Real-Time Simulation Training with Construction Management Students: A Case Study of an Overseas Partnership
The construction industry requires a complex mix of technical and soft skills to manage the people, resources, and money to complete a project in today’s built environment. Traditional construction management education focuses on the technical foundation skills. Recent efforts are being made to further develop communication, problem solving, and team building skills. While CM programs look to create classroom programs to build these competencies, on-the-job training, internships, co-ops, and student competitions have proven some of the best options to help build these soft skills. The questions rise: Can we recreate the real world in our classrooms? How do we train problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to make quick decisions? All of these have driven educators around the globe to focus on recreating the real-world through simulations and experiential learning. Simulations can be in the form of role playing, case studies, competitions, and industry scenarios. This paper will describe the success a European university has had in building a simulation program like nothing in the USA. Through a generous partnership, an ASC member and six students were able to shadow this program to learn best practices. This paper is a case study of the program and overseas collaboration that both programs would like to share with other CM programs. Many of the best practices and lessons learned can be incorporated into any course or curriculum. Keywords: simulations, experiential learning, competencies, real-world, scenarios.
Student Experiences with Virtual Design and Construction Applications for Quantity Takeoff: A Case Study
The objective of this case study was to explore student experiences with, and perceptions of, the utility, strengths, and weaknesses of various Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) applications for performing estimating tasks in an upper-level undergraduate course. A model-based estimating assignment utilizing VDC software platforms was implemented. A group of four students used an architect-created Autodesk Revit model in conjunction with 2D and VDC-based applications to perform quantity takeoff (QTO) tasks. Students elected to create their own model in Autodesk Revit for QTO, and comparison to the architect-created model produced QTO. A description of the VDC-based estimating project and student-noted strengths and weaknesses (e.g., VDC QTO lessons learned) observed when using these VDC applications to complete QTO are provided. Implications of teaching VDC-based QTO concepts in undergraduate curricula are discussed. The paper concludes with discourse of study limitations and areas of future research.
Analyzing the Restoration of the Oklahoma State Capitol from the Perspective of the Design Build Process: A Descriptive Case Study
Design Build projects in the built environment are moving toward more collaborative practices. The intent behind this collaborative approach is to encourage those associated with the built environment to consider how retrofit design and construction can contribute positively to addressing elements of climate change and the design build process. The opportunity to share the rich nature of the design build process in an environmentally unique and heritage-focused project excited the authors. Secondly, concerns about the way such projects are captured historically, and specifically the disciplinary knowledge and skills employed in the restoration of such a significant landmark building, could be lost if not afforded some place in the research annals. This paper presents a Restoration Design-Build (RDB) process employed in the realignment of a state building adopting this novel initiative. The authors adopted a descriptive case study method to enhance the capabilities of understanding and generate constructive reflections and analysis. The intention was to empower the reader to explore new horizons by "clarifying and negotiating" ideas and concerns around the RDB process. The authors evaluated the usefulness of the RDB approach based on direct and indirect measures. The framework approach presented is a part of an ongoing initiative between state and project stakeholders that has shown positive results based on the teams’ performance in the presented case study as well as affirmative feedback from some stakeholder participants.