Integration of centrifuge testing in undergraduate geotechnical engineering education at remote campuses

Usama El Shamy, Tarek Abdoun, Flora McMartin, Miguel A. Pando

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We report the results of a pilot study aimed at developing, implementing, and assessing an educational module that integrates remote major research instrumentation into undergraduate classes. Specifically, this study employs Internet Web-based technologies to allow for real-time video monitoring and execution of cutting-edge experiments. The students' activities within the module are centred on building a model of a shallow foundation on a sand deposit utilising a centrifuge facility and using this model for: (1) visual observation of the response of soil-foundation systems, (2) learning the use of instrumentation, (3) interpretation of acquired data, and (4) comparing experimental results to theoretical predictions. Testing a soil-foundation system helped the students identify the lab experiments needed to analyse and design the system. A survey was used to gauge students' perceptions of learning as a result of introducing the module, which were found to be positive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-280
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Internet applications
  • civil engineering
  • engineering education
  • geosciences
  • remote access laboratories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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