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Enhancing Geotechnical Engineering Education Based on Multiphysics Enriched Mixed Reality Game

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2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be

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Ewing, New Jersey

Publication Date

October 27, 2023

Start Date

October 27, 2023

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January 10, 2024

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--45119

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https://peer.asee.org/45119

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52

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Chenchen Huang Rowan University

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I'm a Research Assistant of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Rowan University now. I mainly research rock mechanism problems and pavement design issues by numerical simulation.

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Weiling Cai

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Mr. Weiling Cai is a PhD student in Civil Engineering at Rowan University. His research interest involves multi-scale characterization of geomaterials, geotechnology, and constitutive modelling.

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LuoBin Cui Rowan University

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Cheng Zhu Rowan University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5382-1003

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Dr. Cheng Zhu is an assistant professor of civil engineering at Rowan University. His research primarily concerns multi-scale geomaterial behavior under coupled processes across various time scales, with emphasis placed on microstructure characterization,

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Ying Tang Rowan University

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Ying Tang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Northeastern University, P. R. China, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and Ph.D degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 2001. She is currently a Professor of Electrical and Comput

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Abstract

In geotechnical engineering education, it is challenging for students to connect theoretical concepts, laboratory testing, field investigation, and engineering design due to limited temporal and spatial resources. To solve this problem and cultivate geotechnical skills for students, the development of an educational game provides an integrated approach to geotechnical engineering education, allowing students to understand the entire process of designing a geotechnical project from theory to practical applications. This paper presents an ongoing development of such a game, which utilizes multiphysics enriched mixed reality to offer a new method for integrated geotechnical engineering education. The game is based on designing geothermal piles, an innovative and sustainable solution to address the issue of global climate change. The virtual reality technology helps visualize the field environments, laboratory conditions, and design components for structural simulation, such as finite element software. The gameplay is task-driven and story-based, providing an engaging experience for students while promoting the understanding of geotechnical concepts. Additionally, several mini-games are designed to provide background information and encourage student participation. This game includes soil sampling on the field, measuring thermomechanical properties of soils in the laboratory, measuring shear strength of soil, and structural design and numerical simulation of a geothermal pile using finite element method (FEM). By playing this educational game, students can learn how to use a thermal conductivity meter and direct shear device to obtain thermal conductivity and shear parameters for the collected soil samples and apply the associated properties to the structural design of geothermal piles. Geotechnical engineering instructors can use this newly developed educational game to expose students to more laboratory testing and field environments, thereby enhancing geotechnical engineering education. Multiphysics enriched mixed reality gaming can help visualize the inherent cohesion among theoretical concepts, laboratory testing, field investigation, and engineering design, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

Huang, C., & Cai, W., & Cui, L., & Zhu, C., & Tang, Y. (2023, October), Enhancing Geotechnical Engineering Education Based on Multiphysics Enriched Mixed Reality Game Paper presented at 2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be, Ewing, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--45119

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