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Ahmed Al-Bayati

Dr. Al-Bayati is the founding director of the Construction Safety Research Center (CSRC) and an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Before joining LTU, Dr. Al-Bayati was an assistant professor in the Kimmel School of Construction Management at Western Carolina University.

He earned his Ph.D. in Construction Engineering from Western Michigan University in 2017. He also received a master’s degree in construction management from East Carolina University in 2013 and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Babylon University in 2003. He actively researches in the field of construction safety, specializing in safety climate and safety culture to improve the overall site safety and construction process optimization to minimize subsurface utility strikes. He uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection, data analysis, and data mining methods. 

Dr. Al-Bayati's research findings have been published in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE’s Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, National Safety Council’s (NSC) Journal of Safety Research, and the American Society of Safety Professionals' (ASSP) Professional Safety Journal. Dr. Al-Bayati serves on many local and national committees, including:

  1. Site Construction Safety Committee - The ASCE's Construction Institute
  2. NORA Construction Sector Council - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
  3. Associate Editor, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction

Dr. Al-Bayati has more than ten years of experience in the construction industry working in diverse areas of the field, from safety coordinator to site engineer. He is a certified professional engineer (PE) in the state of Michigan, an OSHA-authorized trainer, and an Associate DBIA™ certified

  1. Al-Bayati, A.J. (2021) "Firm Size Influence on Construction Safety Culture and Construction Safety Climate." Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 26(4). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000610
  2. Al-Bayati, A.J. (2021) "Impact of Construction Safety Culture and Construction Safety Climate on Safety Behavior and Safety Motivation." Safety, 7, 41. https://doi.org/10.3390/safety7020041
  3. Al-Bayati, A. J., Bilal, G. A., Esmaeili, B., Karakhan, A., and York, D. (2021) “Evaluating OSHA’s fatality and catastrophe investigation summaries: Arc flash focus.” Safety Science, Elsevier. 140 (105287), DOI:10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105287
  4. Al-Bayati, A. J., Al-Kasasbeh, M., Awolusi, I., Abudayyeh, O., and Umar, T. (2021) “Trends of Occupational Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries in Electrical and Mechanical Specialty Contracting Sectors: Necessity for a Learning Investigation System.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers, 147 (7), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002105
  5. [Editor’s Choice] Al-Bayati, A. J., Salem, N., Abudayyeh, O., Newquist, J. (2021). “Legitimacy of the General Duty Clause Citations: Court Cases Review.” Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, 13 (2), DOI: 10.1061/%28ASCE%29LA.1943-4170.0000469
  6. Karakhan, A., Gambatese, J. A., Simmons, D. R., Al-Bayati, A. J. (2021) “Identifying Pertinent Indicators for Assessing and Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the Construction Workforce.” Journal of Management in Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 37(2):04020114, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000885
  7. Al-Bayati, A. J., Hasan, R. A., and Alomari, K. (2021). “Implementing a TQM Framework for Public Services in Iraq: An Exploratory Study” Journal of Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, 26(2), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000565
  8. Al-Bayati, A. J., and Panzer, L. (2020). “Reducing Damages to Underground Utilities: Importance of Stakeholders’ Behaviors.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers, A146(9), 04020107.
  9. Al-Bayati, A. J., O’Barr, K., Suk S., Albert A., and Chappell J. (2020). “Experience Modification Rate as a Pre-Qualification Criterion for Safety Performance.” Professional Safety Journal, 65 (7), 31-38
  10. Al-Bayati, A. J., and Panzer, L. (2019) “Reducing Damages to Underground Utilities: Lessons Learned from Damage Data and Excavators in North Carolina.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers. 145 (12), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001724
  11. Al-Bayati, A. J., Albert, A. and Ford, G. (2019) “Construction Safety Culture and Climate: Satisfying the Necessity for an Industry Framework." Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers. 24 (4), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000452
  12. Al-Bayati, A. J., Panzer, L., and Karakhan, A. (2019) “Reducing Damages to Underground Infrastructure: Performance Evaluation of One-call Notification Program.” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, 24 (4), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000441
  13. Al-Bayati, A. J., and Panzer, L. (2019) “Requirements and Practices of Underground Construction Activities: A Review of Recently Updated Act." Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, 11 (3), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000300
  14. Al-Bayati, A. J. (2019) “ Satisfying the Need for Diversity Training for Hispanic Construction Workers and Their Supervisors at U.S. Construction Workplaces: A Case Study." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers, 145 (6), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001663
  15. Ladewski, B., and Al-Bayati, A. J. (2019) “Quality and safety management practices: The theory of quality management approach.” Journal of Safety Research, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2019.03.004
  16. Pandit, B., Albert, A., Patil, Y., and Al-Bayati, A. J. (2018). “Fostering Safety Communication among Construction Workers: Role of Safety Climate and Crew-level Cohesion” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 16(1):71. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16010071
  17. Shirazinejad, R. S., Dissanayake S, Al-Bayati, A. J., York D. D. (2018). “Evaluating the Safety Impacts of Increased Speed Limits on Freeways in Kansas Using Before-And-After Study Approach.” Sustainability, MDPI, 11(1):119. DOI:10.3390/su11010119
