Min Liu, PhD

Associate Professor

Edward I. Weisiger Distinguished Scholar
Construction Engineering and Management Program

Dept.of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695, USA

 

Office: Mann Hall #211

Tel: (919)513-7920

Fax: (919)515-7908

Email: min_liu@ncsu.edu

Resume

Financial Assistantships are available for qualified and motivated PhD students. If you are interested, please send your resume to min_liu@ncsu.edu

 

Research Interests

1.     Construction labor productivity performance measurement and improvement

2.     Lean Construction techniques for enhancing project performance

3.     Construction project performance improvement (Change order's impact on project performance; Benefit/cost tradeoff analysis of BIM related tool application; Safety; Cost/Schedule; Quality; Risk)

4.     International project management


Education

PhD                      University of California, Berkeley                                      MSCE              Xi'an University of Architecture and Engineering

MSc                    National University of Singapore                                        BSCE               Qingdao Technological University


  People

     Graduate Students:

             PhD students:

                 Ashtad Javanmardi (August 2014-present)

                 Rabia Omer (August 2015-present)

                 Brad McCoy (August 2016-present)

     Former Graduate Students:

             PhD students:

                 Dr. Alizera Abbasian Hosseini, 2015 October

                     Thesis Title: Social and Engineering Aspects of Construction Site Management using Simulation and Social Network Analysis

                         Current Position: Project Manager, PCL Construction,

                 Dr. Marion M. Russell, 2013 June

                     Thesis Title: Allocation of Time Buffer to Construction Project Task Durations

                         Current Position: Major, Academy Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Dept. of Civil Engineering

                 Dr. Brad W. Wambeke, 2011 May

                     Thesis Title: Identifying, Prioritizing, and Reducing Variation of Construction Related Tasks

                         Current Position: Lieutenant Colonel, Academy Professor, West Point, Dept. of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

                 Dr. Donna Hollar, 2011 July, co-advised with Prof. William Rasdorf and Prof. Joe Hummer

                     Thesis Title: Predicting Preliminary Engineering Costs for Highway Projects

                         Current Position: Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Dept. of Construction Management

             Master students:

                 Joshua L. Vaughan, 2012 December

                     Thesis Title: Effects of an Innovative Technology on Construction Management Time

                         Current Position: Construction Engineer, McDonald York Building Company

                 Kiarash Hajifathalian, 2011 May

                     Thesis Title: Effects of Working Strategy and Duration Variance on Productivity and Work in Process A Simulation-Based Investigation

                         Current Position: Project Manager, Baker Concrete Construction

                 Chao Wang, 2010 July

                     Thesis Title: Causes and Penalties of Variation - Case Study of a Concrete Slab Prefabrication Shop

                         Current Position: Project Manager, Bureau Veritas

                 Jaime M. Perez, 2009 May

                     Thesis Title: Implementing Target Costing Principles in Green Building

                         Current Position: Project Manager, Odebrecht

  Major Colleborators

         Prof. Gregory Howell, Lean Construction Insititute

         Prof. and Dept. Head, Simon M. Hsiang, Univ. of North Carolina, Charllote, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, co-advising graduate students since 2008

         Prof. C. William Ibbs, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  Book Publications

1.    Kwak,Y. Liu, M., Patanakul, P., and Zwikael, O. (2014)
“Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects”Project Management Institute Inc., Newtown Square, PA. ISBN 978-1-62825-065-7.

  Journal Paper Publications Google Scholar Citations

     *Graduate student at the North Carolina State University, **Corresponding author

 

1.    Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Howell G.(2017)
"Investigating the Cost Benefit Tradeoff of Additional Planning Using Parade Game Simulation." Accepted by ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering in August 2017.

 

2.    Javanmardi, A.*, Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S.(2017)
"Allocation of Incremental Benefits Derived from High-Reliability Planning among Cooperating Subcontractors." Accepted by ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering in July 2017.

 

3.    Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S. (2017)
"Social Network Conformity and Construction Work Plan Reliability." Automation in Construction, 78(1), 1-12.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926580517300195

 

4.    Russell, M. *, Hsiang, M., Liu, M.**, and Leming, M. (2016)
"Causes of Time Buffer and Duration Variation in Construction Project Tasks." Construction Management and Economics, 33(10), 783-798.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01446193.2015.1137335?journalCode=rcme20

 

5.    Hajifathalian, K.*, Howell, G., Wambeke, B.*, Hsiang, S., and Liu, M.** (2016)
““Oops” Simulation: Cost–Benefits Trade-Off Analysis of Reliable Planning for Construction Activities." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(8), 04016030.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0001135

 

6.    Kwak, Y., Patanakul, P., Zwikael, O., and Liu, M. (2016)
"What Impacts the Performance of Large Scale Government Projects?" International Journal of Project Management, 34(3), 452-466.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263786315001921

 

7.    Hosseini, A.*, Leming, M. and Liu, M.** (2015)
"Effects of Idle Time Restrictions on Excess Pollution from Construction Equipment." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 32(2), 04015046.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000408

 

8.    Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, and Leming, M. (2015)
"Comparison of Least-Cost and Least-Pollution Equipment Fleet Configurations Using Computer Simulation." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 31(6), 04015003.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000360

 

9.    Russell, M. *, Liu, M.**, Howell, G., and Hsiang, S. and Leming, M. (2015)
"Case Studies into the Allocation and Reduction of Time Buffer Through Uses of Last Planner System." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 141(2), 04014068.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000900

 

10.    Hosseini, A.*, Leming, M., Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S. (2014)
"From Social Network to Data Envelopment Analysis: Identifying Benchmarks at the Site Management Level." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 140(8), 04014028.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000875

 

