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Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) Program

1.1. Program Overview

The CEM program is uniquely designed for senior management and leading intermediate management of owners of constructed facilities, contractors and construction management consultants. Participants can complete the program in concurrency with their work responsibilities. Courses will be delivered primarily by internationally recognized professors from USA and Canada. Scholarships are available to top ranking engineering graduates who will engage in leading-edge research projects under the supervision professors responsible for the delivery of the program.

Beyond the Program core courses, the Program provides participants with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise, through elective courses, in one or more of the following tracks:

Track 1: Management at corporate level

Topics include: risk management, cost planning and estimating, bidding strategies, project selection and go-no-go decisions, project delivery systems, including BOT and P3 delivery, finance, decision analysis, organizational structures, human resource management, labor relations, business practices in construction.

Track 2: Construction field operations

Topics include: construction equipment and methods, on-site construction productivity, rehabilitation of buildings and bridges, trenchless rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, safety on job sites, computer simulation and equipment selection, planning and scheduling techniques, efficient tracking and progress reporting methods, accelerated delivery of construction projects.

Track 3: Project execution and management

Topics include: mobilization and site layout, project management, project planning and control, planning and scheduling, project acceleration techniques, time-cost trade-off analysis, management of change orders, construction claims and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Track 4: Asset management of urban infrastructure

Topics include: program management at strategic and tactical levels for sustainable infrastructure; budget allocation, development of levels of service, locating and mapping infrastructure assets, condition assessment, rehabilitation strategies and methods, risk management and alternative funding mechanisms.

1.2. Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the CEM program are required to hold recognized university degree in engineering, architectural engineering, or in related disciplines. Decisions on admission to the program are made by the admissions committee based on the student’s academic records, TOEFL and GRE sores, recommendation letters and the student’s statement of purpose. General guidelines are a grade of “Good” from recognized universities in Egypt or a GPA of 3.0 from an accredited university or program. A TOEFL score of 500 or equivalent is required from applicants who did not receive their prior degrees from an English speaking institution. The academic committee of Nile University may admit a student with a GPA lower than 3.0

based on the overall evaluation of the student file, work experience, and his/her potential for successfully pursuing postgraduate studies. Other evaluation measures include a personal interview. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose outlining their objectives in joining the program. The admissions committee may request the student to satisfy certain prerequisites prior to obtaining regular admission status.

1.3. Degrees Offered

Three graduate degrees (M.Eng., M.Sc., and Ph.D.) are offered. The M.Eng. and M.Sc. require 36 credit hours of course work of which 9 credits for a thesis in the M.Sc. degree. Students are required to complete the program core courses and satisfy the total credit requirements.

1.4. Core Courses and Electives

Courses Credit hours
Core Courses (3cr. each, unless marked otherwise):
CEM 601: Project management
CEM 602: Construction methods
CEM 603: Cost estimating
CEM 604: Engineering economics
CEM 605: Decision analysis
CEM 661: Project planning and control
Elective Courses
I – CEM Courses
(3cr. each, unless marked otherwise):
CEM 631: Labor Relations and Contract Administration
CEM 632: Construction Productivity
CEM 633: Asset Management of Urban Infrastructure
CEM 662: Construction Equipment Management
CEM 663: Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Infrastructure
CEM 664: Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure Systems
CEM 665: IT Applications in Construction
CEM 671: Advanced Project Planning and Control
CEM 672: Business Practices in Construction
CEM 673: Computer Simulation of Construction Operations
CEM 640: Selected Topics in Construction Engineering and Management
CEM 745: Project in Construction Engineering and Management
6 – 15
Elective Courses II – Courses from related programs (EMBA, MOT and ITS)
EMBA Courses (2cr. each, unless marked otherwise):
ACCT 601. Financial Accountancy
FINC 601P. Financial Analysis
FINC 603. International Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 603. Managerial Accounting

MGMT 602. Human Resource Management
MGMT 604. Leadership and Leading Teams
MGMT 606. Negotiations

6 – 12
MOT Courses (3cr. each, unless marked otherwise):
MOT Production Systems / Supply Chain Management
MOT Quality Management
MOT Entrepreneurship
ITS Courses (3cr. each, unless marked otherwise):
ITS Introduction to Transportation Engineering (4cr.)
ITS Regional and Urban Transportation Planning
ITS Geometric Design of Highways
ITS Operations Research in Transportation


Courses Description

Core courses

CEM 601 Project Management

Introduction to project management processes in relation to the delivery of engineering,

procurement and construction projects, and related body of knowledge. The course focuses primarily on the essential aspects of project delivery systems, project planning and scheduling,, time and cost management functions, value management, introduction to risk management, claims’ management including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. It also aims to introduce soft skills, including teamwork and communication skills.

CEM 602 Construction Methods

Study of construction methods used in common construction operations. The subjects include mobilization and site planning, excavation and earthmoving operations, deep excavation, shoring and underpinning, concrete forming, slipforming, concrete placement and finishing precast concrete construction, steel construction. The methods are described in terms of materials involved, equipment required, field operations and safety considerations.

CEM 603 Project Cost Estimation

Techniques and procedures used for estimating cost of construction projects. Topics include:

cost estimating process, types of estimates and associated levels of accuracy. Cost estimating principles; elements of project cost, conceptual and detailed cost estimating methods; risk assessment and range estimating.

