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Integrating Laser-scanning Technology into a Construction Engineering and Management Curriculum

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Construction Engineering

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Chengyi Zhang P.E. University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Chengyi Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor of Construction Management at the University of Wyoming. Before joining the UWYO, he worked as an Associate Professor of Construction Management at Eastern Kentucky University. He has over 14 years of civil engineering and construction project management experience.

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David Arditi Illinois Institute of Technology

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Dr. David Arditi is currently Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the founder and Director of the Construction Engineering and Management Program.

Professor Arditi’s area of expertise covers all aspects of construction project management, engineering and support. In his 40-year academic career, he conducted several funded research projects sponsored by federal and state agencies. He supervised the research work of a large number of PhD and MS students from diverse countries. Many of his former PhD students serve as professors in their respective countries, while many of his former MS students occupy respectable positions in industry all over the world. Dr. Arditi and his research associates have published over 300 research papers in refereed national and international journals and in peer reviewed conference proceedings. He is currently serving on the editorial board of nine journals in the field of construction project management, and regularly reviews research proposals, papers and books for several research agencies and publishers.

Dr. Arditi is an active member of several professional societies including CMAA, ASCE, AACE, and PMI. He has served over the years in many international, national and regional committees and was on several organizing committees of national and international conferences. He delivered several invited lectures and keynote lectures at different venues. He is also the recipient of multiple awards, including being elected to the College of Fellows of CMAA in 2013, and being elected Professor of the Year by CAEE students in 2016.

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Peng Liu

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Laser scanning technology has emerged as an essential tool in measuring and documenting existing conditions of buildings and infrastructures. It has been widely used in surveying, recording existing structures, calculating quantity, monitoring construction progress, understanding the general topography of a site, capturing the complicated geometries seen in manufacturing facilities, and supporting Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). While it has become popular for construction engineering and management programs to include Building Information Modeling in their curricula, very few construction programs have introduced laser scanning technology to their students. The high cost of the laser scanner and the associated software, the lack of qualified instructors, and the lack of an accreditation requirement are the primary reasons for this situation. However, recently, the construction industry has adopted many technological innovations, and the cost of laser scanners has been going down. Educators need to look into the potential of adopting laser scanning in their curricula. This research aims to assess the need for and evaluate the feasibility of incorporating laser scanning technology into the construction engineering and management curriculum. The study conducted a thorough literature review to assess how laser scanning technology can improve Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), which are required by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE). The contributions of the study involve (1) helping educators in construction engineering and management programs to understand the importance of laser scanning technology in the construction industry, (2) improving current Student Learning Outcomes by using laser scanning technology.

Zhang, C., & Arditi, D., & Liu, P. (2021, July), Integrating Laser-scanning Technology into a Construction Engineering and Management Curriculum Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37361

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