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George Edward Gibson Jr

Professor and Sunstate Chair of Construction Management and Engineering
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

George Edward (Edd) Gibson, Jr., PhD, PE, joined the Del E. Webb School of Construction within the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) in August 2009 as its Program Chairman and served in that capacity until 2011. From 2010 to 2018 he served first as Interim Director and then as Director of SSEBE from its infancy to the dynamic enterprise it is today. In the capacity of Director, he oversaw rapid growth to several educational programs encompassing over 60 faculty and 75 staff members, over 1700 students, research expenditures of over $18.2 million per annum, $19 million in endowments, and a yearly operational budget of over $10 million. He led development and significant fundraising for a new 130k gsf building, College Avenue Commons, that houses SSEBE, raising over $23 million in donations to the School during his tenure.

Dr. Gibson currently serves as Professor and the Sunstate Chair of Construction Management and Engineering in the School.

Prior to joining ASU, Gibson started the accredited construction engineering program at the University of Alabama, and before that was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin for 15 years. At UT, he headed the architectural engineering undergraduate program and the graduate construction engineering and project management program.  He began his academic career as a Visiting Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. Dr. Gibson has several years of industry experience prior to academia, served as a U.S. Army officer, and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

Originally from Alabama, Gibson’s educational background includes a bachelor's degree and doctorate in civil engineering from Auburn University and an MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Dallas.  He has taught on the university level for over 30 years and has delivered more than 210 short courses to industry practitioners during that time, receiving awards for university and continuing education instruction.

During his career, Gibson has served as PI or co-PI on over $10 million worth of funded research in from sponsors such as NSF, Construction Industry Institute, National Research Council, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Texas Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Department of Energy, Design-Build Institute of America, New Horizons Foundation, and others. His research and teaching interests include front end planning, organizational change, asset management, earned value management systems, alternative dispute resolution, prevention through design, and risk management among others.  

Gibson was instrumental in developing a number of Construction Industry Institute tools: the suite of five Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) tools, the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Maturity and Accuracy Total Rating System (MATRS) tool and the Integrated Project Risk Assessment (IPRA) tool; in addition, he has consulted with over 70 organizations. He is an expert in educational leadership, having held a variety of successful academic management positions over the past 19 years. 

Dr Gibson is an elected member of the National Academy of Construction and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was awarded the 2016 ASCE R. L. Peurifoy Award for outstanding research. He served as a Visiting Academic Fellow in the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at the University of Cambridge in spring 2019.  

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Education
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Auburn University
  • M.B.A. University of Dallas 
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Auburn University
Research Interests

Front end planning, risk management, construction productivity, organizational change, dispute resolution, lessons learned, asset management, alternative project delivery methods, earned value management systems, academic leadership and management, and electronic data management in heavy civil, industrial, and building construction.

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Research Group

Gibson has been PI or co-PI on over $10 million worth of funded research in his career from sponsors such as NSF, Construction Industry Institute, National Research Council, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Texas Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Design-Build Institute of America, New Horizons Foundation, and others.

Learn more about Gibson's research at the following websites:

Excellence in Front End Planning

Global Center for Safety Initiative

Del E. Webb School of Construction

Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Din, Z. and Gibson, G.E., “Serious Games for Learning Prevention through Design Concepts: An Experimental Study,” Safety Science 115 (2019) 176–187: DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.02.005, February.

El Zomor, M., Burke, R., Parrish, K., & Gibson, E. “Front-End Planning for Large and Small Infrastructure Projects: Comparison of Project Definition Rating Index Tools.” Journal of Management in Engineering34(4), July 2018, [04018022]. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000611

Bingham, E., El Asmar, M. and Gibson, G. E., “Measuring User Perceptions of Popular Transportation Project Delivery Methods Using Least Significant Difference Intervals and Multiple Range Tests”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 144(6) June 2018: DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001469

Bingham, E., and Gibson, G. E., “Infrastructure Project Scope Definition Using Project Definition Rating Index”, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. 33(2), 2017:04016037, DOI 10.1061/ (ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000483

El Asmar, M., Gibson, G. E., Ramsey, D., and Yussef, A. Assessing the Maturity and Accuracy of Frond End Engineering Design, The Construction Industry Institute, Research Summary 331-1, 38 pp., October 2017.

