Asee peer logo

Gamification of Construction Engineering Inaugural Experience

Download Paper |


2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

Construction Engineering

Page Count


Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Rebekah Burke P.E. The Citadel

visit author page

Dr. Rebekah Burke is an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering at The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina. Dr. Burke received her Doctoral and Masters degree from Arizona State University, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. She was previously the Director of Sustainable Design for Clark Nexsen, Architecture and Engineering, where she also began her career as a structural engineer. She was a founding board member, and the first chair elect of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council. She is the faculty advisor for The Citadel's student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and is the Link #224 Coordinator for the Order of Engineers. Her research focuses on materials in high performance buildings.

visit author page


Mostafa Batouli The Citadel

visit author page

Dr. Mostafa Batouli is an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. Dr. Batouli received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Florida International University. He also holds Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from FIU, Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering and Management from IAU, and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Surveying from University of Tehran.

Prior to joining The Citadel, he was a Visiting Professor of Construction Management in the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure, and Sustainability at FIU. Dr. Batouli teaches diverse range of courses in civil engineering, construction engineering, and construction/project management. As a teacher, he aims to inspire his students to think intensively and critically and to live ethically and morally.

Dr. Batouli’s major area of research is system-of-systems analysis of sustainability and resilience in civil infrastructure. He is particularly interested in studying human-infrastructure-environment interactions. His previous research has resulted in more than 20 referred journal and conference publications as well as three research reports. His past research received major awards and honors including a third-place best poster award from the construction research congress and a Dissertation Year Fellowship from Florida International University in 2016.

visit author page


Timothy Aaron Wood The Citadel Orcid 16x16

visit author page

Timothy A Wood is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. He acquired a Bachelor's in Engineering Physics Summa Cum Laude with Honors followed by Civil Engineering Master's and Doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. His technical research focuses on the intersection of soil-structure interaction and structural/geotechnical data. He encourages students pushing them toward self-directed learning through reading, and inspiring enthusiasm for the fields of structural and geotechnical engineering. Dr. Wood aims to recover the benefits of classical-model, literature-based learning in civil engineering education.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Civil engineering freshman usually take an introductory course in their discipline, or in general engineering. This course may serve a number of purposes including an orientation to the different engineering disciplines or civil engineering sub-disciplines, opportunities to network with other engineering students, and exposure to student success tools and tips. A game the authors developed presents construction engineering in the introductory class both as a branch of civil engineering and as a newly offered degree program at their institution. The game simulates the work environment and substantial decision points faced by construction engineers. Surveys gauge the students’ self-reported technical understanding and emotional affinity for construction engineering after an introduction to construction engineering and completion of the game. The survey results quantify game effectiveness in informing students on construction engineering. A qualitative analysis of short answers evaluates the students’ propensity to choose construction engineering as a major in response to their exposure to the game.

Burke, R., & Batouli, M., & Wood, T. A. (2021, July), Gamification of Construction Engineering Inaugural Experience Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015