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Wastewater Pipe Consequence Of Failure Model For Risk-Based Asset Management Using Analytic Hierarchy Process, Greta Vladeanu, John Matthews 2019 Pure Technologies

Wastewater Pipe Consequence Of Failure Model For Risk-Based Asset Management Using Analytic Hierarchy Process, Greta Vladeanu, John Matthews

John C. Matthews

Risk-based asset management focuses on prioritizing the most critical assets by evaluating their risk of failure. A typical way to determine the risk of failure is by assessing the asset’s likelihood of failure and its consequence of failure. The goal of this paper is to present a consequence-of-failure model using a weighted-sum multicriteria decision-making method to evaluate the economic, social, and environmental consequences of wastewater pipe failure. The model incorporates 14 factors consisting of pipe characteristics and demographic parameters arranged into a hierarchical model to determine one final consequence-of-failure score. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was used to determine ...


Application Of Computational Tools To Spaghetti-Based Truss Bridge Design, Jin Xu, Jiliang Li, Nuri Zeytinoglu, Jinyuan Zhai 2019 Purdue University Northwest

Application Of Computational Tools To Spaghetti-Based Truss Bridge Design, Jin Xu, Jiliang Li, Nuri Zeytinoglu, Jinyuan Zhai

ASEE IL-IN Section Conference

Application of Computational Tools to Spaghetti-Based Truss Design

Statics and Strength of Materials are two foundational courses for Mechanical/Civil Engineering. In order to assist students in better understanding and applying concepts to a meaningful design task, SolidWorks and theoretical calculation were used for a spaghetti-bridge design contest with the constraints of given maximum weight and allowable support-material weight. As the first step of this iterative designing process, both extrude feature and structural member were introduced to model planar bridge trusses. Then SolidWorks’ Statics module was used to run FEA analysis of the structural performance in efforts to optimize the ...


Concrete Grinding Residue: Its Effect On Roadside Vegetation And Soil Properties, Halil Ceylan, Yang Zhang, Bora Cetin, Sunghwan Kim, Bo Yang, Chenyi Luo, Robert Horton, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan 2019 Iowa State University

Concrete Grinding Residue: Its Effect On Roadside Vegetation And Soil Properties, Halil Ceylan, Yang Zhang, Bora Cetin, Sunghwan Kim, Bo Yang, Chenyi Luo, Robert Horton, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan

Halil Ceylan

Concrete grinding residue (CGR) is a slurry waste consisting of water and concrete fines generated from diamond grinding operations that is used to smooth a concrete pavement surface. During this process, CGRs are mostly disposed along the roadside, which can influence soils and plant communities along the roadways. To understand the effects of CGR on soil physical and chemical properties and plant growth, a controlled field site at the Kelly Farm in Iowa was used with CGR application rates of 0, 10, 20, and 40 dry ton/acre to test properties of soils and plants before the application and one ...


Critical Analysis Of Case Law: Are Partnering Charters Binding?, Milagros Pinto Nunez, Douglas D. Gransberg 2019 University of Panama

Critical Analysis Of Case Law: Are Partnering Charters Binding?, Milagros Pinto Nunez, Douglas D. Gransberg

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

Construction project partnering in the United States has been used successfully for nearly 30 years in reducing disputes. Most partnered projects are characterized by the joint development of a nonbinding partnering charter between the owner and the contractor, which encapsulates the project’s goals and lays out the desired process for resolving issues at the lowest level. This paper explores the outcomes when partnered projects fail and the parties involved must turn to the courts to settle their disputes. The paper evaluates the case law for 16 partnered projects through content analysis and cross-case comparison. The paper explores the question ...


Implementation Of Blockchain Technology In The Construction Industry, Steven Graham 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Implementation Of Blockchain Technology In The Construction Industry, Steven Graham

Construction Management

In general, the construction industry has been pretty resistant to change. While most industries have gained in productivity over the years through implementation of new technologies and other factors, construction industry productivity has been on a steady decline since the 1960s. Even though there are a multitude of reasons for this, including more complex building types and a decline in the workforce, the major problem holding construction back are project management issues and alienation of project stakeholders in the construction process. Some improvements have been made to help with collaboration between parties, like BIM (building information modeling) and project management ...


Logistics And Funding Plan For The Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Crane, Arya Ghourchian 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Logistics And Funding Plan For The Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Crane, Arya Ghourchian

Construction Management

In the recent years, there has been interests regarding an overhead crane to be erected inside of Cal Poly Simpson Strong Tie Lab (Building 187). This under running single girder crane system will be used for construction classes, and to lift heavy equipment. The erection of this 2 Ton indoor crane will be crucial to provide modular pieces, for whom that lost their homes due to the California fires. Additionally, there has been previous senior projects researches; reference attached preconstruction services, and a full structural analysis of SST Laboratory. I am in charge of collecting information regarding: Bid Estimate, Advertisement ...


