Asee peer logo

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

Download Paper |

Conference

2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Location

Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Industry and Practice Topics

Tagged Division

Civil Engineering

Page Count

23

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/37480

Download Count

44

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Max Teddy Clemson University

visit author page

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.

visit author page

biography

Wayne Sarasua Clemson University

visit author page

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.

visit author page

biography

Matthew Ryan Stanley Clemson University

visit author page

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.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

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. https://peer.asee.org/37480

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015