Ahmed Al-Bayati

Ahmed Al-Bayati
Lawrence Technological University · Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Ph.D., P.E.

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Introduction
Dr. Ahmed Jalil Al-Bayati is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Prior to moving into LTU, Dr. Al-Bayati was an Assistant Professor in the Kimmel School of Construction Management at Western Carolina University (WCU). He earned his Ph.D. in Construction Engineering from Western Michigan University in 2017. Associate Editor, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction 
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - present
Lawrence Technological University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2017 - June 2019
Western Carolina University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
June 2016 - July 2017
The City of Kalamazoo
Position
  • Safety Coordinator
Description
  • • Ensure the development, implementation, and updating of required written safety and health programs and plans • Conduct periodic safety and health walk-through inspections • Ensure that all required training is provided for all employees
Education
August 2014 - July 2017
Western Michigan University
Field of study
  • Construction Engineering
May 2012 - December 2013
East Carolina University
Field of study
  • Construction Management
August 1999 - August 2003
University of Babylon
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering

Publications

Publications (82)
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Introduction: Safety management is frequently treated as non-essential and incidental to core business functions. Accordingly, the importance of safety management is often underestimated. The Theory of Quality Management was investigated in this study to find the degree of linkage between the management of quality and safety. Method: Data derive...
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Much of the construction literature that examines safety culture and safety climate ignores the unique characteristics of construction workplaces. Therefore, existing safety culture and climate models do not capture the true nature of construction practices where the upper management such as project managers and safety coordinators often manage sev...
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The specialty electrical and mechanical contracting sectors provide crucial services and perform functions that are vital to the products delivered by the construction industry. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the causes of fatal and nonfatal injuries in these specialty construction sectors over time as well as their effects on the...
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Incident investigations aim to provide meaningful information that can assist in the prevention of future reoccurrence es and aid policymakers in identifying inadequate safety standards and systems. There are few, if any, studies that have assessed the public investigation effort and its contribution to improving overall site safety in the United S...
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Vital services like clean water, sewer, and electricity utilize underground infrastructure. Unfortunately, many damages to underground utilities are happening during the course of construction activities. Therefore, there is a need for a greater understanding of damage causes to better manage risks to underground utilities during construction work....
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The extent to which culture moderates the effects of need for approval from others on a person's handling of interpersonal conflict was investigated. Students from 24 nations rated how they handled a recent interpersonal conflict, using measures derived from face‐negotiation theory. Samples varied in the extent to which they were perceived as chara...
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The ability to locate underground utilities is imperative for the protection of these facilities and for the coordination of these facilities with transportation projects. The proliferation of underground facilities in the United States has led to an increase in dig-in strikes resulting in loss of services, project delivery delays, injuries, and ev...
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In the US, hundreds of people lose their lives each year, and many more are injured, in street and highway maintenance and construction work zones. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates the use of temporary traffic control to address overall safety performance in roadway construction and maintenance projects. However, st...
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This paper aims to compare and analyze construction practitioners' perceptions concerning the influence of project delivery methods (PDMs) and procurement methods (PMs) on various project outcomes, including team chemistry, construction quality, construction productivity, change orders, and overall project success. Using a convenience sampling surv...
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Persisting high rates of worksite accidents and injuries in construction projects indicate the urge to investigate the root causes and revisit safety practices in this industry. Consonance in perceptions and safety approaches has been identified as a fundamental factor in boosting projects’ safety. Discrepancies between how different elements of co...
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Worker health and safety remains to be of high concern throughout the construction industry. Multiple innovative methods and practices have been developed in order to enhance worker health and safety in the construction industry. Green construction is one of the innovations that is expected to enhance worker health and safety. The aim of this resea...
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• This manuscript provides practical, intuitive definitions for construction safety culture and construction safety climate. • Construction safety culture and climate are shared responsibilities, which means that all parties have obligations to maintain them. • This study highlights the importance of safety personnel in initiating and maintaining...
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The management of subsurface utilities contributes significantly to the resilience of modern cities. Damage to subsurface utilities greatly impacts daily life and has severe consequences, including property damage, scheduling delays, and fatal and nonfatal injuries. One call centers are the cornerstone for preventing subsurface utility damage in th...
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Subsurface infrastructure supports modern cities’ sustainable functionality in terms of services such as gas, electricity, clean water, and sewer. However, damages to subsurface infrastructure are a significant challenge during construction. As a result, damage prevention techniques have received special attention in recent years. The current infra...
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Smaller construction firms represent the majority of US construction firms. The safety record of smaller construction firms indicates a lower safety performance and higher incident rates than those found in larger construction firms. Therefore, there is a need for a greater understanding of the challenges that prevent smaller construction firms fro...
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The construction industry is known for its disappointing safety performance. Therefore, rethinking current safety management frameworks is crucial. This study assesses a newly proposed construction safety culture and climate framework that aims to overcome the present ambiguity in the definitions and measurement of construction safety culture and c...
