Construction Management and Megaprojects

Spring 2020
Spring 2019
Spring 2018
Baabak Ashuri
CEE 4150

“Restore and improve urban infrastructure” is one of the 14 grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century, according to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). “Society faces the formidable challenge of modernizing the fundamental structures that will support our civilization in centuries ahead.” Megaprojects have unique characteristics that make them exceptionally difficult to manage: great size (both in scope and dollar value), technical complexity, long timeframe, massive environmental and social impacts, high risk level, diverse stakeholders with often conflicting interests and sometimes varied cultural backgrounds, and possible contractual, legal, and ethical issues. It is expected that this course provides a foundation for students to understand what it takes to become a visionary and technically capable leader to work in a complex megaproject environment. It is anticipated that students learn how to think strategically about the challenges of megaprojects, effectively communicate the issues with the project team, lead and motivate people to achieve the common project goals, deal with adversity and setbacks, and facilitate the smooth transition of the project throughout various phases of the project lifecycle. Students are also taught to think critically about the impacts of megaprojects on the surrounding communities. Several case studies of real-world megaprojects will be reviewed and analyzed by students throughout the course to achieve the learning objectives. Students will implement what they have learned throughout the course in a final group project that researches an ongoing megaproject development, preferably in the City of Atlanta or the State of Georgia. Students will be given an opportunity to combine their academic and career interests with their aspiration to create more sustainable communities.

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