One of the three missions of Auburn University is Outreach. The School of Building Science at Auburn University highly values the close relationship it has held for over fifty years with the construction industry. Outreach is another way for the school to give something back to the industry that has so generously supported it. Through seminars and online courses, the school hopes to extend its expertise about learning to the construction industry.
The Alabama Construction Industry Fund was established in 1991 when a bill was signed into law, which allocated funding from the Alabama contractors license fee to support construction education in the state. Auburn's School of Building Science has been a major beneficiary of this funding. The CIF has provided seed money for several development efforts in the school.
Software Refresher for Construction Professionals
A series of short courses covering most popular application programs used in the construction industry today. MS Excel, Access, PowerPoint and VISIO are presented in the context of construction problem solving. Courses may be delivered either at the BSCI Dudley Hall state-of-the-art computer labs or on site at construction company offices. Each course is designed to take one business day (6 hrs.) For information or to schedule a course, contact John Greene, CIF director.
An eleven-lesson tutorial based on the latest OSHA requirements for construction excavation safety. The purpose of this tutorial is to teach safe trenching practices, in a modern format, taking advantage of the multimedia and hyper-linking capabilities of the World Wide Web. You will be introduced to the dangers of construction excavations using newspaper accounts of recent trenching accidents from around the US. The mechanics of trench cave-ins, the potential hazards to workers, the OSHA requirements on excavation safety, and protective systems used to avoid trench cave-ins and protect workers from harm are also explained. The tutorial makes extensive use of images, digital video, and examples of good and bad practices to bring this important subject to life.
The Alabama Construction Information Exchange (ACIE) is a statewide resource for construction craft and labor information. The site provides valuable information for career guidance, training and employment opportunities, and current labor reports for construction companies in the state. This interactive website allows a company to submit its own information to the database. Data is provided from the 1997 Alabama Construction Wage Survey, and companies can participate online in the 1999 Wage Survey.