An interactive steel connection teaching tool - A virtual structure

H. Dib, K. Chou, S. Moaveni

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe the design and development of a web-deliverable interactive 3D virtual steel sculpture that can provide an effective learning opportunity and 24-7 access to engineering students and educators. Steel connections play important roles in the integrity of a structure, and many structural failures are attributed to connection failures. A good connection design requires the engineer to have a good understanding of the mechanics and steel behavior. In recent years, in order to help students better understand various connection types, many schools have acquired steel sculptures. A steel sculpture is a physical system that shows forty-eight types of connection found in standard construction practices. Unfortunately, because of its size and location (eight feet tall, weighs nearly 2500 pounds and usually erected outdoor), students do not always have easy access to it. The interactive virtual sculpture described in the paper provides an effective learning alternative. It allows the students to see the structure from multiple points of view anywhere anytime, and shows the close up view of each connection with description of how it may be used, potential failure modes, sample calculations, and field examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
EditorsR. Raymond Issa, Ian Flood
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages2103-2110
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413616
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 25 2014

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period6/23/146/25/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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