Min Liu

Associate Professor
ASCE Construction Research Council, Secretary
Edward I. Weisiger Distinguished Scholar
Construction Engineering and Management Program
Dept.of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7908, USA  
Resume
Financial Assistantships are available for qualified and motivated PhD students. If you are interested, please send your CV 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
Ph.D.         University of California, Berkeley                                               MSCE        Xi'an University of Architecture and Engineering 
MSc           National University of Singapore                                                BSCE         QingDao University of Technology
People
     Current Graduate Students:                  
             PhD students:                                                                                                       MSc student:
                     Ashtad Javanmardi (August 2014 - present)                                                Minerva Bonilla (August 2018 - 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, Flatrion 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: Colonel, Director CE Division, Academy Professor/Associate 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: Associate Professor, East Carolina University, Dept. of Construction Management

            MSc students:
                    Joshua L. Vaughan, 2012 December
                    Thesis Title: Effects of an Innovative Technology on Construction Management Time
                    Current Position: Assessment Engineering Supervisor, North Carolina Department of Transportation

                    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: Regional 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 Collaborators
        Prof. Gregory Howell, Lean Construction Institute
        Prof. and Dept. Head, Simon Hsiang, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte, co-advising students since 2008
        Prof. Glenn Ballard, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Book Publications
         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. Olivieri, H., Seppänen, o., Alves, T., Scala, N., Liu, M., and Ph.D.; Granja, A. D. (2018) “A survey comparing Critical Path Method, Last Planner System, and 
    Location-Based techniques.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, accepted in November 2018.
2. Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Howell, G. (2018). “Investigating the Cost Benefit Tradeoff of Additional Planning Using Parade Game Simulation.” ASCE Journal of 
    Management in Engineering, 34(2), 04017066. https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000580?src=recsys
3. Javanmardi, A.*, Hosseini, A., Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S. (2018). “Benefit of Cooperation among Subcontractors in Performing High-Reliability Planning.” ASCE
    Journal of Management in Engineering, 34(2), 04017062. https://ascelibrary-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000578
4. Hosseini, A.*,Liu, M.**,  Hsiang, S.(2017). "Social Network Analysis for Construction Crews." Published online by International Journal of Construction 
    Management  in November 2017.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926580517300195
5. Hosseini, A.*, Liu, M.**, Hsiang, S. (2017). "Social Network Conformity and Construction Work Plan Reliability." Automation in Construction,  78(1), 1-12. 
 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15623599.2017.1389642
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9.  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
10.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
11. 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
12. 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
13. 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, 140(6), 04014016. http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000819
14. Wambeke, B.*, Liu, M.**, and Hsiang, S. (2013). "Task Variation and the Social Network of Construction Trades." ASCE Journal of Management
      in Engineering, 05014008, 30(4).http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ME.1943-5479.0000219
15. 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 Management,139(10), 04013008.http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000735
16. 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 Management,139(4), 445-455.http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0000611
17. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. 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
21. 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
22. 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
23. 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
24.  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
25.  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
26.  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
27.   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
28.  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
29.  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
30.  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
31.  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
32. 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=JnNpdGU9Z
       Whvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=bth&AN=17204661
 33. 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
34.  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
35. 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).


Updated in December 2018