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Teaching Temporary Structures: Style, Content And Outcome

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.958.1 - 6.958.10

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Gouranga Banik

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Gouranga C. Banik, Ph.D., P.E. Construction Department Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, GA 30060 Tel: 770-528-3711, Fax: 770-528-4966 E-mail:


Facilities are becoming more complex in respect to architecture and engineering along with the increasing competition in the construction and design market. This changing construction environment demands more advanced use of temporary structures for economy and safety. In this scenario, temporary construction structures coursework can play an essential role for the architectural/civil engineering and construction students during their careers. But teaching this class is not the same as teaching standard structure classes. The contents, objectives and format of this class are more likely different. Few ABET and ACCE accredited programs offer this course to teach structural design principles and construction process of temporary construction structures such as formwork. In some instances, course instruction emphasizes theory and abstract concepts that sometimes confuse students rather than clarify structural principles and/or their applications. The main objectives of this paper are to develop a course outline and course format in consultation with the industry, SPSU alumni, and based on teaching experiences of this class. There will also be an in-depth discussion about the teaching strategy, course text, course assignments and learning outcomes. The outcome of this paper can be useful to other architectural/civil engineering and construction faculties in developing and teaching this course from which students can learn state-of-the-art of temporary structures and their applications without much difficulty.

Key Words: Temporary construction structures, Construction, Architectural Engineering, Structures, Learning outcome.

1. Introduction

Temporary structures are the essential components required to complete a construction project. Temporary structures are also a significant cost component on many projects, and in some cases, exceeds the actual cost of the in-place construction items such as formwork. Recent studies have been found that 40% to 60% of the cost of concrete work for the building construction is for the

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Banik, G. (2001, June), Teaching Temporary Structures: Style, Content And Outcome Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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