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Operation And Maintenance Costs In Reverse Osmosis Desalination Projects Adopting Public-Private Partnerships: A Comprehensive Investigation And Analysis, Mayar Mohamed Khairy Jan 2025

Operation And Maintenance Costs In Reverse Osmosis Desalination Projects Adopting Public-Private Partnerships: A Comprehensive Investigation And Analysis, Mayar Mohamed Khairy

Theses and Dissertations

Water Desalination projects, specifically ones adopting reverse osmosis (RO) technology, play a pivotal role in addressing the scarcity of water globally. Since these projects require huge investments, there is an imperative need to focus on the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in their developments. This research tries to provide a comprehensive investigation into the factors affecting O&M costs in PPP desalination projects due to their importance.

A comprehensive research approach, including a literature review, expert interviews, survey analysis, and statistical tools, is adopted in this research aiming to identify key factors and recommendations based on best practices in O&M costs …


Operation Webs - Tiny Home On Wheels: Quantity Take-Off, Estimate, And Site Logistics, Brendan Moynahan Dec 2024

Operation Webs - Tiny Home On Wheels: Quantity Take-Off, Estimate, And Site Logistics, Brendan Moynahan

Construction Management

The objective of this paper is to highlight and discuss the process of performing quantity take-offs, completing an estimate, and creating a site logistics plan for the Operation WEBS (Women Empowered Build Strong) Tiny Home on Wheels project performed at the Paso Robles State Fair. This project is a part of the interdisciplinary project based senior project completed by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design students Brendan Moynahan and Jake Torres. Brendan Moynahan performed the deliverables covered in this paper while Jake Torres completed his own deliverables for another paper. Our individual responsibilities …


Quantitative Assessment Of The Architect's Role Under Us Standard Construction Contracts: A Graph Theory Approach, Mariam Elazhary, Ahmed Shiha, Islam H. El-Adaway, Sammi Young Sep 2024

Quantitative Assessment Of The Architect's Role Under Us Standard Construction Contracts: A Graph Theory Approach, Mariam Elazhary, Ahmed Shiha, Islam H. El-Adaway, Sammi Young

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

Evaluating the Architect's Role in Construction Contracts is Vital for Improving the Contractual Relationship and Preventing Disputes. Standard Contracts Define the Architect as an Owner's Agent And/or a Contract Administrator. Studies Often Use Qualitative and Subjective Evaluations to Analyze the Architect's Role. However, there is a Lack of Quantitative Measures that Objectively Evaluate the Architect's Capacities in Construction Contracts. This Paper Fills This Knowledge Gap. This Study Proposes a Quantitative Graph Theory-Based Approach to Analyze the Architect's Roles under Three Standard Forms of Construction Contracts in the US: (1) Extracting and Classifying Party Interactions; (2) Modeling the Interactions using Network …


Quantifying The Impact Of Technology Utilization On Schedule And Cost Performance In Construction Projects, Fareed Salih, Islam H. El-Adaway Aug 2024

Quantifying The Impact Of Technology Utilization On Schedule And Cost Performance In Construction Projects, Fareed Salih, Islam H. El-Adaway

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

There Has Been a Plethora of Research on the Performance of Schedule and Cost in Construction Projects. However, Current Research Falls Short in Investigating the Combined Contribution of Different Construction Technologies on Project Performance Metrics. Specifically, None of the Previous Efforts Have Used Integrated Earned Value Management (EVM) Parameters and Utilized Construction Technologies to Assess Project Schedule and Cost Performance. This Paper Fills This Knowledge Gap. to This End, a Multistep Research Methodology Was Employed to (1) Explore the Utilization Ratings of 13 Construction Technologies based on Data Collected from 52 Industry Experts; (2) Rank These Technologies in Terms of …


Accelerating The Circular Economy Transition: A Construction Value Chain-Structured Portfolio Of Strategies And Implementation Insights, Radwa Eissa, Islam H. El-Adaway Aug 2024

Accelerating The Circular Economy Transition: A Construction Value Chain-Structured Portfolio Of Strategies And Implementation Insights, Radwa Eissa, Islam H. El-Adaway

