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A Simulation Laboratory For Teaching Construction Management

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Cross-Section of Construction Education

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7.107.1 - 7.107.8

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Jean Paradis

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Session 3421

A simulation laboratory for teaching construction management

Jean Paradis, Eng.

Department of Construction Engineering École de technologie supérieure Montréal, Québec


Students in our construction engineering program have often a tendency to perceive all their courses as separate entities. To prevent this we conceived a course-project where the students have to use the knowledge acquired in all the different courses. This course simulates the execution of a construction project starting from the signing of the contract to the final delivery of the project. Students are grouped in teams representing the consultants, the general contractor(s) and the subcontractor(s). The teacher represents the owner(s). During the semester the teacher creates situation where the students have to use all their knowledge to solve the problems. At the end of each activity, the teacher reviews the events with the students and comments if necessary1. We have been organising this course for the last five years using a standard class room and a computer laboratory for the part of the work involving computer software. Recently we decided to design a special laboratory that would be used for this course and for other project management courses involving interaction between student teams and simulation technique. This presentation will describe the layout and the electronic equipment of this laboratory. It will also describe how we structured the user profiles to manage the simulation intended in this laboratory. Finally we will analyse our first experience using part of this new laboratory facilities and Primavera Expedition as our project management software.


The space and the equipment necessary for this laboratory were to be taken from an existing general computer laboratory. We could rearrange the space as needed but the general purpose of

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Paradis, J. (2002, June), A Simulation Laboratory For Teaching Construction Management Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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