Hala AbouRizk-Newstead’s background and interests are in the areas of risk analysis, group motivation, and subjectivity in the construction industry. Her unique background in both psychology and civil engineering has allowed her to bridge gaps between the subjective nature of risk analysis and workshops (such as brainstorming and language utilized) and the quantifiable information (i.e., cost and schedule) required in industry. She has a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Alberta, specializing in this area. Hala’s research was influenced greatly by her work at SMA Consulting, specifically through her work as risk manager for the North LRT project in Edmonton over the past 3 years, linking required information in the industry with the necessary research and academic background to solve the problem. Her contributions have included essential new methods for transforming qualitative information into quantitative input resulting in standardized tables being utilized by SMA Consulting for risk analysis and range estimating.
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