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Mapping the Future: Geomatics as an Essential Element of the Next Generation of Civil Engineering Curriculum

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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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Industry and Practice Topics

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Civil Engineering

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Max Teddy Clemson University

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Max Teddy completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees with Clemson University's Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. His studies were centered around transportation design, planning, and operations. He now works as a Civil Analyst for Kimley-Horn in West Palm Beach, Florida as part of the Roadway Design team.

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Wayne Sarasua Clemson University

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Professor of Civil Engineering and co-Principal Investigator of Clemson's NSF RED grant. Educational research interest is in civil engineering curriculum development that enhances student engagement and inclusion. One of the first to develop and teach an introductory course on Geomatics in 1993 at Georgia Tech. A similar course is now required in numerous CE curriculums including Clemson's.

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Matthew Ryan Stanley Clemson University

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Hello! My name is Matthew Stanley and I am a graduate student in the Clemson University Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. I am pursuing a master's degree in transportation systems, and plan to pursue a career in surveying engineering or roadway design. I am a graduate teacher's assistant for the Geomatics course offered at Clemson University.

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As part of an initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation to completely transform the Civil Engineering undergraduate program at Clemson University, a required course in geomatics is being revamped to better prepare students for a capstone-like course sequence that begins in the sophomore year. As part of this research, a survey of nearly every Civil Engineering undergraduate program in the country was done to determine the extent that a geomatics and/or surveying course are required or available to their students. The research found that while many schools have chosen to no longer require or even teach surveying as part of their Civil Engineering curriculum, Clemson expanded the coverage of the surveying course to include other spatial data topics more than twenty years ago. This paper describes how Clemson's required geomatics course is continuing to evolve to fit into Clemson’s curriculum transformation. Of particular importance will be how this course is requisite to a sophomore-level project-based “Springer” course that includes a design charrette with stakeholder involvement. The thesis will also include an analysis of data collected through a SALG (Student Assessment of Learning Gains) survey. The paper constructs a robust geomatics course that maximizes both the usefulness of the material and the enjoyment of the students’ experiences. The paper will help readers understand why geomatics should be an essential element of the next generation of Civil Engineering curriculum.

Teddy, M., & Sarasua, W., & Stanley, M. R. (2021, July), Mapping the Future: Geomatics as an Essential Element of the Next Generation of Civil Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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