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Pages: 1156-1162
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.0427

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

DEVELOPMENT OF GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR DESIGNING MARITIME WORKS IN WORKSHOPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE CIVIL ENGINEERS

R.J. Bergillos, M.A. Reyes-Merlo, P. Magaña, A. Moñino, M. Ortega-Sánchez

University of Granada, Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (SPAIN)
Theoretical formulations and programming routines required to solve real maritime engineering problems are commonly excessively complex to be addressed by undergraduate students. Classical approaches, such as the resolution of numerical exercises, are not enough to provide a complete understanding of the problem to the students. To avoid such obstacle, our goal was to develop user-friendly applications that allow students to fully deal with actual engineering problems and to solve, without any simplification, the numerical methods typically applied to design maritime works.

To this end, within the scope of the subjects ‘Design and construction of maritime works’ and ‘Integrated management of ports and coasts’, we implemented two graphical user interfaces in Matlab and Python. The first one analyses and simulates a wave climate series in deep water through a wave input file provided by the students, whereas the second propagates the waves from deep-water towards the location of the maritime work by means of wave, tide and bathymetric data. Thus, undergraduate students have tools to complement and apply their theoretical background, and to solve real practical problems in the field of expertise of maritime engineering.

The results of this teaching methodology are being highly satisfactory. Students are strongly motivated to solve practical engineering problems and this higher motivation results in an improvement of their background, skills and marks. The implemented user-friendly applications will also be provided to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in the framework of the project “Integrated verification of the hydrodynamic and structural behaviour of a breakwater and its implications on the investment project (VIVALDI)”.
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author = {Bergillos, R.J. and Reyes-Merlo, M.A. and Maga{\~n}a, P. and Mo{\~n}ino, A. and Ortega-S{\'{a}}nchez, M.},
title = {DEVELOPMENT OF GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR DESIGNING MARITIME WORKS IN WORKSHOPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE CIVIL ENGINEERS},
series = {11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
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doi = {10.21125/inted.2017.0427},
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location = {Valencia, Spain},
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TY - CONF
AU - R.J. Bergillos AU - M.A. Reyes-Merlo AU - P. Magaña AU - A. Moñino AU - M. Ortega-Sánchez
TI - DEVELOPMENT OF GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR DESIGNING MARITIME WORKS IN WORKSHOPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE CIVIL ENGINEERS
SN - 978-84-617-8491-2/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2017.0427
PY - 2017
Y1 - 6-8 March, 2017
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2017 Proceedings
SP - 1156
EP - 1162
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R.J. Bergillos, M.A. Reyes-Merlo, P. Magaña, A. Moñino, M. Ortega-Sánchez (2017) DEVELOPMENT OF GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR DESIGNING MARITIME WORKS IN WORKSHOPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE CIVIL ENGINEERS, INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 1156-1162.
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