When are Loads Taught? A Case Study and National Trends.

by Richard J. Schmidt, Univ of Wyoming, Laramie, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Several years ago, structures faculty of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming revised their structures courses to meet several new educational objectives. Among these objectives was the formal presentation of theory and procedures used in evaluating design loads on buildings. This paper contains a discussion of that experience. The content of the revised courses and experiences with the new approach are discussed. Following the presentation of the case study, results are presented from a national survey of programs in civil and architectural engineering to identify the extent to which they include a formal presentation of design loads on buildings in their structures courses. Based upon results, of the survey, national trends regarding structural engineering education are discussed. The survey addressed broader issues but the emphasis here is on loads.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Structural engineering | Case studies | Architectural engineering | Load factors | Building design | Structural analysis

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