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Professional Practice For Constructors, Tristan M. Soltero 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Professional Practice For Constructors, Tristan M. Soltero

Construction Management

This project based senior project focuses on the creation of a fully online topics course called CM 463: Professional Practice for Constructors. The course itself will be based on the project management body of knowledge and will cover several the chapters either in depth or briefly. A few of the topics introduced throughout the course will be: Project Scope, Project Time, and Project Cost. Although most students may have already touched basis on the subjects throughout the current curriculum, the management perspective of these project essentials are overlooked. While each chapter will be introduced throughout the course, a project lasting ...


Value Of Exposing High School Students To Skilled Trades, Rocio Ramirez-Castro, Janet Valenzuela 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Value Of Exposing High School Students To Skilled Trades, Rocio Ramirez-Castro, Janet Valenzuela

Construction Management

The construction industry is facing dramatic challenges, specifically labor shortage. Due to a lack of skilled craftspeople working in the field, projects result in delays and increased project costs. Throughout the United States, construction companies are looking to find skilled workers to meet the projects workforce. In order to expose people to the construction industry, a presentation and survey was conducted amongst high school students. The concept consists of majority of high school students not being informed about the career opportunities in the construction industry. Consequently, by exposing students to the construction industry would benefit the industry itself and recent ...


Recommendation To Implement A Microsoft Excel Topics Course, Alexander J. Poksay 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Recommendation To Implement A Microsoft Excel Topics Course, Alexander J. Poksay

Construction Management

The purpose of my senior project is to recommend the addition of a Microsoft Excel course to the Cal Poly Construction Management curriculum. My interest in this topic was sparked when I began my internship at Decker Electric in San Francisco during the summer of 2017. As a result of this internship, I discovered how inadequate my Excel skills were and how important Microsoft Excel is to the construction industry. Upon graduation, Cal Poly Construction Management students enter a workforce that relies heavily upon many different types of software programs that analyze information used daily in construction. With a rapidly ...


San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School Photovoltaic Project (Belize), John Angelo M. Pezzini 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School Photovoltaic Project (Belize), John Angelo M. Pezzini

Construction Management

In December 2016, the California Polytechnic State University National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Student Chapter, along with Construction Management faculty and alumni/industry members, installed a photovoltaic system in San Pedro, Belize. This student-led team won the Student Passport Initiative grant from ELECTRI International, with the purpose of designing and constructing a photovoltaic system for the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School, in order to reduce dependence on the grid, encourage carbon neutrality, and aim for net-zero energy consumption. This paper will discuss the preconstruction tasks associated with the project, focusing mainly on maintaining the schedule, the installation of the ...


Poly Canyon Observation Deck, Jordan H. Morofsky 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Poly Canyon Observation Deck, Jordan H. Morofsky

Construction Management

The Poly Canyon Observation Deck is a project that I have been moving through preconstruction for the past year. It started as a solo project but quickly evolved into an interdisciplinary project involving two architectural engineers and myself. Together we developed a project proposal that we presented to Cal Poly Facilities along with our building permit application. They have approved our proposal and have awarded us a provisional building permit which will be approved after they review the 100% construction documents. We have been working the past two quarters to finalize the design, select materials, and perform a complete structural ...


Analysis On Why Cal Poly Cm Students Don't Pursue Employment In The Central Coast., Jessica Magaña 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Analysis On Why Cal Poly Cm Students Don't Pursue Employment In The Central Coast., Jessica Magaña

Construction Management

The Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Construction Management program is one of the best in the nation. With nearly 100% of its undergraduate students having a job set in place before graduation, it is interesting seeing students pass on the opportunity to stay and work in the area in which they are taught about the profession. There are many local builders in the Central Coast that are looking for new-hires, and with all the new developments starting up in nearby cities, as in San Luis Obispo; newly graduates are choosing instead to look and go elsewhere to start their careers ...


Modeling Root Causes Of Construction Site Fatalities Using Social Network Analysis, Seifeldeen Omar Eteifa 2018 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Modeling Root Causes Of Construction Site Fatalities Using Social Network Analysis, Seifeldeen Omar Eteifa

Masters Theses

In spite of the continuing decrease in accident rates in the US Construction industry, accidents are one of the key factors constraining construction industry in terms of cost and time. Fatality rates in the US are more than other developed countries. Research into accident causation included accident occurrence mechanisms, different levels and types of accident causes as and best practices for accident prevention. These efforts, however, did not focus particularly on fatal accidents and did not prioritize the relationships amongst root causes for accidents. Accordingly, this research’s goal is to quantitatively analyze relationships between fatal accident root causes as ...


