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Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology

Structural Analysis/Design - Structures Laboratory


Supervised by Dr. Alberto Gomez-Rivas, PE

UHD, under the direction Dr. Alberto Gomez-Rivas as principal investigator was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to develop an integrated hands-on and computer-intensive structural analysis lab for teaching and research, focusing on intensive testing of structures and foundations. This laboratory and its pedagogy has served as a model for curriculum development in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology.
The conditions for the grant were:
  • All testing equipment was to be designed and built by students and faculty.
  • The components to be used in the testing devices were off-the-shelf industrial equipment.
  • The experience developing the laboratories should be shared with other universities.


This presents an overall view of the laboratory. At the center is the segmental post-tensioned beam already in the testing bed.
The steel structure painted red is the testing bed that was designed for this project but it can be used for many different tests.  The department integrates all activities around the laboratories: Classes meet in the laboratories where tests are performed and computers are available for all students.



Precast priestesses concrete crane used to lift equipment in the laboratory. The pulley illustrate the point about using off-the-shelf industrial devices, at the right side there is a steel frame used to teach bolted connections. All other devices in the figure were designed and built by students under faculty guidance.



This is the fall of 2008 graduating class in Structural Analysis and Design. Their message for other universities is:

“If you want a laboratory for structures and soils testing, develop it yourselves!”


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