June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
With the rapid development of the building industries in the world, it has become increasingly important to understand the processes needed to complete a construction operation in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Unlike the traditional processes in building construction, a new method using an intelligent system allows learners to support construction operations, involving the use of equipment, materials and laborers allocated to particular activity. Advanced three-dimensional simulation tools are created and step-by-step processes are introduced. We will use these tools to simulate the processes of ancient constructional technologies, such as those employed in the erection of the most famous pagoda in China, i.e., Dayanta or the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda (this pagoda, in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China, was originally built by Xuan Zhang in AD 652, the legendary monk who travelled to India to acquire Buddhist scriptures and translated and stored them in Dayanta). Since Xuan Zhang built the first pagoda, several renovations/versions had appeared,the study in this paper focuses on the last version of the pagoda that currently stands in the city of Xi’an. The software used to represent the 3D components are 3ds Max and Visual Studio. We believe that the learning of these engineering processes could be enhanced by its early introduction in the classroom. Most ancient buildings were constructed manually with primitive resources. In many cases, information about these building processes have been lost in time. Information is often non-existent and fragmented, yet, one cannot argue that Dayanta is a magnificent monument even as it stands now. So, how did they build such an extraordinary structure? By using the present as a guide to the past, this paper will describe how these ancient Chinese likely implemented in the construction processes. Thus, the objective of this research is to introduce an intelligent system that allows users to learn how this ancient pagoda was built almost 1,400 years ago. The authors use three-dimensional images of building components of the substructure (foundation) and superstructure (pagoda) of Dayanta. Students will be guided through the correct construction sequence and operations through the use of animation and ample descriptions of the use of materials, equipment and technology. Furthermore, to verify the effectiveness of this intelligent system, the authors plan to conduct a survey for assessing the usefulness and ease of the system, and the reasonableness of the construction sequence and operations of Dayanta. It is felt that the best use of intelligent systems will be to complement traditional instruction rather than replace it. Thus, the intelligent system could be used either as part of pre-work to become familiar with the topic before class or as interactive homework, e.g. to locate and describe key model examples of what was taught in class. The anticipated survey will compare students receiving traditional instruction with students for whom the traditional pre and/or post work assignments have been replaced by tasks using the intelligent system. In summary, this research will introduce the Dayanta, the intelligent system to model the Dayanta, and an example of a possible assignment related to it.
Yang, F., & Parke, M., & Tan, F. H., & Tan, A. H., & Hao, S. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Educational Uses of an Intelligent System to Teach Construction Processes – A Case Study of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33609
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