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

Despite the Increasing Recognition of the Potential of Circular Economy (CE) Strategies, their Effective Application to Decarbonize the Construction Value Chain Faces Multiple Challenges. Ambiguity Surrounding CE, stemming from a Lack of Clarity on Actionable Strategies, is a Common Concern. Existing Studies Lack a Holistic Approach for Systematically Integrating CE Principles throughout the Construction Value Chain, resulting in a Scarcity of Information on How to Practically Adopt CE within Projects. This Research Aims to Accelerate CE Adoption by Creating a Value Chain-Structured Portfolio of CE Strategies and Analyzing the Implementation of Such Strategies in Actual Projects. to This End, a …


A Comparative Study Of Local And Global Construction Materials Sourcing Strategies For Road Projects In Nigeria, Araoye Olarinkoye Ajiboye, Micaiah Zhitsu Silas, Chinedu Chimdi Adindu, Elijah Aina Alhassan, Stephen Sunday Kolo Jun 2024

A Comparative Study Of Local And Global Construction Materials Sourcing Strategies For Road Projects In Nigeria, Araoye Olarinkoye Ajiboye, Micaiah Zhitsu Silas, Chinedu Chimdi Adindu, Elijah Aina Alhassan, Stephen Sunday Kolo

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

This study is a comparative analysis of local and global sourcing strategies to determine the impact of strategic material sourcing on road construction project performance. The study aimed to evaluate the effects of material-sourcing strategies on the performance of road construction companies in Nigeria. A mixed-methods approach was used, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative research. Data collection involved sampling techniques using structured questionnaires and oral interviews. Regression analysis evaluated the relationship between strategic material sourcing and road construction performance. The results revealed that 87.5% of the materials used by road construction companies in the study areas were sourced from the …


Advancing Construction Practices: Innovations, Efficiency, And Safety In The Digital Era, Mohammed Ali Berawi, Perdana Miraj, Mustika Sari Jun 2024

Advancing Construction Practices: Innovations, Efficiency, And Safety In The Digital Era, Mohammed Ali Berawi, Perdana Miraj, Mustika Sari

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

In the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry, digital tools and procedures are a cornerstone of architectural and engineering practices. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other computational design methodologies transform how projects are imagined, planned, and executed. These tools improve design precision while allowing real-time collaboration across different teams. As a result, adopting digital approaches is no longer an option but rather a requirement for remaining competitive in the construction industry. These innovative approaches provide an in-depth understanding of project complexities, drive design optimization, and contribute to resource management efficiency.

Construction efficiency has also improved due to lean manufacturing processes …


Development Of Jetty Structure Design Procedures At The Schematic Design Stage With The Implementation Of Computational Design And Building Information Modelling To Improve Design Time Performance, Aidil Fitriansyah, Yusuf Latief Jun 2024

Development Of Jetty Structure Design Procedures At The Schematic Design Stage With The Implementation Of Computational Design And Building Information Modelling To Improve Design Time Performance, Aidil Fitriansyah, Yusuf Latief

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

The construction sector faces persistent productivity challenges, significantly hindering the efficiency of design workflows. Computational Design (CD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) offer potential solutions. CD enables the exploration of parametric design alternatives, while BIM enhances collaboration, visualization, and decision-making through comprehensive 3D models. This study aimed to investigate the processes and activities involved in the structural design of jetties during the schematic design phase using CD and BIM and to assess the impact of these activities on design time performance. A comprehensive analysis of secondary data was carried out, interviews were conducted with design experts, and quantitative analysis using …


The Most Influential Factors On The Risk Cost Estimation Process Of Implementing Bim 5d In Quantity Take-Off For Green Retrofitting Of High-Rise Buildings, Febrianti Silviana Dewi, Yusuf Latief, Bernadette Detty Kussumardianadewi Jun 2024

The Most Influential Factors On The Risk Cost Estimation Process Of Implementing Bim 5d In Quantity Take-Off For Green Retrofitting Of High-Rise Buildings, Febrianti Silviana Dewi, Yusuf Latief, Bernadette Detty Kussumardianadewi

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

Green retrofitting aims to guide buildings toward sustainable practices, reducing carbon emissions associated with building operations and construction. This study explores the application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) 5D Quantity Take-Off (QTO) to existing high-rise buildings, focusing on components that enhance the performance of environmentally friendly structures and project management. This research identifies the factors influencing the cost estimation process and examines the risks across various phases, activities, outputs, and utilization of BIM 5D in cost estimation. The study highlights the most influential factors in implementing green retrofitting for high-rise buildings using structured interviews, questionnaires, and expert validation. The analysis …