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The General Duty Clause, hereinafter referred to as the Clause, was created under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, hereinafter referred to as the Act, in 1970 to protect workers in the absence of the OSHA standard. It has been utilized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to cite employers who are not necessarily viola...
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The construction industry plays a crucial role in a sustainable development. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has traced almost 40% of Carbon Dioxide emissions in the United States to the construction industry. As the world’s population grows, the demand for housing, infrastructures, and other facilities grows as well. If trends con...
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The change from a traditional utilization based society to a sustainable society is urgently needed because of the contamination of the natural environment, the depletion of the natural resources and the reduced capacity of the final waste disposal arrangements. Concrete is regarded as an advanced and major construction material which needs continu...
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Structural prejudices and unconscious biases within the construction industry have negatively impacted the construction workforce. Workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion are major concerns in the construction industry. The goal of the present study is to enable the assessment of workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion in the construction ind...
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Public services in Iraq have been deemed to perform unsatisfactorily. In this study, the theory of total quality management (TQM) is used to identify the quality shortcomings of public service projects in Iraq. Accordingly, data derived from 55 online completed surveys were used to assess the TQM of public service construction. The elements of TQM...
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This study compares the individual-level and sample-level predictive utility of a measure of the cultural logics of dignity, honor, and face. University students in 29 samples from 24 nations used a simple measure to rate their perceptions of the interpersonal cultural logic characterizing their local culture. The nomological net of these measures...
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This study compares the individual-level and sample-level predictive utility of a measure of the cultural logics of dignity, honor, and face. University students in 29 samples from 24 nations used a simple measure to rate their perceptions of the interpersonal cultural logic characterizing their local culture. The nomological net of these measures...
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In project management, risk is a surprise that might be resulted in a good, or bad, impact on a project. However, people tend to consider it a threat. This study is an evaluation work to the understanding of the risk management and safety culture of the construction sector in oil and gas industry in Iraq. A survey questionnaire was prepared, tested...
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Sex differences in aspects of independent versus interdependent self-construal and depressive symptoms were surveyed among 5,320 students from 24 nations. Men were found to perceive themselves as more self-contained whereas women perceived themselves as more connected to others. No significant sex differences were found on two further dimensions of...
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Experience modification rate (EMR) is commonly used as a prequalification criterion to assess the capabilities of bidders in ensuring workplace safety. This study investigates factors that contribute to firms’ EMR to evaluate the reliability and validity of EMR as a safety prequalification criterion. The survey results strongly suggest that several...
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The construction industry has high rates of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries. The number of accidents in construction has been steadily increasing in recent years. Every year, more than 60 thousand construction fatalities happen in the world. In the United States, construction has the highest number of fatalities among all industries. In o...
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The traditional collection and processing methods of big spatial data, specifically for larger construction projects, is impractical and could be improved with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. This paper presents an exploratory study that identifies the potential applications of UAVs within the construction industry as well as the challeng...
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The inadequate supply of skilled construction craft workers is an issue that currently affects the performance of the construction industry. The performance of the construction industry has a significant influence on the growth of the national economy as well as citizens' wellbeing. The challenges associated with the construction industry's skilled...
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Electrically conductive concrete (ECC) has been suggested to be used in cold areas for deicing snow on highway roads and city streets. The following study investigates the impact of graphite as supplementary cementitious material on concrete conductivity to aid future research developing ECC. In addition, the study investigates the impact of graphi...
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The construction industry plays a crucial role in a sustainable development. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has traced almost 40% of Carbon Dioxide emissions in the United States to the construction industry. As the world's population grows, the demand for housing, infrastructures, and other facilities grows as well. If trends con...
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Damages to underground utilities are unfortunately a common occurrence on many construction projects. Damaging an underground utility during construction often leads to work delay, road closures, social costs, and safety accidents. Through a combination of damage data analysis and a construction practitioners' survey, this paper examines the curren...
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The change from a traditional utilization based society to a 11 sustainable society is urgently needed because of the contamination of the 12 natural environment, the depletion of the natural resources and the reduced 13 capacity of the final waste disposal arrangements. Concrete is regarded as an 14 advanced and major construction material which n...
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Safety culture and safety climate have been of interest to researchers and practitioners since the tragic incident of the Chernobyl nuclear power station in 1986. Numerous research efforts have focused on expanding the industry understanding of these safety performance indicators. However, there still is a significant ambiguity over the definition...
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Construction workers along bridge decks or overpasses have experienced a considerable number of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the United States. An investigation of fall prevention along the bridge decks reveals the existing guardrails do not meet the required height to provide adequate fall protection. Therefore, fall protection supplementary de...
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In addition to its risky nature, the construction industry incorporates a social interaction aspect as one of its qualities. The study presented in this paper aims to investigate the interaction properties that impact safety issues on jobsites. To meet this objective, periodic observations of the work taking place on a building construction project...
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How are the interaction networks of construction workers structured on a construction jobsite? What factors influence the patterns found in these networks? Do social norms have any role in shaping these patterns? While construction worker interactions have been studied in many ways, network-based interactions are scarcely investigated. Additionally...