Jui-Sheng Chou, Abdi S. Telaga, Wai K. Chong and Gibson, G.E., “Early-warning application for real-time detection of energy consumption anomalies in buildings,” Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier, 149, p. 711-722, 2017. DOI 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.028

Dicks, E., Molenaar, K., and Gibson, G., "Scope Definition of Air Force Design and Construction Projects," ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 33(5), 2017, DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000543

Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson, G. E., “Development of the Project Definition Rating Index for Small Industrial Projects," ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 44(4), 2017. 33(4):04017015. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000514

Gibson, G.E. “If I Knew Then What I Know Now,” Invited Eminent Lecturer to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 17, 2017.

Gibson, G.E. “DOE Front End Planning (FEP) and Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI),” Invited Presentation to the Department of Energy Project Management Workshop, Arlington, VA, March 21, 2017.

Ramsey, D., El Asmar, M., and Gibson, G., Jr. "Quantitative Performance Assessment of Single-Step versus Two-Step Design-Build Procurement." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(9), September 2016, DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001145 , 04016033 1-14.

Gibson, G.E. “Construction Engineering and Management Education in the US, today and in the future,” Invited lecture at Dongguk University, May 15, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Gibson, G. E. “Outlook for Construction Engineering and Management Research in the US,” Invited presentation at the Korean Institute of Construction Technology (KICT), October 15, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Gibson, G. E. “Global Collaboration During Front End Planning of Capital Projects,” 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Management, October 13, 2015, Busan, ROK.

Gibson, G.E. “Improving project performance within industrial focused organizations with the project definition rating index for small industrial projects,” Presentation to the 12th Engineering Project Organizations Conference, June 24, 2015, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gibson, G. E. (coordinating author) (2014). Adding Value through a Practical and Proactive Project Risk Management Process, The Construction Industry Institute, Special Publication 181-23 version 2.0, 49 pp., September.

Azhar, S., Grau, D., Burt, R., Gibson, G. “State of the Art of Best Construction Practices Integration into Higher Education Curricula," ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 140(1), May 2013, pp. 1-8. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000168

Gibson, G. E. “Front End Planning, Follow the Rules, Reap the Benefits,” Invited Plenary Presentation to the European Construction Institute (ECI) Annual Conference, June 13, 2013, London, UK.

Gibson, G. E. (coordinating author) (2013). IPRA: Integrated Project Risk Assessment, The Construction Industry Institute, Implementation Resource 181-2, version 2.0, 120 pp., December.

Shrestha, P., O’Connor, J., and Gibson, G. E., “Performance Comparison of Large Design Build and Design Bid Build Highway Projects”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(1), January 2012, pp. 1-13. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000390

Gibson, G. E.(coordinating author), Podesta, T., Mahir, A., Cooley, D., Halicks, D., Penrod, S., Mitroscak, R. (2011). Front End Planning Tool: Project Definition Rating Index, Infrastructure Projects, The Construction Industry Institute, Research Summary 268-1, 38 pp., January.

Wang, Y-R and Gibson, G.E. “A Study of Preproject Planning and Project Success Using ANN and Regression Models,” Journal of Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 19(3), May 2010, pp. 341-346. DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2009.12.007

Gibson, G.E., and Whittington, D. “Charrettes as a Method for Engaging Industry in Best Practices Research,” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Special Edition, 136(1), January 2010, pp. 66-75. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000079

Le, T., Caldas, C. H., Gibson, G. E., and Thole, M. “A Method for Assessing Project Scope and Managing Risk in Highway Construction.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 135(9), September 2009, pp. 900-910. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000052

Hale, D., Shrestha, P. P., Gibson, G.E., and Migliaccio, G.C. “Empirical Comparison of Design/Build and Design/Bid/Build Project Delivery Methods”, ASCE Journal of Construction

Engineering and Management, 135(7), July 2009, pp. 579-587. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000017

Caldas, C., Gibson, G.E., Weerasooriya, R., and Yohe, A “Identification of Effective Management Practices and Technologies for Lessons Learned Programs in the Construction Industry,” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 135(6), June 2009, pp. 531-539. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000011

Goetz, C. and Gibson, G. E. “Construction Litigation for the U.S. General Services Administration, 1980-2004,” ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 1 (1), February 2009, pp. 40-46. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)1943-4162(2009)1:1(40)

