CM Students Score Big at the ASC Competition in Reno

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

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

A total of 181 teams representing 46 universities across the country competed in the ASC Regions 6 and 7 Competition. The competition challenges teams of six students to solve a real-life construction management problem. This year, problems were all related to the Samsung headquarters building. With only 18 hours to work, teams are challenged to create and present deliverables such modeling, estimating, scheduling and site logistics  to a panel of industry experts. Teams compete in nine different categories:  Integrated Project Management; Mechanical; Virtual Design & Construction; Marine and Technical Structures; Sustainable Building & LEED; Preconstruction Services; Determining Project Risk; Electrical; and Concrete Solutions.

“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.”

The Cal Poly 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 with a 4-D model. The BIM team is fluent in Excel, MSProjectArchiCadRevitAutoCadTeklaSynchroNavisWorks, Blue Beam, SketchupTrimple Systems, Vico and Assemble. Click here to see a video of the first place announcement!

Construction Management faculty and advisor, Elbert Speidel explains, "BIM is now being recognized as the most valuable tool in our toolbox for design and construction. It allows the architect, engineer and contractor to join together early in the project in building the model and bringing it to fruition as a well designed, well engineered and beautifully constructed building for the end user." 

Click here to see photos of all the winning Cal Poly teams. 


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