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Using Mobile Devices to Teach Structural Dynamics and Structural Health Monitoring

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Use of Technology in Civil Engineering Courses

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Civil Engineering

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Charles Riley P.E. Oregon Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Riley has been teaching engineering mechanics and civil engineering for over 10 years and has been honored with both the ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Award (2012) and the Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award (2013). He teaches freshman to graduate-level courses across the civil engineering curriculum and has developed numerous courses around the topic of transportation structures and infrastructure sustainability.

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Jason D. Millar Oregon Institute of Technology

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Jason Millar is a graduate student in the civil engineering program at Oregon Tech. With a background and emphasis in structural engineering, Jason is conducting a research study regarding the use of technology to enhance the education and application of non-destructive structural health monitoring. In his fourth year at Oregon Tech, Jason has enjoyed the opportunity to attend multiple national engineering conventions, hold leadership positions in several extracurricular clubs, and excel in a broad range of civil engineering and related projects. The ultimate career goal for Jason is to own a private consulting firm specializing in sustainable structural engineering.

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Samuel Lozano Oregon Institute of Technology

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Civil Engineering student at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) with a primary interest in transportation and transportation structures. Is planning on attending graduate school at OIT, studying structural health monitoring of bridges. Has previously worked on projects involving strain testing of a light rail bridge at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a streetscapes redesign project for the city of Klamath Falls, OR at OIT.

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Sean St.Clair Oregon Institute of Technology

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Sean St.Clair is a Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at Oregon Tech, where he teaches structural engineering courses and conducts research in engineering education. He is also a registered Professional Engineer.

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This paper studies the effect of using smart devices, like iPods and smartphones, running apps that record accelerometer data to teach topics in structural dynamics and structural health monitoring (SHM). Given that these are commonly advanced courses or research topics, the goal of this work is to create a learning module that employs increasingly commonplace smart devices to actively engage students in these topics and to provide a framework for further study in structural dynamics and damage detection in engineered structures. Survey results are presented to demonstrate student engagement with the topics and effectiveness of smart devices as a field or laboratory tool.

Riley, C., & Millar, J. D., & Lozano, S., & St.Clair, S. (2016, June), Using Mobile Devices to Teach Structural Dynamics and Structural Health Monitoring Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27152

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