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ERIC Number: ED449977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 14
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Reinforce Design and Construction Issues with a Comprehensive Laboratory Project.
Schemmel, John J.
In 1996, a comprehensive project was introduced in the first course of Reinforced Concrete Design, CVEG 4303 at the University of Arkansas. The primary purpose of this project was to highlight issues related to the construction of reinforced concrete elements. This semester-long project involves the design, fabrication, and testing of 8-foot long reinforced concrete beams. Benefits of this project have proven to be many and diverse. Students must rely on knowledge they have gained from prior structures and construction courses and are forced to consider how to get from their own paper designs to an actual constructed element. Analysis and communication skills are refined as students must prepare written and oral presentations. Additional benefits of the project include exposure to project scheduling, preparing purchase and work orders, having to adhere to project specifications, coping with unexpected problems, and working in teams. The paper explains how this project can be introduced into the civil engineering curriculum. A description of the project and its specifications, equipment needs, costs and benefits of the program, and optional approaches are included. (SAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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