Modern MATLAB for teaching Civil Engineering – 5 things you need to know

Date Time
18 May 2021
10:00 PM EDT


In this session we’ll present the new interface and workflows that makes MATLAB an easy and productive environment for teaching Civil Engineering concepts.  We’ll show a collection of features and workflows that reveal the usage choices that modern MATLAB provides – choices that span a “click and point” user experience, all the way through to the “interactive” document interface provided by the new LIVE editor.  Combined, these usage choices enhance the clarity with which engineering concepts can be presented in the classroom.

At the end of this session, Associate Professor Hadi Khabbaz (from the University of Technology Sydney) will demonstrate how he has used the MATLAB app-designer and live editor for solving geotechnical engineering topics, particularly computing total settlement of foundations and the rate of settlement with time considering various conditions.

Why Attend?

To highlight the new MATLAB user experience, we’ll present several Civil engineering case study examples. The design examples have been chosen from topics spanning years 1,2 and 3 of a typical Civil Engineering degree and cover concepts from Structures, Hydraulics and Soil mechanics. Specifically:

  • Computing and visualizing the deflection of a propped cantilever.
  • Using Manning’s equation to design an open channel.
  • Using the stiffness method to compute the deflections of a frame.
  • Solving the structural dynamics of a multi degree of freedom building.
  • Calculating consolidation and rate of settlement of foundations under axial loads.

Who should attend?

Although ALL are welcome, this presentation is aimed specifically at Civil Engineering lecturers and researchers who are not frequent MATLAB users. 

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About the Presenter

Bradley Horton is a member of the Academic Customer Success team at MathWorks, helping faculty members better utilize MATLAB and Simulink for education and research. Bradley has supported and consulted for clients on projects in process control engineering, power systems simulation, military operations research, and earthquake impact modelling. Before joining MathWorks, Brad spent 5 years as a systems engineer with the Defense Science & Technology Organization (DSTO) working as an operations research analyst. Bradley holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical engineering and a B.Sc. in Applied mathematics.

Hadi Khabbaz is the Deputy Head of School for Research and an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He received his PhD from the University of new South Wales. He has been involved in design of civil infrastructure and soil behavior modelling research for 25 years. His research has been focused on road and rail track foundations overlying soft soils, expansive soils, granular particles, closed landfill redevelopment and unsaturated porous media with strong applications to real life engineering problems. He was the Chair of Australian Geomechanics Society, Sydney Chapter in 2015-16. He developed many MATLAB applications for Geotechnical Engineering topics.

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