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Title: 3-D Visualization for Civil Engineering Undergraduate Learning PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Creator: Leitch, Kenneth R.
Martin, Kristine E.
Will, Jeffrey D.
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Civil engineering analysis and modeling frequently reduces 3-D land features and structures to 2-D representations on such media as paper and overhead projection systems. Students often have trouble understanding the 3-D aspect of civil engineering problems because of the limitations of conventional 2-D representations. Many students find it difficult to understand how landforms from a topographic survey will impact a construction project, where a watershed is located, how beams and columns are connected in a building frame, what work will need to be done to excavate a foundation, or how to lay out a roadway. With the advent of new computer technologies, it is possible to take numerical 3-D data and render virtual computer models that are presented in 3-D, enhancing the learning experience in relation to both analysis and design in the civil engineering curriculum [1]. To this end, the College of Engineering at Valparaiso University has established the Scientific Visualization Laboratory to improve the learning experience for students for 3-D concepts that are hard to represent in conventional 2-D space [2-4]. Examples include electromagnetic fields, complex organic molecules, microelectronic circuit fabrications, force vectors, moving machines and their individual parts, terrain models, buildings, and bridges. Furthermore, the time dimension can be incorporated to create a 4-D model that can show the change over time of a 3-D model due to motion, loading, modifications, deterioration, and environmental effects. This paper describes our extension to the existing work done by the Scientific Visualization Laboratory to improve teaching methods in civil engineering by utilizing the 3-D displays of virtual reality hardware.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Curriculum
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electronics -- Microelectronics. Integrated circuits
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
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Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
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Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-11-04 03:00:04 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-19 19:31:57 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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