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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 ...


Geophysical Delineation Of Megaporosity And Fluid Migration Pathways For Geohazard Characterization Within The Delaware Basin, Culberson County, Texas, Jonathan David Woodard 2017 Stephen F. Austin State University

Geophysical Delineation Of Megaporosity And Fluid Migration Pathways For Geohazard Characterization Within The Delaware Basin, Culberson County, Texas, Jonathan David Woodard

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

Differential dissolution of gypsum karst within the Delaware Basin poses a significant threat to infrastructure that society depends on. The study area is located in Culberson County, Texas and traverses a distance of approximately 54 kilometers along RM 652 within the Gypsum Plain which is situated on the northern margin of the Chihuahua Desert and includes outcrops of Castile and Rustler strata that host karst geohazards. Regions of karst geohazard potential have been physically surveyed proximal to the study area in evaporites throughout the Castile Formation outcrop; minimal hazards, in comparison to the Castile Formation, have been documented in ...


Setback Distance Requirements For Removal Of Swine Slurry Constituents In Runoff, John E. Gilley, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, Kent Eskridge, Xu Li, Amy M. Schmidt, Daniel D. Snow 2017 Adjunct Professor, Biological Systems Engineering

Setback Distance Requirements For Removal Of Swine Slurry Constituents In Runoff, John E. Gilley, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, Kent Eskridge, Xu Li, Amy M. Schmidt, Daniel D. Snow

Biological Systems Engineering: Papers and Publications

The use of setback distances for manure application on cropland areas adjacent to surface water bodies could serve a function similar to vegetative filter strips. However, little information currently exists to identify the setback distances necessary to effectively reduce the transport of contaminants in runoff. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of setback distance and runoff rate on concentrations of selected constituents in runoff following land application of swine slurry to a no-till cropland area in southeast Nebraska. The study site had a residue cover of 7.73 Mg ha-1 and a slope gradient of 4 ...


Multi-Dimensional Drought Risk Assessment Based On Socio-Economic Vulnerabilities And Hydro-Climatological Factors, Ali Ahmadalipour 2017 Portland State University

Multi-Dimensional Drought Risk Assessment Based On Socio-Economic Vulnerabilities And Hydro-Climatological Factors, Ali Ahmadalipour

Dissertations and Theses

Drought is among the costliest natural hazards developing slowly and affecting large areas, which imposes severe consequences on society and economy. Anthropogenic climate change is expected to exacerbate drought in various regions of the globe, making its associated socioeconomic impacts more severe. Such impacts are of higher concern in Africa, which is mainly characterized by arid climate and lacking infrastructure as well as social development. Furthermore, the continent is expected to experience vast population growth, which will make it more vulnerable to the adverse effects of drought. This study provides the first comprehensive multi-dimensional assessment of drought risk across the ...


Stewardship Of International Bim Programmes: Lessons For Ireland, Barry McAuley, Alan Hore, Roger West, Shiyao Kuang 2017 Dublin Institute of Technology

Stewardship Of International Bim Programmes: Lessons For Ireland, Barry Mcauley, Alan Hore, Roger West, Shiyao Kuang

Conference papers

The support by central government of national Building Information Modelling (BIM) programmes is common throughout the developed world today. To further understand how the different international governments have supported their BIM programmes the BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP) research team in Ireland recently completed a comprehensive Global BIM Study to help inform the National BIM Council (NBC) of Ireland in developing a Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Sector. This paper details the findings of a more concentrated investigation on a selection of jurisdictions on how particular international BIM programmes are orgainsed, managed and the level of governmental ...


