University of Toronto
Department of Civil Engineering

Brenda McCabe, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor

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Mailing Address:

Department of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, ON, M5S 1A4

Phone and Fax:

Ph. (416) 946-3505
Fax (416) 978-5054



Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management, 1997 "Improving Construction Performance Using Simulation and Belief Networks" University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering, 1994, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Research Experience:

  • August 2002 - present

University of Toronto – Department of Civil Engineering

Associate Professor: Tenured position in Civil Engineering. Research interests include using artificial intelligence, specifically belief networks, to improve and automate construction engineering and management processes, statistical analysis of project control parameters, computer simulation, site safety, automated data collection, construction procurement methods, and productivity analysis.

  • August 1997 – 2002   

University of Toronto – Department of Civil Engineering Assistant Professor: Tenure-track position

  • June 1994 – July 1997

University of Alberta - Construction Engineering & Management

Research Assistant and Graduate Student: Research projects included investigating the use of neural networks to predict pipeline construction productivity, modeling tower cranes using object-oriented technologies, simulation analysis of aggregate crushing plants, optimization of equipment allocation, optimization of aggregate blending, statistical analysis of highway paving data.

Teaching Assistant: CivE603 Computer Applications and Information Management in Construction included Visual Basic programming, database management, monte carlo simulation, and artificial neural networks. CivE606 Design and Analysis of Construction Operations involved simulation modeling using MicroCyclone, SLAM and AweSim! languages. Responsibilities included demonstrating software, giving tutorial lectures, grading assignments, and assisting students.



  • CIV1281S - Managing the Building Process, University of Toronto, 1998 - Course Coordinator

  • CIV1299F - Construction Modeling (Graduate) University of Toronto, 2002-

  • CIV1277S - Construction Estimating, (Graduate) University of Toronto 1998-

  • CIV420F - Construction Engineering, (Undergraduate) University of Toronto 1997-

  • CIV499 - Undergraduate Research Thesis, University of Toronto 2001-

  • CHE457 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers (Undergraduate) University of Toronto 1999, 2001

  • APS112F - Engineering Strategies and Practice (Undergraduate) - Project Management module 2004


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