TORONTO — A team of fourth-year students from the Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management at George Brown College is one of only six teams worldwide to make it to the finals of the Global Student Challenge, organized by the Chartered Institute of Building in the U.K. (CIOB).
The team, consisting of Doan (Lucas) Dang, Nick Lourenco and Mike Lino, placed third overall after the qualifying rounds, beating out competition from 53 universities from the U.K., Australia, the U.S., China and Hong Kong. They are the only North American finalists as well as the only college among the top six.
The team is mentored by Andrew Gordon, a faculty member at the school and a practising construction management consultant and CIOB Fellow.
The Global Student Challenge Finals will be held in Toronto from July 8 to 12 as part of the CIOB 2018 Members Forum, which is a series of events aimed at exchanging industry knowledge, strategy and information, states a release.
The challenge itself is based on MERIT software, a game-like simulation developed in the U.K. that allows students to run their own virtual construction company and compete for projects against other competitors and their companies, the release explains, adding the simulation exposes students to areas such as financing, HR, estimating, bidding, project management and marketing.
The MERIT simulation is now part of the curriculum in the Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management program.