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  Current Research Projects | Recently Completed Projects (Last 3 years only)
 

Current Research Projects


 

“Speed Variation and Safety in Work Zones”

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Project Number SPR-822
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI); Ziyu Jin
Timeline: Sept. 2018 – Jan. 2021
Funding: $193,000

Project Description

“Development of Construction Case Studies: Site Specific Safety Plan”

Sponsor: Associated General Contractors (AGC) Education and Research Foundation
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI); Sathy Rajendran (PI) / Central Washington University
Timeline: Nov. 2018 – Nov. 2019
Funding: $9,000

Project Description

“Use of Flashing Amber/White Lights on Paving Equipment in Work Zones”

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Work Order 19-15
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI); David Hurwitz (Co-PI) / Oregon State University
Timeline: June 2019 – April 2021
Funding: $110,720

Project Description

“Assessment of Social Sustainability for the Construction Workforce”

PhD dissertation, 2019
Researcher: Ali Karakhan

Project Description

Publications:
Karakhan, A., Gambatese, J., AlOmari, K., and Liu, D. (2018). “Consideration of Worker Safety in the Design Process: A Statistical-based Approach Using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).” In Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress 2018, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.

Karakhan, A.A. and Gambatese, J.A. (2017). “Safety Innovation and Integration in High-Performance Designs: Benefits, Motivations, and Obstacles.” Special collection on construction safety, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, 22(4), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000338. (Invited)

Karakhan, A.A. and Gambatese, J.A. (2017). “Integrating Worker Health and Safety into Sustainable Design and Construction: Designer and Constructor Perspectives.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 143(9), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001379.

Karakhan, A. and Gambatese, J. (2017). “Identification, Quantification, and Classification of Potential Safety Risk for Sustainable Construction in the United States.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 143(7), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001302.

“Worker's Risk Perception: The Inadvertent Bias and the Unforeseen Compromise that Affect Safety Risk-Taking in Construction”

PhD dissertation, 2019
Researcher: Mohammed Azeez

Project Description

Publications:
Azeez, M., Gambatese, J., and Hernandez, S. (2019). “What Do Construction Workers Really Want? A Study about Representation, Importance, and Perception of US Occupational Rewards.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 145(7), 04019040.

Azeez, M., Gambatese, J., and Liu, D. (2019). “Comparison of Job Cognitive and Physical Demands in Different Industries for Implications on Safety Outcomes.” In Proceedings of the CSCE 2019 Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Laval, Quebec, Canada, June 12-15, 2019.

Azeez, M. and Gambatese, J. (2018). “Using the Risk Target Concept to Investigate Construction Workers’ Potential Biases in Assigning/Assuming Safety Risk.” In Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress 2018, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.

“Application of Technology for Temporary Construction during Design and Construction Phases”

PhD dissertation, 2020
Researcher: Ziyu Jin

Project Description

Publications:
Jin, Z. and Gambatese, J. (2019). “BIM for Temporary Structures: Development of a Revit API Plug-in for Concrete Formwork.” In Proceedings of the CSCE 2019 Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Laval, Quebec, Canada, June 12-15, 2019.


 

Recently Completed Projects (Last 3 years only)


  For additional projects completed, please see Dr. Gambatese’s CV
 

“Prevention through Design (PtD) to Make Solar-Ready Houses Safe for Solar Workers”

Sponsor: Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Small Study No. 18-4-PS
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI); Hyun-Woo Lee (PI) / University of Washington
Timeline: Sept. 2018 – Aug. 2019
Funding: $29,154 (OSU: $3,092)

Project Description

“Evaluating Industrialization Rate in Construction: A Quantification Model”

PhD dissertation, 2019
Researcher: Ding Liu

Project Description

Publications:
Liu, D. and Gambatese, J. (2018). “Energy Consumption by Construction Workers for On-site Activities.” In Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress 2018, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.

“Develop a Lean Practice Manual for Improving the Safety of Electrical Construction Workers”

Sponsor: Safety & Health Investment Projects (SHIP) program, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI); Hyun-Woo Lee (PI) and Yon-Woo Kim (Co-PI) / University of Washington
Timeline: March 2018 – May 2019
Funding: $149,827 (OSU: $11,590)

Project Description

Publications:
Lee, H.W., Gambatese, J., Kim, Y.W., Fardhosseini, M.S., Stuart, J., and Reigelsperger, C. (2019). “Lean and Safety Manual for Electrical Construction.” State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Grant Program, June 2019.

