Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2019, Page: 17-24
Application of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in an Interdisciplinary Capstone: The AISC Steel Bridge Competition
Aaron Thomas Hill Jr., Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, West Point, New York, USA
Madeleine Lyndall Nelson, Department of Systems Engineering, West Point, New York, USA
Received: Jun. 7, 2019;       Accepted: Jul. 16, 2019;       Published: Jul. 31, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijem.20190301.14      View  126      Downloads  13
Abstract
Seven West Point Cadets recently competed in the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Steel Bridge Competition for their capstone project. West Point capstones allow cadets to demonstrate their practical, innovative, and hands-on solutions to complex problems, serving as an opportunity to demonstrate characteristics required of Army leaders. For purposes of meeting guidelines established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the capstone serves as a culminating major engineering design experience in at least two civil engineering contexts. It incorporates engineering standards and allows students to apply knowledge and skills from previous coursework. Historically consisting of all civil engineers, this year’s interdisciplinary Steel Bridge Team included a systems engineer major for the purposes of improved project management. As tomorrow’s leaders are asked to solve complex problems and win in an uncertain tomorrow, the need for graduates to have the skills required to organize chaos, manage risk, establish a schedule and plan, and adapt to change are more important than ever. This paper, organized by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Process Groups of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing, documents the implementation of project management principles towards the West Point Steel Bridge Team’s success and their development as future leaders.
Keywords
PMBOK, AISC, Steel Bridge Competition, Project Planning, Process Groups
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Aaron Thomas Hill Jr., Madeleine Lyndall Nelson, Application of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in an Interdisciplinary Capstone: The AISC Steel Bridge Competition, International Journal of Engineering Management. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2019, pp. 17-24. doi: 10.11648/j.ijem.20190301.14
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