Human factors simulation in construction management education

M. Jaeger, D. Adair

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Successful construction management depends primarily on the representatives of the involved construction project parties. In addition to effective application of construction management tools and concepts, human factors impact significantly on the processes of any construction management endeavour. How can human factors in construction management be taught effectively? Although simulations are applied in construction management education, they have not incorporated human factors sufficiently. The focus on human factors as part of the simulation of construction management situations increases students' learning effectiveness within a cross-cultural teaching setting. This paper shows the development of discrete-event human factors in construction management simulation. A description of the source code is given. Learning effectiveness in a cross-cultural education setting was analysed by evaluating data obtained through student questionnaire surveys. The mean score obtained by the students using the simulator was 32% better than those not exposed to the simulator. The spread of results was noticeably greater for the students not exposed to the simulator. The human factors simulation provides an effective means to teach students the complexities and dynamics of interpersonal relationships in construction management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-309
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 23 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction management
  • Education
  • Human factors
  • Learning effectiveness
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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