Enhancing Civil Engineering Education Through Case Studies

  • Chinowsky P
  • Robinson J
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Abstract

The civil engineering profession is characterized by multifaceted, interdisciplinary problems requiring teams comprised of diverse members including technical specialists, designers, and construc-tors. Unique attributes including location, regulatory agencies, and owner preferences require architecture-engineering-con-struction (AEC) teams to cooperate throughout the design-build process to ensure that all specifications are satisfied. In contrast, civil engineering education is characterized by disciplinary bound-aries which minimize opportunities for civil engineering students to interact with students from architecture or other related disci-plines. This paper introduces one approach, currently being im-plemented at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to reduce these boundaries through the introduction of an interdisciplinary course focusing on the development of civil engineering case studies. Ad-ditionally, the paper presents an effort to introduce precollege stu-dents to the civil engineering profession through the use of the de-veloped case studies.

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  • Paul S Chinowsky

  • Jeffrey Robinson

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