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Course Content And Outcome Of Construction Temporary Structures

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Trends in Construction Engineering Education I

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14.372.1 - 14.372.10



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Gouranga Banik Southern Polytechnic State University

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The changing construction environment demands more advanced use of temporary structures for economy and safety. The planning, design and construction of concrete formwork systems are completely the responsibility of the general contractor and their hired sub contractors. As such, most accredited construction management and engineering programs offer course work related to concrete formwork. Teaching this class is not the same as like teaching other standard structure classes. The contents, objectives and format of this class are more likely different. Few ABET and ACCE accredited programs offer this course to teach structural design principles and construction process of temporary construction structures such as formwork. In some instances, course instruction emphasizes theory and abstract concepts rather than clarify structural principles and/or their applications. Questionnaire survey was conducted last four semesters at the end of each semester. Based on the survey, it is found that problem solving and decision making skill has been improved significantly regarding temporary structures. On the other hand, they are not that happy with the text. The outcome of this paper can be useful to other architectural/ civil/construction engineering and management faculties in developing and teaching this course from which students can learn state-of-the-art of temporary structures and their applications.

Key Words: Temporary construction structures, Construction, Structures, Fromwork, Learning outcome.

1. Introduction

Today cast-in-place concrete is integral part of all large commercial buildings either those are framed from structural steel or reinforced concrete. With the advent of economically feasible, higher and higher strength concretes, many of the large building concepts that used to be reserved for structural steel are now being designed and built with reinforced concrete. The decision on whether to construct the frame of a building out of reinforced concrete or structural steel inevitably comes down to a question of money and productivity.

In a concrete building, the architect/engineer is responsible for the size, strength, shape and appearance of the structure. However, the planning, design and construction of the materials used to temporarily support these structural components are the responsibility of the general contractor and their hired sub contractors. In fact, there are quite a number of large general contractors across the country who choose to self perform the structural concrete work, which includes the formwork, so that they can better control and drive the construction schedule and make little more money. Given the fact that cast-in-place concrete is gaining in popularity, and many large general contractors choose to self perform this work, most construction engineering and management programs recognize the need to educate their students about concrete formwork. However, with the ongoing pressure to cut units within most programs, and the

Banik, G. (2009, June), Course Content And Outcome Of Construction Temporary Structures Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5858

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