Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Civil and Environmental Engineering Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

29,244 Full-Text Articles 35,188 Authors 10,821,919 Downloads 173 Institutions

All Articles in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faceted Search

29,244 full-text articles. Page 7 of 733.

Construction Outreach Event With Girl Scouts Of The Usa And Cal Poly Women In Construction, Melissa McGrath 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Construction Outreach Event With Girl Scouts Of The Usa And Cal Poly Women In Construction, Melissa Mcgrath

Construction Management

For an industry that is struggling to find enough workers, the limited amount of women entering construction is proving to be a significant issue. Some of the major reasons for this are social norms and stereotypes that discourage young girls from entering traditionally male careers. Outreach events that present girls with more positive messages about their potential for starting a career in construction are beneficial for both the girls and the construction industry. Cal Poly’s Women in Construction Club (WIC) and Girl Scouts of the USA are two organizations that can aid this cause and inspire more girls to ...


Viability Of Solar Power On Jobsites, Braden J. LeValley 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Viability Of Solar Power On Jobsites, Braden J. Levalley

Construction Management

The use of solar energy has slowly been on the rise over the past few decades, the full potential of solar energy has not been realized in the realm of construction. Solar power in construction has been slow to catch on, as many of the upfront costs associated with solar power has created a feeling that investing in such systems will ultimately not be worth the investment. This paper attempts to address the issues of upfront costs, the willingness for contractors to invest in renewable energy both now and in the future, and will also identify possible uses for solar ...


Operations Constructed - Jobsite Material Delivery Website, Lorcan Yeung 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Operations Constructed - Jobsite Material Delivery Website, Lorcan Yeung

Construction Management

Operations Constructed is a program a couple students developed to help enhance the material delivery process on-site through innovation. Through partnering a construction management student and a computer engineering student the team developed Operations Constructed which modernized the material delivery process. Through industry research, Cal Poly Entrepreneurship mentorship, and faculty input the team produced a program that is simplistic enough for the old-school construction industry. Presently many construction companies use white boards or excel sheets to schedule their material deliveries whereas Operations Constructed would provide an automated means of coordination, confirmation, and execution of the same deliveries. The final product ...


Incorporation Of A Leed Green Associate Exam Prep Course Into The Construction Management Tech. Elective Selection, Jason Gendron 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Incorporation Of A Leed Green Associate Exam Prep Course Into The Construction Management Tech. Elective Selection, Jason Gendron

Construction Management

Since the development of LEED began in 1993, the construction industry has gradually been incorporating these certificates into every aspect of the field, predominantly the Commercial sector. With LEED becoming a major element impacting nearly every project, it is crucial for individuals to fully understand what LEED encompasses. As greater numbers of professionals in the industry have begun to strive for their LEED Accreditations, it has become apparent that it is far easier to prepare for these exams while in college when individuals have more time to do so rather than during employment. This project is an evaluation of the ...


Comparison Of Carbon Fiber And Fiberglass On Concrete Strength, Justin A. Baker 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Comparison Of Carbon Fiber And Fiberglass On Concrete Strength, Justin A. Baker

Construction Management

The purpose of this paper is to compare two common polymers of the construction industry and determine if there are benefits of using them in concrete application to increase overall strength. The goal of the project is to complete a full experiment, utilizing concrete cylinders and beams to test the compressive and tensile properties of fiberglass and carbon fiber. This paper provides data from the experimentation of the compressive and tensile tests of carbon fiber and fiberglass to prove that these polymers are superior and aid in overall concrete strength. The experiment proved that carbon fiber is superior to fiberglass ...


Agrihoods: The Sustainable Communties Of The Future, Ryan Jeffrey Hauser 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Agrihoods: The Sustainable Communties Of The Future, Ryan Jeffrey Hauser

Construction Management

With a large call for sustainable methods in construction due to current consumer interest and worries over the environment, a growing movement has developed to answer this call. This project involves a case study on agrihoods; housing developments involving community farming. The research will be centered around the use of Freehold Communities’ in-progress 309-acre agrihood model located in Palm Springs, California known as Miralon. This, as well as information from independent third-party sources, will bring to light the numerous positive aspects involved in making communities’ sustainable though agrihood’s unique attributes. The project will touch on the possible negative aspects ...


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Bridge House Remodel Project, Severin B. Elste 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Bridge House Remodel Project, Severin B. Elste

Construction Management

The Bridge House, located in Poly Canyon, was originally constructed in 1968. Its original purpose served as a seismic activity lab for Architectural Engineering (ARCE) students. I joined a team of 4 ARCE students, making this an interdisciplinary project. There have been a few other groups who have tried to complete this project but have always fallen short. With the calculations and structural drawings provided by the ARCE students, we had a design and plan to fabricate the hand railings. We have completed 13 handrails, with four already installed on the structure by another group, that have now replaced the ...


