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  • University of Calgary, 2001-02, $10,000, Comprehensive Modeling Framework for Planning Construction Projects, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Alberta Innovation and Science, Research Excellence and Envelope Allocation, 2001-02, $15,000, Infrastructure for Simulation Research, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant, 2002-07, $90,000 Comprehensive Modeling Framework for Managing Industrial Construction Projects, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator). 
  • Construction Research Institute of Canada, 2002-03, $10,000 (Total $25,000), Waste Management of Building Projects, J.P.A. Hettiaratchi (Principal Investigator), and J.Y. Ruwanpura (Co-Investigator).
  • University of Calgary Travel Grant, 2003, $1,500. To attend ASCE Construction Congress, Hawaii, J.Y. Ruwanpura.
  • Collaborative Research and Development Grant (NSERC, Construction Research Institute of Canada, Graham Construction and Engineering Inc., Ellis Don Construction Services Ltd., PCL Construction Management, Ledcor Construction Ltd., Calgary Construction Association, Canadian Construction Research Board, 2003-06, $139,200 (Total: $174,000), Developing Best Practices and Tools to Improve Construction Productivity, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator) and G.F. Jergeas (Co-Investigator).

The representatives of the companies present the cheque to Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, and Dr. George Jergeas (2003)

L-R: Dr. Ruwanpura, John Ink, Chairman, Canadian Construction Research Borad - Calgary Chapter, Phillip Harrison, Manager, Ellis-Don Construction, Kees Cusvekker, Branch Manager, Graham Construction and Engineering Inc., Bob Hilderbrandt, Manager, Ledcor Construction, John Haring, District Manager, PCL, and Dr. Jergeas


  • Construction Owners’ Association of Alberta, 2004-06, $11,000 (Total $55,000), Workface Planning, G.F. Jergeas (Principal Investigator) and J.Y. Ruwanpura (Co-Investigator).
  • Construction Owners’ Association of Alberta, 2004-05, $8,000, Engineering Checklist to Reduce Rework, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principle Investigator).
  • City of Edmonton, $40,000, 2005-06, Predicting Performance of Tunnel Construction Projects using Analytical Tools, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • CANA, Revay & Associates, Stuart Olson Construction, Graham Construction and Engineering Inc., Ellis Don Construction Services Ltd., PCL Construction Management, Ledcor Construction Ltd., Calgary Construction Association, Canadian Construction Research Board, University of Calgary, 2006-10, $580,000, Top Ten Targets for Improving Construction Productivity, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).


Dave Smith, Executive Vice-President of Calgary Construction Association presenting the cheque for $450,000 for Construction Productivity Improvement Research (Nov. 2005)

  • University of Calgary/International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction, 2006-08, $20,000, Stakeholder and Risk Analysis for Tsunami Development Projects/Project Management, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • University of Calgary and Schulich School of Engineering, 2006-07, $6,500, Management Capacity Building for Infrastructure and Reconstruction Projects in Sri Lanka, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Collaborative Research and Development Grant, 2007-10, $505,800 (Total: $562,000), Top Ten Targets for Improving Construction Productivity, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator) and G.F. Jergeas (Co-Investigator).
  • University of Calgary Travel Grant, 2006, $1,800. To attend IRNOP Conference in China, J.Y. Ruwanpura.
  • Bantrel Ltd., 2007, $30,000, Enhancing the Accuracy of Input Information to Develop Realistic Schedule Estimations, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant, 2007-11, $105,000, Project Management (PM) Models and Practices to Improve and Manage Sustainability of Building Construction Projects, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator). 
  • SNC Lavalin, 2007-08, $17,800, Smart Project Integrated System: Simulation of Parallel Project Management Execution Strategies in the EPC Industry, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Canada Research Chair Tier II (Project Management Systems), $500,000, 2007-12, J.Y. Ruwanpura
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation, 2007, $195,800, Laboratory for Project Management Systems and Construction Productivity Monitoring (Equivalent value of the $489,500), J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator) 
  • University of Calgary, $140,000, 2007-12, Infrastructure Support for Canada Research Chair, J.Y. Ruwanpura.
  • The City of Calgary, $25,000, 2008-09, Sustainable Index for Buildings, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Project Management Institute, $30,000, 2008-9, A Global and Cross-Industry Perspective on EVM and Future Trends, L. Song (Principal Investigator), J. Ruwanpura and Patrick Wong (Co-Investigators)
  • Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Alberta Environment, and Calgary Fire Department, $75,000, 2010-12, Mitigation of the impact of Natural Disasters (Chan Wirasinghe and J.Y. Ruwanpura, Principal Investigators).
  • City of Edmonton. $55,000, 2010-12, Automated Tracking of Tunnel Productivity, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Lafarge Canada Ltd. $60,000, 2010-12, An integrated logistical management and tracking systems, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Collaborative Research and Development Grant, 2010-12, $522,900 (Total: $581,500), Productivity GMT:Top Ten Targets for Improving Construction Productivity (Phase 2), J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator) and F. Sadeghpour (Co-Investigator).
  • Construction Sector Council, $53,900 out of $350,000, 2009-11, Labour Productivity benchmarking (Jeff Rankin – University of New Brunswick, Aminah Robinson – University of Alberta, Carl Haas – University of Waterloo, Janaka Ruwanpura – University of Calgary).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Collaborative Research and Development Grant, 2011-13, $158,400 (Total: $396,000), Developing Benchmarking Matrices for Oil and Gas Projects G.F. Jergeas (Principal Investigator) and J.Y. Ruwanpura (Co Investigator) supported by Construction Owners Association of Alberta, Bantrel, ConocoPhillips, JV Driver, Suncor, WorleyParsons, Nexen, Syncrude, Enbridge, TransCanada and Shell.
  • University International Grants Committee, University of Calgary, 2011-13, $9900, Application of Disaster Mitigation Approach Developed at UofC to the Whole Indian Ocean Region through ICG/IOWTS, S.C. Wirasinghe and J.Y. Ruwanpura (Co-Investigators)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Engage Grant, 2012, $25,000, Analyzing and Simulating the Current Emergency Response Detection, Notification and Response Systems for Vancouver for an Earthquake and resulting Tsunami, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator), S. C. Wirasinghe (Collaborator) with C4i Consultants (Calgary) as Industrial Partner.
  • Laricina Energy Ltd, 2012, $45,000, Construction Performance Improvement, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant, 2012-16, $235,000 Automated Real-Time Progress Monitoring System for Building Construction Projects, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator). Note: The highest amount by any faculty member in the Schulich School of Engineering in this round without accelerator. 
  • Canada Research Chair Tier II (Project Management Systems), $500,000, 2012-16, J.Y. Ruwanpura
  • Stuart Olson Dominion, EllisDon Construction, Graham Construction, PCL Construction, Calgary Construction Association, $445,000 (2013-16): Innovation, Improvement and Issues on Productivity, J.Y. Ruwanpura (Principal Investigator), K.N. Hewage (Co-Investigator)

From left: Senera Holbrook (chair, Calgary Construction Association), Colin Aitken (VP, Graham Construction and Engineering), Doug Harrison (executive VP, Stuart Olson Dominion), Guy Gendron (dean, Schulich School of Engineering), Janaka Ruwanpua (Canada research chair in project management systems), Vince Davoli (senior VP, EllisDon), Rob Otway (VP and district manager, PCL).