Comparison Of The Accuracy Of Contour Data In Photogrammetric And Terrestrial Surveys, Hendra Saputra, Roma Rizki, Marhadi Sastra Jun 2024

Comparison Of The Accuracy Of Contour Data In Photogrammetric And Terrestrial Surveys, Hendra Saputra, Roma Rizki, Marhadi Sastra

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

Understanding and accurately representing the Earth's surface is crucial in various scientific and practical fields. Over the past decades, measurement technology has seen remarkable advancements, offering an array of methods for recording and analyzing Earth's surface with increasing precision and efficiency. Two primary approaches have risen to the forefront of this field: the Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and terrestrial measurements using a Total Station. Although both technologies offer unique advantages and constraints, a comprehensive direct comparison between these two methods often remains an underexplored area. The Digital Elevation Model (DEM) represents the height of the ground surface resulting from acquisition …


Critical Success Factors In Pump Production To Increase Lean Manufacturing Project Performance, I Bayu Dwianditya, Leni Sagita Riantini, Yusuf Latief Jun 2024

Critical Success Factors In Pump Production To Increase Lean Manufacturing Project Performance, I Bayu Dwianditya, Leni Sagita Riantini, Yusuf Latief

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

Floods represent a significant global disaster, occurring more frequently and causing severe damage. The effective production of pumps is crucial in supporting flood infrastructure projects. Lean Manufacturing (LM) and Project Management (PM) approaches must be incorporated to improve pump production manufacturing. Therefore, this study aims to identify the critical success factors that enhance LM performance in pump production projects for flood management through surveys conducted among pump manufacturers, governmental bodies, and relevant stakeholders engaged in flood infrastructure projects. The study's results highlight the importance of understanding and analyzing project complexity, aligning pump design with project requirements, and mastering processes and …


Analyzing The Effect Of The Construction Safety Audit Model Using The Business Process Model And Notation (Bpmn) Method On Improving Communication And Collaboration Between Stakeholders., Muhammad Ghazali, Danang Budi Nugroho, Yusuf Latief Jun 2024

Analyzing The Effect Of The Construction Safety Audit Model Using The Business Process Model And Notation (Bpmn) Method On Improving Communication And Collaboration Between Stakeholders., Muhammad Ghazali, Danang Budi Nugroho, Yusuf Latief

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

The significant increase in infrastructure development is directly proportional to the rising accident rate in the construction sector, making it one of the highest-risk sectors for accidents. This phenomenon indicates that existing construction safety audits have not been effective in preventing accidents, largely because audits are generally conducted only at the construction stage. Audits at the design stage, however, have the potential to impact accident prevention significantly. Therefore, this research aims to develop a construction safety audit model using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and analyzes the impacts on stakeholder communication and collaboration. BPMN was chosen because it …


The Role Of Stakeholder Involvement In Enhancing Safe Drinking Water Infrastructure: An Interpretative Structural Modeling Approach, Awlya Rahmanea, Ayomi Dita Rarasati Jun 2024

The Role Of Stakeholder Involvement In Enhancing Safe Drinking Water Infrastructure: An Interpretative Structural Modeling Approach, Awlya Rahmanea, Ayomi Dita Rarasati

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

One of the primary goals listed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to “Achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all,” as stated in SDG 6.1. To obtain this goal, the Government of Indonesia has developed the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), which has set specific targets including achieving 100% access to decent drinking water, 15% access to safe drinking water, and establishing 10 million house connections. The Ministry of National Development Planning has established a goal of achieving 45% access to safe drinking water by 2030 as part of the SDGs. However, …


Investigating The Relationship Among The Construction Safety Plan, Knowledge Management, Audit Process, Information System, Web, And Bim With Construction Safety Performance, Zafira Alysha Fadli, Yusuf Latief, Danang Budi Nugroho Jun 2024

Investigating The Relationship Among The Construction Safety Plan, Knowledge Management, Audit Process, Information System, Web, And Bim With Construction Safety Performance, Zafira Alysha Fadli, Yusuf Latief, Danang Budi Nugroho