Utilization Of Data Analytics In The Buyout Process, Andrew William Dowdle 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Utilization Of Data Analytics In The Buyout Process, Andrew William Dowdle

Construction Management

This is a qualitative research project designed to analyze the feasibility of using data analytics in the buyout process. The research methodology for the paper is presented. A series of interviews with industry professionals were conducted to gather data for this paper. These interviews targeted various fields relating to the topic, including; data analytics, information systems, and construction management. Themes that emerged in these interviews include industry application, data collection, the buyout process, similar applications, and subcontractor evaluation. Insights into how data analytics in the buyout process would affect the industry are also present in this paper. These preliminary results ...


Development Of A Topics Course For Construction Management, William Harrison Wygal 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Development Of A Topics Course For Construction Management, William Harrison Wygal

Construction Management

The Cal Poly Construction Management program has been proven to produce some of the most prepared graduates heading into new careers in every facet of the construction industry. Speaking with faculty member Tom Kommer, we have concluded that there is a need for an increased focus on construction risk management within the curriculum. In order to develop a course which would suitably educate Cal Poly Construction Management students in the topic of risk management, I performed a literary review during which I determined which risks are most prevalent within the construction industry and how firms in the construction industry manage ...


Ciob Global Student Challenge - Integration Into Professional Financial Training, George M. King 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Ciob Global Student Challenge - Integration Into Professional Financial Training, George M. King

Construction Management

As anyone in the construction industry knows, a construction business is one of the most risky to start compared to any other industry. This does not mean that it should be avoided by potential entrepreneurs, just viewed with a more cautious eye than other industries. Those considering entering the industry should have experience and confidence in their ability to perform prior to the establishment of a company. One way to gain this experience is through years of work in the respective sector. Another, more experimental method, is through the use of competitive virtual training. The latter requires less training time ...


Haiti Transitional Home: Solar Panel System Design, Kasey Riese Hetzel 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Haiti Transitional Home: Solar Panel System Design, Kasey Riese Hetzel

Construction Management

Haiti is located in a region with optimal access to the sun’s rays, but not enough resources to make use of them. While the country is known for its limited access to electricity and unreliable power quality, it has the potential to become a renewable energy powerhouse. Providing a safe place for families to reunite under one roof, that runs solely on solar power is the ultimate goal of this project. Not only designing the most efficient system, but finding which products are available in country, and which products would be more cost effective to ship internationally was the ...


Optimizing Internships In Construction Management Based On Student's Interests And Experience, Austin Meneses Logan 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Optimizing Internships In Construction Management Based On Student's Interests And Experience, Austin Meneses Logan

Construction Management

The growing norm for students in the field of Construction Management is to have at least one internship under their belt prior to entering the industry for a full-time career. The goal of this research paper is to analyze student feedback from their previous internships to draw conclusions on how companies should structure their internship programs based on student interests and level of experience. Research was done evaluating current Construction Management students with previous internship experience at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. This research paper will be beneficial for industry companies to better tailor their internship programs to ...


Solar Shingle Experience: Evaluating Their Value In Today's Market, Kevin R. Church 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Solar Shingle Experience: Evaluating Their Value In Today's Market, Kevin R. Church

Construction Management

Solar technology has been on the rise in popularity in recent years and we are starting to see more of it across the US. As the technology and capabilities of photovoltaic (PV) cells advance, there has been an increase in the number of different product designs that incorporate PV cells. Building integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) products have been some of the most popular introduced to the market. In the last five years, one of these BIPV products, a solar system integrated into the roofing shingles of residential homes has been sensationalized and, according to a California solar installer, that has encouraged ...


The Corner: Tectonic Intersections Of The Architectural Environment, Chad Schwartz, Jaasiel Duarte-Terrazas,, Nataani Garnenez 2019 Kansas State University

The Corner: Tectonic Intersections Of The Architectural Environment, Chad Schwartz, Jaasiel Duarte-Terrazas,, Nataani Garnenez

Building Technology Educator's Society

Architectural corners serve as nodes of constructional shifting, of structural logistics, of environmental control emphasis, of spatial experience, and of aesthetic considerations and it is in these particular building intersections that our greatest architects have exceled. Despite the importance of the corner, most architectural software introduces generalizations into design work that all but assures improper understanding of a building’s corners, especially for students and those novice to the profession. The transformations undertaken in the computer rarely reflect the strategies used to create physical, occupiable space. For instance, when working in building information modeling software, walls intersect via “butt” or ...


