Construction Information and Applications Systems in Education

by A. Fattah Chalabi, Worcester Polytechnic Inst, Worcester, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Designers are utilizing relatively sophisticated software but constractors, except for the largest companies, are limited to the most basic business applications. Integrative use of computers throughout the project phases is yet to be developed and adopted widely. This is probably due to the lack of useable and economical software, awareness and training. Educators concerned about this problem have included computer applications in the construction curriculum, particularly those dealing with estimating, scheduling and specifications. Few construction programs have courses and projects especially devoted to integrative use of computers in construction. This paper describes WPI's Construction Information and Applications Systems used for the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels. Developments and evolutions of these systems, current contents, applications, software adopted or internally developed to support them.

Subject Headings: Information systems | Construction management | Education | Computer software | Engineering education | Construction methods | Economic factors | Training

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