Migliaccio, G. C., Gibson, G. E., and O’Connor, J. T., "Procurement of Design-Build Services: Two-Phase Selection for Highway Projects" ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 25(1), January 2009, pp. 29-39. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2009)25:1(29)

Hale, D., Gibson, G., Woolridge, R. and Stogner, R., (2008) “Sustaining the Nation's Aging Infrastructure Systems: Lessons Learned Applying an Asset Management Framework,” May, SSRN Electronic Journal, DOI 10.2139/ssrn.1135013

Migliaccio, G. C., Gibson, G.E., and O’Connor, J.T., (2008) “Changing Project Delivery Strategy: An Implementation Framework,” Journal of Public Works Management & Policy, 12(3), January, pp. 483-502. DOI 10.1177/1087724X07311805

Gibson, G. E., O’Connor, J. T., Migliaccio, G. and Walewski, J. “Key Implementation Issues and Lessons learned with Design-Build projects”, Keith Molenaar and Gerald Yakowenko (editor), Chapter 1 for the Book entitled Alternative Project Delivery Procurement, and Contracting Methods for Highways, Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers (2007), ISBN 0784408866.

Walewski, J.W., Gibson, G. E. and Vines, E.W.. “Risk Identification and Assessment for International Construction Projects,” David Cleland and Roland Gareis (editors), Chapter 6 for the Book entitled Global Project Management Handbook, 2nd Edition, New York, McGraw-Hill, pp. 6-1 to 6-17 (2006), ISBN 0071460454.

Research Activity

Funded research, at ASU:

  • Gibson, G. E. and El Asmar, M., Improving the Reliability of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Compliance Reviews and EVMS Maturity Level Assessments: Development of an EVMS Maturity Level Rating Index: PHASE II (pending), U.S. Department of Energy, $431,060, 1/1/20 – 12/31/21
  • Gibson, G. E. and El Asmar, M., Improving the Reliability of Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Compliance Reviews and EVMS Maturity Level Assessments: Development of an EVMS Maturity Level Rating Index: PHASE 1, U.S. Department of Energy, $146,465, 1/1/19 – 12/31/19
  • Gibson, G. E. and El Asmar, M., PDRI Matters, Construction Industry Institute, $47,000, 8/1/18 – 8/30/19
  • El Asmar, M.  and Gibson, G. E., The NHF Body of Knowledge: Your Research Library, New Horizon Foundation, $69,975, 1/24/18-8/30/19
  • Gibson, G. E. and El Asmar, M., Assessing the Maturity and Accuracy of FEED to Support Phase-gate Approvals, Construction Industry Institute, $292,000, 9/1/15 – 6/30/18
  • Gibson, G. E. and Parrish, K., Project Definition Rating Index for Small Infrastructure Projects, Phase II, Construction Industry Institute , $66,000, 9/1/15 – 12/31/16
  • Gibson, G. E. and Parrish, K., Project Definition Rating Index for Small Industrial Projects, Construction Industry Institute, $245,592, 10/15/13 – 8/31/15
  • Mounir El Asmar and Gibson, G. E., One Step Design Build Efficacy, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), $40,000, 2/1/13 – 8/31/13
  • Gibson, G. E., National Construction Forum Best Practices Feasibility, Construction Industry Institute, $43,000, 9/1/12 – 12/31/13
  • Gibson, G. E., Project Definition Rating Index for Infrastructure Projects--Continuation, Construction Industry Institute, $75,000, 1/1/11 – 8/31/12
  • Gibson, G. E., Project Definition Rating Index for Infrastructure Projects, Construction Industry Institute, $95,000, 8/15/09 – 12/31/10
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CON 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CON 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CON 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CON 599Thesis
CON 790Reading and Conference
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CON 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CON 599Thesis
CEE 599Thesis
CON 790Reading and Conference
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CON 792Research
CEE 792Research
CON 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CON 592Research
CON 593Applied Project
CON 595Continuing Registration
CON 599Thesis
CON 792Research
CON 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CON 492Honors Directed Study
CON 493Honors Thesis
CON 499Individualized Instruction
CON 590Reading and Conference
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CON 592Research
CON 593Applied Project
CON 595Continuing Registration
CON 599Thesis
CON 680Practicum
CON 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CON 792Research
CON 795Continuing Registration
CON 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

