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Microstation® Applications For Highway And Transportation Structures Design As Part Of The Software Series In Civil Engineering Technology Independent Learning Experiment

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2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curriculum Development in Civil ET

Page Count

14

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8.852.1 - 8.852.14

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https://peer.asee.org/12366

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Thomas Nicholas

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Ted Stilgenbauer

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Anthony Brizendine

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Session 2649

MicroStation® Applications for Highway and Transportation Structures Design as Part of the Software Series in Civil Engineering Technology Independent Learning Program at Fairmont State College

Thomas Nicholas II, Fairmont State College

Anthony L. Brizendine, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ted Stilgenbauer, Fairmont State College

Abstract

The authors developed a series of computer aided drawing instructional modules utilizing MicroStation® software as part of the Software Series in Civil Engineering Technology Independent Learning Experiment at Fairmont State College - Track 3: Design. These modules, which are customized to utilize transportation and transportation structures projects, serve as enhancements to the Design Track in the CET program, specifically enhancing instructional objectives in Structures (CIV 290), Structural Design (CIV 440), Advanced Structural Analysis (CIV 410), Surveying II (CIV 240), and Highway Design (CIV 400). Using transportation projects throughout the scheduling modules provides an experience integrating aspects of the transportation, structural, and water system tracks within the program. The series is comprised of Three modules: Module 1, Introduction to MicroStation®; Module 2, MicroStation® Applications for Bridge Design; Module 3, MicroStation® Applications for Highway Design; In each module, students are required to complete exercises based on example projects created by the authors. The examples utilized in the modules are actual transportation projects, which have been constructed and are in use. The utilization of built projects allows the students to gain additional experience with proven construction plans followed by visits to the actual sites to see the constructed product illustrated in the plans. Final projects are employed to bring together learning activities from each of the modules. This summative final project approach serves to reinforce the “real world” experience.

Introduction In recent years, Fairmont State College has been teaching AutoCAD® as the primary computer aided drafting software package for all engineering technology disciplines. In response to suggestions from Fairmont State College’s Civil Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Committee, MicroStation® was purchased for use in the CET program. However, the Advisory Committee did not wish for AutoCAD® instruction to be eliminated. Therefore, the program needed to find a way to deliver instruction in both platforms. In order to address the need for instruction in both platforms, it was decided that students would continue to receive instruction in AutoCAD® in the freshman year. MicroStation® would be implemented as part of the Software Series in Civil Engineering Technology Independent Learning Program,1 which was “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Nicholas, T., & Stilgenbauer, T., & Brizendine, A. (2003, June), Microstation® Applications For Highway And Transportation Structures Design As Part Of The Software Series In Civil Engineering Technology Independent Learning Experiment Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12366

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