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Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson

Assistant ProfessorConstruction Management 509-335-4271 EME 202E PO Box 642220

Anne Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design and Construction. Prior to joining the faculty in 2014, she spent fifteen years working in the industry, primarily as a commercial, industrial and residential structural engineer working for high profile firms such as KPFF Consulting Engineers, Stapley Engineering and POWER Engineers. For four years, she owned and operated a residential structural engineering business in Hailey, Idaho, specializing in large custom homes in areas that experience high snow loads and seismic activity. Anne is a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Anne also has experience with general contracting, having worked as a partner in a residential general contracting business, performing a range of activities from creating estimates to placing concrete and hanging drywall. In 2010, Anne transitioned to working with emerging technologies in the construction industry and most recently worked in California for an international general contracting firm as a Virtual Design and Construction Specialist. Her research focuses on improving construction coordination efforts through the use of building information modeling (BIM) and emerging collaboration technologies. Due to globalization and improved communication technologies, geographically distributed teams in the AECO industry are becoming more common, and understanding how to effectively coordinate with BIMs over distance is becoming more critical. For the past several years, Anne has studied how geographically distributed teams collaborate in the media-rich environment of a 3D virtual world where building information models may be imported into the virtual space and explored and discussed by the team synchronously.

As BIM adoption in the construction industry continues to rise and employers are increasingly seeking graduates with BIM technology skills, Anne is dedicated to preparing WSU construction management students with software tools they need to be successful in the field including Revit, Navisworks, and Bluebeam, as well as skills needed to successfully coordinate design and construction activities with distributed project team members using various collaboration platforms. Anne was awarded “Best Presentation” at the Engineering Project Organization Society’s 2014 conference for her work on “Effectiveness of Coordination¬†Issue Discovery in Avatar-Scaled BIMs vs. Typical Coordination Practice Using 2D Screen Sharing Software.”


Doctor of Philosophy in the Built Environment, University of Washington.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Washington.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Oregon State University.