2018  Best Paper, Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, LA

2016  American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) R. L. Peurifoy Research Award

2014  Construction Industry Institute’s Instructor of the Year

2010  Construction Industry Institute Distinguished Professor

2006  Elected as Fellow in ASCE

2005  Elected, National Academy of Construction (NAC)

2004  U.S. Dept. of State, Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to Norway

2004  Construction Industry Institute’s Researcher of the Year Award

2002  National Society of Professional Engineers, Sustaining Universities Program, Outstanding Engineering Educator Award

1998  Construction Industry Institute’s Instructor of the Year

1996  Construction Industry Institute’s Outstanding Researcher of the Year

Professional Associations

Faculty Member, Beavers, 2010 – present

Member, Associated Schools of Construction, 2010 – present

Member, National Society of Professional Engineers, 1980 – present

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1990 – present

Faculty Member, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), 2011 – 2013

Phi Kappa Phi, 1980

Tau Beta Pi, 1979

Chi Epsilon, 1979

Scabbard and Blade, 1979

Work History

Arizona State University                  Professor                                                Aug. 2009 – present

Cambridge University, UK               Visiting Academic Fellow                     Feb. 2019 – Apr. 2019

University of Alabama                     Professor                                           Aug. 2006 – Aug. 2009

University of Texas at Austin           Professor                                             Sep. 2002 – July 2006

NTNU, Trondheim Norway              Fulbright Senior Specialist                      Sep. 2003 – Oct. 2003

University of Texas at Austin           Assoc. Professor                                  Sep. 1997 – Aug. 2002

University of Texas at Austin           Asst. Professor                                    Jun. 1991 – Aug. 1997

North Carolina State University         Visiting Asst. Professor                        Aug. 1990 – May 1991

Auburn University                          Lecturer / Teaching Assistant                 Mar. 1988 – Jun. 1989

Texas Instruments, Inc.                    Project Engineer                                  Oct. 1984 – Mar. 1988

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers          Project Engineer--Capt.                          Sep. 1980 – Sep 1984

                                                                                                             (Army Reserve Officer 1984-1991)

Service

Gibson has been active on many national committees and Boards.  He served on a widely-cited National Research Council committee investigating project management practices at the U.S. Department of Energy in the early 2000s. Gibson served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Norway in Fall 2004, and he is Past-President of the Board of Governors for the Architectural Engineering Institute within the American Society of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Gibson has offered his services to the US Federal government, helping with implementation of front end planning practices at NASA, Department of Energy, Smithsonian Institution, General Service Administration, Architect of the Capitol, Department of State, and US Department of Health and Human Services. He authored a study for the Federal Facility Council outlining keys to effective front end planning for federal projects.  Most recently he served on a Blue Ribbon Panel evaluating Environmental Management capital project delivery practices within the US Department of Energy at the invitation of Secretary Chu, served as a subject matter expert in risk management on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) nuclear fusion project, and as a Board member of the Project Leadership Institute for DoE, and as a member of an NRC committee studying facility expenditures at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2019. He served a term as a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) ending in 2019.

Consulting

Gibson has worked as a consultant with over 70 organizations, providing risk management and front end planning services.  He has delivered these services to organizations on six continents.  In addition, he has taught over 210 short courses to industry practitioners.

Board

Gibson is Past-President of the Board of Governors for the Architectural Engineering Institute within the American Society of Civil Engineering. He served as a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE). He served as a Board member of the Alliance for Construction Excellence.  He also served as a founding Board member of the Department of Energy's Project Leadership Institute Board.

Industry Positions

Gibson has several years of industry experience and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He started his career as a US Army Corps of Engineers officer on active duty for four years (and seven years in the Army Reserves), including time building airstrips in Honduras; he served as a project engineer on a number of projects in Georgia. Even prior to his time with USACE he worked construction projects for four years in college, as a foreman building timber trestle bridges, building roads and operating heavy equipment.  After military service, he worked for Texas Instruments for four years in their Defense Systems and Equipment Group.  He served as a manufacturing supervisor in their target acquisition area, working on development of Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems and the Exo-atmospheric Reentry Interceptor System (ERIS) for the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Texas Instruments, Inc.                    Project Engineer                                  Oct. 1984 – Mar. 1988

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers          Project Engineer--Capt.                          Sep. 1980 – Sep 1984

                                                                                                                (Army Reserve Officer 1984-1991)