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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XXI.2

The Use of Computer Graphics for Computer Assisted Learning in Civil Engineering

I.N.A. Cheah

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, South Bank Polytechnic, London

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I.N.A. Cheah, "The Use of Computer Graphics for Computer Assisted Learning in Civil Engineering", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 323-332, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.21.2
This paper presents a pilot study of using computer graphics in Computer Assisted Learning or Computer Aided Learning (CAL) packages in Civil Engineering education. CAL is taken as a form of learning with the computer acting as a tool. Computer graphics is the use of computers to produce graphical/pictorial representations of information. Its applications vary from simple use of charts and graphs to complex simulation and model formulation. These CAL packages were developed with the emphasis on the use of appropriate computer graphics in the dealings of the subject areas. The first CAL package helps the learning of the effects of pore water pressure in soil of a second year degree student. The second CAL package deals with the simple shear force and bending moment diagrams qualitatively of a first year degree student.

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