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Application Case Study of Mobile Computing to Decrease Paperwork at “Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)” Construction Site

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Construction Industry Issues in the Classroom

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23.197.1 - 23.197.13

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Tulio Sulbaran University of Southern Mississippi

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He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineer from Georgia Institute of Technology with concentration in Construction Management with a minor in Computer Engineering and strong statistical background. He has over 8 years of work experience in the A/E/C (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry with office and field experience in scheduling, estimating and project management in the United States and several international locations including: Venezuela, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand.

Dr. Sulbaran is an accomplished teacher and has taught a variety of construction courses including: Construction Planning and Scheduling, Construction Project Management, Cost Estimating I, Project Control, Proposal Preparation and Project Implementation among others. Dr. Sulbaran received the prestigious John Trimmer Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. Dr. Sulbaran engages students in learning activities inside and outside the classroom continuously advocating hands-on experience and collaborative learning. He has been in the forefront of on-line teaching and he was one of the pioneers in delivering online courses in the School of Construction. He established the Study Abroad Program in Panama at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Sulbaran led the effort to establish the newly created Master of Science in Logistics, Trade and Transportation (MSLTT) and he is currently leading the effort to put the MS LTT fully on-line to further the educational reach of the University.

Dr. Sulbaran has being very fortunate to have the best externally funded projects track record of the School of Construction. He has submitted as PI/Co-PI over 100 proposals and has been awarded over 40 externally funded projects totaling over 10 million dollars coming to the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he has been collaborator in multi-million multi institution proposals with institutions in the United States and abroad. Dr. Sulbaran has received funding from several organizations such as: The National Science Foundation, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Transportation Research Board, Northrop Grumman, Mississippi Development Authority, Army Corp of Engineers, and Department of Health and Human Services among others. Dr. Sulbaran founded the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation and all of his projects have supported and benefit from talented graduate and/or undergraduate students from a variety of academic units in the University.

Dr. Sulbaran has been very prolific in the area of scholarship and research. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed national/international publications, written several books and made over 100 professional presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Sulbaran’s manuscripts have been published in: The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society; The International Journal of Virtual Reality, Journal of Marketing Education, Marketing Education Review Journal, IEEE- Frontier in Education, American Society of Engineering Education Proceedings among others.

Dr. Sulbaran has contributed significantly to his discipline through his service activities. His leadership on several key organizations has reflected very favorably on the University. Dr. Sulbaran is the first and only faculty of the University to hold a Board of Trustee position in the American Council for Construction Education. He is also the first and only faculty serving as the Editor for the Associated Schools of Construction proceedings. Dr. Sulbaran has served in multiple university committees such as: I-TECH Customer Service Council, CoST Research Award Committee, CoST Scholarship Committee, and SoC Accreditation Committee, among others.

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Application of Mobile in decreasing paper based works at “Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)” Construction SiteAbstractCompared to other industries, Construction is one of the slowest industries to benefit frominformation technology (IT) implementation. Some companies, especially small companies, stillprefer paper-based operations over web-based. This can be contributed to several reasons such ascosts of training, software and so on. One of the fields in which IT can be applied is ManagementInformation Systems (MIS) for construction sites. The focus of this paper is to propose a web-based system that can improve Management Information Systems by decreasing paper-basedprocesses on construction sites. For this purpose, M&P Contractor Company was considered.This company is one of the two companies that are working on “Neighborhood StabilizationProgram (NSP)”. Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was established for the purpose ofstabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment.Keywords: Construction, Mobile, Information Technology

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