Future of structural analysis teaching

Summary

The issues of what aspects of structural analysis engineers need to know, and how best they might be taught, are discussed, considering the widespread use of computers and the availability of robust, low-cost structural analysis software. It is proposed that an understanding of structural behaviour is still required even when a PC performs all the calculations, otherwise the validity and accuracy of the results cannot be evaluated. Proposals are made as to how courses on the theory of structures could be designed to address these concerns, and how software should be used. 14 refs.

Primary author(s): May I M;Wood R D;Beer G;Johnson D

Source: Struct.Eng.

             Vol.81, No.7, 2003, p.33-37

 

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