Teaching Constructability Using Third-World Constraints.

Given the ever-expanding technical requirements for producing a proficient bachelor of civil engineering, departments need to develop innovative courses that incorporate aspects of many civil disciplines not otherwise covered within the curriculum. Students are not often asked to consider design, construction, architectural, material, and economic issues in combination, yet they must be proficient at handling these issues in order to be successful in their professional careers. In the spring semester of 2000 the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University initiated a structural engineering capstone design course that brings to focus the role of structural engineers in a global context, highlighted by structural design and construction in a third world country. The initial project involved the design and construction of a 25 foot tall reinforced concrete cross for a Catholic orphanage in Posas Verdes, Honduras. The project was challenging due to many constraints and limitations such as time, third world conditions, communication, material quality and availability, and other construction issues. Presented herein is a description of the cross project, the course format, and the associated engineering and construction challenges.

Main Author: Dinehart, David W.
Other Authors: Gross, Shawn P.
Language: English
Published: 2002
Online Access: http://ezproxy.villanova.edu/login?url=https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:175762