June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Design in Engineering Education
24.96.1 - 24.96.10
A Real World Design Project in a One Semester Civil Engineering Senior Capstone Design CourseAll engineering programs have a senior capstone project requirement with the intent that thestudents demonstrate that they are prepared to work as a staff design engineer upon graduation.Hundreds of papers have been published on engineering capstone projects, dozens specificallyon civil engineering capstone projects, and very few on real world civil engineering capstonedesign projects.The lack of papers on real world civil engineering design projects could be attributed todifficulties with finding a real world project that works well in a capstone course environment,i.e., a project that begins at the start of a semester or can wait until then, is a size that could becompleted in one semester, is guaranteed to move at a pace that can be completed by the end ofthe semester, contains multiple civil discipline design tasks, has a consulting engineer willing toinvest non-billable or personal time in the course, has an engineer/engineering firm willing toseal the final design, and has a project owners willing to allow the use of their project. Omit oneaspect then the project will not meet the capstone course’s needs. Without a doubt these issuesmake finding a real world civil engineering capstone project for a successful course experiencedifficult to achieve.This paper presents three successful utilized civil engineering capstone course projects anddiscusses capstone project sources that provide a real world design experience that meets thepreviously listed constraints. This pedagogy also provides the unique opportunity for thestudents to compare their design against a practicing professional engineer’s design.
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