Growing Grounds Nursery - Outdoor Plaza & Education Space, Keenan R. Brekke 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Growing Grounds Nursery - Outdoor Plaza & Education Space, Keenan R. Brekke

Construction Management

This paper describes the planning, b th design and financing, as well as the construction of an 800 square foot outdoor plaza area and education space. After six months of Planning and Fundraising, the scope of work included clearing and grubbing, relocation of irrigation lines, site grading and footing excavation, forming and pouring four architectural board form concrete benches and a planter, installing a perimeter French drain for site drainage, and installation of serpentine rock retaining walls, steel planters, a sail shade structure, outdoor string lights, a koi pond, and all significant landscaping. The author, over 100 volunteers, and various ...


Osha-30 Interactive Laboratory Course, Matthew Bramlett 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Osha-30 Interactive Laboratory Course, Matthew Bramlett

Construction Management

This course is aimed to give the students of the Construction Management (CM) department a more in depth knowledge on topics covered in the online OSHA-30 hour safety course. The online focuses on a wider range of topics that are covered in the OSHA-10 hour course that students are required to complete in CM 413: Jobsite Management, such as hazard communication, OSHA inspection procedures, industrial hygiene & bloodborne pathogens, and much more. The course will also include topics outside the scope of the 30-hour class such as: heavy equipment inspections, rigging safety and techniques, challenges of working in the marine environment ...


The Influence Of Of Company Culture On Employee Satisfaction At Holder Construction: A Case Study, Callie Alexander 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The Influence Of Of Company Culture On Employee Satisfaction At Holder Construction: A Case Study, Callie Alexander

Construction Management

Since being founded in 1960, Holder Construction has grown to do work all across The United States and internationally as well. Today, repeat clients are what drive Holder’s core markets and provide eighty five percent of the work that Holder performs. The associates at Holder Construction believe their success stems from the company’s culture. The “Holder Way” is a slogan that encompasses all cultural attributes that Holder Construction expects their associates to embody. This case study evaluates Holder Construction’s effectiveness of their company’s cultural training in regards to employee satisfaction and fulfillment. Are these employees truly ...


Reducing Energy Use In Excavators With Biodiesel, Omeed Abolfathi 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Reducing Energy Use In Excavators With Biodiesel, Omeed Abolfathi

Construction Management

In assessing the life-cycle cost of a building, the operation energy and construction energy are considered. The operation energy constitutes 90 to 95 percent of the lifetime energy use of a building. Concern over reducing operation energy has led to advancements where many buildings can now be considered net zero. While considerable advancements were made in achieving net zero in the operation, construction energy use has largely remained the same. To achieve net zero for the entire life-cycle of the building, construction energy consumption needs to be reduced. Excavators are one of the most popular pieces of construction equipment. They ...


Concrete Grinding Residue: Its Effect On Roadside Vegetation And Soil Properties, Halil Ceylan, Yang Zhang, Bora Cetin, Sunghwan Kim, Bo Yang, Chenyi Luo, Robert Horton, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan 2019 Iowa State University

Concrete Grinding Residue: Its Effect On Roadside Vegetation And Soil Properties, Halil Ceylan, Yang Zhang, Bora Cetin, Sunghwan Kim, Bo Yang, Chenyi Luo, Robert Horton, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan

Reports and White Papers

Concrete grinding residue (CGR) is a slurry waste consisting of water and concrete fines generated from diamond grinding operations that is used to smooth a concrete pavement surface. During this process, CGRs are mostly disposed along the roadside, which can influence soils and plant communities along the roadways. To understand the effects of CGR on soil physical and chemical properties and plant growth, a controlled field site at the Kelly Farm in Iowa was used with CGR application rates of 0, 10, 20, and 40 dry ton/acre to test properties of soils and plants before the application and one ...


Lessons Learned From Six Different Structural Health Monitoring Systems On Highway Bridges, Abheetha Peiris, Charlie Sun, Issam E. Harik 2018 University of Kentucky

Lessons Learned From Six Different Structural Health Monitoring Systems On Highway Bridges, Abheetha Peiris, Charlie Sun, Issam E. Harik

Kentucky Transportation Center Faculty and Researcher Publications

Structural health monitoring has been utilized in numerous ways to investigate the performance and integrity of highway bridges. This paper highlights the use of six structural health monitoring systems, which were deployed to monitor distinct behaviors on six bridges in Kentucky. The structural health monitoring systems are as follows: (1) Over-height truck impact detection and monitoring on the I-64 over US 60 bridge, (2) Barge impact detection and monitoring on northbound US 41 over the Ohio River, (3) effectiveness of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer retrofit evaluation based on prestressed concrete I-girder crack movement on the I-65 elevated expressway in Louisville, (4 ...


Solar & Rain Catching Canopy "Urban Oasis 2", Afolabi Ibitoye, Cheriyah Wilmot, Alexander Aptekar, Grzegorz Kosieradzki, Kaiyrgul Sultanova, Jude Vallon 2018 CUNY New York City College of Technology

Solar & Rain Catching Canopy "Urban Oasis 2", Afolabi Ibitoye, Cheriyah Wilmot, Alexander Aptekar, Grzegorz Kosieradzki, Kaiyrgul Sultanova, Jude Vallon

Publications and Research

The accumulation of water runoff during rain storms is a major problem in New York City’s combination water systems, forcing water treatment plants to release untreated excess water. To avoid overfilling of the sewer system by this grey water, pocket parks and gardens will be used to absorb the excess rainfall. We will be harnessing nature’s resources with current technologies such as: solar panels combined with rain catching canopies, to beautify the environment, educate the public about sustainability, stimulate growth to local businesses through increased foot traffic and bringing social awareness on environmental issues.

