CERC has created a venue to highlight research and its relevance for pressing issues facing our industry since 2011.  This year, the 2019 New Frontiers in Construction Conference (NFCC ’19) will be held at CERC’s Sand Point Facility on March 21, 2019.  We invite you to join us for an exciting day of learning and networking with peers from across Washington.

What is the goal of this year’s conference?

The NFCC is about bridging the gap between education, research, industry and government.  We want to engage industry organizations and practitioners in a meaningful conversation that will drive education and thus, research.  To this end, the conference is planned to create a bidirectional forum where (a) we will learn what we can do as an university center to help industry with the issues they are facing or expect to face, and (b) industry can be informed on how our educational and research programs may be helpful to their organizational missions, and project delivery.

What is the tentative program of this year’s conference?

We expect a whole-day event with plenary and breakout sessions.  We will also have social breakouts for breakfast, lunch and happy hours, which will allow participants to interact.

Is there a theme for this year’s conference?

We will maintain the overarching theme of “New Frontiers in Construction” meaning that the program will attempt to narrate the moving boundary where organizations and practitioners operate in terms of business conditions and processes, workforce challenges, and technical advances.  This provides us the opportunity to mix-and-match research and practice presentations.

Sub-themes for the breakout sessions include:

  • Safety and Health
  • Communication, Technology and Organizational Practices
  • Lean Construction
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Construction Education and Training
  • Project Delivery and Management
  • Construction Materials and Fabrication