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CE: Dr. Christofer Harper, Sustainable Construction Seminar
October 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm UTC+0
Research and industry experience related to sustainability
Dr. Christofer Harper, Ph.D.,
Louisiana State University,
Where: Room B-108C W. T. Young Library
Dr. Christofer Harper is an assistant professor and holder of the McCollister Family Professorship who joined the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at LSU in August 2014. Before joining LSU, Dr. Harper worked in California, Colorado, Illinois, Hawaii, and Minnesota where he gained over 13 years of construction related experience ranging from a plumbing subcontractor of residential and commercial projects to a program manager/owner’s representative of hospitality, education, and medical projects. His industry experience covered many different types of projects, delivery methods, and contracting approaches. His responsibilities as a foreman, project manager, and program manager included leading, managing, and administering construction and maintenance projects in value from $100,000 to over $120 million.
Dr. Harper received his B.S. (2005), M.S. (2007), and Ph.D. (2014) in civil engineering with a focus on construction engineering and management from the University of Colorado. He is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) and holds a Six-Sigma Certification in quantitative and qualitative research statistics. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Construction Research Council (CRC) of the ASCE, the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), and has served as the Committee Research Coordinator for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) AFH10 Construction Management Committee since 2015.
His primary areas of research are in sustainability, emerging technologies, alternative energy, project delivery, contracting, project management and administration, and decision support systems. One of Dr. Harper’s ongoing studies focuses on collecting data from sustainably-built residential homes in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. These residences have been built since Hurricane Katrina and include the use of multiple renewable energy source such as Solar Power and Geothermal Heat Pump Systems. The focus of Dr. Harper’s study is collecting actual installation and energy use data from the residences for geothermal heat pump systems to compare to similar residences that are not using geothermal as an energy source. The cost-benefit analyses will help to understand the advantages and disadvantages of using geothermal energy for heating and cooling residences in southern Louisiana.
His most recent research grant entails revising a decision support tool for the South Dakota Department of Transportation by advancing the use of technologies to assist with their winter maintenance operations. Although LSU is not located in a winter climate, Dr. Harper’s work experience in winter climates and past research experiences in developing decisions support tools lead to his team receiving this grant, which will kick off in November 2016.
Other research that Dr. Harper is currently conducting includes National Cooperative Highway Research Program study on the optimal use of collaborative partnering on highway construction projects and he is also conducting research on project team integration for regional public infrastructure projects for the State of Louisiana.