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

The rapid growth of high-rise building construction in Indonesia has led to a significant increase in accidents, necessitating a robust audit process for construction safety. This research investigates the relationship between construction safety plans (CSPs), audit processes, knowledge management (KM), information systems, the web, and BIM on construction safety performance, aiming to develop a BIM-based KM audit process. To analyze the significance level of various indicators for each variable considerable importance, a mixed-methods approach was employed, combining qualitative insights from expert interviews with quantitative analysis using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) via SmartPLS. The findings in the study reveal that the …


Retracted: Empowerment Of Increasing Economic Resilience Post Covid-19 Janjang Wulung Village Community Through Creative Economic Village Planning, Alvian Wardhana, Muhammad Ramayuda, Faza Farhan Muhammad, Acyuta Putri Nariswari, Salsa Dwi Cahya, Garin Ardi Wicaksono, Dani Rizky Dianafi, Muhammad Ivan Jun 2024

Retracted: Empowerment Of Increasing Economic Resilience Post Covid-19 Janjang Wulung Village Community Through Creative Economic Village Planning, Alvian Wardhana, Muhammad Ramayuda, Faza Farhan Muhammad, Acyuta Putri Nariswari, Salsa Dwi Cahya, Garin Ardi Wicaksono, Dani Rizky Dianafi, Muhammad Ivan

CSID Journal of Infrastructure Development

This article has been retracted at the request of the authors.

Reason:

1. Conflict of interest for using an open database under the assignment of “Studio Desa” on the odd semester 2020/2021 at Perencanaan Wilayah dan Kota, Universitas Brawijaya

2. The plaintiff's consideration comes from another researcher under the assignment of “Studio Desa” related to the reconstruction of Journal results and development

3. Avoid bigger conflicts, especially those related to all parties, including authors, Plaintiff parties, institutions, and all parties involved

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The Challenges Of Building A Mass Timber Single-Family Home: A Case Study, Avery Emma Onan Jun 2024

The Challenges Of Building A Mass Timber Single-Family Home: A Case Study, Avery Emma Onan

Construction Management

This case study explores the various challenges faced by those involved in the pre-construction and construction of a mass timber, single-family home in Central Texas. Using semi-structured interviews, a subcontractor, an owner, a manufacturer, and two construction managers were questioned about their specific challenges with the build. These challenges were solely related to the use of mass timber on the project. In recent years in the United States, mass timber has become an increasingly desired building material to use in a commercial and multi-family residential context. Due to limited information and builder inexperience using mass timber in a single-family homebuilding …


Designing, Estimating, And Building A Deck And Overhang For The Paso Robles Police Department Shooting Range, Nicklaus Amil Zenner, Benjamin Henry Gallagher Jun 2024

Designing, Estimating, And Building A Deck And Overhang For The Paso Robles Police Department Shooting Range, Nicklaus Amil Zenner, Benjamin Henry Gallagher

Construction Management

This paper covers the design, estimating, and construction process by a team of students from Cal Poly to provide a deck and overhang for the Paso Robles Police Department Shooting Range. The project, initiated in the winter of 2024, aimed to provide a durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing deck and overhang suitable for a barbecue and lounge area. The paper focuses on the design and estimation phases, as well as material procurement and construction. Through meetings with the client, the team developed a design that met the police department's criteria for functionality, durability, and cost. The design process involved collaboration …


Skip The Grid: Navajo Nation Solar Power Project, Nathan Kealy Haub Jun 2024

Skip The Grid: Navajo Nation Solar Power Project, Nathan Kealy Haub

Construction Management

Skip the Grid, an initiative aimed at empowering communities in need was brought to life through the collaborative efforts of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) students, industry partners like SOLV Energy, and the educational non-profit organization Heart of America (HOA). This project was a true testament to the power of teamwork and innovation. Our mission was to assist families of school-aged children in the Navajo Nation by providing them with solar energy systems, including batteries and lighting. We aimed to create a lasting impact by equipping these families with essential resources. In addition, we integrated educational …


Gateway Decathlon: Cost Estimation Of An Offsite Residential Construction Unit, Bradley Craig Blakemore Jr Jun 2024

Gateway Decathlon: Cost Estimation Of An Offsite Residential Construction Unit, Bradley Craig Blakemore Jr