CEM 604 Engineering Economics

Methods for economic assessment, evaluation of alternatives and feasibility studies,

accounting for uncertainty. Topics include: replacement analysis; risk analysis of projects; sensitivity analysis; forecasting techniques, profitability analysis; multi-attributed decision analysis.

CEM 605 Decision Analysis

Study of methods used to support decision making considering multi-objectives and uncertainty. Topics include Bayesian statistical decision theory, decision tree, utility concepts, and multi-attribute decision making, modeling and analysis of uncertainties, practical risk evaluation, risk benefit trade-offs, and optimal decisions.

CEM 661 Project Planning and Control

Methods of delivering construction projects. Project organizational structures. Cost and time planning. Introduction to cost estimating methods, Bidding strategies, Network analysis using CPM and PERT, timer-cost trade off, resource allocation. Cash flow analysis. Earned-value concept for integrated time and cost control. Quality control. Value engineering.

Prerequisite : CEM 601.

Elective CEM courses

CEM 631 Labor Relations and Contract Administration 

Fundamentals of construction law, statues governing construction practices, including safety regulations. Legal concepts and processes applicable to the development of constructed facilities and to the operation of construction firms. The study of labor legislation, with emphasis on the construction industry, labor law, contract administration and dispute resolution mechanisms, theory and practice of negotiations, mediation and arbitration. Case studies

CEM 632 Construction Productivity

Productivity rends in construction. Factors impacting productivity on construction sites. Automated site data acquisition technologies. Application of scientific principles to the measurement and forecasting of productivity in construction. Conceptual and mathematical formulation of construction productivity models.

CEM 633 Asset Management of Urban Infrastructure 

Introduction to integrated framework for management of urban infrastructure assets including valuation, condition assessment, performance indicators and levels of service, risk management and budget allocation for maintenance, renewal and preservation of assets’ value. Flexible applications of asset management systems and use of alternative funding mechanisms.

CEM 662 Construction Equipment Management

Study of wide range of equipment used in construction operations, such as excavators, loaders, tractors, cranes etc. Methods used for selecting, acquiring, maintaining and replacing equipment. Modeling and computer simulation use for optimal selection of equipment fleets.

Prerequisite : CEM 602.

CEM 663: Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Infrastructure

Introduction to sustainable development and value preservation of infrastructure systems over their entire lifecycle. Topics include types and functions of infrastructure; remote sensing and use of spatial technologies for data collection; performance modeling; failure analysis and reliability; inspection and monitoring; decision support systems for infrastructure management.

CEM 663 Trenchless Technology for Rehabilitation Works

Introduction to trenchless technology and its advantages in construction and rehabilitation of underground pipeline networks. The course focuses on condition assessment and rehabilitation of urban infrastructure systems, with emphasis on underground water and sewer networks; current industry practice, common types of defects in underground pipes; diagnostics of defects and evaluation techniques for condition assessment and rating of water and sewer mains; planning, equipment, materials and methods for rehabilitation of water and sewer mains.

CEM 664 Infrastructure Rehabilitation

State of urban infrastructure and rehabilitation techniques applicable to steel and concrete structures. Topics include degradation mechanisms; detection and classification of defects; evaluation and condition assessment of buildings and bridges; rehabilitation materials and methods; applicable codes and guidelines.

CEM 665 IT- Applications in Construction

Computer-aided information technology applications for efficient management of construction operations. Emphasis is placed on computer applications in planning and scheduling, lifecycle cost analysis and optimization, cost estimating, resource allocation, risk assessment and uncertainty modeling, tracking and progress reporting. The course covers development of related applications using various tools including artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms and relational database management systems.

Prerequisite: CEM 601.

CEM 671 Advanced Project Planning and Control

Study of techniques and procedures used for construction project procurement and control. Topics treated include: marketing, bidding strategies, work break-down structure and contract packages, techniques for integrated time and cost control; management information systems for control, procurement, productivity measurement, contingency and escalation analysis and control.

Prerequisite: CEM 661.

CEM 672 Business Practices in Construction

A study of business practices in the local and selected international markets as they relate to the construction industry. Topics treated include :organization, marketing, bid go-no-go decisions in traditional, EPC and BOT projects; bid preparation; bonding; personnel management; financing; accounting; cash-flow analysis; capital budgeting. The principles are presented and then illustrated through case studies.

Prerequisite: CEM 661.

CEM 673 Computer Simulation of Construction Operations

Overview of production management in construction. Principles of modeling and computer simulation. Object Oriented Simulation (OOS). Simulation languages. Application of discrete event simulation in construction operations including earthmoving, building construction, and tunneling operations.

Prerequisite: CEM 602.

CEM 640 Selected Topics in Construction Engineering and Management

Note : Subject matter will vary from term to term and from year to year. Students may reregister for these courses, providing that (a) the course content has changed, and (b) approval of Program Director.

CEM 745: Project in Construction Engineering and Management (3cr hrs)

The project focuses on industry related topics that are of applied nature. The project should include a literature review of a selected topic that leads to a state-of-the-art report in the selected subject, and a case study or a comparative study of an applied project. The project shall be supervised by a faculty member at NU and the student is required to submit a written report that shall be evaluated by the supervisor and another faculty member in the program.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]