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Case Base For Delivering Integrated Education With Multimedia Decision Support

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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12.346.1 - 12.346.9



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Mireille Battikha Consultant

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Case-Base for Delivering Integrated Education with Multimedia Decision-Support


This paper illustrates the use of a multimedia case-based system designed to enhance the learning process by providing decision-support for integrated education in construction engineering as well as with other engineering disciplines. Sections of digital videos related to construction methods and materials, schedules as well as design alternatives have been collected to compile knowledge of construction activities and products from different construction projects. Cases are designed to compose sets of scenarios useful in analytical and decision-making processes for the delivery of integrated teaching. This consists of using compiled predefined representations including sections of digital videos capturing real construction site activities and products for the composition of new sets of situations useful to several management processes and engineering concepts under a current/new study. Several scenarios have been illustrated and findings summarized including advantages and limitations for further research and implementation. The case-based system will provide the educator with an effective tool to deliver the construction knowledge by integrating several concepts in the course, which will help prepare engineers to solve real construction situations. The benefits are drawn from an enhanced flexibility in manipulating the knowledge to evaluate alternatives using real visual sections of videos to effectively convey the integrated processes among disciplines. Example tasks include the selection from several compiled choices, viewing, composing, and decomposing cases. This flexible user-technology interaction furnishes direct visual understanding and integration of several engineering concepts in the processes. Use of the case-based system will allow (1) integrated teaching with other educators; (2) enhanced students understanding and visualization of the concepts involved; and (3) collaborative access with and/or among students to complete assignments and problem-solve. Implementation requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team to develop substantial sets of case studies relating the concepts of different engineering programs.


A common and evident problem encountered in teaching construction engineering is the difficulty to bring the construction site to the classroom and to have access to real construction projects during the lecture schedules. A video about an entire project or part of it may clarify some aspects of the concepts. However, the manipulation of this knowledge to deal with specific construction situations and integrated analyses is impractical unless the video is obtained digitally, so that it can be truncated into manageable and useful sections. Visually capturing construction activities and their products in manageable pieces of information allows one to carry out several analyses to demonstrate real construction situations by integrating several concepts in the management process. This will enhance the preparation of engineering students to deal with real construction projects, which requires the development of their abilities to handle several engineering concepts in an integrated fashion. Integrated management processes are complex and crucial for solving most real construction situations. Whether a construction project involves developing a schedule, a plan, or an estimate, selecting a construction method and material, or improving its productivity and quality, engineers must possess the skills to carry out

Battikha, M. (2007, June), Case Base For Delivering Integrated Education With Multimedia Decision Support Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1880

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