Impact Of Owners’ Early Decisions On Project Performance And Dispute Occurrence In Public Highway Projects, Sogand Hasanzadeh, Behzad Esmaeili, Ghada M. Gad, Douglas D. Gransberg 2018 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Impact Of Owners’ Early Decisions On Project Performance And Dispute Occurrence In Public Highway Projects, Sogand Hasanzadeh, Behzad Esmaeili, Ghada M. Gad, Douglas D. Gransberg

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications

Disputes are common in the construction industry and lead to unnecessary cost and schedule overruns in projects. It is commonly believed that owners’ early decisions regarding the selection of delivery methods, procurement methods, and contract types affect the frequency and severity of project disputes; however, no previous study has empirically tested this hypothesis, particularly in highway public projects. Therefore, this study empirically investigated the effect of owners’ early decisions regarding project organization (i.e., delivery methods, procurement, and contract types) on performance measures (e.g., cost and schedule growth), specifically dispute performance metrics (e.g., frequency and severity of disputes ...


Spanish Language Topics Course With An Emphasis On Construction Safety, Austin Changras 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Spanish Language Topics Course With An Emphasis On Construction Safety, Austin Changras

Construction Management

The end goal of this research-based project is to evaluate whether a Spanish course with an emphasis on construction site safety would be beneficial to Cal Poly’s Construction Management (CM) program and how it might also benefit the industry. The research orchestrated will be to decipher whether or not there is even a need for this type of class to be included into the curriculum. Along with data research, two separate surveys have been conducted, one administered to the Construction Management student population and the other to industry professionals. Furthermore, George Healy, a fellow CM student, is working on ...


Spanish Language Topics Course Curriculum Proposal, George W. Healy 2018 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Spanish Language Topics Course Curriculum Proposal, George W. Healy

Construction Management

The objective of this report is to initiate the development of an introductory Spanish topics course within the construction management curriculum at Cal Poly. With each construction management student at Cal Poly that graduates, the industry is gifted another future industry expert. However, in order to be truly successful in construction,one must be excellent at communicating with, and coordinating team’s activities. There is no question that workers in the construction industry are subject to life threatening hazards on a regular basis. In order to mitigate the potential harm of these hazards, allsteps must be taken in managing these ...


Developing A Scheduling Module For Construction Management Labs, Brittney Lerdahl 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Developing A Scheduling Module For Construction Management Labs, Brittney Lerdahl

Construction Management

The Cal Poly Construction Management Department is renowned as one of the best programs in the nation. From holding one of the highest competition success rates to almost 100% job placement right out of school for graduates, Cal Poly undoubtedly lives up to that reputation. With that, in order to ensure that the department continues to produce well rounded graduates, it is crucial to regularly assess any potential shortcomings that the construction management curriculum may possess. As one of the three sides of the construction management triangle, the ability to read and create a construction schedule is a crucial skill ...


A Study On Residential Construction Energy Code Compliance In Nebraska, Aaron Thompson 2018 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A Study On Residential Construction Energy Code Compliance In Nebraska, Aaron Thompson

Construction Systems -- Dissertations & Theses

Energy codes are easy to implement, but how effectively are they being followed? To determine energy code compliance of residential construction in Nebraska, a study was conducted in which seven key areas having the most effect on energy savings were analyzed. The study examined both urban and rural areas of the state and compared Nebraska to other states’ energy code compliance studies. The study found an eighty-eight percent average compliance in the key areas. Urban areas tended to be more compliant than rural areas. Nebraska is comparative in energy code compliance to other states. Yet, the state of Nebraska, code ...


Evaluation Of Testing Methods For Tracking Cipp Liners’ Life-Cycle Performance, Shaurav Alam, John Matthews 2018 Louisiana Tech University

Evaluation Of Testing Methods For Tracking Cipp Liners’ Life-Cycle Performance, Shaurav Alam, John Matthews

John C. Matthews

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Social Contagion And Knowledge Acquisition In Construction Professional Service Firms, Oluwasegun O. Seriki, Roisin Murphy 2018 Dublin Institute of Technology

Social Contagion And Knowledge Acquisition In Construction Professional Service Firms, Oluwasegun O. Seriki, Roisin Murphy

Conference papers

The construction industry in Ireland, including professional service firms (PSF’s) operating therein, are undergoing a period of change and uncertainty driven by economic, demographic, political and technological factors. While considerable evidence exists demonstrating the relationship between environmental turbulence on organisational decision making, there remains a distinct lack of focus on behavioural patterns affecting decision-making process of construction firms. Social contagion (SC) theory asserts that the spread of ideas, attitudes, or behaviour patterns in a group is achieved through imitation and conformity, and is well established within social sciences research, and is increasingly being used to analyse organisational behaviour. However ...


