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School of Civil and Construction Engineering
101 Kearney Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331



The Gambatese Research Group uses its knowledge and experience in construction engineering and management to investigate a broad range of topics related to construction safety, sustainability, innovation, systems, and structures. The group comprises researchers in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE), and is led by John Gambatese, PhD, PE(CA).

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Working collaboratively with funding agencies and industry and academic partners, the research group aims to advance construction science and the state of practice in the field of construction engineering and management. Topics investigated include:

  • Construction worker safety and health (PtD)
  • Prevention through design (PtD)
  • Work zone design and safety
  • Constructability
  • Sustainability
  • Temporary construction structures
  • Construction innovation and technologies
  • Design/construction systems
  • Risk and reward
  • Lean design and construction
  • Industrialization of the construction process

Recent News and Activities

Best Paper Award: 2023 John Smallwood Best Paper Award (W123) for: Alotaibi, A., Gambatese, J., and Lee, W.-H. (2023). “Evaluation of Task Characteristics Affecting Worker Mental Workload Using Mixed Methods.” Digital Transformation of Health and Safety in Construction, CIB W099 & W123 Conference, Porto, Portugal, June 21-22, 2023.

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Recent Journal/Conference Papers Published

Jin, Z. and Gambatese, J. (2023). “BIM-Based Timber Formwork Design and Modeling.” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction (PPSDC), ASCE, 28(1), 04022057, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000753.

Okpala, I., Nnaji, C., and Gambatese, J. (2023). “Assessment Tool for Human-Robot Interaction Safety Risks during Construction Operations (Case Study).” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM), ASCE, 149(1), 04022145, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002432.

Karakhan, A.A., Nnaji, C.A., Gambatese, J.A., and Simmons, D.R. (2023). "Best Practice Strategies for Workforce Development and Sustainability in Construction." Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction (PPSDC), ASCE, 28(1), 04022058, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000746.

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Recent Reports and Other Publications

Articles: "Construction Safety Collection: Safety Culture," American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), April 2024.

Proceedings: "Proceedings of the Symposia Series: "Introducing and Embedding Safety Culture Concepts in Undergraduate Education," National Academy of Construction (NAC), Aug. 2023, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22000.44804.

Research report: "Best Practices for Work Zone Safety during Traffic Control Placement, Removal, and Modification – Phase I," SPR 839, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Dec. 2022.

Research report: "Using Visual Literacy to Improve Hazard Recognition in Electric Utility Designs: Guidance for Practice," Technical Update 3002025015, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), July 2022.

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Upcoming Events

Workshop: "Prevention through Design Workshop 2023," sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Arizona State University (ASU), Boston, MA, September 21, 2023.

Additional Information

CCE Safety research (video): Safety in Civil and Construction Engineering at OSU

Gambatese Research Group on ResearchGate


Last updated: August 2023