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Application of Web-Published Virtual Instruments in Delivering Engineering Instructions and Performing Experimental Research

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Virtual Instruction and Collaboration

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Computers in Education

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26.5.1 - 26.5.12



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Shahnam Navaee Georgia Southern University

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Dr. Navaee is currently a Full Professor in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management Department in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Navaee received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1980 and 1983, and his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University in 1989.

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Application of Web Published Virtual Instruments in Delivering Engineering Instructions and Performing Experimental ResearchAbstractIn this paper the special utility of the LabVIEW Virtual Instruments published as a HTML filesis documented and discussed. The Virtual Instruments (LabVIEW programs) created using thesoftware’s web publishing tool can be used to complement the effectiveness of the classroominstructions and extend the reach of engineering researchers in more effectively conductinglaboratory and field experimentation. The Virtual Instruments (VIs) created as web documentscan be placed on a web-server and made available to users at remote locations. These files canenhance the collaborations and interactions among individuals at these stations. For example,the created VIs for a course can be accessed and executed by multiple instructors deliveringother sections of the course at various physical locations on and off campus. One of the mostvaluable features of LabVIEW is its attractive and easy to use user-interface. Through the“controls” and “indicators” available in this user-interface, various parameters, such as beam andloading conditions, can be altered to yield the computed results such as the displacements andstresses instantaneously in any desired form. Using special features available in LabVIEW, thepublished HTML programs can be set-up in a form that can either be executed by users on theserver-side or remote-side. This choice can be altered with ease at any time. The developmentof two sample VIs created as web documents, for an undergraduate and a graduate engineeringmechanics course are included and discussed in the paper to clearly illustrate the power andutility of this type of Virtual Instruments.On the experimental side, the LabVIEW Virtual Instruments published as HTML files can alsobe used as an effective tool for performing laboratory research, and to remotely monitor thehealth of structural members in the field. More details regarding the advantage of LabVIEW inthis type of setting will also be explored in the paper.

Navaee, S. (2015, June), Application of Web-Published Virtual Instruments in Delivering Engineering Instructions and Performing Experimental Research Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23338

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