Prof. Nabil A. Kartam (FULL CV)
LAST UPDATED ON :: March 3, 2013
Name:Nabil A. Kartam
Department:Civil Engineering Department
Research Interests:Project Scheduling & Control. Construction Safety. Computer Applications. Construction Engineering
Address:Civil Engineering Department, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat 13060, Kuwait
Ph.DCivil Engineering/Construction Engineering and ManagementStanford Universtiy, California1989
M.S.Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Expert SystemsStanford Universtiy, California1988
M.S.E.Construction Engineering and ManagementUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan1985
B.E.Civil EngineeringKuwait University, Kuwait1983
Professor2001 - Present
Own Thesis
Investigating the Utility of Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Automatic Generation of Construction Project PlansPhDnull1989
Construction Research Council (ASCE)1990
Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems Committee (ASCE)1989
Int. Assoc. of Science and Technology for Development1988 - 1997
American Association for Artificial Intelligence1987 - 1997
American Society of Civil Engineers1986 - 1997
Experience (Academic)
Civil Eng. Dept., Kuwait UniversityAssociate Professor1995 - 2001
University of Maryland, USAAssistant Professor1989 - 1994
Stanford University, USAInstructor, Teaching & Research Assistant1986 - 1989
University of Michigan, USAResearch Assistant1985 - 1986
Experience (non-Academic)
A/E, Contractors, Owners, Expert Dept. & Kuwait Society for EngineersClaim & Dispute Resolution Expert2013 - Present
Deputy Prime Minister, Council of MinistersSenior Project Management Consultant2009 - 2011
Ministry of Interior AffairsSenior Project Management Consultant2007 - 2008
BOT ProjectsMediator, Arbitrator, Litigator2006 - Present
Ministry of Public WorksSenior Project Management Consultant2006 - 2007
Engineering System GroupSenior Project Management Consultant2005 - 2008
OCCD - Project, Feasibility study for privatizing public custom administrationDirector2004 - 2004
OCCD - Project, Assessment of damages of Souq Sharq - National Real Estate Co.Director2003 - 2003
OCCD Project Project management to develop & implement a business & marketing strategy for KPACo-Director2002 - 2006
OCCD - Project Proper cladding for Kuwait University BuildingsDirector2000 - 2000
Funded research & consulting projects (more than One Million US Dollars)Principal Investigator1990 - Present
Construction Eng. & Project Management, USA & KuwaitSenior Consultant1986 - Present
Kuwaiti Engineers Office, KuwaitField Planning Engineer1983 - 1984
Professional Activities
MemberE-learning/Promoting Active Learning/Assessment Workshops, Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kuwait UniversityMay, 2005
MemberTeaching/Feedback/Assignment for learning, Center for Teaching Excellance, Office of VP for Academic Affairs. Kuwait UniversityMay, 2004
MemberInt. Scientific & Technical Committee, Structural Eng. & Construction Conf., ACI & CIB & AACE2001
Session Moderator"Computer-Aided Construction Engineering" 7th Arab Structural Engineering Conference, Kuwait1997
Invited SpeakerCenter to Protect Workers Rights, Washington, DC1995
JudgeStudents Technical Competitions, Kuwaits College of Engineering Twentieth Anniversary1995
Session Moderator"Current Issues in Construction Safety and Health" ASCE Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA1994
Session Moderator"Neural Networks: Construction and Structures" ASCE Computing Congress, Washington, DC1994
Invited SpeakerTokyo University, Japan1992
JudgeServed on the Honor Review Board as a judge for student "dishonesty" cases1990 - 1994
ParticipationParticipated on the Annual Undergraduate Education Day (University)1989 - 1994
Co-editorCo-editors for two ASCE Monographs on "Artificial Neural Networks for Civil Engineers"
Reviewer22 NSF Research Proposals, two NSF panels and research projects, RA-Kuwait University
ReviewerArtificial Neural Networks for Civil Engineers
ReviewerASCE J. of Computing in Civil Engineering
ReviewerASCE J. of Construction Engineering and Management
ReviewerExpert systems for Civil Engineers
ReviewerJ. of Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Maufacturing (AI-EDAM)
ReviewerResearch Proposals & Projects
Special Duties
Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait UniversityChairman2008 - 2012
Civil Eng. Dept., Kuwait Univ., Graduate ProgramDirector2004 - 2008
Committee NameDesignationLevelTimesLast Time
Center for Artificial Intelligence in Engrg. Applications (Office of Consultation and Career Development, Kuwait University, Spring, 1995)Founder & Member1995
