Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate civil engineering education

Usama El Shamy, Tarek Abdoun, Flora Mcmartin, Miguel Pando

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    We report the results of a pilot study aimed at developing, implementing, and assessing an educational module that integrates remote major research instrumentation into an undergraduate civil engineering course. Specifically, this study shows the potential of adopting Internet Webbased technologies to allow for real-time video monitoring and execution of cutting-edge experiments in undergraduate geotechnical engineering classes. The students' activities within the module are centered on designing and building a model of a shallow foundation on a sand deposit utilizing a centrifuge facility and using this model for: (1) visual observation of the response of soil-foundation systems, (2) learning the use of instrumentation, (3) interpretation of acquired data, and (4) comparing experimental results to theoretical predictions. Testing a soilfoundation system helped the students identify the lab experiments needed to design the system. A survey was used to gauge the students' learning outcomes as a result of introducing the module. The module proved that remote sites can be made conveniently accessible to students and faculty; thereby, enhancing the learning experience of students that otherwise do not have access to these types of facilities and also help to save educational institutions resources.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    StatePublished - Sep 24 2013
    Event120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Atlanta, GA, United States
    Duration: Jun 23 2013Jun 26 2013

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    Other120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
    CountryUnited States
    CityAtlanta, GA
    Period6/23/136/26/13

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    Engineering education
    Civil engineering
    Students
    Geotechnical engineering
    Centrifuges
    Gages
    Sand
    Deposits
    Experiments
    Internet
    Soils
    Monitoring
    Testing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)

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    El Shamy, U., Abdoun, T., Mcmartin, F., & Pando, M. (2013). Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate civil engineering education. Paper presented at 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States.

    Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate civil engineering education. / El Shamy, Usama; Abdoun, Tarek; Mcmartin, Flora; Pando, Miguel.

    2013. Paper presented at 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States.

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    El Shamy, U, Abdoun, T, Mcmartin, F & Pando, M 2013, 'Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate civil engineering education' Paper presented at 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States, 6/23/13 - 6/26/13, .
    El Shamy U, Abdoun T, Mcmartin F, Pando M. Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate civil engineering education. 2013. Paper presented at 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States.
    El Shamy, Usama ; Abdoun, Tarek ; Mcmartin, Flora ; Pando, Miguel. / Integration of remote major research instrumentation in undergraduate civil engineering education. Paper presented at 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States.
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