  18. Pandit, B., Albert, A., Patil, Y., and Al-Bayati, A. J. (2018) “Impact of Safety Climate on Hazard Recognition and Safety Risk Perception.” Safety Science, Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.11.020
  19. Al-Bayati, A. J., and York, D. (2018) “Fatal Injuries among Hispanic Workers in the U.S. Construction Industry: Findings from FACE Investigation Reports." Journal of Safety Research, Elsevier. DOI: 1016/j.jsr.2018.09.007
  20. Al-Bayati, A. J., and Al-Zubaidi, H. (2018). “Inventory of Nanomaterials in Construction Products for Safety and Health." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers. Technical Note, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001547
  21. Al-Bayati, A. J., Abudayyeh, and Albert, A. (2018). “Managing Active Cultural Differences in U.S. Construction Workplaces: Perspectives from Non-Hispanic Workers." Journal of Safety Research, Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2018.05.004
  22. Al-Bayati, A. J., Abudayyeh, O., Fredericks, T., and Butt, S. (2017) “Managing Cultural Diversity at U.S. Construction Sites: Hispanic Workers’ Perspectives." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001359
  23. Al-Bayati, A. J., Abudayyeh, O., Fredericks, T., and Butt, S. (2017). "Reducing Fatality Rates of the Hispanic Workforce in the U.S. Construction Industry: Challenges and Strategies." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001269
  1. Al-Bayati, A.J. (2021) " Infrastructure Damage Prevention Approaches in the United States." Pipelines 2021, 102-108, American Society of Civil Engineers, Virtual Experience https://doi-org.ezproxy.ltu.edu:9443/10.1061/9780784483619.011
  2. York, D.D., Al-Bayati, A.J., Al-Shabbani, Z. Y. (2020) “Potential Applications of UAV within the Construction Industry and the Challenges Limiting Implementation.” Construction Research Congress 2020, 31-39, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tempe, Arizona
  3. Al-Bayati, A.J., Butrouna, K. H., Steffen, R. E., Salman, B., Al-Qaralleh, M. (2020) “Utilizing Graphite Powder to Improve Concrete Conductivity, Compressive Strength, and Workability.” Construction Research Congress 2020, 881-888, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tempe, Arizona
  4. Al-Bayati, A.J., Tafazzoli, M., York, D.D., Umar, T (2020) “Cyclical Construction Workforce Shortage: An Evaluation of the Current Shortage in Western North Carolina.” Construction Research Congress 2020, 643-650, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tempe, Arizona
  5. Al-Bayati, A. J., Panzer., L., Kaddoura, K. (2020) “ Minimizing Underground Infrastructure Damages: Utility Locators’ Perspectives.” Proc. Pipelines 2020, 387-391, American Society of Civil Engineers, Virtual Experience
  6. Kaddoura, K., Gehrig. B., Al-Bayati., A. J. (2020). “Developing a Decision-Support System to Optimize Rehabilitation and Replacement Programs for Ferrous Distribution Mains in Municipal Water Systems.” Proc. Pipelines 2020, 290-300, American Society of Civil Engineers, Virtual Experience
  7. Namian, M., Al-Bayati, A. J., Karji, A., Tafazzoli, M. (2020) “Investigating Barriers to Implement and Develop Sustainable Construction.” Proc. JIC Smart Cities, Cairo, Egypt
  8. Namian, M., Kermanshachi, S., Khalid, M., Al-Bayati, A. J. (2020) “Construction Safety Training: Exploring Different Perspectives of Construction Managers and Workers.” Proc. 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Montreal, Canada
  9. Al-Bayati, A. J., and Alomari, K. (2019). “Construction Stakeholders’ Perception toward the Success Factors of Construction Projects.” 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference, CSCE, Montreal, Canada.
  10. Al-Bayati, A. J., Karatas, A., and White, J. (2019). “Fall Prevention Supplementary Devices for Bridge Construction Workers: A Life-Cycle Cost Analysis.” 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference, CSCE, Montreal, Canada.
  11. Alomari, K., Gambatese, J. and Al-Bayati, A. J., (2019). “Exponential Random Graph Modeling: A Promising Tool for Construction Safety Research.” 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference, CSCE, Montreal, Canada.
  12. Alghamdi, A., Al-Bayati, A. J., Abudayyeh, O. (2019) “Performance Indicators for Construction Safety Culture and Climate: A Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Study.” 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference, CSCE, Montreal, Canada.
  13. Alomari, K., Gambatese, J., Gerkey, D., and Al-Bayati, A. J., (2019). “Analyzing Hazardous Interactions on Construction Jobsites Using Social Network Analysis.” 7th CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference, CSCE, Montreal, Canada.
  14. Al-Bayati, A. J., Namian, O., Karakhan A. (2019). “How We Can Better Learn from OSHA Forms: From a Bulletin Board to the Vision Board.” The 55th ASC Annual International Conference, Associated Schools of Construction, Denver, CO
  15. Al Assdi, R. J., and Al-Bayati, A. J. (2018). “Using a Compact Ceramic System to Filter Raw Water in Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities.” International Low Impact Development Conference, ASCE, Nashville, Tennessee. DOI: 10.1061/9780784481783.001
  16. Bilal, G. A., Hashim, H., Comez, P., Abdel-Qader, I., and Al-Bayati, A. J. (2018). “Arc Flash Assessment: Two-Case Study of Public Service Facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan.” 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT), Rochester, Michigan. DOI: 10.1109/EIT.2018.8500083
  17. Shirazinejad, R., and Al-Bayati, A. J. (2018). “Impact of advertising signs on freeway crashes within a certain distance in Michigan.” Construction Research Congress, ASCE, New Orleans, Louisiana. DOI: 10.1061/9780784481288.068
  18. Al-Bayati, A. J., Abudayyeh, O., Ahmed, S. (2017). “Managing Workforce Diversity at Gulf Cooperation Council Construction Sites.” of the 9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9), Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  19. Al-Bayati, A. J., and Abudayyeh, O. (2016). “Safety Challenges in the U.S. Construction Industry: The Hispanic Workforce Perspective.” Construction Research Congress, ASCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico. DOI: 10.1061/9780784479827.295

