March 15, 2016

Contact: Brenda Flood

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Dominate National Competition with Four First-Place Wins

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students earned a big win at the 29th annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6 and 7 competition in Reno, Nev.  

Six of 12 Cal Poly teams brought home trophies – including four first-place wins in the Heavy-Civil, Virtual Design and Construction, Pre-construction Services, and Electrical Systems categories. Cal Poly placed second in Concrete Solutions and third in Mechanical Systems.

The competition challenges teams of six students to solve real-life construction management problems in nine categories. Teams were given 18 hours to create and present deliverables to a panel of industry experts; deliverables included modeling, estimating, scheduling and site logistics. The competition drew 181 teams from 46 universities.

“The ASC competitions are invaluable to students’ career development,” said Al Hauck, construction management department head. “There’s nothing in the country that compares with it.”

Cal Poly’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) Team took first place in the Virtual Design and Construction category and received additional recognition from the judges for going above and beyond what was required in their final presentation.

“BIM is recognized as the most valuable tool in our toolbox for design and construction,” said Elbert Speidel, faculty advisor. “It allows the architect, engineer and contractor to join together early in the project to build the model and bring it to fruition as a well-designed, well-engineered and beautifully constructed building for the end user." 

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