Geotechnical engineering education in METU and computer aided learning resources

In this paper, the state-of-practice in undergraduate geotechnical engineering (Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering) education in the Department of Civil Engineering of the Middle East Technical University (METU CE) is given. The use of computers in undergraduate courses is becoming a more widespread form of teaching in geotechnical engineering education. This paper also presents a list of web resources (e.g. PC Programs, web-based resources, cd-rom resources) currently available in geotechnical engineering education. An approach is proposed for the delivery of these courses by mixing traditional methods such as lectures, laboratory work and text books with interactive on-line learning resources (web based resources and cd-rom resources).


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In the present study cost efficiencies of various steel frameworks are investigated for economical design of multistorey buildings. A total of thirteen steel frames that incorporate various types of beam-column connection and bracing configuration are considered for detailed and comparative cost analyses. The three multi-storey buildings consisting of 10, 20 and 30 floors are stiffened according to each of the thirteen steel frameworks to yield thirty-nine test frames for numerical applications. First desig...
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E. Çokça, “Geotechnical engineering education in METU and computer aided learning resources,” 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: