Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
All construction projects start from the ground up, requiring different enclosures and support systems below grade to keep away earth material and/or water. Constructing from the ground up involves access to elevated areas, requiring the use of platforms, such as scaffolding systems, to get material and labor above ground level. In addition, most construction projects involve concrete, which is the most widely used material in construction, requiring formwork and falsework systems. Also, materials such as rebar cages must be supported temporarily by guying and bracing to avoid collapsing. In some cases, existing underground facilities and appurtenances must be underpinned and supported in place to avoid damages. Additionally, on heavy civil projects requiring heavy construction equipment, there is always the need for trestles and equipment bridges used as temporary access. What is unique about these topical areas is that they fall under the subject area called temporary structures, which happens to fall outside the required curriculum of the CM (construction management) and ConE or CEM (construction engineering or construction engineering management) programs in the US. The objective of this paper is twofold. The first is to make the case for including temporary structures as a required part of the CM, ConE or CEM curriculum, and secondly, to recommend an instructional design approach for a temporary structures class. This study gathered, analyzed and synthesized literature and empirical data on the topic. Considering the failure rate of temporary structures, and the socioeconomic consequences of lack of knowledge and training in the area of temporary structures, the authors call for CM, ConE or CEM programs to re-evaluate the way they view temporary structures. Temporary structures should not be viewed as an optional course; it is an indispensable part of the construction process and should be treated as such. The significance of this research is paramount. It encourages accreditation bodies and academic programs in the area of CM, ConE or CEM to consider making temporary structures a required course. It also provides the programs with an instructional design on how to build the course content for a temporary structures course.
Okere, G., & Souder, C. (2018, June), Board 49: Making the Case for Temporary Structures as a Required Course and Recommending an Instructional Design Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30044
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