Exposed! The Impact Of Structural Materiality On The Design Of Architecture, Terri Boake 2019 University of Waterloo

Exposed! The Impact Of Structural Materiality On The Design Of Architecture, Terri Boake

Building Technology Educator's Society

There is a formative connection between structural choice and architectural design. Where the term “low hanging fruit” has often been used with reference to critical first choices towards climate responsive sustainable design, a similar approach can be applied to design-thinking when it comes to structural choices. The consideration of the material nature of the primary structure at the conceptual stage of design can allow for improved focus during the design process. This is particularly critical when working with exposed structural systems as the materiality also directly impacts the aesthetics. Exposing a structure requires that the architect be significantly more technically ...


Technical Provocations: Material Inventions, Structural Assemblies, And Environmental Responses As Precursors And Design Prompts, Lisa Huang, Bradley Walters 2019 University of Florida

Technical Provocations: Material Inventions, Structural Assemblies, And Environmental Responses As Precursors And Design Prompts, Lisa Huang, Bradley Walters

Building Technology Educator's Society

The purpose of the study is to develop a studio course that is a precursor to the integrative studio in the University of Florida Master of Architecture curriculum. The studio course introduces each building technology discipline as design concept generators and the course intends to prepare students not to think of building technologies in only practical terms but to integrate a conceptual thinking regarding building technologies in their design work. Our primary goal is for the students to discover poetic approaches for working with building technologies before they need to integrate all disciplines simultaneously in their design work. The studio ...


Big Glue! Testing The Scalability Of Adhesives In Architecture And Design, Emily White, Erik Sapper 2019 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Big Glue! Testing The Scalability Of Adhesives In Architecture And Design, Emily White, Erik Sapper

Building Technology Educator's Society

This paper documents the questions, methods and outcomes of “Big Glue,” a research collaboration among students and faculty from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s chemistry and architecture departments that explores the potentials of structural adhesives in architecture and design. The project asks how adhesives can be more broadly used as work increases in size from the scale of models to full-scale construction.

Our focus is on aluminum structures. We looked at existing adhesive use in construction and in the automotive industry, where adhesives are increasingly used on aluminum and aluminum composites to reduce weight and consequently increase fuel efficiencies ...


Design-Build For Discovery: Applied Research On The Construction Site, Mary Hardin 2019 University of Arizona

Design-Build For Discovery: Applied Research On The Construction Site, Mary Hardin

Building Technology Educator's Society

The University of Arizona’s architectural education program utilizes the dual learning vehicles of design-build pedagogy and affordable housing projects to investigate the cost effectiveness of regional vernacular construction methods paired with contemporary energy and water conservation strategies to control initial construction costs and long-term operational costs of single-family dwellings.

Earth, clay and stone, indigenous building materials with long histories in the arid deserts of the southwestern U.S., have diminished in use as labor prices have risen in the construction industry. Over the course of six design-build projects, Building Technology faculty and students experimented with and improved wall forming ...


Truss-Ting History, Chad Dennis, Joshua Friedman 2019 Northeastern University

Truss-Ting History, Chad Dennis, Joshua Friedman

Building Technology Educator's Society

Building performance in this case being evaluated by traditional means, such as energy use over time, in addition to qualitative questions of space, history, pedagogy etc. Another term explicit in this project is that of “future use” by which we build on typical modes of site analysis in addition to the growing body of research developed through building scientists, we ask how building systems can be used to accommodate a variety of program while simultaneously maintaining a strong connection to place. Through the use of a hybrid system of glulam trusses and CLT panels to repurpose an existing historic pumphouse ...


Structures For Relief & Resiliency: Enhancing Creative Applications Of Technical Acumen Through Constrained Conditions, Rob Whitehead 2019 Iowa State University

Structures For Relief & Resiliency: Enhancing Creative Applications Of Technical Acumen Through Constrained Conditions, Rob Whitehead

Building Technology Educator's Society

The design of places, objects, and experiential operations are of great importance to the relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts that affect millions of people each year. Proactively designing for these scenarios requires a more than just sensitivity to the vexing nature of the people and their problems. The inter-disciplinary teams that assist in these efforts must be able to translate these activities into solutions that have insights into the structural, material, and construction considerations. Without these qualities, the tangible, useful, and deployable solutions could be marginalized until they become the lowest common denominator of design solutions.

The value of design ...


Digital Commons powered by bepress