Wesley Collins

Wesley Collins

Assistant Professor

316 Gorrie Center

Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: 334-844-5987

PhD, Construction Management, Arizona State University
MBA, Bowling Green State University
MTM, Construction Management, Bowling Green State University
BS, Construction Management, East Carolina University

Wesley Collins is an assistant professor in the McWhorter School of Building Science. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in project planning, project management, estimating, scheduling, and real estate development. Dr. Collins has over 15 years of construction-related academic and industry experience, with his time in industry spent working as an estimator and project manager on a variety of commercial building projects across the United States. His research focus area is preconstruction, completing several studies focusing on ways to improve project performance through enhancing the front end planning process, and has presented his research findings at both domestic and international venues.

Research Reports (and associated publications)
Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson Jr., G.E. (2016). “Development of the project definition rating index for small industrial projects.” Construction Industry Institute (CII), Research Report 314-11.

Construction Industry Institute Research Team 314 (2015). “Front end planning tool: PDRI – small industrial projects.” Construction Industry Institute (CII), Research Summary 314-1.

Construction Industry Institute Research Team 314 (2015). “PDRI: project definition rating index – small industrial projects.” Construction Industry Institute (CII), Implementation Resource 314-2.

Journal Articles
Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson, Jr., G.E. (2017). “Development of a project scope definition and assessment tool for small industrial construction projects.” Journal of Management in Engineering.

Zsidisin, G., Hartley, J., and Collins, W. (2013). “Integrating student projects with real-world problems: the case of managing commodity price risk.” Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.

Conference Proceedings
Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson, Jr., G.E. (2017). “Defining and understanding “small projects” in the industrial construction sector.” Creative Construction Conference 2017, Primosten, Croatia.

Redden, L., Collins, W., and Kim, J. (2017). “Integration of construction mobile technologies into construction management curriculum: a case study.” Creative Construction Conference 2017, Primosten, Croatia.

Collins, W., and Redden, L. (2017). “Improving student estimating accuracy through hands-on learning: a case study.” Associated Schools of Construction Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Bugg, R., Collins, W., and Kramer, S. (2017). “Evolution of short-term international service-learning class in Quito, Ecuador.” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Bugg, R., and Collins, W. (2017). “A case study in the use of building information technology in hospital construction.” Proceedings of the 2017 Industrial and Systems Engineering Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Liu, J., Burt, R., Cobb, C., and Collins, W. (2017). “A preliminary study of effects of dimensional control on the accuracy of 3D models” photogrammetry modeling of a building façade.” Construction in the 21st Century International Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Liu, J., Getz, A., Burt, R., and Collins, W. (2017). “An investigation using photogrammetry technology on 3D digital recreation of the historical progression of a historic building.” Construction in the 21st Century International Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson, Jr., G.E. (2016). “Comparison of front end planning practices for small and large industrial construction projects.” Construction Research Congress 2016, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson, Jr., G.E. (2015). “Development and utilization of the project definition rating index for small industrial projects.” ICSC15 – The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s 5th Annual/11th Construction Specialty Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Collins, W., Parrish, K., and Gibson, Jr., G.E. (2015). “Improving project performance within industrial focused organizations with the project definition rating index for small industrial projects.” Engineering Project Organization Conference 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Collins, W., and Parrish, K. (2014). “The need for integrated project delivery in the public sector.” Construction Research Congress 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.

Research Areas/Interests
Preconstruction
Project management
Change orders
Public-sector construction
Project and corporate financial management
Construction education