Three assistant professors in the Building Construction Science Program presented at the 50th International Conference of Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), held in Washington, D.C., from March 26-28.
Masoud Gheisari, Ph.D, presented his paper, “Understanding Information Needs of Facility Managers in Preventive and Corrective Building Maintenance Practices, A Qualitative Approach.” In his paper and presentation, Gheisari discussed user-centered verse technology-centered approaches in general AEC+FM domain. He then justified how a qualitative user-centered information needs assessment approach might lead to better implementation of technology in AEC+FM domain through a Facility Management (FM)-related case study.
Gheisari also presented a poster, “Using Augmented Panoramic Views as an Online Course Delivery Mechanism.” In this presentation, he explained his ongoing research collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how to use ubiquitous computing to transform Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) beyond traditional video and audio formats.
Michele Herrmann, Esq., presented her paper, “Green Bidding: Recent Challenges to LEED Experience Requirements in Bidding Documents.” The paper and presentation focused on several recent cases where bidding documents required bidders to have prior LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) experience and whether that requirement is in violation of state bidding laws.
Tom Leathem presented “Lean Strategies as a Teaching Tool in a Collaborative Undergraduate Construction/Architecture Course.” The paper discussed lean construction strategies Leathem implemented in the course and how they were used to foster development of intended learning outcomes.
During the conference, ASC regional business meetings were also conducted. Leathem, assistant regional director of ASC Region II, participated in the business meeting. The discussions primarily focused on the upcoming fall ASC Competition to be held in South Carolina, where Leathem and Gheisari will be coaching teams from MSU. Highlights of the upcoming competition include an added category, Concrete Construction. Leathem will participate as a founding member of this category and will coach a team representing MSU Building Construction Science as a founding school.