San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Construction Impacts – A weakness in the construction educationByM. Ilyas Bhatti, P.E.Current education curricula across the US generally lack an in-depth emphasis on impacts caused byconstruction projects, and hence graduates are unprepared to deal with real life issues confronting themwhen working on such projects. The paper will examine two public projects – one very large, andanother a small project that imposed huge costs in mitigating these impacts.On the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (Big Dig), almost one third of the total cost of $15B was expendedon the mitigation program. The paper examines the nature of those costs and how constructionmanagers could have reduced the costs by dealing more effectively with political, social, cultural andtechnical demands. Similar experience on a much smaller project demonstrates a great need for ourconstruction educational curriculum to incorporate this aspect of construction into our estimating,scheduling and decision making process.The paper would layout an educational approach at various levels of a 4-year degree program toincorporate that.
Bhatti, M. I. (2012, June), Construction Impacts: A Weakness in Construction education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21100
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