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Introducing Design Build Concepts Into Senior Capstone Design Projects

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.803.1 - 9.803.13



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Shawn Woodruff

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Farhad Reza

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It is most likely that the opportunity to implement this type of project may change from year to year. In the branches other than structural engineering, namely transportation, hydraulics, environmental and geotechnical engineering, construction projects may be harder to find. The total number of students interested in a particular area will dictate whether or not a sizable project that involves multiple groups can be used. The fact that students have the choice and only compete for the projects that they wish to work on will ensure that they have the motivation and interest to perform the additional construction aspects. Due to the fact that students may have limited construction experience, and also for safety concerns, the construction tasks should be kept to simple skill levels. Furthermore, because of liability considerations there should be active involvement from experienced practitioners or supervision from professional contractors. Another reason why this type of project was successful at ONU was the fact that students had taken a course in project management so that extra class time during senior design was not necessary. While admitting that these design-build types of projects may be difficult to administer on a regular basis, the authors feel that they provide a rich learning experience and recommend that they should be utilized whenever feasible.


The student members of the senior design team that worked on the Schoonover Observatory Project were Shawn Woodruff, Jesse Hannahs, Aaron Brown and Jennifer Heitzmann. Partial funding for the project was provided by the Civil Engineering Department of Ohio Northern University and the City of Lima. The authors wish to thank Dr. Earl Lhamon of the Lima Astronomical Society for his enthusiasm and cooperation. The authors also thank the Lima City Engineer Kirk Neimeyer and his staff for their assistance. The assistance provided by Dr. Jason Pinkney of the Physics Department at ONU was also appreciated.

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Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Woodruff, S., & Reza, F. (2004, June), Introducing Design Build Concepts Into Senior Capstone Design Projects Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13638

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