Dear Students,


We will have our final construction candidate interview on Friday, March 23.  The candidates abstract is below. We encourage you to attend Michael Ibrahim’s seminar from 11:30am-12:30pm in ENGR 2901 and also welcome you to meet with the candidate in our main office conference room (ENGR 1302) from 2:30-2:50pm.


Improving Construction Productivity by Minimizing Out-of-Sequence Work and Maximizing Construction Readiness

- Michael W. Ibrahim -


While the construction industry makes up a significant portion of the economy, it is fraught with waste and inefficiencies. Many researchers agree that the productivity of the construction industry in the U.S. has declined at an average rate of -0.32% per year since the 1960s, while non-farm industries have more than doubled their productivity over the same period. Overall, the poor productivity of the construction industry is estimated to be costing the global economy more than $1.6 trillion per year. Two major causes of poor construction productivity that are frequently cited by contractors and owners as pressing issues are: the prevalence of out-of-sequence construction activities, and the overall lack of construction readiness. This presentation discusses innovative strategies, ideas, and digital tools that can be used to effectively minimize out-of-sequence work, and maximize construction readiness, thus significantly improving construction productivity. Several research projects conducted by the presenter will be introduced and discussed during the presentation, as well as the presenters future research plans at George Mason University.

Michael W. Ibrahim is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, and Ph.D. minors in Statistics and Business. Michael received his B.S. in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo and his M.S. in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

During his graduate studies, Michael has monitored, modeled, and examined data from over 475 construction professionals, 170 construction projects, and 20 construction companies. Using this data, he has worked with industry thought leaders on developing innovative technologies and ideas to effectively improve construction productivity. As a result, Michael’s work has been published and presented in numerous renowned journals, conferences, consortiums, and organizations.

As part of his Ph.D. research, Michael has worked on two research projects funded by the Construction Industry Institute (CII): 1) Best Practices for Preventing Out-of-sequence Construction Activities and Minimizing their Impacts (CII RT-334), and 2) Construction Readiness Assessment for Productivity Improvement (CII RT-DCC-2). In CII's 2017 annual conference, Michael presented the findings of CII RT-334 alongside a panel of industry leaders to an audience of 700 attendees, achieving the conference’s highest presentation rating. Furthermore, Michael was the recipient of CII's prestigious Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award. Currently, Michael is finalizing his second CII research project about construction readiness and will be presenting its findings in CII's 2018 annual conference.



Thank you,





Kristin Amaya

Fiscal & Program Coordinator

Sid & Reva Dewberry Department Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering

Volgenau School of Engineering

Nguyen Engineering Building, Suite 1300

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Fairfax, Virginia 22030

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