It’s the time of year when college competition brings to mind the hoopla of teams battling it out with three-point-range sinkers and buzzer-beating slam dunks. But it’s not only students looking to achieve the big win on the basketball court who are involved in competitive contests, but CM (construction management) students fighting for the prestige that is earned by advancing in the CM Challenge presented by the ASC (Associated Schools of Construction), www.ascweb.org, Windsor, Colo.

Described as a comprehensive educational opportunity enabling college students to apply classroom lessons to real-world construction projects, the  ASC competition engages construction companies that offer active project challenges for students to solve, helping them prepare for future careers as construction management professionals.

And, while sports teams might look to action-play video or other analytic technology to help determine strategy, technology is also used in construction competition struggle. UVU (Utah Valley University), www.uvu.edu, Orem, Utah, achieved Top Five placement within the ASC Regions 6 & 7 student competition—an ascent made with the help of  construction project estimating software, B2W Estimate from B2W Software, www.b2wsoftware.com, Portsmouth, N.H.

“These construction competitions are extremely challenging, so we needed to arm our students with the best possible tools to ensure a winning outcome,” says UVU Faculty Advisor and Adjunct Professor Ed Kluber on his decision to use B2W. “I rely on B2W’s software with the work I do for my own employer, and have realized the benefits first hand. Leveraging this solution for my students was an easy choice,” continues Kluber, who also manages estimating for pipeline and infrastructure installation specialist Condie Construction, www.condieconstruction.com, Springville, Utah.

Using the company’s B2W Estimate software, to which UVU gained access through the B2W Educate Program, students achieved top placement in the CM Challenge preliminary construction project competition. Students then entered the ASC Regions 6 and 7 regional event, where they competed against 20 other schools and were observed by 200 attending sponsor companies.

Judges noted the students for their high level of organization, knowledge, and analysis of production, crews, and subcontractors. As a result of their B2W Estimate-enhanced presentation, the students achieved fourth place and two students were offered employment from competition sponsors. “B2W truly takes the estimating process to the next level and was really the turning point in helping us excel in the competition,” concludes Eric Linfield, UVU Department Chair, Construction Technologies.

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