Declan Phillips

Declan Phillips
University of Limerick | UL · School of Engineering

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Engineering a natural material to produce a structure with form and function can prove challenging for an undergraduate student. First encounters with soil as an engineering material can undermine a student's confidence in their analytical thinking. Moreover, predicting the behaviour and strength of soil with the same degree of certainty as other c...
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Education of construction professionals for a dynamic and challenging industry requires a sea change in how we educate. The traditional didactic methods no longer engage the student who operates in a world of instant information, instant messaging and instant coffee! The student body are no longer prepared to be drip fed information in discrete mod...
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A soft estuarine silt site located near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been used in recent years for load tests on various foundation types. In this paper, results from axial static load tests on a shallow pad foot-ing, a single pile and a pile group are summarised. The results offer some useful insight into the measurement and selection of suitabl...
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An overview of geotechnical education at Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology in 2008 is presented in this paper. This report comes about one year after the peak of an economic boom in Ire-land, during which construction activity has reached record levels. Geotechnical engineers are in great demand, with a growing requirement to develop...
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This paper presents the results of a survey carried out in late 2007 to gauge how geo-engineering education is perceived to meet the demands of Irish industry. The survey was internet-based and the responses provide some valuable pointers for educators in Ireland and abroad.
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The authors' experiences designing and implementing a new problem based learning (PBL) programme in Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick is described. Focus groups, student and staff learning logs, teaching evaluations, a variety of assessment formats, tutorial dialogue, in-class quiz techniques and informal conversations are used to bui...