Construction Management

This senior project focused on the cost of the materials used for the shell and structure of the Gateway Decathlon modular residential unit. Collectively, the group on the Gateway Decathlon project decided to design and build the structure using mass timber. A material takeoff of the building was performed, allowing for an accurate measurement of structural materials. After material selection, a final cost estimate was by multiplying the selected materials unit price by the total quantity of the material. The material cost estimate calculations were performed on the current Revit Model allowing for a full-scale analysis of the offsite building. …


A Case Study: Impacts Of A Building Retrofit On Employee Efficiency And Productivity, Rigo Zepeda Jun 2024

A Case Study: Impacts Of A Building Retrofit On Employee Efficiency And Productivity, Rigo Zepeda

Construction Management

This case study explores the effects of retrofitting building systems on operational efficiency and employee productivity in the contemporary office environment. As concerns over sustainability and the well-being of employees are now at the forefront of modern workplace design, the retrofitting of outmoded building systems has been seen as an option to enhance energy efficiency and occupant satisfaction. This research paper focuses on the recently retrofitted Performance Contracting office building in Benicia, California. As heating and ventilation systems, and lighting are two big contributors to energy consumption in buildings and comfort, analyzing these systems provided insight into its building performance. …


Recycled And Waste Glass As A Sustainable Substitute For Aggregates And Cement In Concrete, Griffin Powers Finnane Jun 2024

Recycled And Waste Glass As A Sustainable Substitute For Aggregates And Cement In Concrete, Griffin Powers Finnane

Construction Management

Besides water, concrete is the most widely used material in the world. The production of Portland cement, the most crucial ingredient in a concrete mix, significantly contributes to global carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for 7-8% of the total. The majority of these emissions result from the cement production process, which involves kilns powered by greenhouse gas-producing sources. Additional emissions come from the heavy diesel equipment used to load and haul aggregates to batch plants. Although the construction industry is adopting more sustainable building techniques and materials, the basic concrete mix remains largely unchanged, continuing to contribute heavily to carbon emissions. …


San Luis Obispo High School Ffa Barn Demolition: Demolition, Ryan Reza Manesh Jun 2024

San Luis Obispo High School Ffa Barn Demolition: Demolition, Ryan Reza Manesh

Construction Management

The San Luis Obispo High School FFA program required an upgrade to its swine enclosure including removal of the deteriorating pig barn. This project came in three unique scopes of work: demolition of the existing barn, proper disposal of materials, and reconfiguration of pig pens and water lines. This paper will cover specifically the demolition of the barn.. This phase of the project required skills in framing and plumbing, which our team had absorbed during specific construction management courses at Cal Poly. The reconfiguration included framing and securing a long span of fencing along the northern side of the project …


Can Leadership Classes Help Women In Construction Embrace Vulnerability Early In Their Careers?, Crystal Giselle Martinez Jun 2024

Can Leadership Classes Help Women In Construction Embrace Vulnerability Early In Their Careers?, Crystal Giselle Martinez

Construction Management

This study investigates how a vulnerability lesson, integrated into a construction management university course, impacts women’s comfort levels in showing vulnerability in their early careers. It also examines the perceptions of individuals on the subject of vulnerability prior to taking the class expressing societal norms in relation to vulnerability and leadership in relation to vulnerability. Pre- and post-surveys, utilizing the Likert scale and free responses, were used to gather data from students enrolled in a leadership-focused class at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Findings reveal that while vulnerability is seen as vital for leadership, gender challenges persist, shaped …


Assessment Of Musculoskeletal Disorders (Msds) Risk During The Framing Of A 6' X 8' Wooden Shed Using Traditional Hammers, Maxwell R. Helfman Jun 2024

Assessment Of Musculoskeletal Disorders (Msds) Risk During The Framing Of A 6' X 8' Wooden Shed Using Traditional Hammers, Maxwell R. Helfman

Construction Management

Wood-framed construction will almost always use nails as a connector whether it be for different pieces of wall sections or connecting wall sections to the structure. Nails also act in Shear Walls in different nailing patterns to prevent the panel from splitting. Houses in modern times are usually nailed with nail guns, either with a cord or cordless, which reduces their exposure to Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). However, smaller jobs may opt to use traditional hammers instead of nail guns. This study aims to numerically quantify the forces and flexions one puts on the body when performing nailing tasks using a …


