• Identifying Technologies Fields using SNA (Social Network Analysis) for Construction Safety Management in China
    Chutian Cheng, Namhyuk Ham and Jae-Jun Kim
    There is a high frequency of safety accidents occurring in the construction industry in China, which results in large numbers of casualties ... + READ MORE
    There is a high frequency of safety accidents occurring in the construction industry in China, which results in large numbers of casualties and substantial property damage and losses. So to find out an effective way of reducing safety accidents and identify the major cause of safety accidents arising from the construction sites, it is essential to improve the management of construction safety. The patent information is effectively utilized to analyze technology, based on which the types of construction safety accidents are summarized and the major influencing factors in the occurrence of safety accidents on construction sites are identified. In this paper, through the patent analysis method based on the network analysis, Netminer 4.0 was applied to construct a technology field network to gain understanding as to the structure of construction safety. Based on the specific analysis of the critical nodes with the assistance of Netminer 4.0, the major causes for the occurrence of construction safety accidents were identified. Finally, the core patents were analyzed to provide a theoretical basis for the reduction of accident rate. - COLLAPSE
    June 2020
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    Toward a Technique of Evaluating Student Ethical Sensitivity to Professional Issues of the Construction Industry
    Kenneth S. Sands II, Annie R. Pearce, Min Jae Suh, Denise R. Simmons, Christine M. Fiori, and Victoria A. Mouras
    The construction industry is inundated with unethical activity and is viewed as one of the most corrupt industries in any business sector ... + READ MORE
    The construction industry is inundated with unethical activity and is viewed as one of the most corrupt industries in any business sector. This activity has caught the attention of public agencies, industry groups, and academic accrediting bodies such as the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) which lead to a requirement for ethics education. The problem is that the requirement to teach ethics is not complimented with an understanding of construction student ethical competency. Construction students should possess the ability to recognize ethical issues of the construction industry, namely have ethical sensitivity, as a milestone to making proper ethical decisions in practice. The purpose of this study is to suggest a qualitative response, quantitatively scored means of testing the ethical sensitivity of construction students known as the Test for Ethical Sensitivity in Construction (TESC). This paper presents the test development process of the TESC technique in addition to initial findings from piloting the TESC in two construction programs in the United States. - COLLAPSE
    June 2020
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