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Case Study: Diesel Excavators Compared To Hybrid Excavators, Corey McGrillen 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Case Study: Diesel Excavators Compared To Hybrid Excavators, Corey Mcgrillen

Construction Management

The construction industry is constantly evolving and developing equipment that is more efficient, materials that promote sustainability and practices that emphasize lean construction principles to enhance productivity on projects. Modern day construction projects have become highly reliant on these ideals due to the highly competitive nature of the industry. In regards to heavy civil construction, specifically the underground utilities market, equipment costs count for a large percentage of overall project costs. Reducing these costs allows a contractor to be more competitive. As the focus on infrastructure construction continues to grow and expand, many heavy civil contractors are turning to alternative ...


Best Practices And Applications Of 3d Printing In The Construction Industry, Jake Kidwell 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Best Practices And Applications Of 3d Printing In The Construction Industry, Jake Kidwell

Construction Management

The construction industry is constantly looking for new ways to improve project efficiency and profitability. Many new technologies such as Business Information Modeling (BIM) programs, and project management software have been introduced to aid in preconstruction and on site coordination. However, traditional building methods have remained relatively unchanged for decades. 3D printing (3DP) is a promising new technology that has the potential to not only be an effective means of increasing project efficiency and profitability in the field, but also have positive environmental impacts. However, as it exists today, this technology is highly limited by size, material, skilled labor, and ...


Case Study On Student Competence In Construction Surveying And Layout, Dejah Hilliard 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Case Study On Student Competence In Construction Surveying And Layout, Dejah Hilliard

Construction Management

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Construction Management (CM) curriculum requires its students to enroll in BRAE 239, a course that educates students on field surveying using equipment such as a total station and an automatic optical level (builder’s level). The class focuses on how to use the specified equipment to calculate distances, heights, and angles over fixed benchmarks to create labeled contour maps and land plot diagrams. The information and methods of calculation are taught in a classroom, and the physical surveying with the provided equipment is done in the agricultural field on campus. The course does touch ...


Introduction Of Industry-Based Technical Electives Within Cal Poly Slo's Cm Curriculum, Michael Hicks 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Introduction Of Industry-Based Technical Electives Within Cal Poly Slo's Cm Curriculum, Michael Hicks

Construction Management

The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo requires that all Construction Management majors complete 8 units of technical elective credit as part of the degree requirement. Tech electives are various courses that offer additional information on particular constructionrelated subjects. This paper will explore the option of adding additional tech elective courses that focus on the various industry sectors within the construction line of work, particularly: residential, commercial, and specialty trades such as MEP. With these areas of construction being the primary job market targets for recent graduates, there is an interest to gain a higher understanding of these industries ...


Earned Value Analysis Lesson Plan And Activity, Nick A. Halle 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Earned Value Analysis Lesson Plan And Activity, Nick A. Halle

Construction Management

At California Polytechnic State University, in the Construction Management Department there is a need for a lesson plan which teaches students the concepts of earned value analysis as it applies to construction projects. As many construction management students from Cal Poly go into industry and take part in complex projects, it will be beneficial to understand project management tools such as earned value. Earned value analysis focuses on two critical components, time and money and how they relate to each other and compare to the original estimate throughout the duration of a project. Comparing the estimated values to actual values ...


Integrating Radiant Flooring With Insulation, Zachary J. Faber 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Integrating Radiant Flooring With Insulation, Zachary J. Faber

Construction Management

Radiant flooring has gained traction in recent years becoming very common in residential construction, especially in custom homes. There are different types of radiant flooring that has been deployed into the construction of residential homes, but not all of them have been effective. Currently, radiant flooring must be installed either during construction of a new home, or requires the removal of existing flooring in order to place radiant components below and then reinstall the flooring. Not only does it require the removal of flooring, it is also quite expensive to purchase and install. This paper looks into whether or not ...