11.    Russell, M. *, Hsiang, M., Liu, M.**, and Wambeke, B.Wambeke, (2014)
"Causes of Time Buffer and Duration Variation in Construction Project Tasks." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, published online in March 2014.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000819

 

12.    Wambeke, B.*, Liu, M.**, and Hsiang, S. (2013)
"Task Variation and the Social Network of Construction Trades." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 05014008-1 - 05014008-8, published online in May 2013.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000219

 

13.    Russell, M. *, Howell, G., Hsiang, M., and Liu, M.** (2013)
"The Application of Time Buffers to Construction Project Task Durations." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Managment,139(10), 04013008-1 - 104013008-10.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000735

 

14.    Vaughan, J.*, Leming, M., Liu, M.**, and Jaselskis, E. (2013)
"Cost-Benefit Analysis of Construction Information Management System Implementation -A Case Study." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Managment,139(4), 445-455.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000611

 

15.    Liu, M., Rasdorf, W., Hummer, J., Hollar, D.*, and Parikh, S.* (2013)
"Preliminary Engineering Cost-Estimation Strategy Assessment for Roadway Projects." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 29(2), 150-157.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000137

 

16.    Hollar, D.*, Rasdorf, W., Liu, M., Hummer, J.E., Arocho, I., and Hsiang, S. (2013)
"A Preliminary Engineering Cost Estimation Model for Bridge Projects." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(9), 1259–1267.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000668

 

17.    Wambeke, B.*, Liu, M.**, and Hsiang, S.(2012)
"Using Pajek and Centrality Analysis to Identify a Social Network of Construction Trades." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(10), 1192-1201.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000524

 

18.    Hajifathalian, K.*, Wambeke, B.*, Liu, M.**, and Hsiang, S. (2012)
"Effects of Working Strategy and Duration Variance on Productivity and Work in Progress." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(9), 1035-1043.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000517

 

19.    Wang, C.*,Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S., and Leming, M. (2012)
"Causes and Penalties of Variation - A Case Study of a Precast Concrete Slab Production Facility." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(6), 775-785.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000475

 

20.     Wambeke, B.*, Liu, M.**, and Hsiang, S.(2012)
"Using Last Planner ™ and a Risk Assessment Matrix to Reduce Variation in Mechanical Related Construction Tasks." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(4), 491-498.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000444

 

21.    Wang, Y. and Liu, M. (2012)
"Prices of Highway Resurfacing Projects in Economic Downturn: Lessons Learned and Strategies Forward." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering,, 28(4), 391-397.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000094

 

22.    Wambeke, B.*, Hsiang, S., and Liu, M.** (2011)
"Causes of Variation in Construction Project Task Starting Times and Duration." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering,, 137(9), 663-677.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000342

 

23.    Chui, D. L. N., Liu, M., and Ling, Y. Y. (2011)
Adopting HR Practices to Improve Construction Safety – A Comparative Study on Construction Safety in Singapore and United States." International Journal of Project Management, 29(8), 1018-1032.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263786310001481

 

24.    Ibbs, W. and Liu, M**. (2011)
"An Improved Methodology for Selecting Similar Working Days for Measured Mile Analysis." International Journal of Project Management, 29(6), 773-780.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263786310001109

 

25.    Liu, M.**, Ballard, G., and Ibbs, W. (2010)
"Work Flow Variation and Its Relation to Labor, -- A Case Study." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 27(4), 236-242.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000056

 

26.    Ling, Y. Y., Liu, M.**, and Woo, Y. C. (2009) "Construction Fatalities in Singapore." International Journal of Project Management, 27(7), 717-726.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263786308001610

 

27.     Ibbs, W. and Liu, M. (2005)
"An Improved Measured Mile Analysis Technique." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 131(12), 1249-1256.
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%290733-9364%282005%29131%3A12%281249%29

 

28.     Liu, M.** and Ling, Y. Y. (2005)
"Modeling a Contractor’s Markup Estimation." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 131(4), 391-399..
http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%290733-9364%282005%29131%3A4%28391%29

 

29.     Ling,Y. Y. and Liu, M. (2005)
"Factors Considered by Successful and Profitable Contractors in Mark-up Size Decision in Singapore." Building and Environment, 40(11), 1557-1565.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132304003683

 

30.     Ibbs, W. and Liu, M. (2005)
"System Dynamic Modeling of Delay and Disruption Claims." AACE Cost Engineering, 47(6), 12-15.
http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=fed5f87a-085f-4057-acfa-aca96555aff2%40sessionmgr4001&hid=4213&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=bth&AN=17204661

 

31.     Ling, Y. Y. and Liu, M. (2004)
"Using Neural Network to Predict Performance of Design-Build Projects in Singapore." Building and Environment, 39(10), 1263- 1274.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132304000782

 

32.     Liu, M. and Ling, Y. Y (2003)
"Using Fuzzy Neural Network Approach to Estimate Contractor’s Markup." Building and Environment, 38(11), 1303-1308.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132303001355

 

33.     Zhao, P., Liu, M., and Xie, X. H. (1998)
"Computer Simulation for Construction Project Investment Decision." Journal of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, 30(3), 290-293 (in Chinese).

  Articles Submitted or Manuscripts in Preparation

     *Graduate student at the North Carolina State University, **Corresponding author

 

1. Hosseini, A.*, Leming, M. and Liu, M.**, “Idle Time Restrictions, Fuel Use and Productivity of Construction Equip.”

2. Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S. “Jobsite Social Network: An Analytical Approach for Interdependency and Work Plan Variation in Construction Project.”

3. Alves, T., Liu, M., Scala, N., Javanmardi, A.* “Perceptions about Schedules and Schedulers: A Study in the U.S. Construction Industry.”

4. Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S., “Social Network Analysis for Construction Crews.”




 

 

Updated in July 2017