Jeffrey Russell



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2205 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-5821
Fax: (608) 262-5199

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I am working on a project synthesizing several trends in the construction industry, namely the integration of the project process and the use of improvement strategies such as constructability, pre-project planning and designing for maintainability. This also ties into research on operability, start-up and commissioning and industry/educator interface efforts. With respect to improvement strategies, I am interested in innovation in the design/construction industry. These include organizational, managerial and technical developments. In the increasingly competitive global marketplace, innovation has become highly valued in the construction industry. Owners, designers and contractors are experimenting with novel delivery systems and risk allocation. Accordingly, I have studied the use of surety bonds on construction contracts. With respect to contractor evaluation, we are developing predictive, quantitative contractor evaluation tools for use by industry practitioners that link the amount and quality of contractor evaluation to the actual project performance and outcome. Additional research is directed toward identifying factors and contractor characteristics that contribute to failure. My work on management aspects of computer automation/robotics has focused on modeling data flow between project participants and developing a construction robotics equipment management system. I am interested in construction engineering and management of civil engineering. My research has centered around three areas: 1) construction contractor evaluation through such tools as prequalification; 2) computer automation and robotics; and 3) improvement strategies such as constructability and maintainability.

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