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Online Modeling In Teaching Geomechanics Via The Web Site

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.764.1 - 6.764.8

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Jiang Li

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Matthew Lee

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Session 2793


Jiang Li and Matthew Y. Lee Morgan State University/Amherst College


In the present paper, the design of online modeling in soil mechanics with multimedia tool on the Internet has been discussed. The online modeling in geomechanics servers as a virtual laboratory that can be used for both teaching and research at the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Morgan State University. In this paper, the follows are emphasized: 1) design of main and sub web pages, 2) design of the online run time ActiveX coded with Visual Basic 5.0 for computation and graph, 3) the layout of online interface through WebPages and the online application for modeling. This is the first attempt to combine applications of Visual Basic to the web page on the Internet or the Intranet with teaching and research in conceptual, physical, mechanical and mathematical modeling in soil mechanics using one-dimensional consolidation theory so that problems in engineering such as land subsidence due to ASR (Aquifer Storage and Recovery) applications can be simulated and predicted. Therefore, this online modeling tool not only provides an alternative way to pass knowledge and to enhance students understanding of principles taught in geomechanics, but also it offers an online useful and innovative laboratory with more flexibility and convenience to help students in learning.

I. Introduction

Thanks to the ever-increasing World Wide Web, in both size and popularity, one may circle the globe in the comfort of his or her own favorite chair. It has allowed instantaneous interaction between people from all corners of the world. This mode of instantaneous communication is unparalleled in all communications technology. We should exploit the powerful potential of the Internet by implementing a utility through which the urbanized Internet can be transformed into a powerful and flexible instrument for academia (1 and 2). The accuracy of digital data in conjunction with the bettering speed of Internet connectivity, the Internet has become an excellent candidate for scholastic usage. Currently, there are technologies that allow students to “attend” courses and lectures through the marvel of the Internet and Intranets (3, 4 and 5). Although the current development of applications using the multimedia tools provides convenience to the students, it does not provide an interactive media through which the students may actively learn. The present paper presents one example of the solution to this form of problems. It is an interactive method with which students in engineering or in soil

Li, J., & Lee, M. (2001, June), Online Modeling In Teaching Geomechanics Via The Web Site Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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