Dr. Goodrum’s research focuses among three areas: productivity, work force, and technology. Although some of his interests are distinct to each area, most past and present research involves a combination of the three. Specific areas related to his productivity research program include: productivity measures, analysis of productivity factors, utilization of building information modeling to simulate craft productivity, impact of technology on construction productivity, and productivity prediction models. Specific areas related to his work force thrust include: demographics of the construction workforce, craft training and certification programs, and return-on-investment of construction training. Finally, specific areas related to technology include: utilization of three-dimensional printing to disseminate engineering information, radio frequency identification tags, and building information modeling.
Construction Productivity, Workforce Development, Visualization
CVEN 3246 - Introduction to Construction
Provides a broad view of concerns, activities, and objectives of people involved in construction: the owner, architect/engineer, contractor, labor and inspector. Interactive gaming situation relates these people to the construction contract, plans/specifications, estimates/bids, scheduling, law and financial management. Students with a Business School Real Estate emphasis may be considered for this course.
CVEN 3256 - Construction Equipment and Methods
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
Integrated study of construction equipment, methods, and economics. Topics include equipment productivity, equipment selection, and construction engineering design within economic constraints. Examples include earthmoving, concrete formwork, and temporary construction.
CVEN 5286 - Design Construction Operations
Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
Considers effective/efficient design of construction operations. Front end planning; construction labor relations; productivity management. Emphasizes construction productivity improvement by group field studies and discrete event simulation modeling. How overtime, changes, weather, and staffing levels influence productivity. Industrial engineering techniques are applied to the construction environment to improve the use of equipment, human, and material resources. Recommended restriction: graduate standing or department consent required.
CVEN 5836 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.