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Pages: 5887-5892
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-617-5895-1
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2016.0033

Conference name: 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2016
Location: Seville, Spain

DEVELOPMENT OF VISUAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MARINE AND COASTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE

C. Zarzuelo1, M. Reyes-Merlo1, P. Magaña1, R.J. Bergillos1, A. López-Ruiz2, M. Ortega-Sánchez1

1Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (IISTA) (SPAIN)
2Department of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics (SPAIN)
The theoretical formulations and programming algorithms necessary to solve real engineering problems are frequently excessively complex to be addressed by undergraduate students. To avoid such obstacle, commercial and/or user-friendly software is frequently used. However, with this approach the students behave as end-users and they cannot properly understand the basics and the complexity of the underlying physical processes. Classical approaches such as the resolution of numerical exercises are not enough to provide an overall view of the problem to the students.

In the field of marine and coastal engineering, the analysis and the simulation of the wave climate and the wave propagation towards coastal areas are fundamental knowledge for the capabilities that undergraduate civil engineer and marine science students must achieved. The main objective of this work is presenting two visual tools that solve numerical methods typically applied in the field of expertize of marine and coastal engineering. The first tool analyses and simulates the wave climate from an input file provided by the students; the second performs the wave propagation from offshore towards two specific field sites previously calibrated and validated.

The visual tools were developed and implemented in Matlab on the basis of field data and the research and teaching experience of the authors. Those tools are provided to the students simultaneously with the theoretical background on these physical processes. The visual options and requirements of the tools are kept to a minimum to avoid distractions and to help students focusing on the math and the physics of the problems. The critical analysis of the results by the students play a key role in their learning processes. Our experience with this approach is highly satisfactory, with students presently involved in developing new tools.
@InProceedings{ZARZUELO2016DEV,
author = {Zarzuelo, C. and Reyes-Merlo, M. and Maga{\~n}a, P. and Bergillos, R.J. and L{\'{o}}pez-Ruiz, A. and Ortega-S{\'{a}}nchez, M.},
title = {DEVELOPMENT OF VISUAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MARINE AND COASTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE},
series = {9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2016 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-5895-1},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2016.0033},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2016.0033},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {14-16 November, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {5887-5892}}
TY - CONF
AU - C. Zarzuelo AU - M. Reyes-Merlo AU - P. Magaña AU - R.J. Bergillos AU - A. López-Ruiz AU - M. Ortega-Sánchez
TI - DEVELOPMENT OF VISUAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MARINE AND COASTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
SN - 978-84-617-5895-1/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2016.0033
PY - 2016
Y1 - 14-16 November, 2016
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2016 Proceedings
SP - 5887
EP - 5892
ER -
C. Zarzuelo, M. Reyes-Merlo, P. Magaña, R.J. Bergillos, A. López-Ruiz, M. Ortega-Sánchez (2016) DEVELOPMENT OF VISUAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MARINE AND COASTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE, ICERI2016 Proceedings, pp. 5887-5892.
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