Tommelein Earns ASCE’s Peurifoy Construction Research Award

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May 22, 2014

Iris D. Tommelein, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Peurifoy Construction Research Award for her contributions in developing Lean Project Production theory, methods, and tools, and for successfully disseminating these theories, methods, and tools by way of multiple large, complex projects in the U.S. and worldwide. Professor of Engineering and Project Management in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Tommelein teaches and conducts research to develop and advance the theory and principles of project-based production management, applied to but not limited to the architecture engineering construction (AEC) industry, or what is termed “lean construction.” In addition, Tommelein directs the Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) at UC Berkeley, a research laboratory dedicated to developing and deploying knowledge and tools for project management, as well as a learning lab for the Northern California construction industry. An expert on construction site layout and logistics, as well as materials- and supply-chain management, her work experience is in commercial building and industrial construction and her research focuses on enabling integrated owner-designer-builder teams to continuously improve their process and product development performance. Current research topics include adaptive project leadership, design and change management, and “green” life-cycle engineering. Much of Tommelein’s work builds on using IT (information technology) to support product and process design, planning, scheduling, simulation, and visualization, such as the development and use of building information models (BIM). A recipient of ASCE’s Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Prize and member of the ASCE/Construction Institute’s Construction Research Council, she has served on the Executive Committee of ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT).

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