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Covering Advanced Construction Management Topics with a Diverse Student Body

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Construction Division Poster Session

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24.326.1 - 24.326.12



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Suat Gunhan University of Texas, San Antonio

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Dr. Gunhan received his PhD Degree in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Construction Science at the
University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Jing Du University of Texas, San Antonio

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  Analyzing Conventional Delivery Methods to Define a Sustainable Building Project Delivery MethodAdvanced Construction Management is a graduate level course offered at the University………………….., Master of Science Program in Architecture. The course topics includeunderstanding emerging project delivery approaches, sustainability and technology drivenproject environment and the near future of construction project environment at the strategic level.Students in the program have diverse educational backgrounds, therefore advanced topics aretaught without excluding their fundamentals. The paper presents a term project example showinghow this is accomplished. Each student is given a different topic.The given topic includes the analysis of conventional project delivery methods to see if certaincharacteristics can be extracted to define a sustainable project delivery. It is aimed that a studentwithout a construction related bachelor’s degree investigates the components of a sustainableproject delivery as an advanced topic, and learns about the conventional delivery methods as thefundamentals of the topic at the same time. The reason for such research topic comes from thecurrent trends in the industry. Building project stakeholders discuss the alternate deliverymethods for green building projects to obtain a better performance during the project life cycle.There are efforts to define innovative delivery methods but so far, there is no set method forgreen building project delivery. Recent literature review on the topic emphasizes the importanceof project planning due to the collaboration requirements between wide ranges of projectparticipants. Well-structured planning phase provides effectiveness in construction as well asmaintenance/operation and demolition phases. Since the top green building constructionproviders are construction management at risk (CM at Risk) and design-build (DB) contractors,it is suggested that is necessary to explore characteristics that can be extracted from thosedelivery methods to apply into a sustainable delivery method.The findings indicate that there are many characteristics of conventional delivery methods thatcan contribute to various project phases of a sustainable project delivery. Therefore, defining asustainable building project delivery method needs to include many components fromconventional methods.The described teaching methodology in this course helped students not only get the advancedknowledge but also the fundamental knowledge of the given topic. Students submitted theirstudy in the form of a research paper that is expected to improve their writing skills towards theirMaster of Science thesis.

Gunhan, S., & Du, J. (2014, June), Covering Advanced Construction Management Topics with a Diverse Student Body Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20217

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