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Third International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering (DCCE3) Technical University of Denmark

From Structures to Automation in Freshman Civil Engineering Projects
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Author:Yin-Nan Huang (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Albert Y. Chen (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Jiing-Yun You (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Hervé Capart (Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Date: 2014-08-22     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.5072/dtu:2911

For the last four years, we have offered a cornerstone design course to first year students of civil engineering at National Taiwan University. This mandatory course is centered on design-build-test projects, blending digital design with physical model fabrication and testing. For the first two editions of the course, the project scope was limited to structures, and centered on scale models of roof structures made of jet-cut aluminum. These last two years, we have supplemented structural aspects with a transportation automation component, including system design, motor control, and Arduino board programming. In this contribution, we describe this new version of the course, and extract some lessons on how to enrich students’ learning experience. Strategies we have found useful include self-paced tutorials and peer review, theory-based design aids, and an enlivened load testing process.