“Use of Blue Lights on Paving Equipment in Work Zones”

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI), David Hurwitz (Co-PI)
Timeline: July 2018 – Feb. 2019
Funding: $102,970

Project Description

Publications:
Gambatese, J., Hurwitz, D., Ahmed, A., and Mohammed, H.A. (2019). “Use of Blue Lights on Paving Equipment in Work Zones,” Final Report, ODOT Order No. 19-03, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), March 2019.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Programs/ResearchDocuments/ODOT19-03BlueLights.pdf

“Development of Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction”

Sponsor: Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Small Study No. 17-8-PS
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI); Denise Simmons / Virginia Tech University; Ali Karakhan
Timeline: Nov. 2017 – Oct. 2018
Funding: $29,947

Project Description

Publications:
Gambatese, J.A., Karakhan, A.A., and Simmons, D.R. (2019). “Development of a Workforce Sustainability Model for Construction,” Final Report, Small Study No. 17-8-PS, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), January 2019.
http://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/files/publications/SS2019-workforce-sustainability-model-development.pdf

“Project Progress Tracking Using Lidar and 4D Information Models”

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Project Number SPR-811
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), Yelda Turkan (PI), Michael Olsen (Co-PI)
Timeline: Aug. 2017 – Oct. 2018
Funding: $95,000

Project Description

Publications:
Turkan, Y., Olsen, M.J., Gambatese, J.A., and Puri, N. (2019). “Project Progress Tracking Using Lidar and 4D Design Models,” Final Report, SPR 811, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), June 2019.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Programs/ResearchDocuments/SPR811FinalReport.pdf

“Safe and Innovative Work Best Practices for Mechanical Crafts Booklet”

Sponsor: Safety & Health Investment Projects (SHIP) program, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI); Sathyanarayanan Rajendran (PI) / Central Washington University; Ali Vahed / McKinstry, Seattle, WA; Darrel Zak / Comfort Systems, Tacoma, WA
Timeline: July 2016 – Oct. 2018
Funding: $199,944 (OSU: $42,020)

Project Description

Publications:
Rajendran, S., Vahed, A., Gambatese, J., and Zak, D. (2019). “Safe and Innovative Work Best Practices for Mechanical Crafts Booklet,” State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Grant Program, Grant No. 2016ZH00312, February 2019.
http://www.cwu.edu/engineering/new-best-pratices-booklet-published

“Enhancing Technology Integration in the Construction Industry: A Focus on Safety Technologies"

PhD dissertation, 2018
Researcher: Chukwuma Nnaji

Project Description

Publications:
Nnaji, C., Lee, H.W., Karakhan, A., and Gambatese, J. (2018). “Developing a Decision-Making Framework to Select Safety Technologies for Highway Construction.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 144(4), 04018016.

Nnaji, C., Gambatese, J., and Karakhan, A. (2018). “Predictors of Safety Technology Adoption in Construction.” In Proceedings of the Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), Salvador, Brazil, Aug. 1-3, 2018.

Nnaji, C., Gambatese, J., Awolusi, I., and Oyeyipo, O. (2017). “Construction Safety Innovation Awareness and Adoption in Nigeria: A Mixed Method Approach.” In Proceedings of the Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference, sponsored by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), Cape Town, South Africa, June 11-13, 2017.


“Reducing Highway Construction Fatalities through Improved Adoption of Safety Technologies”

Sponsor: Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Small Study No. 17-4-PS
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), Chuma Nnaji, Chinweike Eseonu (PI)
Timeline: Feb. 2017 – Jan. 2018
Funding: $29,999

Project Description

Publications:
Nnaji, C., Gambatese, J.A., and Eseonu, C. (2018). “Theoretical Framework for Improving the Adoption of Safety Technology in the Construction Industry.” In Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress 2018, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.

Eseonu, C., Gambatese, J., and Nnaji, C. (2018). “Reducing Highway Construction Fatalities through Improved Adoption of Safety Technologies,” CPWR Small Study Final Report, Center for Construction Research and Training, March 2018.
http://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/files/publications/Eseonu-reducing-highway-fatalities.pdf

"Degrees of Connectivity: A Systematic Accident Causation Model"

PhD dissertation, 2017
Researcher: Kasim AlOmari

Project Description

Publications:
AlOmari, K., Gambatese, J., and Al-bayati, A.J. (2019). “Exponential Random Graph Modeling: A Promising Tool for Construction Safety Research.” In Proceedings of the CSCE 2019 Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Laval, Quebec, Canada, June 12-15, 2019.

AlOmari, K., Gambatese, J., Gerkey, D., and Al-bayati, A.J. (2019). “Analyzing Hazardous Interactions on Construction Jobsites Using Social Network Analysis.” In Proceedings of the CSCE 2019 Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Laval, Quebec, Canada, June 12-15, 2019.

