College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-07 11:52:51


Civil Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


This paper presents the current impact of increased precipitation in the Midwest on the construction industry. Mainly, the impact on jobsite safety, increasing insurance rates, and the resulting changes in design codes, or lack thereof. The goal of this independent research is to gather a better understanding of the influence of these changes, because only then can one accurately seek to combat their harmful effects. As a vital element of the global economy, the construction industry must be conscious of their changing relationship with the environment around them. Therefore, understanding the affects of harmful climate change, will increase awareness of toxic processes and help to develop more sustainable alternatives.

Research Sponsor

Robert Bunnell

First Reader

Anil Patnaik

Second Reader

Qindan Huang

Honors Faculty Advisor

Ping Yi


A comprehensive analysis of the effects of precipitation on the Midwestern construction industry.



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