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A Hands-On Concrete Laboratory Framework for Construction Management Education

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

End Date

June 28, 2023

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Committee on Effective Teaching Presents: Models, Models, & More Models

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Civil Engineering Division (CIVIL)

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Philip Warren Plugge Central Washington University

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Dr. Plugge is an full professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington teaching heavy civil construction management. Professor Plugge has earned a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a focus in Civil Construction Management.

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There are few studies which expand upon construction management pedagogical content to guide professors, especially new professors, in the creation and development of hands-on labs. This paper is a case study adding to the construction management body of knowledge to show engineering and construction management educators a framework on how laboratory exercises for making, curing, capping and testing concrete compression cylinders, based on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) procedures, were developed and incorporated into a senior level construction management course. Included is the course history, a description of the laboratory space and equipment and a discussion of how the laboratory exercises relate to student learning. Numerical and graphical results of testing concrete cylinders at four different water-to-cement ratios are presented and discussed. Also, future opportunities for similar hands-on student laboratory exercises are identified and discussed.

Plugge, P. W. (2023, June), A Hands-On Concrete Laboratory Framework for Construction Management Education Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--42404

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