AGC of America invites construction management or engineering seniors to enter the James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition. Entries are due on November 15, 2020.

The competition is open to any senior-level student in a four or five-year ABET or ACCE accredited university construction management or construction-related engineering program. The first-place essay author receives $1,000. The author’s faculty sponsor receives $500. Both the recipient and sponsor are invited as guests of the Foundation to attend the 2021 AGC Annual Convention.

This year’s topic is “How New, Innovative Technology and Project Execution Tools and Techniques Can Be Used to Improve the Construction Process (Including Safety and Efficiency).” In your essay, please address, as a minimum, the following discussion points related to the topic using research and examples from your own experience to support your position:

  • Identify and describe those Innovative Technology and Project Execution Tools and Techniques that you feel could improve the construction process
  • What is your own experience with these technologies, tools or techniques?
  • How is the construction industry addressing this issue, and what are the potential advantages and disadvantages?
  • What are your suggestions for addressing challenges?
  • Discuss the role that an organization such as the AGC might play in addressing issues related to this topic?