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Faculty Directory » Nirajan Mani

Industrial Technology

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2020
Monday 12:30 – 1:45 pm
Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
and by appointment

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Hall 204
Phone: 978.665.4843
Email: nmani@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Construction Systems I (ITEC 1320)
Architectural Graphics (ITEC 1450)
Construction Systems II (ITEC 2310)
Estimating & Bidding (ITEC 3300)
Construction Systems III (ITEC 3340)
Seminar in Construction (ITEC 4310)
Site Planning (ITEC 4350)
Performance Contracting for Energy & Environmental Systems (ITEC 4600)

Education:

Ph.D., University of Nebraska (Construction Engineering and Management)
M.S., University of Nevada (Construction Management)
B.E., Tribhuvan University (Civil Engineering)

Research Interests:

Modular Construction
Smart City
e-Construction
Labor Productivity
Construction Productivity and Safety
Modeling, Simulation and Visualization
Engineering Education

Current Projects:

Construction Safety and Health

Ongoing research in collaboration with Dr. Nipesh Pradhananga (Assistant Professor, Florida International University)

Development of Virtual Environment of Construction Operations

Ongoing research in collaboration with faculty and students of Game Design Program (Communications Media Department)
Workstation: ITEC Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Laboratory, CNIC 201F

Labor Productivity

Ongoing research in collaboration with Dr. Eddy M. Rojas (Dean, University of Dayton), Dr. Terence Foster (Professor and Associate Director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dr. Krishna Kisi (Assistant Professor, Missouri Western State University)

e-Construction and Big Data

Ongoing research in collaboration with Dr. Asregedew Woldesenbet (Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Representative Publications:

Journal Articles

Foster, E.T. et al. (2018). "Estimating of optimal productivity in labor-intensive construction operations: An advanced study." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 144(10). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001551

Foster, E.T. et al. (2017). "Estimating construction labor productivity frontier: Pilot study. "Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 143(10). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001390

Foster, E.T. et al. (2016). "Optimal productivity in labor-intensive construction operations:  A pilot study," Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 143(3). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001257

Mani, N. & Shrestha, P.P. (2013). "Impact of design cost on construction cost and schedule performance of public road projects." Journal of Management in Engineering, 30(3). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000220

Mani, N. & Shrestha, P.P. (2014). "Impact of Mathematics and Physics Grade Point Averages on the Overall GPA for Construction Management Undergraduate Students." Engineering Sciences International Research Journal, ISSN 2320-4338.

Mani, N. et al. (2013). "Correlating quantity and bid cost of unit price items of public road projects." KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 18(6), pp. 1590-1598. doi: 10.1007/s12205-014-0445-y

Peer-Reviewed Conferences

Foster, E.T. et al. (2016). "A case study on estimating labor productivity frontier." Proceedings of 52nd ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction. Provo, Utah.

Foster, E.T. et al. (2016). "A case study on estimating optimal labor productivity." Proceeding of 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress. ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Foster, E.T. et al. (2017). "Labor productivity frontier:  A case study of two crews." Accepted to proceedings of 53rd ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction. Seattle, Washington.

Foster, E.T. et al. (2018). "Multi-level hierarchical analysis for productivity frontier estimation." Proceedings of 2018 ASCE Construction Research Congress. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Foster, E.T. et al. (2018). "Optimal labor productivity: A case study in a sheet metal bending." Proceedings of 2018 ASCE Construction Research Congress. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kayastha, R. et al. (2019). "Opportunities and challenges for modular construction in developing nations: A case study in the Nepalese construction industry." Proceedings of 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (jointly with Construction Research Congress). Laval (Greater Montreal), Canada.

Kisi, K.P. et al. (2014). "Estimating labor productivity frontier: a pilot study." Proceedings of 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress. Atlanta, GA.

Kisi, K.P. et al. (2014). "Estimating optional labor productivity: a two-prong strategy." Proceedings of 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress. Atlanta, GA.

Kisi, K.P. & Mani, N. (2019). "Estimating productivity for labor-intensive task: A case study." Proceedings of 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (jointly with Construction Research Congress). Laval (Greater Montreal), Canada.

Mani, N. & Shrestha, P.P. (2012). "Impact of design cost on design bid build public projects performance." Proceedings of 2012 ASCE Construction Research Congress. West Lafayette, Indiana.

Mani, N. & Shrestha, P.P. (2011). "Impact of mathematics and physics grade point average on the overall GPA for construction management undergraduate students." Proceedings of International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation. IMETI, Orlando, Florida.

Mani, N. & Shrestha, P.P. (2014). "Relationship of mathematics and physics grade point average with construction science grade point average." Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics and Engineering Sciences. Chandigarh, India.

Mani, N. et al. (2017). "Determining safety frontier for repetitive labor-intensive operations:  A theoretical approach." Accepted to proceedings of 53rd ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction. Seattle, Washington.

Mani, N. et al. (2012). "Impact of quantity of bid cost of unit price items in design-bid-build public road projects." Proceedings of the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (CD). Washington D.C.

Mani, N. et al. (2017). "Sustainable safety in labor-intensive operations:  An innovative perspective." Proceedings of CSCE Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting. Vancouver, Canada.

Professional Affiliations:

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
AGC - Associated General Contractors
Golden Key International Honor Society
MTA - Massachusetts Teachers Association
NEA - National Education Association
NAHB - National Association of Home Builders
OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration
USGBC - U.S. Green Building Council