Mobile Applications To Aid Office To Field Communication, William Hunter Bryson 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Mobile Applications To Aid Office To Field Communication, William Hunter Bryson

Construction Management

The advancements in new age communication technology are changing and shaping the construction industry more than ever, and this technology can be utilized to solve the many issues faced in the realm of office to field communication. Currently, many companies in the construction industry struggle to effectively manage office to field communication. In an industry where details surrounding RFI’s, change orders, and submittals are constantly changing, it is imperative that information is communicated effectively and in a timely manner to the necessary people. If communication is not flowing in an accurate and succinct manner, very costly mistakes can be ...


Case Study: Mitigating Schedule Impacts From Oshpd Regulations On Medical Equipment, Peter K. Lee 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Case Study: Mitigating Schedule Impacts From Oshpd Regulations On Medical Equipment, Peter K. Lee

Construction Management

The vast majority of healthcare construction projects in the state of California work with OSHPD—Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development—to meet California’s Hospital Seismic Safety Law. While meeting the state’s Hospital Seismic Safety Law is important and even critical, working with OSHPD’s stringent regulations does imply additional concerns to be addressed by the project team. One concern regards the approval of bigger medical equipment and its impact on the overall construction schedule. This paper examines the factors that contribute to delays in the construction schedule, responsible parties for the delay, and responsibilities of each ...


Lean Construction Teaching Module: Push/Pull Planning, James M. Iroz 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Lean Construction Teaching Module: Push/Pull Planning, James M. Iroz

Construction Management

The Construction Management Department at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo has taken interests into the topics of Lean Construction to be a part of its curriculum. Lean Construction is a methodology in the built environment that tries to establish a leaner and more efficient work place in the industry. Within this broad spectrum of methodology, scheduling and more specifically, “push pull scheduling” is one of its many trademark applications. As the demand for more efficient projects rise, it is increasingly important for the next generation of construction students to be aware and educated with efficient skills. This experimental ...


Solutions And Findings Of The San Diego Homeless Paradox, Devon A. Nicklas 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Solutions And Findings Of The San Diego Homeless Paradox, Devon A. Nicklas

Construction Management

There is no question that San Diego is facing a chronic problem of their increasing homeless population. According to HUD, the homeless count as of January 2016 reached a high of 9,116 homeless people in San Diego County. Oddly enough, the city of San Diego reports that the city has seen an increase in new construction by 3.2% over the past several years and expects to see an increase of new construction as high as 12.9% by 2017. This draws the question of why there is still an increasing amount of homeless when so much new construction ...


Evaluating The California Contractors Licensing Exam And Its Relevance To The Construction Industry, Austin O'Mara 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Evaluating The California Contractors Licensing Exam And Its Relevance To The Construction Industry, Austin O'Mara

Construction Management

The California contractors licensing exam tests aspiring contractors on their knowledge of the construction industry on other legal and trade topics. This paper is a case study that evaluates the contractors licensing exam and its ability to evaluate contractors. It concludes that the test itself is not responsible for increasing quality due to it being a simple process of memorization, but that California’s strict licensing requirements correlate to lower percentages of negative reviews. Various contractors from California were interviewed to understand their opinions of the licensing exam and how the knowledge from the exam related to their time in ...


Devcon's In-House Design Department Benefiting Their Construction Process: A Case Study, Neeka M. Nazhand 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Devcon's In-House Design Department Benefiting Their Construction Process: A Case Study, Neeka M. Nazhand

Construction Management

Devcon Construction Inc. is a general contracting company that implements a design department in-house to aid them with their design-build projects. Since their doors opened in 1976, Devcon has imbedded an in-house design department that now delegates about twenty-five percent of their design-build projects, and acts as a resource center for their other construction projects. Having this unique design department benefits both the design and construction side of projects, because working for the same company motivates the teams to work together and solve problems faster. The design department is not for direct profit and only works with Devcon’s contractors ...


Preconstruction Services For The Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Crane, Peter James Schoemann 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Preconstruction Services For The Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Crane, Peter James Schoemann

Construction Management

For several years the Construction Management Department faculty have discussed implementing a better system of lifting heavy items in the Simpson Strong-Tie Lab. Currently, student assistants and faculty use a forklift to perform heavy lifting, there are definitely more safe and efficient alternatives available. An under running single girder crane system is in the process of being built in the Simpson Strong Tie lab. A full structural analysis has been calculated assuring the crane can lift up to two tons. This crane will help students and faculty use the lab to build the tiny house as well as other projects ...


