Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chair

Contact InformationCarl Haas

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35492,519-888-4567 x35492
Location: E2 2346D,E2 2334


Biography Summary

Carl T. Haas is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He is currently a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Construction and Management of sustainable infrastructure.

Professor Haas’s research, teaching, and consulting are in the areas of advanced construction and transportation technology, sustainability, and construction productivity. He is interested in 3D machine vision and modelling, data fusion, and robotics, while also applying the fundamentals of optimization, graph theory, statistical analysis, discrete event simulation, system dynamics modelling, process modelling and management, and decision theory. Professor Haas’s research has been supported by numerous companies and agencies such as Coreworx, Aecon, Dupont, the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Texas Department of Transportation, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, NSF, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

He has over 350 publications including over 140 refereed journal articles. Professor Haas also holds the patent “Pole Inserting Robotic Mechanism for Accessing the Interior of a Harsh Enclosure”.

He serves on a number of editorial boards and professional committees including the Construction Industry Institute’s Research Committee and several journal editorial boards. Currently, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the US National Academy of Construction.

Research Interests

  • Construction
  • Sensing
  • Infrastructure
  • Structures
  • Mechanics
  • Automated 3-D Reconstruction
  • Augmenting the Capabilities of EPPM Systems
  • Construction Productivity Analysis
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced robotics
  • Digital design and fabrication technologies
  • Environmental issues and new material economies
  • Globalization
  • Human movement
  • Human factors (Ergonomics)
  • Image processing and data analytics
  • Wearable technology
  • Smart buildings
  • Information systems
  • Drinking water
  • Waste water management
  • Operational Artificial Intelligence
  • Smart Infrastructure


  • 1990, Doctorate, Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1986, Master's, Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1985, Bachelor's, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • CIVE 710 - Advanced Project Management
    • Taught in 2015
  • CIVE 299 - Seminar
    • Taught in 2015
  • CIVE 398 - Seminar
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CIVE 497 - Special Topics in Civil Engineering
    • Taught in 2016
  • CIVE 399 - Seminar
    • Taught in 2016
  • CIVE 700 - Topics in Structural Engineering
    • Taught in 2016
  • CIVE 332 - Civil Systems and Project Management
    • Taught in 2015, 2017
  • CIVE 702 - Topics in Construction Engineering
    • Taught in 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Rehan, R., Knight, M.A.’ Haas, C. T., and Unger, J. A., Development of a system dynamics model for financially sustainable management of municipal watermain networks, Water Research, 47(20), 2013, 7184 - 7205
  • Seo J. W., Haas C., Saidi K., Graphical modeling and simulation for design and control of a tele-operated clinker clearing robot, Automation in Construction, 2007, 96 - 106
  • Caron, F., Haas C., Vanheeghe, P., and Fuflos, E., A Dempster-Shafer Formulation for Processing Uncertainty and Imprecision in Proximity Measurements, Revue Traitement du Signal, 2006
  • Grau, D., Caldas, C., and Haas, C., , “Using Global Positioning System to Improve Materials-Locating Processes on Industrial Projects,” ASCE J. of Construction Engineering and Management Volume 132, Issue 7, July 2006, pp. 741-749., , 2006
  • Kim, C., Haas, C., Liapi, K., and Caldas, C., , “Human-Assisted Obstacle Avoidance System Using 3D Workspace Modeling for Construction Equipment Operation,” ASCE J. Comp. in Civ. Engrg., Volume 20, Issue 3, (May/June 2006), pp. 177-186., , 2006
  • Chong, Wai Kiong, Haas, C. and Kim, S., , Benchmarking for Project Development Sustainability Practices, CSCE 1st International Construction Specialty Conference, Calgary, Canada, (Submitted) May 23-26, 2006., , 2006