The canopies are designed ...


Implementing Coordination Lab And Lesson Into Cm 413 - Job Site, Connor R. Westover 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Implementing Coordination Lab And Lesson Into Cm 413 - Job Site, Connor R. Westover

Construction Management

Coordination can make or break a job. The act of coordination and the millions of pieces that go into a single project can directly affect both the schedule and budget of a construction project. Coordination is not a single part of the job, it is an on-going process that continuously involves all entities of the project. The importance of coordination and what it entails is not yet captured in the Cal Poly Construction Management curriculum. The purpose of this project would be to capture that importance and continue to build upon it to better prepare Cal Poly Builders for the ...


A Study Of Career Path Interest Amongst Cm Students At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Travis J. Tollstrup 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

A Study Of Career Path Interest Amongst Cm Students At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Travis J. Tollstrup

Construction Management

With the labor shortage being experienced in the modern construction industry, it is important that office and field management personnel stay balanced to support the gap in skilled labor. However, for the students of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, there is a trend that students are more interested in pursuing a career path in Office management, specifically that of a Project Manager. This paper determined the lack of interest in field management career path choice, specifically that of a Superintendent, by surveying the Junior and Senior students to gauge their career interests. It is concluded that there is indeed a ...


Scraper Productivity, Cost, And Size Selection Generator, Zachary C. Rege 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Scraper Productivity, Cost, And Size Selection Generator, Zachary C. Rege

Construction Management

In the construction industry we are timelessly looking to increase productivity and find the most cost-efficient way to finish a given project. Like any other sector of the construction industry large earthmoving contractors looks to find the most advantageous way to move dirt and at the cheapest cost per cubic yard. To obtain this goal of calculating and imagining the best way to move dirt, I have created a prototype program that analyzes scraper productivity and cost comparisons through excel sheets. These excel sheets allow a contractor to enter information such as cycles times, load calculations, and costs to create ...


Unexpected Setbacks When Excavating - Using Gpr For Mitigating Risk: A Case Study, Sam Marcum 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Unexpected Setbacks When Excavating - Using Gpr For Mitigating Risk: A Case Study, Sam Marcum

Construction Management

Whether constructing on undeveloped land or on an existing developed site, there is a risk of encountering unexpected objects when excavating. With today’s technology in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), this risk can generally be mitigated. Using Whiting-Turner’s construction of Stanford University’s new ChEM-H & SNI Building as an example, this case study discusses the use of GPR for underground mapping, as well as various ways to implement GPR technology. The ChEM-H & SNI site had many underground utilities that required precise pot-holing to verify locations. Although pot-holing is widely used, it is a destructive method, it is time and ...


Case Study: Effect Of Rideshare And Autonomous Vehicles On Parking Requirements In The Bay Area, Ryan J. Macintosh 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Case Study: Effect Of Rideshare And Autonomous Vehicles On Parking Requirements In The Bay Area, Ryan J. Macintosh

Construction Management

With our streets becoming over crowded with many different modes of transportation, parking has followed this trend and proven to be much more difficult for people. This has frustrated citizens and developers alike because there never seems to be enough parking when it’s needed and finding the space and resources necessary to provide sufficient amounts is becoming increasingly difficult. The objective of this report is to create more awareness of how rideshare and autonomous vehicles are affecting parking requirements imposed by cities. The world we live in can change very fast and in order to accommodate for these changes ...


Building A Handicap Accessible Entrance And Gabion Wall, David C. Marter 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Building A Handicap Accessible Entrance And Gabion Wall, David C. Marter

Construction Management

As people age, their bodies naturally deteriorate and often times people are confined to wheelchairs in order to get around. Uneven and unstable ground is a large obstacle for people who live confined to a wheelchair. This project was derived and designed in order to help a family with multiple family members bound to wheelchairs to allow them an easier point of access into the home. The project itself consists of the construction of a concrete walkway and a gabion wall to provide some additional aesthetics. The concrete pathway ranges from the driveway to a paver pathway that curves around ...


Meetings Critical To Construction Project Success And Best Practices: A Case Study, Ross Ludwig 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Meetings Critical To Construction Project Success And Best Practices: A Case Study, Ross Ludwig

Construction Management

This project is a case study of specific meeting tactics that are being used by “Company X”, a large general contracting company. The case study was completed by conducting semi-structured interviews of “Company X” senior management personnel. The case study looked to discover which meetings were necessary to overall project success, as well as best practices for meetings in the construction industry. Communication effectiveness of the project team is essential to the overall project outcome. The project team is a group of people with diverse backgrounds. Understanding the dynamics of a group is necessary to producing a quality product. A ...


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