Satisfying the Need for a Systematic Incident Investigation Learning Program

Sponsor: Thomas Glavinich ELECTRI International 2021 Early Career Award

Role on Project: Principal investigator (PI)

Project Duration: 8/2021– 7/2022

($12,500)

COVID-19 Best Practices Training for Construction Firms

Sponsor: Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)

Role on Project: Principal investigator (PI)

Project Duration: 10/2020– 9/2021

($24,980)

Wind Tower Construction and Maintenance Hazards

Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

Sponsor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Role on Project: Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

Project Duration: 9/2019– 9/2020

($75,000)

Silica Protection in The Construction Industry

Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

Sponsor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Role on Project: Principal investigator (PI)

Project Duration: 9/2018– 9/2019

($75,000)

A Pilot Training and Evaluation to Improve Roofers’ Safety Using Virtual Reality (VR)

Sponsor: Job-site Safety Institute.

Role on Project: Principal Investigator (PI)

Project Duration: 1– 10/2019

($45,271)

The Spanish S-CATSC with Hispanic Construction Contractors and Workers

Sponsor: Small Study Program, The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)

Role on Project: Co-PI with Dr. Luz S. Marin (PI, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Project Duration: 6 - 9/2018.

($39,316)

Analyzing North Carolina 811 Data Using Quantitative Methods

Sponsor: North Carolina Call before Dig

Role on Project: Principal Investigator

Project Duration: 3-12/2018

($13,089.50)

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