Faculty/Staff Service Award Committee, Fall 1993 (College)Member1993
Research CommitteeCoordinator2006 - 2012
Teaching Award Committeemember2005 - 2006
Graduate Studies CommitteeMember2004 - 2012
Teaching Awards CommitteeHead2004 - 2005
Short courses and Consultation CommitteeCoordinator2002 - 2004
Research CommitteeCoordinator1998 - 2012
Graduate Program CommitteeMember1996 - 2004
Scientific Competitions for Students Committee (College)Member1996 - 1997
Multimedia Committee (College)Member1995 - 1997
Multimedia Committee (Department of Civil Engineering)Coordinator1994 - 2012
Teaching Improvement Committee (Department of Civil Engineering)Coordinator1994 - 1995
Engineering Council (College)Member1990 - 1992
Civil Engineering Faculty Resource CommitteeMember1989 - 1994
Faculty Appointment CommitteeMember1989 - 1991
InstitutionCourse No.Course NameTypeLevelTimesLast Time
Project ManagementTrainingOther1-51997
Kuwait UniversityCE 200Engineering DrawingAcademicUndergraduate1-51996
Kuwait UniversityCE 434Construction Estimating and Cost ControlAcademicUndergraduate1-51996
Kuwait UniversityCE 530Construction Management and Project ControlAcademicGraduate1-51996
Kuwait UniversityCE 435Construction Engineering & ManagementAcademicUndergraduate1-51996
Productivity Improv. Methods & Safety on Constr. SitesTrainingOther1-51996
Computer-Aided Design and ConstructionTrainingOther1-51996
Expert SystemsTrainingOther1-51996
Kuwait UniversityCE 537Advanced Info Technology in ConstructionAcademicGraduate1-51995
Productivity Improv. Methods & Safety on Constr. SitesTrainingOther1-51995
Kuwait UniversityCE 493Construction Engineering DesignAcademicUndergraduate1-51994
Construction EstimatingTrainingOther1-51994
Kuwait UniversityENG 202StaticsAcademicUndergraduate1-5
Kuwait UniversityMultimedia & Web-based TechnologyShort CourseOther1-5
Kuwait UniversityLegal, Professional & Social Aspects of EngineeringAcademicUndergraduate1-5
Kuwait UniversityManaging Contracts, VOs & ClaimsTrainingOther1-5
Kuwait UniversityValue EngineeringTrainingOther1-5
Honors and Awards
First Rank - Capstone Design ProjectCollege of Engineering, Kuwait University2009
Distinguished Researcher AwardKuwait University2007
KFAS Scientific Production Award2006
First Rank-Capstone Design projectCollege of Eng. Kuwait University2005
Distinguished Researcher AwardCollege of Engineering, Kuwait University2005
Distinguished Teaching AwardKuwait University2004
Distinguished Teaching AwardKuwait University1998
Distinguished Lilly Teaching FellowshipUSA1991
Elected as a Member of SIGMA XiThe Scientific Research Society of North America1989
Distinction, Top student in Civil Engineering DepartmentUniversity of MichiganMar, 1985
Achievement Award for Outstanding Work in Civil Engrg.University of MichiganFeb, 1985
Distinction, Top student in Civil Engineering DepartmentKuwait University, KuwaitJan, 1983
Research AssistantshipStanford University, California, USA1986 - 1989
Graduate FellowshipAl-Ghanim International Corp., Kuwait1984 - 1989
Distinguished Teaching AwardKuwait University
1Total Design Experience into Civil Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference, _, Charlotte, NC, Jun, 1999
2An Object-Oriented Design/Construction System, 7th Arab Structural Engineering Conference, _, Kuwait, Nov, 1997
3Neural networks for indentification and control of quantity variance in construction projects, Third ASCE Congress for Computing in Civil Engineering, _, San Diego, CA, Jun, 1996
4Multiobjective and fuzzy heuristic method in vehicle routing problems, IASTED Conf. on Modelling, Simulation and Optimization, Int. Assoc. of Science and Technology for Development, _, Gold Coast, Australia, May, 1996
5Integrating Construction Safety and Health Performance into CPM, ASCE Construction Congress, _, San Diego, CA, Oct, 1995
6Interactive Knowledge-Intensive System for Constructability Improvement, ASCE Construction Congress, _, San Diego, CA, Oct, 1995
7A knowledge-intensive database system for making effective use of construction lessons learned, ASCE First Congress on Computing in Civil Engrg., _, Washington, DC, Jun, 1994
8Implementation of an object-oriented knowledge representation scheme for the development of an intelligent CAD interface, ASCE First Congress on Computing in Civil Engrg., _, Washington,DC, Jun, 1994
9The application of artificial neural networks to civil engineering, ASCE First Congress on Computing in Civil Engrg., _, Washington, DC, Jun, 1994
10The use of artificial neural networks in construction, 7th CIB W-65 Int. Symp. on Organization and Management of Construction- The Way Forward, _, Trinidad, West Indies, Sep, 1993