Ireland’S Bim Macro Adoption Study: Establishing Ireland’S Bim Maturity, Barry McAuley, ALan Hore, Roger West, Mohamad Kassem, Shiyao Kuang 2017 Dublin Institute of Technology

Ireland’S Bim Macro Adoption Study: Establishing Ireland’S Bim Maturity, Barry Mcauley, Alan Hore, Roger West, Mohamad Kassem, Shiyao Kuang

Conference papers

Since 2016 the BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP) has captured the capability of the Irish Construction Industry’s and the Higher Education Institutes’ (HEIs) response to the increased requirement for BIM on Irish construction and engineering projects. One of the primary responsibilities of the BICP research team is to collate data to assist the National BIM Council of Ireland in the formulation of a National BIM Roadmap. To assist the Council with this task the BICP research team applied five macro BIM maturity conceptual models to assess Ireland’s BIM maturity. The results from the models were further utilised to ...


Partial Material Strength Reduction Factors For Aci 318, Tong Zhang 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Partial Material Strength Reduction Factors For Aci 318, Tong Zhang

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

The strength reduction factors, phi, defined in ACI 318-14 for different structural actions and elements lead to inconsistent results. This study proposes partial material strength reduction factors for concrete, phic, and reinforcing steel, phis, that yield similar design strengths and more consistent reliability indices. Three structural actions are investigated: moment; shear; and, combined moment and axial force. The first-order, second-moment method is used to compute reliability indices for moment and shear, and Monte Carlo simulation is used for combined moment and axial force. The statistical parameters assumed for the professional factor for shear strength significantly impact the reliability ...


Behaviour Of Pre-Stressed Concrete Transmission Poles Under High Intensity Wind, Ahmed M. Ibrahim 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Behaviour Of Pre-Stressed Concrete Transmission Poles Under High Intensity Wind, Ahmed M. Ibrahim

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Among different types of electrical transmission line structures, pre-stressed concrete transmission poles have the advantages of low installation and maintenance costs, appropriate delivery time, and high corrosion resistivity. Typically, these poles are designed to resist synoptic wind loading. Current design codes do not consider the effect of high intensity wind (HIW) events in the form of downbursts and tornadoes on pre-stressed concrete poles despite the fact that those weather events are the main cause of failure of transmission line structures. The first comprehensive study conducted to assess the behaviour of pre-stressed concrete transmission poles under HIW is presented in this ...


A Comprehensive Data Driven Evaluation Of Wide Area Probe Data: Opportunities And Challenges., Yaw Okyere Adu-Gyamfi, Anuj Sharma, Skylar Knickerbocker, Neal R. Hawkins, Michael Jackson 2017 Iowa State University

A Comprehensive Data Driven Evaluation Of Wide Area Probe Data: Opportunities And Challenges., Yaw Okyere Adu-Gyamfi, Anuj Sharma, Skylar Knickerbocker, Neal R. Hawkins, Michael Jackson

Anuj Sharma

There is a growing desire, among transportation organizations and state DOTs, to consider augmenting traditional traffic data collection with probe - based services for expanded coverage under constrained budgets. The nature of traffic data collection with probes is however dramatically different from traditional traffic data collection techniques. This affects how the new technology is applied and used to solve current traffic problems such as traffic incident management and roadway performance assessment. The current paper summarizes the experiences and lessons learned while using probe data for traffic operations and safety management and makes recommendations on opportunities to maximize the use of probe ...


Stiffness Characterisation Of Full-Scale Airfield Test Pavements Using Computational Intelligence Techniques, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan, Halil Ceylan 2017 Iowa State University

Stiffness Characterisation Of Full-Scale Airfield Test Pavements Using Computational Intelligence Techniques, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan, Halil Ceylan

Halil Ceylan

The falling weight deflectometer (FWD) is a non-destructive test equipment used to assess the structural condition of highway and airfield pavement systems and to determine the moduli of pavement layers. The backcalculated moduli are not only good pavement layer condition indicators but are also necessary inputs for conducting mechanistic based pavement structural analysis. In this study, artificial neural networks (ANNs)-based backcalculation models were employed to rapidly and accurately predict flexible airport pavement layer moduli from realistic FWD deflection basins acquired at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF). The uniformity characteristics of NAPTF ...


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