Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

Integration of theory and practice in the teaching of geotechnical engineering have been examined on the basis of several years of teaching of foundation engineering. Most geotechnical analyses and relationships for use in design are developed under idealized boundry conditions. It has been shown by the use of case studies that an understanding of the departure between the idealized and the real boundry conditions is essential for the practice of geotechnical engineering. The case studies have also been used to teach students that the success of a geotechnical engineer depends upon how well he/she bridges the gap (departure) between the idealized textbook and real world conditions by the use of judgment, experience, and parametric studies. An interactive approach was used in teaching of case histories. The paper will also present the importance of the effectiveness of interactive approach in case studies.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Case Histories Oriented Teaching of Geotechnical Engineering

Arlington, Virginia

Integration of theory and practice in the teaching of geotechnical engineering have been examined on the basis of several years of teaching of foundation engineering. Most geotechnical analyses and relationships for use in design are developed under idealized boundry conditions. It has been shown by the use of case studies that an understanding of the departure between the idealized and the real boundry conditions is essential for the practice of geotechnical engineering. The case studies have also been used to teach students that the success of a geotechnical engineer depends upon how well he/she bridges the gap (departure) between the idealized textbook and real world conditions by the use of judgment, experience, and parametric studies. An interactive approach was used in teaching of case histories. The paper will also present the importance of the effectiveness of interactive approach in case studies.