CIV 136 - Construction Methods & Management
Principles of construction methods and management used in the construction industry including contracts, plans, specifications, methods, planning and scheduling, economics and safety. Field trips to various local engineering and/or architectural firms/local construction sites.
1 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
After successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Have an understanding of the construction industry and the parties (owner, architect, engineer, contractor, subcontractors, construction manager, etc.) involved in the construction process.
2. Calculate % swell, % shrinkage, shrinkage factor, and load factor for use in earthwork computations. Students will have an understanding of soil volume changes and resulting implications of those changes to construction costs.
3. Calculate and use the productivity rates for five types of heavy equipment including the backhoe, shovel, dragline, dozer, and loader. In addition, students will have the ability to make an informed decision regarding the choice of equipment to be used for specific construction projects.
4. Understand various project planning and scheduling methods including the development of bar charts, arrow notation, and precedent notation.
5. Understand the critical path method (CPM) with implications for time and budget control within construction projects.
6. Calculate equipment costs including ownership and operating expenses with an understanding for use in the estimating of equipment expenses for construction projects.
7. Understand project safety and the importance of compliance to safety standards during the construction process.
8. Collaborate effectively with team members for purposes of research and class presentations of construction projects.
9. Appreciate the contractor's responsibilities involved in constructing LEED Certified buildings.
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