On Oct. 12, the 27th annual Student Constructor Awareness Night (SCAN) was held at Northern Michigan University. Over 70 students and construction professionals attended the event, which is held to educate students about recent trends in the constructionindustry by providing them with a chance to interact with industry professionals.
Daryl Kobie, who moderated the event, stated that the evening was "a wonderful networking opportunity for students, contractors, architects, building owners, and the AGC organization."
The evening began with a networking dinner, which was followed by several presentations. These including a report on the economic situation of the Midwest by Tawni Ferrarini, and a presentation by NMU graduate Jim Conlin. Conlin is currently the project engineer at Power Construction in Schaumburg, Ill.
Last to present were President of AEC Transformations Karie Johnson, and Director of AEC Inquest Technologies Kevin Bredeson. Johnson and Bredeson each presented on Building Information Modeling (BIM), an upcoming technological innovation in the construction field.
The students who attended were also able to create contacts with other students in the civil engineering and construction management programs from Michigan Technological University.
As part of the evening, students were able to submit their resumes to the Associated General Contractors (AGC) website.
The event was sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America, Michigan Works, the Michigan Small Business and Technology Center, the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Michigan, and Rio Tinto.