DIT students in international design/build competition

DIT Construction Management students collaborate with Oklohoma University Construction Science students in international design/build competition

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L-R Final year Const Management students David Breen, Edward Walsh and Sean Keegan
with Head of Department Lloyd Scott (left) and Head of School Louis Gunnigan (right)

February 9th 2010

Three final-year students of Construction Management at Dublin Institute of Technology will travel to the USA this week to compete in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)/TEXO Design Build competition in Dallas, Texas. David Breen, Sean Keegan and Edward Walsh, will team up with three students of Construction Science at Oklahoma University to form the first ever international competition team to compete in this major annual competition, which is sponsored by Fab-Crete.

The format of the competition means the team will meet first in Oklahoma, where they will be given a Request for Proposal (RFP). They will have 16 hours to consider the challenge, design the project, estimate the cost, schedule the construction process and provide a management plan. Following the 16-hour ?lockdown? the team will travel to Dallas to submit their design folder and prepare presentations. On Monday 15th February, all of the competing teams will present their designs and solutions to a panel of judges at the head office of TEXO, the Construction Association.

The transatlantic team has worked together since November, by using Skype and other online systems. Welcoming this joint initiative with Oklahoma University, Team Coach and DIT Head of Construction Management Department, Lloyd Scott, said ?The competition provides an opportunity for students from differing cultures who have a common area of study to come together and collaborate on a common project. With the rise in global construction and the recent down turn in the industry in Ireland, we believe Construction Management students at DIT must be prepared to consider working in a more global environment. A competition such as the ASC Design/Build provides the opportunity for students to learn from their peers in an international context?.

There are three divisions in the competition ? Heavy/Civil; Commercial; and Design/Build ? and the DIT/Oklahoma University team are competing in the Design/Build division. Other universities fielding teams include Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Commerce, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Texas Tech University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, John Brown University and Louisiana Tech University.

Further information on the competition can be found by visiting the competition website or by following the students' blog.

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