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Cee 2602, Civil Engineering Measurements: A Hands On Introduction To The Profession

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.119.1 - 4.119.6

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Frank E. Falcone

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Edward Glynn

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CEE 2602, Civil Engineering Measurements: A “Hands On” Introduction to the Profession

Frank E. Falcone, Edward F. Glynn Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Villanova University; Villanova, PA 19085


The paper describes a sophomore-level course developed by the authors to provide an introduction to the civil engineering profession. The course uses a blend on “hands on” field and laboratory work, case histories and projects to provide the students with an overview of the tasks and projects they will encounter in their professional careers.

I. Introduction

Future innovations in civil engineering will spring forth from ideas nurtured by young engineers who have been thoroughly educated in the basics of the profession. A strong and stimulating course designed to introduce first semester sophomore students to the full profession through visual and “hands on” field and laboratory experiences can provide a firm foundation for a vibrant civil engineering curriculum. Without such an introduction, a student pondering the broad range of technical and nontechnical courses in the curriculum may wonder “How does it all fit together?” A student who is well versed in the fundamentals of civil engineering will be in a position to devise creative solutions to complex problems. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University attempts to highlight these fundamentals by beginning the curriculum with CEE 2602, Civil Engineering Measurements (Measurements), a practical course that includes a series of linked activities designed to provide a full introduction to our interdisciplinary profession.

II. Civil Engineering Curriculum

Measurements began in the 1992-93 academic year as part of a major revision to the 136-credit civil engineering (CE) curriculum. At Villanova, all incoming engineering students share a common freshman year. The CE curriculum is actually the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of their engineering education. The CE curriculum is designed to ensure that all CE majors will gain a basic knowledge in five disciplines: structural, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, and transportation engineering. Measurements serves as an introduction to the program and is

Falcone, F. E., & Glynn, E. (1999, June), Cee 2602, Civil Engineering Measurements: A Hands On Introduction To The Profession Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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