College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Lonny Simonian, Phil Barlow
As anyone in the construction industry knows, a construction business is one of the most risky to start compared to any other industry. This does not mean that it should be avoided by potential entrepreneurs, just viewed with a more cautious eye than other industries. Those considering entering the industry should have experience and confidence in their ability to perform prior to the establishment of a company. One way to gain this experience is through years of work in the respective sector. Another, more experimental method, is through the use of competitive virtual training. The latter requires less training time and can be very effective if administered in an appropriate fashion. These training sessions can be focused on relatively inexperienced professionals with the intent of venturing off on their own. An adaptation of the CIOB Global Student Challenge would be an effective tool for this goal.