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Using CES EduPack in an Architectural Engineering Curriculum

Dr Frederic Veer | TU Delft

Using CES EduPack in an Architectural Engineering Curriculum

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Selecting the right materials for a certain function and the processes which can shape these materials are an essential core competency of engineers. Conventionally these skills are not taught directly. Students are taught materials science and processing in a conventional lecture/labwork setting. In a modern computer dominated design setting this approach does not work. Rather than acquiring the knowledge by studying only, the students expect to have tools that support their design work. The CES EduPack software is one such tool and has been adopted by many institutions across the world. How to use this software however depends on the approach to engineering. There are several approaches to design in engineering. These can be summarized as: Function first, the largely numerical approach in mechanical engineering, Perception first, the largely artistic approach in architecture and industrial design, Integration first, the combined approach used by aeronautical and nautical engineers, Shape first, the approach used in architectural engineering. Architectural engineering is thus a different field as it deals with materializing the architectural vision. The different approach used in architectural engineering requires the CES EduPack software to be used in a special way. This talk describes the results of a three-year experiment to introduce the CES EduPack software into the architectural engineering curriculum at Delft University of Technology, outlines the method of teaching and discusses the result. A more general discussion deals with the lessons learned and generalizes this for other engineering approaches.