AlOmari, K., Gambatese, J., and Tymvios, N. (2018). “Risk Perception Comparison among Construction Safety Professionals: Delphi Perspective.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 144(12), 04018107.

AlOmari, K. and Gambatese, J.A. (2016). “Degrees of Connectivity Impact on Construction Worker Safety.” In Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31 – June 2, 2016.

Gambatese, J. and AlOmari, K. (2016). “Degrees of connectivity: Systems model for upstream risk assessment and mitigation.” Special Issue on Systems Thinking in Construction, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Elsevier, 93, 251-259, DOI:10.1016/j.aap.2015.12.020.

AlOmari, K. and Gambatese, J.A. (2015). “Ironworker Perspectives on Accident Causes and Improving Safety Planning.” International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction, CIB W099 – Safety and Health in Construction, Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus, Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 10-11, 2015.

“Improving Safety on Highway Work Zones by Real-time Tracking of Operation and Equipment Status”

Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans)
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), Joseph Louis (PI)
Timeline: Dec. 2016 – Dec. 2017
Funding: $70,000

Project Description

"Student Worker Safety Guidelines in Roadside Applications and Work Zones"

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI), Ding Liu
Timeline: June 2016 – Dec. 2017
Funding: $33,363

Project Description

Publications:
Liu, D. and Gambatese, J. (2018). “Student Education and Training Needs for Safety in Roadway Engineering Field Work.” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, 144(4), 04018012, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943- 5541.0000394.

Gambatese, J.A. and Liu, D. (2018). “Student Work Safety Guidelines in Roadside Applications and Work Zones: Safety Guidelines for Transportation Researchers,” Final Report, SPR 304-731, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Jan. 2018.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Programs/ResearchDocuments/304-731_Student_Safety_Guidelines.pdf

“Construction Work Zone Safety: Use of a Mobile Laser Scanner to Assess Temporary Signage in Work Zones”

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), Ziyu Jin, Michael Olsen (Co-PI)
Timeline: July 2016 – Oct. 2017
Funding: $118,694

Project Description

Publications:
Jin, Z., Gambatese, J., and Olsen, M. (2019). “Investigation of Sign Placement Quality in Construction Work Zones.” In Proceedings of the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 13-17, 2019.

Jin, Z. and Gambatese, J. (2018). “Temporary Construction Signage: Driver Preferences for Work Zone Safety.” In Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress 2018, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.

Gambatese, J.A., Olsen, M.J., and Jin, Z. (2018). "Construction Work Zone Safety: Sign Placement,” Final Report. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), July 2018.

“Applying Prevention through Design (PtD) to Solar Systems in Small Buildings”

Sponsor: Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Small Study No. 16-2-PS
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), Hyun-Woo (Chris) Lee (PI) / University of Washington
Timeline: Aug. 2016 – July 2017
Funding: $29,470 (OSU: $7,489)

Project Description

Publications:
Ho, C., Lee, H.W., and Gambatese, J.A. (2018). “Improving Safety in Solar Energy System Installations through Prevention through Design.” In Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress 2018, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.

Lee, H.W., Gambatese, J., and Ho C. (2017). “Applying Prevention through Design (PtD) to Solar Systems in Small Buildings,” CPWR Small Study Final Report, Center for Construction Research and Training, July 2017.
http://www.cpwr.com/publications/applying-prevention-through-design-ptd-solar-systems-small-buildings

“Highway Worker Safety”

Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Synthesis 20-05/Topic 47-16, National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), David Hurwitz (Co-PI), Zachary Barlow
Timeline: Dec. 2015 – Jan. 2017
Funding: $45,000

Project Description

Publications:
Gambatese, J.A., Hurwitz, D., and Barlow, Z. (2017). “Highway Worker Safety: A Synthesis of Highway Practice,” NCHRP Synthesis 509. Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies of Sciences, Washington, DC, April 2017.
http://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/176006.aspx

"Work Zone Intrusion Alert Technologies: Assessment and Practical Guidance"

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Project Number SPR-790
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI), Hyun Woo Lee (Co-PI), Chukwuma Nnaji
Timeline: July 2015 – March 2017
Funding: $221,327

Project Description

Publications:
Nnaji, C., Gambatese, J., and Lee, H.W. (2018). “Work Zone Intrusion Technology to Reduce Injuries & Fatalities” Professional Safety, Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 63(4), 36-41, April 2018 (ASSE Doc. ID #ASSE-18-04-36).