Value Of Utilizing Tubular Daylighting Devices In Csu, Channel Islands' Gateway Hall, Blake T. Walsh 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Value Of Utilizing Tubular Daylighting Devices In Csu, Channel Islands' Gateway Hall, Blake T. Walsh

Construction Management

Daylighting is becoming an increasingly more important aspect of building design as our planet’s natural resources deplete and the cost savings for daylighting systems grow. California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) values the use of daylighting and aims to incorporate it into its upcoming project, Gateway Hall. One option of daylighting that the campus is considering for this project is tubular daylighting devices (TDD). This paper will study the use of tubular daylighting devices and the potential cost savings that they could have on Gateway Hall. The company leading the way in TDD technology is Solatube, whose products are ...


Best Practices For Preparing For The Reno Commercial Problem, Cole Range 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Best Practices For Preparing For The Reno Commercial Problem, Cole Range

Construction Management

The ASC Region 7 Commercial competition is one of the largest and most popular student competition in the country. Students from some of the most prestigious construction management and construction engineering schools compete in a rigorous eighteen hour competition. These teams have around 6 months to prepare for the competition. Their preparation methods have a significant impact on how they place in the competition. The amount of time spent with the teams industry sponsor, number of practice problems completed, hours spent practicing, number of team bonding events, and many other factors contribute to the team’s success. Many of the ...


Construction Of A House In Tijuana, Mexico, Adam Scianna 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Construction Of A House In Tijuana, Mexico, Adam Scianna

Construction Management

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A Case Study On The Compliance Of The Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicle Regulation, Kyle Potts 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

A Case Study On The Compliance Of The Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicle Regulation, Kyle Potts

Construction Management

In December of 2008 the California Air Resource Board approved the On Road Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicle Regulation. The purpose of this new law is to reduce the emissions from existing on-road diesel vehicles operating throughout California. However, this new regulation is drastically affecting trucking companies throughout the state of California. Trucking companies across state lines are left with a few costly options to comply with the On Road Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicle Regulation. This case study focuses on two similar trucking companies and how they went about complying with the new regulation and which options have been most effective ...


Certifications In The Construction Industry: A Look Into Industry Standards, Shawn T. Pacaoan 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Certifications In The Construction Industry: A Look Into Industry Standards, Shawn T. Pacaoan

Construction Management

Becoming certified in various areas of construction is a task that requires completing rigorous courses to become more knowledgeable and give those the tools to succeed in a certain path within construction. Having a multitude of certifications diversifies your portfolio, and strengthens your resume but acquiring multiple certifications can be a very expensive and time-consuming task. Is the time commitment and expenses worth it? By the end of this paper students will finally know the answer to a question they have always been asking, “Do construction certifications actually better your chances to get a job?” Since there are numerous certifications ...


Metallica Worldwired Tour: Case Study, Phillip Matthews 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Metallica Worldwired Tour: Case Study, Phillip Matthews

Construction Management

The concert touring industry is financially performing at its highest level in history. A shifting trend from selling records to selling live entertainment experiences has caused a boom in the event production field. This project examines one of the most successful global tours of 2017, Metallica’s WorldWired Tour. This tour was able to achieve success with an unconventional stage design. The goal was to enhance the audience experience and interaction with the band. To achieve this, Metallica toured with a roofless stage. This unique stage design proposed challenges for all areas of concert production, including lighting, audio, video, and ...


Bridging The Gap Between Technology Usage In The Construction Industry And In The Classroom, Marco Maffioli 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Bridging The Gap Between Technology Usage In The Construction Industry And In The Classroom, Marco Maffioli

Construction Management

As construction begins to advance more and more every day, technology is one of the most volatile aspects due to its ever changing nature. Technology, and all the software’s that encompass it, is the future of this industry and if we want to keep improving and growing as an industry we need to better align our future new hires with the most prevalent technology and that starts in the classroom. Specifically, the Construction Management Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, one of the most advanced in Nation, still struggles to align with the expectations and reality of the ...


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