Investigating the Applications of NetPoint for Level 3 Schedules: A University of Michigan Research Case Study

The University of Michigan research team presented their research project exploring the application of GPM and NetPoint to a level 3 construction schedule and their experience using NetPoint to build a detailed level 3 schedule. The team will share their findings on building and managing a detailed level 3 NetPoint schedule, including the team’s recommendation to implement a tabular interface to allow changes in a dashboard to instantly update the schedule, and maintain the benefits of real-time planning while also streamlining the entry and editing of bulk data. It is the teams’ belief that if NetPoint were to provide the level 3 tabular dashboard, it would easily become the industry standard for construction scheduling software.

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PRESENTED BY DR. CAROL MENASSA, DR. VINEET KAMAT, NAGA VEENA TARLANA, VISHAL SHAH

Dr. Carol Menassa is an Associate Professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM). Her current research focuses on sustainability of buildings and infrastructure systems. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Construction Industry Institute, the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium. Menassa is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Early Career Researcher from Fiatech, 2015 CII Distinguished Professor Award and 2014 NSF Career award. She also received 2016 Best Paper Award from International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, the 2015 Best Paper Award from Journal of Management in Engineering, the 2013 Best Paper Award from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineer, and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Vineet R. Kamat is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kamat received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003; a MS in Civil Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2000; and a BE degree in Civil Engineering from Goa University in India in 1998. Dr. Kamat’s research has been published in 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and 70 conference papers to date. He has presented his work in 35 invited talks throughout the world. Dr. Kamat has served as the Chair of the ASCE Construction Institute’s Construction Research Council, and as a Member of the Board of Governors of the ASCE Construction Institute. He was awarded the 2015 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has also received the Daniel W. Halpin Award for scholarship in construction from the American Society of Civil Engineers; two Outstanding Researcher Awards from FIATECH; and two Outstanding Young Alumnus Awards from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. He has also received three ASCE Best Paper Awards, from the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, and the Construction Research Congress.

Naga Veena Tarlana completed her Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management in December 2016 from the University of Michigan. She had an unique opportunity to work on GPM and NetPoint through the Industry oriented course CEE 530 – Construction Professional Practice as part of her graduate education, under the guidance of PMA mentors. She is currently working at DPR Construction in the Redwood City area in California.

Vishal Shreyans Shah completed his Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management in December 2016 from the University of Michigan. He had a unique opportunity to work on GPM and NetPoint through the Industry oriented course CEE 530 – Construction Professional Practice as part of his graduate education, under the guidance of PMA mentors. He is currently working at Skanska USA Building, Inc in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

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