College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Lonny Simonian, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


An international construction competition called the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge has been introduced recently and is starting to gain attention in the United States. The competition is based on the utilization of a virtual construction simulation program called MERIT. Virtual construction simulations have been around for decades, yet, are still somewhat new to the construction industry and construction education programs. This past year, a group of California Polytechnic State University students studying Construction Management participated in the competition as the university’s first ever team. This paper will examine the competition as a whole, providing details on how the program was run, outlining successes and challenges faced during the competition, and providing feedback for future students who choose to participate in the competition. The paper will also make comparisons to other construction competitions the university competes in while discussing the benefits of virtual construction simulations as a tool for construction education programs.