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An Assessment of the Graphic Communications Skills Needed by Construction Management Graduates

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Mobile and Emerging Technologies in Construction

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26.176.1 - 26.176.13



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Joseph A. Wright University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Joseph A. Wright has 21 years as a university lecturer/professor in construction management with an emphasis on contract administration. He has 15 years experience in industry as a Project Engineer/Manager on oil and gas and infrastructure projects. Current research interests include pathways for integrated project delivery and the use of software to enhance communication through the project process.

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Alignment of Construction Management Curricula at Two- and Four-year Colleges and Universities Especially in the Graphic Communications AreaThis paper presents the results of a National Science Foundation Portals of DiscoveryCollaborative Research and Curricular Innovations Grant conducted jointly by a four-yearuniversity and a two-year college. The purpose of the study is to develop a more collaborativerelationship between the two- and four-year institutions to allow an easier transfer route for thetwo-year students. The study focuses on a BS Construction Management program. Another aimof the study is to develop a clearer understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering andMathematics (STEM) opportunities at college level for high school students.Part of the study includes a survey of current practitioners in the construction industry regardingthe relevance of current teaching of Graphic Communication (sketching, 2D and 3D modeling) atboth two- and four-year institutions. This is an area which the industry has seen significantdevelopments over the past few years and the purpose of the study is to determine how this haschanged communication patterns in the industry. Preliminary results indicate that significantchange in the use of 3D modeling has already taken place. The anticipated analysis will bequalitative in nature, determining the current mix of graphic skills needed in the industry. Thepaper will present the final results of this study.The grant has also been used to establish the set of skills and other attributes that should bedeveloped among interested high school students to allow them to thrive on courses inConstruction Management at 2-year and 4-year institutions, and therefore be able to pursuecareers in the construction industry. This is to be achieved by rationalizing the curricula at bothinstitutions to permit easy transfer, and the development of a workshop for high school studentsto introduce them to the needed skill set for the construction industry. It is anticipated that suchan endeavor will emphasize the need for math and science knowledge in addition to strongverbal and graphical communication skills. The results of these efforts will also be presented inthe paper.

Wright, J. A. (2015, June), An Assessment of the Graphic Communications Skills Needed by Construction Management Graduates Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23515

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