What Attributes Should the Structural Engineering Graduate Possess?

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by John M. Coil, John Coil Associates, Inc, Santa Ana, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation

Abstract: This paper will discuss the need for structural engineering students to be trained to think in terms of the performance of the structural system as a whole, rather than the individual parts, to develop an ability to make preliminary analysis of structural systems using approximate methods and simplifying assumptions, to be concerned about preventing failure and indeed what constitutes a failure or inadequate performance of a structure. The desirability for the student to experience the frustration of design, having to establish the spans, loads, sizes, the connections and interfaces of the various members and elements of the structure will be discussed. The student needs to develop a basic understanding of the performance of typical construction materials and the advantages and disadvantages of these various materials is also discussed.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Structural systems | Systems engineering | Failure analysis | Students | Construction materials | Engineering education |

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