College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Stacy Kolegraff, Phil Barlow
The purpose of this senior project is to create a quality control program in the Simpson Strong Tie (SST) Materials Demonstration Lab using BIM 360. The goal of this program is to help streamline the building process of the six-foot by eight-foot tiny home in Residential Construction Management. The SST laboratory activities have been developed in the true spirit of “learn by doing” and serve as a way for Construction Management (CM) students to interact with the building process directly. Students in the CM department are taught that quality begins at the inception of a job and should be monitored throughout construction and into closeout. Utilizing BIM 360 to perform inspections in the classroom has helped make building the tiny homes more practical and realistic for CM students and lab technicians, all while creating a lasting record of the process that can be referenced in the future. This quality program exposes students to basic inspection practices that they can expect to experience on any jobsite in the future. The advantages of tracking quality have gone beyond the outcome of the tiny home itself, as it encourages the students to build the project to the highest caliber.