11An effective estimate of the percentage completion of construction projects and concomitant progress payments, ASCE 5th Int. Conf. on Computing in Civil & Building Engrg., _, Anheim, CA, Jun, 1993
12Artificial neural networks and knowledge-based systems: Complementary AI techniques for civil engineering, ASCE 5th Int. Conf. on Computing in Civil & Building Engrg., _, Anaheim, CA, Jun, 1993
13Integration of CAD and knowledge-based systems - An AI architecture, Computer-Integrated Design and Construction Symposium, Construction Congress II, _, Cambridge, MA, Apr, 1991
14A Constraint-based approach to construction planning of multi-story buildings, First Conference on Expert Planning Systems, _, Institution of Electrical Engineers, Brighton, U.K., Jun, 1990
15A Centralized approach for representing and resolving interactions among multi-agent tasks while planning hierarchically, Sixth Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications, IEEE, _, _, Mar, 1990
16Planning and executing in uncertain domains, Sixth Conf. on Computing in Civil Engrg., ASCE, _, _, Sep, 1989
17A Least-commitment approach to planning construction projects with repeated cycles of operation, Sixth International Symposium on Automation and Robotics, _, Construction Industry Institute (CII), San Francisco, CA, Jun, 1989
18An analysis of artificial intelligence planning systems, Third IASTED International Conference, Expert Systems Theory and Applications, _, Los Angeles, CA, Dec, 1988
19Using artificial intelligence techniques for automated planning and scheduling, Fourth International Symposium on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence in Building Construction, _, _, Jun, 1987
1Nabil Kartam, “Developments in Course-Grain Modeling of Transient Heat-Flow in Buildings”, J. of Computing in Civil Engineering, 2006, _
2Nabil Kartam, “Delay and the cost increase in the construction of private houses in Kuwait”, J.Const Management and Economics, 2005, U.K.
3Nabil Kartam, “Design-Build Pre-qualification and Tendering Approach for Public Projects”, Int. J. Project Management, 2005, UK
4Nabil Kartam, “A project control process in pre-construction phases”, J.Eng. Const and Architectural Management, 2005, UK
5Nabil.A.Kartam, “Workers perceptions and awareness of noise pollution at constructions sites in Kuwait”, Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, 2004, _
6Nabil.A.Kartam, “Impact of construction materials on project time and cost in kuwait”, Journal Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 2004, UK
7Nabil Kartam, “Environmental management of construction and demolition waste in Kuwait”, J.Waste Management, 2004, _
8Nabil Kartam, “Modeling and Predicting Biological Performance of Contact Stabilization Process using ANNs”, J.Computing in Civil Engineering, 2004, _
9Nabil.A.Kartam, “Impact of safety belt use on road accident injury and injury type in Kuwait”, Accident Analysis and Prevention 35, 2003, UK
10Nabil.A.Kartam, “Effective project management using web-based technology”, Kuwait Journal of Science and Engineering, 2003, Kuwait
11Nabil.A.Kartam, “Urban Development and construction noise: A study in metropolitan Kuwait”, Kuwait J. for Science and Engineering, 2003, Kuwait
12Nabil.A.Kartam, “Design and implementation of web-based multimedia techniques for construction education”, Int. J.Eng.Education, 2002, UK
13Kartam, N. and Flood, I., “Construction simulation using parallel computing environments”, J. Automation in Construction, Elsevier, Netherlands, 2000, _
14Kartam, N., Al-Reshaid, K. and Askar, H., “Management information system for construction”, Kuwait Journal for Science and Engineering, 2000, _
15Kartam, N., Al-Daihani, T. and Al-Bahar, J., “Professional construction management practices in Kuwait - issues, difficulties and recommendations”, Int. J. Project Management, Elsevier Science Ltd., UK, 2000, _
16Kartam, N., “Design/construction integration - issues and illustrative prototype”, J. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Blackwell Scientific Publications, UK, 1999, _
17Flood, I. and Kartam, K., “A Binary classifier with applications to poorly-defined engineering problems”, J. of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1998, New York
18Kartam, N. and Tongthonh, T., “An artificial neural network for resource leveling Problems”, J. of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1998, New York
19Kartam, N. and Bouz, R., “Fatalities and injuries in Kuwaiti construction industry”, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Elsevier Science Ltd., UK., 1998, _
20Kartam, N., “Integrating Design into Civil Engineering Education”, Int. J. Engineering Education, 1998, U.K.
