John Hildreth, Ph.D.

John Hildreth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Graduate Education and Research; Undergraduate Coordinator for Construction Management
Phone: 
704-687-5040
Fax: 
704-687-1607
Education: 
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2003
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, West Virginia University, 1999
  • B.S in Civil Engineering, West Virginia University, 1997
  • Engineer Intern Number 7063, West Virginia
Research: 
  • Economical modeling of construction equipment and fleets
  • Construction operations design, analysis, and improvement
  • Virtual reality and simulation for construction
  • Construction scheduling
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Civil Engineering, Senior Research Associate, 2005-2008
  • Boyles and Hildreth Consulting Engineers, Inc, Project Engineer, 2002-2005
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate Research Assistant, 1999-2002
  • Civil Tech Engineering, Inc, Project Engineer, 1996-1999
  • Heeter Construction, Inc., Construction Engineer, 1995-1998
Research Grants: 

  • Preventive Maintenance Criteria Validation, PI, NCDOT, $198,670
  • Capturing and Communicating the Value of NCDOT Research, Co-PI, NCDOT, $106,000
  • Development of a Maintenance Cost Index, PI, NCDOT, $116,435
  • Setting Appropriate Benefit/Condition Jumps for Pavement Treatments in PMS, Co-PI, NCDOT, $242,388
  • Preventive Maintenance (PM) Criteria, PI, NCDOT, $203,913
  • Evaluation of Benefit Weight Factors and Decision Trees for Automated Distress Data Models, Co-PI, NCDOT, $195,856
  • Development and Validation of Pavement Deterioration Models and Analysis Weight Factors for the NCDOT Pavement Management System – Phase II, Co-PI, NCDOT, $98,130
  • Proof of Concept: Cumulative Cost Model for NCDOT Equipment Fleet Data, PI, NCDOT, $19,536
  • Generating Construction Schedules using OPEN BIM based ifcXML Technology in Highway Construction, Co-PI, KICT, $27,000
  • Inclusion of Maintenance in Life Cycle Costs of Flexible and Rigid Pavements, PI, NCDOT, $166,670
  • Development of IRI Limits and Targets for Network Management and Construction Approval Purposes, Co-PI, NCDOT, $329,918
  • 4D Planning, Modeling, and Simulation of Railroad Operations, PI, Duke Energy, $9,996
  • David J. Joseph – UNC Charlotte Equipment Management Program, PI, DJJ Company, $10,000
  • Fleet Management Performance Monitoring, Co-PI, NCDOT, $335,174
  • Crowd Force Monitoring System, PI, Geopier Foundation Co., $10,610
  • Implementation of Quality Control Systems, PI, Geopier Foundation Co., $14.042
  • DDM System Modifications, PI, Geopier Foundation Co., $21,600
  • Carbon Footprinting of Foundation Construction Operations, PI, Geopier Foundation Co., $5,510
  • 3D Imaging of Existing Hospital Infrastructure, PI, Rodgers Builders, $13,645
  • Effectiveness of Simulation Based Operator Training, PI, Volvo Construction Equipment NA, $9,076
  • Deflection Monitoring during Geopier Construction, PI, Geopier Foundation Co., $21,204
Recent Publications: 
 
  • Hildreth, J. and Dewitt, S. (2016).  “Logistic regression for early warning of economic failure of construction equipment,” Proceedings of the 54th Annual ASC Conference, Provo, UT, 2016.
  • Hildreth, J., Capps, S. and Brooks, N. (2016).  “Quality monitoring of engine oils for equipment on extended drain intervals,” Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2016.
  • Dulin, B. and Hildreth, J. (2013). “Effect of Data Collection Period Length on Marginal Cost Models for Heavy Equipment.” Proceedings of the ASC Annual Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2013.
  • Johnson, T., Hildreth, J., and Capps, S. (2013). “Evaluating Management Strategies through Economic Modeling of Heavy Equipment Fleets.” Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM-2013), Anaheim, CA, 2013.
  • Kim, H., Anderson, K., Lee, S. and Hildreth, J. (2013). “Generating Construction Schedules through Automatic Data Extraction using Open BIM (Building Information Modeling) Technology.” Automation in Construction, 35 (2013): 285-295.
  • Mitchell, Z., Hildreth, J., and Vorster, M. (2011). “Using the Cumulative Cost Model to Forecast Equipment Repair Costs: Two Different Methodologies.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 137(10), 817-822.
  • Hildreth, J. and Vorster, M. (2010) “Learning Construction Performance Improvements through Planning” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 6:2, 139-151.
  • Williams, R. C., Hildreth, J. C., and Vorster, M. C. (2009). "Highway Construction Data Collection and Treatment for Statistical Regression Analysis." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 135(12), 1299-1306.
  • Dulin, B. and Hildreth, J. (2013). “Effect of Data Collection Period Length on Marginal Cost Models for Heavy Equipment.” Proceedings of the ASC Annual Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA., 2013.
  • Johnson, T., Hildreth, J., and Capps, S. (2013). “Evaluating Management Strategies through Economic Modeling of Heavy Equipment Fleets.” Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM-2013), Anaheim, CA, 2013.
  • Reisser, B. and Hildreth, J. (2012). “4D Visualization of Railroad Transport Operations of Equipment to a Power Generation Facility.” Proceedings of the 12th  International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012.
  • Hildreth, J. (2012). “Using Construction Equipment Simulators to Teach Learning Curve Theory.” Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.
  • Chen, D., and Hildreth, J., (2012). “BIMing Construction Engineering Curricula,” Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2012.
  • Hildreth, J. C. and Gehrig, G. B. (2011).  “Assessment of Industry Perceived Benefits of Accreditation to Construction Education Program Graduates” Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC., 2011.
  • Hildreth, J. C. and Gehrig, G. B. (2010).  “A Body of Knowledge for the Construction Engineering and Management Discipline” Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, 2010.
  • Hildreth, J. C. and Heggestad, E. (2010). “Effect of Simulation Training Methods on Operator Anxiety and Skill Development” Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, 2010.
  • Hildreth, J. C. and Stec, M. (2009). “Effectiveness of Simulation-Based Operator Training” Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Sydney Australia, 2009.  (Awarded Best Overall Presentation)
  • Hildreth, J. C. and Gehrig, G. B.  (2009). “Incorporating Equipment Simulators into a Construction Education Curriculum”  Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference, Austin, TX, 2009  (Nominated for Best Paper)
  • Hildreth, J. C. and Drexler, J. (2009). “Plan Performance Index as a Measure of Schedule Deviation and Performance.” Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Transportation Construction Management, Orlando, FL, 2009. 
Honors & Awards: 
  • UNC Charlotte College of Engineering, Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2012
  • Via PhD Fellow, Virginia Tech, 1999-2002
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Associate Member
  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) – Member
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB) – Member
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International – Member
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) – Member