Solar Water-Heating In The Developing World, Raymond Gomez, Kellen Miller 2018 Carroll College

Solar Water-Heating In The Developing World, Raymond Gomez, Kellen Miller

Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival

We designed a solar heating system for an elderly home in Saint Lucia. St. Lucia is a Caribbean island-country with abundant rainfall. We worked with EWB to design a system that provides sufficient hot rainwater to the laundry facility. Free hot water is a great resource.


Industry Requirement Gap Analysis For Sustainable Construction Technology, Parya Nickbeen 2018 University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Industry Requirement Gap Analysis For Sustainable Construction Technology, Parya Nickbeen

Civil Engineering ETDs

As sustainable construction becomes a standard necessity in the construction industry, construction engineering and management programs seek to integrate sustainable construction concepts and skills into their degree programs. The aim of this research is to identify industry-required competencies and recognize the possible gaps between industry skills demands and the education provided by academia for sustainable construction technologist jobs. In this study, industry requirements for sustainable construction technologist (mid-level) positions were identified through the analysis of job advertisements, literature review, job analysis (i.e., Developing a Curriculum-DACUM- process), and surveys. Results from the DACUM process provided a categorization of 4 main ...


An Embedded Sensory System For Worker Safety: Prototype Development And Evaluation, Chunhee Cho, Jee Woong Park 2018 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

An Embedded Sensory System For Worker Safety: Prototype Development And Evaluation, Chunhee Cho, Jee Woong Park

Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Faculty Publications

At a construction site, workers mainly rely on two senses, which are sight and sound, in order to perceive their physical surroundings. However, they are often hindered by the nature of most construction sites, which are usually dynamic, loud, and complicated. To overcome these challenges, this research explored a method using an embedded sensory system that might offer construction workers an artificial sensing ability to better perceive their surroundings. This study identified three parameters (i.e., intensity, signal length, and delay between consecutive pulses) needed for tactile-based signals for the construction workers to communicate quickly. We developed a prototype system ...


Aligning Construction Management Students' Minors With The Needs Of Industry Professionals, Isaac Alexis Maximov 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Aligning Construction Management Students' Minors With The Needs Of Industry Professionals, Isaac Alexis Maximov

Construction Management

While in college, students will have to decide if they want to pursue a minor, in addition to their bachelor’s degree. To pursue a minor one has to take additional units, and one usually does this without any free electives, meaning their graduation date is most likely delayed. A minor, in theory, should provide additional benefits such as being more hirable and earning potential; however, in the construction industry, the minors construction management students are taking do not align with the needs of construction industry professionals in. And while most students believe having a minor will increase their salary ...


Industry Perspectives On The 40-Hour Work Week As It Relates To Overtime In The Pacific Northwest, John S. Korsmo III 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Industry Perspectives On The 40-Hour Work Week As It Relates To Overtime In The Pacific Northwest, John S. Korsmo Iii

Construction Management

The construction industry has a stigma for construction projects often being behind schedule, delayed, or delivered late. Many projects that find themselves in this predicament will utilize overtime to make up for the loss in schedule. However, a number of published studies shows evidence that extended overtime produces a decrease in labor productivity. Does the structure of the 40-hour work week have an affect on this loss of production with overtime? This paper will examine the structure of the 40-hour work week with an emphasis on a 4-day, 10-hour day schedule as well as overtime productivity. This study explores the ...


Modular Utility Rack And Accessory Line, Ian Philip Thomas 2018 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Modular Utility Rack And Accessory Line, Ian Philip Thomas

Construction Management

There is a large gap in the market for heavy duty work racks for fleet vehicles. Modular racks have recently been introduced to the industry allowing contractors the ability to customize them to their needs. However, all customizable racks are limited to lightweight applications. The high strength steel rack I have designed is both modular, and sturdy enough to handle up to an estimated one thousand pounds. On our website, contractors will be able to scroll through the available attachments for his make and model rack and view them built on to his vehicle in 3D computer generated graphics.


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