Field Monitoring and Measurements Education: Need and Means

This paper examines the need for and suggests a possible model for incorporating Field Monitoring and Measurements (FMM) content in the civil and environmental undergraduate curricula. To support its hypothesis of the increasingly important need for FMM education, the results of a survey of practicing engineers including leaders in the Transportation Research Board and the American Society of Civil Engineers are presented and discussed. These results clearly indicate both the importance and need for FMM education in modern civil and environmental engineering curricula. Further, the results of a small pilot project that introduced FMM assignments into three undergraduate courses at LSU are discussed. Specific FMM learning outcomes are proposed and discussed in reference to the ABET Program Outcomes- General and Civil/Environmental Engineering and the ASCE Body of Knowledge. The paper concludes with a possible model for incorporating FMM education into the civil/environmental engineering curriculum.

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