP to Sean Yeager by Monday Evening. If you are interested please remember this is a jobsite so wear jeans and boots and Proper PPE if you have them if not The PM will have some to provide.

If interested contact Sean Yeager at

Project Manager Position–Food Service Concepts, Inc.–Phoenix, AZ

Food Service Concepts, Inc.. a well-established general contractor located in Phoenix. AZ, is seeking a Project Manager, to monitor and follow up on project procurement, control and scheduling.

Position: Project Manager
Project manager to work for Director of Construction.Project Manger would assist Director of Construction at all levels of construction management.

Require an individual comfortable with working with people including: office staff; superintendents; architects; engineers; subcontractors: and many others. Individual must understand the construction industry and its different components, and must be able to think both about the big picture and about the small details. Individual must be responsible, flexible, and communicative.

General Overview of Responsibilities:

Project Management Planning:
Planning a project from start to finish including work to be done, materials needed and
timetable for completion.

Cost Management:
Evaluation and managing the costs of a building project from start to finish.

Quality Management:
Overseeing the quality of the work completed by contractors and subcontractors
participating in the project.

Contract Administration:
Overseeing the contract process and working with the owner, superintendent, and other
parties to make sure they are satisfied with the terms of the contracts and that they fulfill
their contractual duties.

Specific Duties:
Working at the direction of the Director of Construction to achieve project objectives. Assist in researching available labor. materials, and equipment. Calling for and evaluating bids and putting in place the necessary resources to get the project done.

Coordinating the many moving parts of the project. setting a realistic timeline necessary to meet deadlines. managing the budget and working closely with the Owner’s rep; design team: superintendents: subcontractors and other parties.

Compensation: Discussed during interview
Additional Position Highlights: Must be able to work at least 3 days (24 hours) per week Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm. Current students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to Kevin Killham at: or Fax resume and cover letter to: 623-492-0077

CIM/CON 494 Temporary Structures and Reinforcement Methods – FALL 2012 Elective

The course will include a discussion of the materials and their properties used in formwork design and construction as well as passive reinforcement methods such as reinforcing steel, and active methods of reinforcement such as prestressing.

Formwork and reinforcing are two items that play a critical role in the design and construction of temporary structures needed to construct any concrete element.  Proper formwork selection, design, and execution will be explored, along with the principle and theories behind concrete reinforcing.  The use of steel reinforcing will be examined in concrete buildings, bridge structures, and containment vessels.

The increasing use of prestressed reinforcement will be examined, including precast, pretension elements, and site-cast post-tensioned elements. Proper detailing of formwork and reinforcing will be covered, along with safe execution techniques.  This course will also explore the emerging trends in concrete formwork and reinforcing that have resulted in improved economies of scale, faster construction cycles, and taller structures.

Instructors: Mr. Edwin C. Weaver, PE, DEWSC Faculty
Mr. James D. Rogers, DEWSC Faculty Associate; AZ-ACI Certifications Director
Day/Time: Mon & Wed 9:00-10:15 AM

Thesis Defense – Ankit Bansal–12 April 2012

Ankit Bansal will defend his thesis entitled: A Comparison of Public-Private Partnerships and Traditional Procurement Methods in North American Highway Construction. 12 April at 8:00 am in the Urban Systems Engineering (USE) room 257- Arizona State University, Tempe Campus.


The number of publicprivate partnership (P3) projects in North America increased significantly since early 1990s, as policymakers and transportation officials seek alternative methods to supplement traditional funding sources to finance and deliver projects. Scholars have compared the cost and schedule overruns of P3 projects against publicly funded projects in mature P3 markets in Europe, but similar comparisons are lacking for the North American market. This paper begins filling that gap by comparing the cost and scheduleoverrun results of 12 completed, largescale (greater than ~US$90 million) P3 highway projects in North America with previous research studies reporting on largescale designbidbuild or designbuild highway projects. The researchers collected P3 project performance data through interviews with project executives and then utilized findings from previous studies of traditional projects for comparative
benchmarking data. The research results indicate the P3 sample cost overruns averaged 0.81% and schedule overruns averaged 0.30%, compared with 1.49% cost overruns and 11.04% schedule overruns for designbuild projects and 12.71% cost overruns and 4.34% schedule overruns for publicly financed largescale designbidbuild highway projects.
With a relatively small universe of completed construction phase efforts to examine, it is premature to draw explicit conclusions, yet the results reported in this study point to tighter control of highway construction costs and delivery schedules when projects are delivered via the P3 method. Findings from this study provide empirical evidence for various theoretical advantages and limitations of P3 projects, as well as serve as a reference tool to compare the appropriateness of different project delivery methods.