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Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Interdisciplinary Senior Interdisciplinary Project Educational Model

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Engaging Faculty Across Disciplines, Colleges, and Institutions

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Jinsung Cho California State Polytechnic University Pomona

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My name is Jinsung Cho, an assistant professor of Civil Engineering Department in California State Polytechnic University Pomona. I have had more than 18 years in both academia and Civil and Construction Industry. My specialty is the behavior of underground infrastructure, Trenchless and Tunneling Technology, as well as 3D Virtual Construction Design & Management. I am a reviewer or member of several professional organizations, such as ASCE, NASTT, and ASC.

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Giuseppe Lomiento California State Polytechnic University Pomona

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Giuseppe Lomiento is Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He holds a Master Degree and PhD in Structural Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he was Project Scientist in the Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego. His research focuses on earthquake engineering, structural monitoring, and multi-physics analysis. As a Professional Engineer, he has been involved in the analysis, design, and testing of a number of civil engineering structures, including bridges, hospital facilities,recreational facilities, and shipping piers. He is member of the American Concrete Institue (ACI), the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), and the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII).

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Gad M. Ghada California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Ghada Gad is an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction emphasis), from Iowa State University. Her main areas of research is in construction management focusing on contracts, procurement, project delivery methods, estimating, and risk management, in addition to the cultural aspects of construction projects. She is also an ExCEED fellow; her teaching pedagogy focuses on adopting active learning techniques in her classes, to increase student attainment and motivation beyond the classroom.

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Katrin Terstegen Cal Poly Pomona

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Katrin Terstegen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she teaches architectural design studios, as well as seminars with focus on materials.

She was a Senior Associate for JOHNSTONMARKLEE in Los Angeles for ten years and now has her own practice, KATRINTERSTEGEN. She also worked for various international architecture firms, including Decq & Cornette in Paris, M3H in Amsterdam, and Pugh+Scarpa in Santa Monica.

Katrin received her Diploma of Architecture (Masters of Architecture) from the Technical University Berlin in 2002 and her Diploma of Architecture/RIBA Part I+II from the University of Westminster in London in 1999. She also attended the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) from 1996-97.

In addition to serving as guest critic at various international schools, including the University of Hong Kong, Woodbury University, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciArc), she taught at the Technical University Berlin, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Katrin joined the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 2014.

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This paper presents a new educational model, developed in Cal Poly Pomona, in a senior project to provide students in Architecture, Civil, and Construction Engineering, a full-rounded professional experience, in line with contemporary trends of various disciplines’ integration in the construction industry. The main objective of the proposed model was to foster the potential benefits that arises from shared educational goals between different technical areas. Through coordination with an existing Architectural class, the project involved students in Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Construction Engineering. The senior project mimics an Integrated Project Delivery process that simulates the complete development of a commercial building, from conceptual design to construction. Architecture students led the first phase of the conceptual design of the project, with Civil and Construction Engineering students setting constraints in term of structural efficiency, cost, and construction time. Engineering students then took the lead on developing the final design, and simulating construction by means of 4D (3D model + time) simulation software tools. Various assessment techniques, such as collaborative case studies, final project development, and perception surveys were used to assess the attainment of the model’s educational objectives. Results of these assessment tools provides evidence that with such interdisciplinary experience, students develop an understanding of their roles, respective to other disciplines. It also fostered and enhanced communication among the three disciplines, allowing them to set common goals, and work collaboratively to achieve them.

Cho, J., & Lomiento, G., & Ghada, G. M., & Terstegen, K. (2018, June), Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Interdisciplinary Senior Interdisciplinary Project Educational Model Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29814

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