Welcome to the website for the NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction, which is housed within the University of Alberta's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The Chair's research program focuses on industrializing and modernizing the construction process. This initiative involves transferring onsite construction activities into offsite facilities in which construction tasks can be automated, regulated, and tightly scheduled within a climate-controlled environment. The transition to industrialized construction improves quality, boosts efficiency and productivity, enhances health and safety of workers, reduces costs, and limits the negative environmental impacts of construction. The contributions of the IRC's research are evident in a number of real world applications.
The Chairholder, Mohamed Al-Hussein, is also Professor at the University of Alberta's Hole School of Construction Engineering, and is a highly sought researcher with expertise in the areas of modular and offsite construction, lean manufacturing, construction process improvement, CO2 emission quantification and reduction, and building information modelling (BIM). Dr. Al-Hussein has been published in over 140 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and conference proceedings.