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Developing a Request for Qualifications Activity to Integrate Construction Topics at the Sophomore Level

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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ConstDiv Technical Session 4 - Pedagogy & Accreditation I

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Construction Engineering

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Luciana Debs Purdue University Orcid 16x16

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Luciana Debs, is an Assistant Professor of Construction Management in the School Construction Management Technology at Purdue University. She received her PhD from Purdue University Main Campus. Her previous degrees include a MS from the Technical Research Institute of Sao Paulo (IPT-SP), and BArch from the University of São Paulo (USP), in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Prior to her current position she worked in design coordination in construction and real estate development companies in Brazil. Her research interests include team work and collaboration in construction, effective communication in spatial problem solving, and design - field team interaction.

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Jiansong Zhang Purdue University

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Dr. Jiansong Zhang earned his Bachelor of Construction Management from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China (2009) with top grade in his department, his M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (2010), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015). He worked in the Civil and Construction Engineering Department at Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor for two years before joining the School of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in Aug. 2017. Dr. Zhang’s professional experience includes working for Jiuzhou Engineering Consulting company in China. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Construction Research Congress (CRC), and a member of ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee, Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee, and Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT) Education Committee. He was recently elected Member-at-Large (term starts October 2017) of the ASCE DSA committee. He is also a member of the buildingSMART linked data working group and regulatory interoperability working group. He serves as a reviewer of Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (since 2015), Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (since 2015), Journal of Management in Engineering (since 2017), Journal of Construction Engineering (since 2016), Journal of Automation in Construction (since 2017), Journal of Building and Environment (since 2017), and several international/national conferences (CRC 2016, CRC 2018, CIB W78 2018, ICSDEC 2016, ICCCBE 2016, WTC 2017, IWCCE 2017, ASC 2017). For example, he has been the session chair of Augmented & Virtual Reality session at IWCCE 2017, one of the session chairs of Data Sensing, BIM, Simulation Track, a program committee member of the Automation and Robotics Track, as well as a reviewer in both tracks of CRC 2018. He is an active member in Transportation Research Board (TRB) and was the TRB AFH10 2016 Straight-to-Recording Webinar Series panelist and moderator. Some of his honors include receiving the technology development award (2017) from Western Michigan University, conference travel awards (2012; 2013; 2014) from the University of Illinois, top three paper award (2013) from ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Chester P. Siess Award (2012) from the University of Illinois, Pokrajac Fellowship (2011) from the University of Illinois, CEE Department Scholarship (2009) from Carnegie Mellon University, and National Scholarship (2007; 2008) from China. Dr. Zhang has research interests in developing and leveraging advanced technologies to support construction engineering and management, construction automation, and sustainable infrastructure, including building information modeling (BIM), artificial intelligence (AI) [i.e., natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and automated reasoning], virtual reality (VR), and construction robotics. His research has been supported by Federal and State agencies such as Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities and Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. He has been awarded two National Science Foundation (NSF) research projects to study BIM interoperability scientifically and develop an interoperable BIM prototype system for automating building code compliance checking and modular construction analysis, respectively, through collaborations with experts in Civil and Construction Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Technology, Computer and Information Technology, Construction Management Technology, and industrial partners.

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Yunfeng Chen Purdue University

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Dr. Yunfeng Chen is an Assistant Professor in the College of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University with research focus on construction technology application, process management, and education.

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The present paper describes our experience in planning and piloting a seven-hour practical activity (called “Integration Lab”) that integrates company management, estimating, scheduling and presentation skills, within a larger, 9-credit hour, construction management sophomore-level course. The scenario chosen was the response for a request for qualifications (RFQ) obtained from a previous student competition and modified to match the course learning objectives. The experience was divided in three days, culminating in a presentation to industry professionals in the third day. Results show that the activity was highly engaging to students due to its authenticity and having industry professionals as judges, though time management to put the document and presentation together was a struggle. Industry professionals were positively encouraged by the results, especially given that these were sophomore-level students, and commented the importance of training students in presentation skills throughout the construction management curriculum. Finally, from the instructors’ perspective, seeing students highly engaged was a motivating factor, however some improvements should be made for the future, such as (1) spreading the integration lab sections into more weeks of the semester, (2) more scaffolding of students in regards to expectations for the written and oral presentation, and (3) allocating more points to the activity as a whole. We expect this paper will shed a light for other instructors who are considering developing integrating activities within their construction curriculum.

Debs, L., & Zhang, J., & Chen, Y. (2019, June), Developing a Request for Qualifications Activity to Integrate Construction Topics at the Sophomore Level Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32634

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