by Rebecca Mirsky
Boise State Construction Management students placed third in the Determining Project Risk problem category at the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) regional interscholastic competition held February 6-9 in Reno, NV.
This year’s Region 6 and 7 combined competition was the 26th consecutive running of the largest construction program college student competition in the world. There were more than 1,200 student competitors in 160 teams from 41 universities and 17 states. The 15 industry-sponsored competition “problems” were based on actual multimillion dollar construction projects and judged by professional constructors.
Determining Project Risk is one of nine national problem categories that are open to teams outside the region and attract teams from across the country. Boise State students also fielded teams in the problem categories of Design-Build, Heavy Civil, Marine, and Mixed-Use construction.
“The competition is a tremendous experience for our students. Each problem requires students to synthesize a variety of construction management topics, exercise their teaming and leadership skills, and deliver a comprehensive solution for an authentic scenario under extreme time constraints,” said Tony Songer, Chair of the Department of Construction Management. “The event is a great example of industry and academia working together to enhance student education.”
Each team receives their problem statement and accompanying specifications, plans, data, and proposal criteria at 6:00 a.m on the first morning of the competition. What follows is approximately 18 hours of intense work on the problem “solution” including evaluating means and methods, planning, costs, staffing, safety, and sustainability issues for the project. A panel of industry judges decides which solution is most feasible by reviewing the written solutions and listening to a 20-30 minute oral presentation (with student-prepared exhibits). Following the competition is an extensive job fair which was attended this year by representatives from nearly 70 companies.
Photos and commentary from the competition are posted on the Reno Competition 2013 blog.