The MEng in Construction Engineering and Management trains engineers in the design and implementation of construction processes. Civil engineering calls for intelligent, innovative and efficient delivery of construction services. Students are introduced to a wide range of project delivery systems, risk management, value engineering and alternative dispute resolution methods. Coursework places particular emphasis on sustainable development. You will learn about state-of-the-art construction methods and project management strategies, as well as project planning, scheduling and cost estimation methods. Our research facilities are equipped with thermal imagery systems, ground penetrating radar, ladybug spherical cameras, laser scanning and more. Faculty members also oversee a number of cutting-edge research laboratories, including Construction Engineering Management Group. This program prepares you for a career and leadership role in the public and private sectors.
Bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture, or equivalent with an above-average standing.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
*Winter Application deadline has been extended to August 1.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Research-active faculty members, many are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to practice and leading edge research in their respective fields. More details could be found on the CEM group web page.
Areas of faculty research expertise include:
Construction equipment management and optimized selection of equipment fleets for earthmoving operations,
Planning, tracking and control of construction operations,
Asset management of civil infrastructure systems,
Risk management and contingency estimating,
Sustainable pavement management systems,
Building information modeling with data sensing and analysis,
Classification, detection and location of defects in sewer networks and water distribution networks using a wide range of noninvasive technologies,
Automated site data acquisition using wireless and remote sensing technologies,
Condition assessment and rating of reinforced concrete bridges using a range of technologies including digital imaging, GPR and infrared,
Productivity modeling and quantification adverse site conditions on productivity including inclement weather and change orders,
Integration of off-site and onsite activities in modular construction,
Optimized planning and scheduling for modular construction,
Construction claims management, including quantification of damages arising from adverse conditions,
Application of web-based project performance systems, expert systems, fuzzy logic, and neural networks in construction management
Optimized site selection and site layout,
Virtual reality urban simulation systems,
Mobile augmented reality for infrastructure field tasks,
Location-based computing for facility management, and
GPR utilizes electromagnetic (EM) waves to identify the subsurface defects locations such as corrosion of steel. As a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technology, GPR has been considered as a highly promising technology for detecting and characterizing deterioration in concrete decks. The main advantages of GPR include but not limited to:
Capability of fast scanning with non-contact antenna.
Very sensitive to metal objects, moisture and electrical conductivity.
Can easily penetrate through the air and asphalt layer
Inspection result is reproducible.
Commercial equipment and application software are well-developed.
Ladybug Spherical Camera
Ladybug spherical camera provides 360˚ visual coverage by integrating six cameras while it collects the video from more than 75% of the full sphere in real-time. One of the purpose of using such cameras in our research is to maximise our field of view for monitoring the construction sites. Additionally, by installing this camera inside the cabin of the heavy construction equipment (i.e. excavator, dump truck, etc.), we have the similar visual experience to the operator but remotely from the office.
Laser scanning is also known as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), it is an optical sensor dependent technique that uses laser scanners to scan the exterior surfaces of objects. The main concept of laser scanning relies on transforming the spatial data of object surfaces into a 3D point cloud (Bhatla et al., 2012). Technically, laser scanners emit a laser beam that reflects with objects surfaces and returns back to calculate the distance between the scanner center and the object. By measuring the distance between the center of the scanner and the object, it is possible to detect the accurate position (coordinates X, Y, and Z) of objects with respect to the scanner position.
UAV-Based Thermal Imagery System
Infrared thermography (IR) is a modern, non-destructive evaluation technology for monitoring and assessing built environments. It mainly relies on measuring surface temperature to identify any potential defects or damages. Currently, IR has been introduced widely in applications such as facility condition assessment and energy performance analysis of existing buildings. Recently, the rapid improvement of high-defined IR cameras has become a powerful tool in infrared sensing. On the other hand, another notable advancement is taking place in the manufacturing of Unmanned Aerial systems (UAS) in terms of its sizes, performance, cost, and system configurations. As a result, the modern trend was successful in implementing the high-defined IR cameras with UAS. UAS-based thermal imagery systems are widely used in several applications including the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. DJI Matrice100 equipped with a high-defined IR camera Flir Zenmuse XT represents the UAS-based Thermal imagery state-of-the-art. This system can be used effectively in several applications that include but not limited to; inspection and condition assessments of building envelopes, building roofs, and infrastructures, etc.
Smart Sensory System
The smart sensory system for data acquisition and communication consists of:
Waspmote® Smart boards: hosts a variety of sensors that allow monitoring of multiple parameters involving a customized wide range of applications.
Waspmote® Microcontrollers: Small computer on a single integrated circuit containing processor, memory and programmable in/out peripherals.
Meshlium®: IoT gateway router specially designed to connect Waspmote sensor nodes to the Internet via Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 4G/3G/2G interfaces.
The usage of these components allows us to easily deploy IoT networks in an easy and scalable way.
The Association of the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) Montreal Section has been working closely with Concordia University. The AACE student chapter in Concordia plays a critical role by inviting AACE members to be guest lectures at the University or at other special industry events. It provides an avenue where students can engage in networking opportunities with professionals both inside and outside of academia.
The Concordia Chapter of North American Society for Trenchless Technologies (NASTT) is an organization for engineering graduates, who are willing to explore and promote concepts, methods and tools towards sustainable development and maintenance of the municipal infrastructure systems. It plays a critical role on organizing educative and training events for the engineering students and industry practitioners of relevant domains.
Our alumni work for various construction organizations, public and private infrastructure projects, federal, provincial and municipal sectors, and consulting firms. And many have taken leadership positions in engineering and construction companies as well federal and provincial government agencies. Graduates are performing construction audits and impact assessments, as well as conducting research in environmental construction technologies.
Projects that our alumni are currently involved in include those related to traditional and modular building construction, water and wastewater infrastructure planning, monitoring, modelling and design as well as construction claims management.