Skip The Grid: Pv System Installations In The Navajo Nation, Samuel Varney Jun 2024

Skip The Grid: Pv System Installations In The Navajo Nation, Samuel Varney

Construction Management

The Skip the Grid initiative is a collaborative effort between interdisciplinary California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo students, SOLV Energy, and the non-profit organization Heart of America aiming to strengthen the quality of life for Navajo Nation families. Many of the Navajo Nation’s residents are not connected to the power grid and don’t have access to sustainable alternatives, and this project aims to combat this by installing photovoltaic energy panel systems with lights and a battery storage system in their homes. With the help and guidance of the Consolidated School District near Farmington New Mexico, the project team was …


Design, Estimate, And Cut-Sheet Of Playhouse For Girls Build Summer Academy, Miles Paul Miller Jun 2024

Design, Estimate, And Cut-Sheet Of Playhouse For Girls Build Summer Academy, Miles Paul Miller

Construction Management

This Project-Based-Project was inspired by the Girls Build Summer Academy which is run by Professor Stacy Kolegraff. The camp is a week-long and the group of girls will construct a playhouse from scratch. The camp is to immerse young girls into the construction industry. This senior project is composed of 3 different components which include the Design, Estimate, and Cut-sheet of the playhouse. The project did not have any type of needed funding. This project is aimed to create an in-depth but intuitive set of plans and directions to create the playhouse for the girls. This project’s goal is to …


Moringa Connect: Design And Fabrication Of The Drum For A Moringa Leaf Dryer Prototype, Braden Deck Jun 2024

Moringa Connect: Design And Fabrication Of The Drum For A Moringa Leaf Dryer Prototype, Braden Deck

Construction Management

Moringa Connect, founded in 2013 by MIT alumnus Kwami Williams, supports over 5,000 African farmers, primarily in Ghana, by providing a direct sales, manufacturing, and shipping platform for nutrient-dense moringa leaves. Despite significant social and economic benefits for the local farmers, the current drying process in Accra, Ghana, is inefficient, requiring extensive human handling. To address this, a team of five Cal Poly students partnered with Moringa Connect to design a prototype rotating hopper to streamline the drying process and reduce production costs. The project faced numerous challenges, including material sourcing constraints in Ghana and the need for extensive fabrication …


Iron Filings Impact On The Compressive Strength Of Concrete, Dominic Daniel Aceves Jun 2024

Iron Filings Impact On The Compressive Strength Of Concrete, Dominic Daniel Aceves

Construction Management

In this study, compression tests were performed on three different mix designs of concrete to evaluate the effects of iron filings as an admixture to concrete. The first mix design served as the control mix, being the variable that the other two mixes will be based off. The second mix design was the same as the first mix design, but with an added 12 ounces of iron filings. The third mix design was, again, the same as the first mix design, but with an added 24 ounces of iron filings doubling that of the second mix design. The objective of …


Exploring The Role Of Construction Technology Copilots, James S. Thielmann Jr. Jun 2024

Exploring The Role Of Construction Technology Copilots, James S. Thielmann Jr.

Construction Management

In the rapidly evolving construction industry, the adoption of software solutions is essential for enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and ensuring timely project delivery. This paper assesses the effectiveness and usefulness of existing construction software solutions, focusing on their functionalities, strengths, and limitations. Among the prominent solutions gaining traction are Trunk.Tools, Constructable.ai, and ProjectEngineer.ai. The construction industry, although historically slower to adopt new technologies, stands to gain a great deal from these tools in terms of project management and performance. This research includes a thorough examination of ProjectEngineer.ai's reach in the market, feature development, and growing uptake among experts in the …


Skip The Grid: Solar Panel And Battery Installations In Navajo Nation, Samir S. Ramanathan Jun 2024

Skip The Grid: Solar Panel And Battery Installations In Navajo Nation, Samir S. Ramanathan

Construction Management

Skip the Grid is a collaborative effort to bring off-grid power to communities that are isolated and experience inequalities, such as the Navajo Nation, in order to enhance their quality of life. This effort involved an interdisciplinary team of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) students, SOLV Energy, and Heart of America (HOA). Due to the vast nature of the reservation, lack of government focus in the region, and Covid’s severe damage to the community, a large number of homes of school age children do not have power. This project installed solar panels, battery systems, and lights …