Gambatese, J.A., Lee, H.W., and Nnaji, C. (2017). “Work Zone Intrusion Alert Technologies: Assessment and Practical Guidance,” Final Report, SPR 790. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), June 2017.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Programs/ResearchDocuments/SPR790_IntrusionAlertTech.pdf

"Use of Additional Lighting for Traffic Control and Speed Reduction in Work Zones"

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Project Number SPR-791
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI), Ali Jafarnejad
Timeline: Oct. 2015 – June 2017
Funding: $175,000

Project Description

Publications:
Jafarnejad, A., Gambatese, J., and Hernandez, S. (2017). “Impact of Temporary Portable Work Zone and Personal Lighting on Vehicle Speeds in Nighttime Highway Preservation Projects.” 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C., Jan. 7-11, 2018.

Jafarnejad, A., Gambatese, J., and Nnaji, C. (2018). “Illumination and Visibility of Workers in Nighttime Highway Work Zones.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 144(4), 04018016.

Gambatese, J.A. and Jafarnejad, A. (2018). “Use of Additional Lighting for Traffic Control and Speed Reduction in Work Zones,” Final Report, SPR 791, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Feb. 2018.
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Programs/ResearchDocuments/SPR791_AdditionalWorkzoneLighting.pdf

"Using Precursor Analysis to Prevent Low-Frequency/High-Impact Events"

Sponsor: Construction Industry Institute (CII)
Researchers: John Gambatese (Co-PI), Matthew Hallowell/University of Colorado, Boulder (Co-PI), Dillon Alexander/University of Colorado, Boulder
Timeline: Sept. 2014 – Aug. 2016
Funding: $230,175 (OSU: $68,388)

Project Description

Publications:
Alexander, D., Hallowell, M., and Gambatese, J. (2015). “Energy-based Safety Risk Management: Using Hazard Energy to Predict Injury Severity.” 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE), Vancouver, British Columbia, June 8-10, 2015.

Alexander, D., Hallowell, M., and Gambatese, J. (2017). “Precursors of Construction Fatalities II: Predictive Modeling and Empirical Validation.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 143(7), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001297.

Alexander, D., Hallowell, M., and Gambatese, J. (2017). “Precursors of Construction Fatalities I: Iterative Experiment to Test the Predictive Validity of Human Judgment.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 143(7), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001304.

Hallowell, M.R., Alexander, D., and Gambatese, J.A. (2017). “Energy-based Safety Risk Assessment: Does Magnitude and Intensity of Energy Predict Injury Severity?” Construction Management and Economics, Routledge, 35(1-2), 64-77, DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2016.1274418.

Hallowell, M., Gambatese, J., Alexander, D., Slintak, G., and Barry, J. (2016). “RS321-1 - Precursors of High-Impact, Low-Frequency Events, Including Fatalities." Construction Industry Institute (CII), Austin, TX, Nov. 2016.
https://www.construction-institute.org/resources/knowledgebase/knowledge-areas/using-precursor-analysis-to-prevent-low-frequency-high-impact-events,-including-fatalities/topics/rt-321/pubs/rs321-1

"NIOSH Prevention through Design (PtD) Research Study"

Sponsor: Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Researchers: John Gambatese (PI)
Timeline: Sept. 2015 – Aug. 2016
Funding: $16,400

Project Description

“Multi-Criteria Risk Mapping Using Lean Tools for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry”

PhD dissertation, 2016
Researcher: Catarina Pestana

Project Description

Publications:
Gambatese, J.A., Pestana, C., and Lee, H.W. (2016). “Alignment between Lean Principles and Practices and Worker Safety Behavior.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 143(1), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001209.

Pestana, C. and Gambatese, J. (2016). “Lean Practices and Safety Performance.” In Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31 – June 2, 2016.

Pestana, C. (2016). “Multi-Criteria Risk Mapping Using Lean Tools for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry.” PhD Dissertation, Oregon State University, Sept. 2016.
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/59859

"Introducing the Concept of Foundational Attributes and Project Metabolism to Assess Construction Project Similarity"

PhD dissertation, 2016
Researcher: Fan Zhang

Project Description

Publications:
Zhang, F. and Gambatese, J. (2019). “Introducing the Concept of Foundational Attributes of Construction Projects.” In Proceedings of the CSCE 2019 Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Laval, Quebec, Canada, June 12-15, 2019.

Zhang, F. (2016). “Introducing the Concept of Foundational Attributes and Project Metabolism to Assess Construction Project Similarity.” PhD Dissertation, Oregon State University, June 2016.
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/59409