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)

Bryan Knakiewicz, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


As technology continues to advance at an accelerated pace, the construction industry struggles to keep up with these rapid changes. Understanding and adopting new technologies, specifically software, are key to the future of the construction industry. Studies have shown that the slow adoption of software in the industry has more to do with a lack of training than the limitations of the software. New hires out of universities with experience and training in these software are the linchpin to adapting this industry to new technology. The Construction Management Department at Cal Poly is renowned for putting out new hires with the practical understanding and creative thinking necessary to thrive in this ever-changing industry. The hypothesis of this paper is that the software taught in the Cal Poly Construction Management Department affects which companies graduates choose to work for. Through a survey comprised of graduates from the Cal Poly Construction Management Department, this paper will attempt to discover a correlation between software used in graduate’s jobs and the software they learned in school, and analyze what gaps exist between Cal Poly and the industry in terms of valued software programs.

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