The Virtual Construction Simulator (VCS) is a simulation game that teaches students the dynamic nature of the construction process and frequent changes to construction schedules.
The VCS4 provides students with a variety of construction projects, which vary in difficulty, process, and learning objectives.
The implementation of the VCS in an educational environment is supported by an extensive platform that includes comprehensive implementation and assessment materials for instructors.
For further information on the implementation framework and material please contact
Fadi Castronovo at firstname.lastname@example.org
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