Learning and Innovating in a Construction Technology Laboratory

by Leonhard E. Bernold, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century

Abstract: It has been generally recognized that the construction industry world wide, and especially in the U.S., needs innovative changes in order to produce more complex products at higher quality and at a lower cost. International competition in new construction technology is heating up. Education in construction engineering and management must facilitate the industry need for leaders with a good knowledge of existing technology and the technical competence to lead projects involving innovative methods, machines and products. Above all, education has to promote creative thinking which is based on a solid comprehension of fundamental principles in engineering and science. This paper discusses experiences gained in using a technology laboratory to foster learning through practice.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Innovation | Construction industry | Construction equipment | Management methods

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