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Reducing damages to underground utilities is one of the primary goals of construction stakeholders. The societal and economic impacts of such damages are substantial. To minimize potential damages to underground utilities, one-call notification programs have been created to coordinate efforts that aim to locate utilities before excavating. One-call...
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In the United States, construction firms that employ more than ten employees are required to annually post a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses utilizing a form called OSHA 300-A. This form potentially is a significant source of information for construction and safety managers who strive to reduce work-related injuries in their workplace...
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The construction projects in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-member countries are peaking as the region is in the stage of improving its infrastructures. This briefing presents the current status of occupational safety and health in the region by providing a brief comparison with some of the advanced countries where improved safety performance is gu...
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The representation of the Hispanic construction workforce has substantially increased over the last fifteen years, and it continues to increase. Because of this, the Hispanic construction workforce represents a crucial segment of the U.S. construction workforce. Unfortunately, the safety performance of Hispanic workers has been documented as an are...
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The Underground Utility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, hereinafter referred to as “the Act,” was created in the state of North Carolina to protect citizens, workers, and underground utilities from the inherent dangers that can occur during an excavation. In 2013 stakeholders introduced several changes to the Act to improve its overall performanc...
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Safety communication among construction workers is fundamental to effective safety management. However, evidence suggests that poor safety communication is a common problem in construction workplaces. In fact, previous research has unveiled a number of systemic barriers to effective safety communication in the construction industry. When workers do...
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Introduction: In the summer of 2011, a change in Kansas laws went into effect increasing the speed limit on selected set of freeway sections to 75 mph. Higher speed was thought of as having economic benefits, mostly because of travel time reduction due to reaching destination quickly. Method: In this study, there are both multilane highway sections...
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Poor hazard recognition and the underestimation of safety risk can lead to catastrophic safety incidents. Unfortunately, past research has demonstrated that a large number of safety hazards remain unrecognized in construction workplaces. Likewise, evidence also suggests that the underestimation of safety risk is a widespread issue in the constructi...
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Introduction: Identifying and understanding the characteristics of workplace accidents can provide vital information required to clarify their causes and prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The Hispanic workforce represents a significant segment of the U.S. construction labor force that is projected to continue increasing in po...
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Hispanic workers employed in small businesses may be less likely to experience a strong safety climate on construction worksites, and it may account for their disproportionate injury rates. In order to design effective safety interventions targeted at small construction businesses, it is essential to be able to capture the realities experienced by...
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Filtering of raw water for drinking purposes is limited in rural areas in Iraq. The limitation is mainly due to technical and logistical difficulties of the traditional method, as well as high initial and operation costs. Therefore, a less complicated system is needed to overcome this problem. As a result, a laboratory size compact ceramic system h...
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The construction workforce is shifting towards higher diversity due to increase in the Hispanic workforce representation. The size of the population of the Hispanic workforce in the U.S. construction industry continues to increase with time. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) in a recent publication pointed out that in 2015, 2...
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Communication on construction sites is crucial for improving overall construction performance. Cultural barriers influence the clarity of communication between construction supervisors and Hispanic workers on U.S. construction sites, which affects safety performance. A resent study has confirmed the existence of three active cultural differences: h...
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Introduction: Current census reports indicate a growing shift toward workforce diversity in the U.S. construction industry, which is largely the result of increasing participation from the Hispanic community. The data also suggest that the Hispanic workforce suffers a higher rate of fatal injuries compared to their non-Hispanic counterparts. There...
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Arc flash accidents are one of the leading causes of fatal and non-fatal injuries in both construction and general industries. This paper describes the causes of arc flash and the underlying concepts associated with short-circuit fault analysis. These concepts are applied to model and simulate arc flash scenarios based on the NFPA 70E Standard – 2015...
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Construction workers face the possibility of exposure to the nanomaterials, which are particles smaller than asbestos. Nanomaterials exposure is expected to increase in coming years because of the advantages and desirable characteristics of nano-construction products. The lack of knowledge and preparedness in the construction industry to this techn...
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In spite of some improvements, more treatments are needed for transportation safety. Advertising signs are among factors that adversely affect drivers’ vision, and increase the number of crashes at some locations. This paper discusses 42 advertising signs located on different freeway sections in Michigan that could contribute to crashes at certain...
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Communication on construction sites is crucial for improving overall construction performance. Cultural barriers influence the clarity of communication between construction supervisors and Hispanic workers on U.S. construction sites, which affects safety performance. In this study, Hispanic workers’ perspectives regarding active cultural difference...
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(http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/dissertations/3146/). The Hispanic workforce continues to be the fast-growing segment of the U.S. workforce. In the last eleven years (2003-2014), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showed that this growth amounted to 34.5% in the construction industry alone. In 2015, the Hispanic workforce represented 2...
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Construction projects at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries consist of a diverse and multi-cultural workforce. Successful management of construction projects requires effective communication among this diverse workforce. It is estimated that non-national employees constitute more than 50% of the workforce in some GCC countries such as Kuw...