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Presentation Of Construction Management Topics In A Competitive Bid Module

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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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Trends in Construction Engr. Educ. II

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7.935.1 - 7.935.5



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Bruce Berdanier

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Presentation of Construction Management Topics in a Competitive Bid Module

Dr. Bruce W. Berdanier, PE, PS Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio


Engineering Project Management is a senior level class taught once a year in the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree. Topics include organizational structures, project delivery systems, engineering economics, critical path method analysis, team dynamics within project management, and responsibilities of the engineering manager within various project phases. This year we have added a two -week module to present Construction Management Topics. The module was organized and presented with the help of construction engineers from Environmental Pipeliners, and Kokosing Construction Company that are alumni of the Civil Engineering Program at ONU. The module consists of six lectures covering the following topics: Team, Documents and Project Organization; Plan Reading and Quantity Take-off; Productioning; Material and Subcontractor Procurement; Scheduling; and Project Wrap-up. The class is divided into two bidding teams, which are divided into four work groups. The lecture material is built around each team preparing a competitive bid for an actual Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Project. The teams are given ODOT plans, specifications, standard drawings, material and subcontractor quotes, and addendums. An actual sealed bid opening is held on the last day of the module.


CE 414 is an engineering project management course taken by all senior civil engineering students at ONU. The course topics were developed two years ago and organized around the text written by Oberlender 1. Additionally, this course provides the students with their only formal experience in engineering economics. In 2001 an additional educational objective was formalized as follows:

“To introduce the students to the concepts of civil engineering construction project management, project procurement, contract documentation, and construction estimating.”

The associated course outcome was stated as follows:

“After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to prepare a construction bid using quantity take-off analysis, production estimating techniques, specifications, and subcontractor procurement information.”

The Ohio Contractor’s Association (OCA) is a strong supporter of technical education programs at the universities throughout Ohio. The state organization and the local chapters conduct several programs each year specifically focusing on educational outreach to the college students. The Toledo Chapter OCA conducts a “contractor for a day” program in which students spend a

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Berdanier, B. (2002, June), Presentation Of Construction Management Topics In A Competitive Bid Module Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11071

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