M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management

First Place – VDC Team

2017 Rinker School VDC Competition Team Wins ASC National Open Competition

Nicholas Gonzalez, Nathan Andrea, Emilio Quintana, Triston Lee, Kyle Knauer, Jordan Jones   (From left to right, starting in the back) (Not pictured: Nathan Blinn, Associate Coach and Ethan Turner and Clemens Zobel, Alternates)

The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School VDC Competition team traveled to Reno, NV in February of 2017 to participate in an intensive day long, national competition in Virtual Design and Construction. This national competition challenges students, from Universities across the country, to leverage a wide range of VDC technologies in the development of solutions to real-world construction scenarios. This year’s competition tasked students with the completion of three rounds of estimating, scheduling, site logistics and coordination problems in a 15 hour period. Starting bright and early the team worked cohesively, relying on their training, education and internship experience, to develop the best possible solutions to every challenge presented to them.  The team began their training in early September of 2016, meeting weekly to learn new VDC skills and expand their knowledge of construction processes in general. During training the team had the several opportunities to interact with DPR construction who sponsored the team and provided mentorship and training throughout the year through several on campus visits to help prepare the team in the months leading up to the competition. The team was able to visit a DPR jobsite and worked with industry professionals to hone their skill set ranging from 3D coordination to estimating. The partnership between DPR, specifically Michael Boykin (2014, 2015 VDC Teams) who took the lead on coordinating DPRs involvement, and the VDC Team was crucial to the team’s success. The competition provides students the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom and learn valuable skills which will put them ahead in their future careers. The VDC Team is already looking forward to next year’s competition and is ready for the next VDC challenge.