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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 2212 - Building Construction Methods

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course provides familiarity with the crew labor and equipment activities typically applied in building construction. Emphasis is placed on construction techniques involving the more common materials, as studied in the AE 1231  Building Construction Materials course. Laboratories highlight teamwork for the crew labor tasks applied to common assemblies and drawings of the architectural details necessary for their proper construction. (prereq: AE 1231 , AE 1301 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of how the CSI MasterFormat organizes information about building materials and components for site, concrete, masonry, metals and wood
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of how material properties and applications affect construction activities
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of building materials assembly to develop design details for the effective application of materials and components
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of graphical techniques used to depict information on drawings
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of common building construction means, methods, and processes
  • Demonstrate the requirements for effective team leadership, teamwork, and collective effort
  • Apply the concepts on how to think and analyze problems, not just what to think

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Types of cement and admixtures
  • Properties of mixes and hydrated concrete
  • Types and properties of masonry units
  • Types and properties of mortar
  • Standard steel shapes and properties
  • Standard structural wood types and properties
  • Working knowledge of architectural graphical standards

Course Topics
  • Site Organization (1 lecture, 1 laboratory)
  • Safety imperatives
  • Logistical concerns
  • General building construction sequence
  • Plan reading
  • Soils and Foundations (3 lectures)
  • Equipment production formula
  • OSHA sloping criteria
  • USCS classification and properties
  • Portland Cement Concrete (3 lectures, 1 laboratory)
  • Cast-in-place and pre-cast
  • Pre-tensioned and post-tensioned
  • Forms and forming systems
  • Reinforcement
  • Placement methods
  • Joints
  • Finishing and curing
  • Masonry (3 lectures, 1 laboratory)
  • Types and sizes of units
  • Properties of units and mortar
  • Bonding
  • Joints
  • Laying methods
  • Reinforcement
  • Steel (4 lectures, 1 laboratory)
  • Erection and fastening methods
  • Typical erection sequence
  • Wood (4 lectures, 1 laboratory)
  • Erection and fastening methods
  • Typical construction sequence

Laboratory Topics
  • Construction site organization
  • Elevated concrete slab formwork
  • Wood stud framework
  • Masonry wall
  • Steel framework

Blake Wentz

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