21Flood, I., Gagarin, N. and Kartam, N., “Modeling earthquake accelerograms using Neural networks and linear predictors”, J. of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1998, New York
22Kartam, N., “Integrating safety and health performance into Construction CPM”, J. of Construction Engrg. and Management, ASCE, Jun, 1997, _
23Kartam, N. and Flood, I., “Constructability Feedback Systems: Issues and Illustrative Prototype”, J. of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 1997, _
24Al-Tabtabai, H., Kartam, N., Flood I. and Alex A., “Construction Project Control using artificial neural Networks”, Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1997, Cambridge Press, New York
25Al-Tabtabai, H., Kartam, N., Flood, I. and Alex, A., “Expert judgement in forecasting construction project completion”, J. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 1997, UK
26Kartam, N. and Tongthong, T., “Potential of artificial neural networks for resource scheduling”, J. of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1997, Cambridge Press, New York
27Flood, I. And Kartam, N.A., “Systems”, Artificial Neural Networks for Civil Engineers: Fundamentals and Applications, ASCE, 1997, _
28Kartam, N., “Making effective use of construction lessons learned in project life cycle”, J. of Construction Engrg. and Management, ASCE, 1996, _
29Kartam, N., “Neural Network-Spreadsheet Integration for Earthmoving Operations”, J. of Microcomputers in Civil Engrg., 1996, Cambridge, MA
30Kartam, N., Flood, I. and Tongthong, T., “Integrating knowledge-based systems and artificial neural networks for engineering”, J. of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1995, Cambridge Press, New York
31Flood, I. and Kartam, N., “Neural networks in civil engineering: Principles and understanding”, J. of Computing in Civil Engrg., ASCE, Apr, 1994, New York
32Flood, I. and Kartam, N., “Neural networks in civil engineering: Systems and applications”, J. of Computing in Civil Engrg., ASCE, Apr, 1994, New York
33Kartam, N.A., “ISICAD Interactive system for integrating CAD and computer-based construction systems”, J. of Microcomputers in Civil Engrg., Feb, 1994, Cambridge, MA
34Kartam, N., Tzeng, G. and Teng, J., “Robust contingency plans for transportation investment planning”, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Feb, 1993, IEEE, New York
35Kartam, N., Levitt, R. and Wilkins, D.E., “Extending artificial intelligence techniques for construction planning”, J. of Computing in Civil Engrg., ASCE, Oct, 1991, New York
36Kartam, N. and Levitt, R., “An artificial intelligence approach to project planning under uncertainty”, Project Management J., Jun, 1991, Project Management Institute
37Kartam, N.A. and Levitt, R.E., “Intelligent planning of construction projects”, J. of Computing in Civil Engrg., ASCE, Apr, 1990, New York
38Kartam, N.A., “Artificial intelligence planning systems - hope and reality”, International J. of Control and Computers, 1990, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), Alberta, Canada
39Levitt, R. and Kartam, N., “Expert systems in construction engineering and management: state of the art”, Knowledge Engineering Review J., 1990, Cambridge Press, New York
40Kartam, N.A. and Wilkins, D.E., “Towards a foundation for evaluating artificial intelligence planners”, J. of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 1990, Academic Press, New York
41Levitt, R.E., Kartam, N.A. and Kunz, J.C., “Artificial intelligence techniques for generating construction project plans”, J. of Construction Engrg. and Management, ASCE, Sep, 1988, New York
42Chang, G., Chin, C. and Kartam, N., “Selection of expert system shells for traffic signal design”, J. of Advanced Transportation, , Advanced Transit Association, Institute for Transportation, Durham, North Carolina
Other Publications
1Artificial Neural Networks for Civil Engineers: Advanced Features and Applications, Flood, I. and Kartam, N.A., ASCE, 1998
2Artificial Neural Networks for Civil Engineers: Fundamentals and Applications, Kartam, N.A., Flood, I. and Garrett, J., ASCE, 1997
Thesis Supervision
Thesis TitleTypeRoleYear
