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Introductory Computer Applications For Aec Freshmen

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Teaching Innovations in Arch. Engineering

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7.760.1 - 7.760.10



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Gouranga Banik

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Session 1606

Introductory Computer Applications for AEC Freshmen

Gouranga C. Banik, Ph.D., P.E.

School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, GA 30060


Computer applications have already become very important for the success of the Architecture- Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry. It is clear that few professions can be successful without excellent knowledge of computer applications in today's life. An Introduction to Computer Applications (CNST 3000) course was originally developed at Southern Polytechnic to teach basic computer literacy to undergraduate construction students. Basic computer skills such as word processors, spreadsheets, power point and some database skills were taught in previous years. With the recent computer revolution and the change of requirements of the construction industry, the course content was revisited. Web Page development, internet/intranet, use of Palm Pilot, scanner, and editing of photographic images were introduced recently. Based on the experience gained through teaching this class and results of student and industry opinions, a new syllabus with a number of classes was developed. The study suggests to monitor the course continuously and to modify the course contents and time, from the feedback of the students and the building industry.

Key Words: Undergraduate Education, Computer Application, Construction, Multimedia.


The computer is best viewed as a tool, which can be used for successful construction project management (Paulson, 1995). The level of cutting-edge computer technology is changing everyday. Information transfer via multimedia tools has increased significantly in construction in the areas of presentations, training and reference (Aminmansour, 1994). Even computer applications have expanded rapidly in estimating, scheduling and project management. Use of the Internet, Intranet and Extranet is now a direct part of the construction management process (Neil, 1996). Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) became popular to integrate the management, planning, design, construction and operation of constructed facilities (Sanvido and Mediiros, 1990). Jung and Gibson 1999 identified fourteen construction business functions that may be integrated using CIC (Jung and Gibson, 1999). A literature review of identifying multimedia educational experiences and computer applications in engineering and construction

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Banik, G. (2002, June), Introductory Computer Applications For Aec Freshmen Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11186

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