Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to help several San Jose State University (SJSU) students prepare for the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition, commonly known as the “Reno Competition.”
The Reno Competition is composed of teams that compete under a variety of topics, such as Virtual Design and Construction (formerly known as BIM), Design/Build and Heavy Civil, and provides industry experience to students entering the A/E/C work force.
Each team is presented with a “real world” scenario that they solve and present to judges, who are often industry professionals.
It was the first time that the SJSU students entered the competition. Competing against 15 other West Coast teams, the SJSU students worked on problems including staffing, estimating, scheduling and safety regulations.
The SJSU team’s training had already begun when our preconstruction group was asked to help with the estimating portion of the competition. The SJSU team rotated through our preconstruction department to receive brief introductions on steel, concrete, finishes and general conditions estimating.
We also reviewed different contract types (GMP, Lump Sum, etc.), setup a Q & A session for students to meet with our project engineers (many of whom had previously participated in the Reno Competition) and provided commercial TI plans to practice with.
While the SJSU team did not place in the top three this year, we enjoyed working with these students and were pleased to have the chance to help develop the skills of future construction industry leaders. Here’s to next year, SJSU!