Computer Usage in Civil Engineering

by M. Yener, Univ of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA,
T. E. Fenske, Univ of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: With the expanding availability of computer facilities in the universities, there seems to be a growing trend to emphasize the use of large computer codes, originated as general purpose commercial software and research oriented programs. This practice leads to a black-box approach with overemphasis on the tools of analysis to the detriment of proficiency in fundamental engineering concepts. Here, a critique of this approach as used in the initial stages of a student's training period is presented. It is the authors' contention that students gain maximum understanding of individual subject matter when they are required to develop application software. Of course, the software must utilize 'top-down' programming techniques and be structured. The inclusion of this process into the Civil Engineering curriculum is considered herein.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Engineering education | Students | Curricula | Commercial buildings | Facility expansion | Colleges and universities | Standards and codes

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