Construction safety issues in Kuwait1997
Implementation of Professional Construction Management in Kuwait1997
A case study on the construction management approach on government projects in Kuwait1996
Centrifuge modeling of sinkholes in weakly cemented sand1995
An Artificial Neural Network for Resource Leveling in Construction1993
An Integrated Freeway Corridor Control with Signals, Ramp Meterings, and Route Guidance1993
Integrating construction safety and health performance into CPM1993
An object-oriented project model in CAD1992
Constructability improvement: Making effective use of construction lessons learned1991
A State-Based Framework Using Indicators for Construction Monitoring and Evaluation1990
Integrating design and construction - An object-oriented approach
Modeling of dynamic construction processes with neural networks
Privatization Strategy in Kuwait
Waterproofing Materials in Kuwait
Attended Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars
Project Life Cycle Cost Optimizationnull1997
First Workshop on University Teaching Strategiesnull1995
Second national Conference on Ergonomics,safety and Health in Construction,NIOSH/CPWR,Washington D.C.null1995
Advisory Board, CPWR - Safety CPM/Net Worksnull1995
New England Conference on Ergonomics, Safety and Health in Construction, Boston Building & Construction Trades Council & The Center to Protect Workers Rights (CPWR),Boston,MA - Critical path managementnull1994
Regional Conference on Ergonomics, safety and Health in Construction, CPWR & Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council, Atlanta,GA - How to get new technology on the job sitenull1994
NIOSH Symposium on Efforts to Prevent Injury and Disease Among Construction Workers, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Health & Human Services, Cincinnati,OHnull1994
Regional Conference on Ergonomics, Safety and Health in Construction, CPWR,Cincinnati,OH - Construction engineering - safety and healthnull1994
Primavera User Conference XI,Philadelphia,PA - How to document safety - Meeting OSHA standardsnull1994
Regional Conference on Ergonomics, safety and Health in Construction, CPWR, Seattle, WAnull1994
Computer Integrated Constr. Symposium, ASCE Construction Congress III,San Fransisco,CA - Integration construction knowledge in a project life cyclenull1993
Artificial Intelligence Applications in Civil and Building Engrg Workshop, a joint ASCE/JSME Workshop,Tokyo,Japan - Integrating CAD and computer-based construction systemsnull1992
Research Projects
Code No.TitleInstitutionPositionYear
EV-115Integrating Design into Civil Engineering EducationKuwait UniversityApr, 1998 - Mar, 1999
_Expert System for Controlling Constr. ProjectsSummer Res. AwardDec, 1997 - Jan, 2000
EV-083Constructability Knowledge-Intensive Database SystemKuwait UniversitySep, 1997 - Sep, 1999
EV-078Development of Intelligent CAD Environment for Integrating Design and ConstructionKuwait UniversitySep, 1995 - Sep, 1997
_Development of a Knowledge-Based Engrg. & Construction 3D Modeling SystemMaryland Industrial Partnerships & Jacobus Tech., Inc., MD1993 - 1994
_A Hybrid Neural-Network/Knowledge-Based System for Construction SchedulingMinta Martin Award, MD1992 - 1993
_Constructability Improvement: Making Effective Use of Construction Lessons LearnedMaryland Industrial Partnerships & George Hyman Constr. Co., MD1992 - 1995
_Constructability Improvement During ConstructionGeorge Hyman Constructing Co.1991 - 1992
_A Knowledge-Based System for Automated Project ControlMinta Martin Award1990 - 1991
_Concepts & Tools for Teaching Expert SystemsLilly Teaching Award, MD1990 - 1991
Consultation FirmDetailsYear
OCCD: Office of Consultation and Career Development, Kuwait University, Kuwait2002
Ministry of Justice, Kuwait2002
Kuwait Port AuthorityBusiness and Marketing Strategy and Implementation Plans2002
Kuwait National Real Estate CompanyEvaluation and Damages to Souk Sharq2002
Vicor Association, Clifton, VA1992
Applied Civil Engineering, Inc. Landover, MD1993 - 1995
Professional Safety Consultants, Inc. Seabrook, MD1992 - 1995
International Road Federation, Washington, DC1989 - 1991
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