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Development of a Structural Loadings Course for Architectural Engineering Students

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Architectural Engineering

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Christina McCoy P.E. Oklahoma State University

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Professor McCoy is a licensed Structural Engineer and Architect. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor in Architecture from Oklahoma State University. She holds a Masters of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and Masters of Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis) from the University of Kansas. She worked in the structural engineering profession for 10 years before joining the full-time faculty at Oklahoma State University School of Architecture.

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John J. Phillips Oklahoma State University

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JOHN PHILLIPS, a registered engineer and Professor of Architectural Engineering, practiced as a structural engineer for nine years before returning to his alma mater to teach at Oklahoma State University. He teaches or has taught undergraduate and graduate courses including Statics, Analysis I, Structural Loadings, Foundations, Timbers, Steel, Concrete, Masonry, Steel II, Concrete II, Steel III, Concrete III, and in the Comprehensive Design Studio.

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Carisa H. Ramming Oklahoma State University

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Carisa Ramming is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she obtained degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering Construction Management. She worked in industry for six years as licensed engineer and structural consultant for Wallace Engineering in Tulsa, OK before returning to Oklahoma State as a visiting faculty member in the School of Architecture. In 2009, Professor Ramming joined the faculty full time as an assistant professor of architectural engineering. Since that time, she has taught classes in structural analysis, timber and steel design, engineering mechanics: statics, building foundations and numerical analysis. Professor Ramming has recently been named Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty and the Outstanding Teacher for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. She has also published books for Project Lead the Way and a text on Numerical Structural Analysis. Professor Ramming enjoys spending time with the students of CEAT as the advisor of the Architectural Engineering Institute, Tau Beta Pi, Women Inspiring Successful Engineers, and CEAT Student Council.

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Charlotte Guyer

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In professional practice, a necessary initial step to any structural engineering project is to establish loading criteria for the given conditions. Once this is established, an engineer is expected to have a fundamental understanding of how the structure responds or is designed to respond to these loadings. As such, architectural engineering programs have an obligation to teach the skill set of load determination, application, and analysis within their curriculum. Fortunately, most jurisdictions in the United States have adopted the International Building Code and thus ASCE 7 (American Society of Civil Engineering, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures). Based on this adoption, the ASCE 7 code is the natural choice to use for the determination of loadings within a course that focuses on the topic of structural loadings.

This paper describes the development of a required Structural Loadings class for undergraduate architectural engineering students. The class described aims to not only teach how to determine structural loading, but also to give an understanding of load application and load behavior within structural systems. Within the course, which is designed to be taken in the third year of a four and a half year bachelor’s degree program, students cover loading topics such as tributary area, framing layout, load distribution, structural diaphragms, and lateral systems. A literary search will be included to examine the research on this topic in similarly formatted courses. Additionally, it will describe how the course is integrated into the curriculum, will present the course outline and topics covered, and will discuss loading topics that were omitted in the interest to prioritize more essential knowledge. For assessment of the course, student survey feedback is used to evaluate the success of the teaching strategies for the initial offering of this course.

McCoy, C., & Phillips, J. J., & Ramming, C. H., & Guyer, C. (2021, July), Development of a Structural Loadings Course for Architectural Engineering Students Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36963

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