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Systemic Framework For The Planning Of Construction Education For The Next Generation

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Trends in Construction Engineering II

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9.1146.1 - 9.1146.10



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Erdogan Sener

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Session No. 1621

Systemic Framework for Planning of Construction Education for the Next Generation in the United States.

Erdogan M. Sener

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


Construction work that will take place in the United States in the next few decades will be fundamentally different from the type of construction work that has been typical in the last few decades. The titles of the traditional construction and construction management undertakings in terms of design, estimating, costing, bidding, specifying, scheduling, construction, contract administration, inspecting, safety, etc., will not change. But, profound changes will occur in the nature of the work done within the context of each of the above undertakings, paralleling the changing nature of construction work, construction technologies, the nature of the labor force, impact on the environment, advances in computer technologies, monetary size of the construction undertakings, and security issues. This paper focuses on detailing what changes are to be expected in the nature and technologies of future construction work and what the appropriate response will need to be in design of construction education curriculum, coursework, and lab undertakings to ensure proper preparation of graduates for the construction works of the next generation.


Even though this paper will deal mainly with what will characterize the future of construction work, it is important to note what kind of developments influenced construction work in the near past. The main factors that were drivers of change in construction undertakings in the past several decades included: • New materials (high strength concrete, composite materials, carbon fibers, etc.) • New building methods and delivery systems (partnering, open building, fast tracking, etc.) • New methodologies for planning and tracking on-site productivity (management information systems applied to construction industry, etc.) • New regulations for construction work (safety, health, environment impact, etc.) • New communication technologies (internet, email, cellular phones, etc.)

The following part of the paper will focus on what will characterize construction work in the coming decades in the author’s opinion and what this will mean for construction education. It is to be noted that this coverage below is not in any order of priority.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Sener, E. (2004, June), Systemic Framework For The Planning Of Construction Education For The Next Generation Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13521

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