|Visual Approach for Structural Education|
FORCES AND STATICS
B. SECTION PROPERTIES
C. TRUSS ANALYSIS
D. BEAM ANALYSIS
Better understanding of structures leads to better architecture
This research proposes a visual approach
of structural analysis for architects that has great potentials for improving
and developing students' structural knowledge. It should meet this through
The proposed visual approach is a systematic
procedure consisting of four sequential steps to develop a rational structural
analysis process. These steps are:
The visual approach considers the role for a more interactive and more proactive use of computer graphics as supporting medium for structural understanding especially at the two phases of visualize and analyze. This role embraces supporting visual modules, gizmos. These gismos are self-paced interactive learning units, within which the student can interact with an abstracted structural component using different parameters both visually and numerically.
The visual approach encourages the use of visual tools such as pictures and graphics to attract attention, arouse interest, assist concept development and reinforce instruction. Visual tools can serve interpretation of abstracted information, representation of verbal information, organization of functions, and decoration for textual information.
The research sketches a class outline for the fundamental knowledge of structural analysis that students of architecture need to ensure that their expressions architecture are both rational and efficient. The class outline goes in sequence from the introduction to basic concepts which are considered as prerequisites before the analysis of structural components and concludes with evaluation through exams and quizzes. At the same time, the research delineates the relationship between the traditional class and on-line supporting materials at three levels of knowledge development: information giving, concepts augmentation and knowledge evaluation. The research surveys assessment methods and suggests an assessment model for the instruction system from three major angles: learning, task completion and performance.
Finally, the research concludes by drawing
the merits of the visual approach with the on-line interactive supporting
system and the future of applying it to other disciplines of architectural