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  • CAPSTONE SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT GUIDELINES

    Prepared by

    Tarek ElTahawy, Ph.D., P.E.

  • CAPSTONEREAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

    Capstone Senior Design Project

    All Taif University Civil Engineering students must participate in a major design

    experience before graduation. Students should enroll in the Senior Design Project as

    teams on client-based engineering projects, using skills acquired in earlier

    engineering course work. The Senior Design experience shall prepare the students

    for their careers by asking them to solve problems under many of realistic

    constraints and considerations that a civil engineer encounters on the job. These

    considerations include economics, environmental, sustainability, constructability,

    ethical, social, political, health, and safety.

  • ABET DESIGN DEFINITION

    Engineering design is the process of

    devising a system, component, or process to

    meet desired needs. It is a decision making

    process (often iterative), in which the basic

    sciences, mathematics, and engineering

    sciences are applied to convert resources

    optimally to meet a stated objective.

    Science

    EngineeringScience

    Mathematics

    Co

    nvert

    Stated

    Objective

  • GENERAL

    DESIGN

    ELEMENTS

    Objective

    Establishment of clear objectives and criteria

    Synthesis

    Process of taking the elements of the concept and arranging them in the proper way so that a study is ready for analysis

    Analysis

    Breaking down objects or ideas into simpler parts and seeing how the parts relate and are organized

    Construc-tion

    Putting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole; reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure through generating, planning, or producing.

    Testing

    Testing your pattern or structure against your criteria, assumptions, and expectations to see if they meet the necessary requirements and collect results data for design evaluation.

    Evaluati-on

    Making sound engineering judgments based on criteria and standards through checking and critiquing.

  • DESIGN CURRICULUM GOALS

    The engineering design component of a curriculum must include most of the

    following features:

    Develop creativity

    Use open-ended problems

    Develop/use design methodology

    Form specifications

    Consider alternative solutions

    Evaluate feasibility

    Prepare detailed system descriptions

  • REAL WORLD CONSTRAINTS

    it is essential to include a variety of realistic constraints, such as

    Economic factors

    Sustainability

    Constructability

    Health and Safety

    Reliability

    Aesthetics

    Ethics

    Environmental Social, and Political impacts

  • THE DESIGN PHASE MAJOR STAGES

    Construction

    Detailed Design

    Preliminary Design

    Work Plan

    Feasibility

    Concept

    Idea

  • NINE STEPS MODEL OF THE DESIGN PROCESS

    1. Recognizing the need

    2. Defining the problem

    3. Planning the project

    4. Gathering information

    5. Conceptualizing alternatives

    6. Evaluating the alternatives

    7. Selecting the preferred alternative

    8. Communicating the design

    9. Implementing the preferred design

  • ATTRIBUTE OF A GOOD DESIGN PROJECT

    It should address a "real-world" problem, preferably one of significant importance to society or industry.

    It should involve many sub-problems, and many alternative solutions.

    It should be in a relatively unexplored area where the "best" solutions are not widely known or obvious.

    There should be opportunity for innovation and creativity.

    There should be opportunity to incorporate emerging technologies.

    It should be rich in engineering analysis.

    There should be opportunity for prototype construction and testing.

  • CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINESThe following guidelines are to be followed when conducting a Capstone Design Project. Senior engineering students must begin a Capstone Project at least two semesters prior to graduation. The Capstone Project will be executed in a two-semester Capstone course.

    1. First Semester Capstone Requirements

    Preparation for a Capstone Project:

    o At the first meeting of the Capstone Class, the Capstone Design Project Policy and Procedures will be discussed in detail. The Project Approval Form and the Capstone Project Milestone Checklist will also be discussed.

    Project Advisors:

    o Each student will select and meet with a Project Advisor by the second week of the semester to outline a program of work, set major milestones and time frames required to meet the major milestones. Faculty advisors are asked to oversee the planning and progress of the capstone project and attend the capstone presentations

    Topic Approval:

    o Each student must prepare and submit a Capstone Project Approval Form to a Project Advisor and to the Department Head and/or Capstone Project Committee CPC, for approval of the capstone design topic. Submission of the Capstone Design Project Approval Form to the Capstone Course Instructor will take place no later than the third meeting of the class.

  • CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINES Progress Reports

    o Each student must submit progress reports (written and oral) to the Project Advisor and Capstone Course Instructor. A copy of the Milestone Checklist will be submitted to the Capstone Course Instructor each class period. At least one oral status report will be given in class. See Appendix for thr Preliminary Design Review Checklist and Critical Design Review Checklist.

    2. First Semester Deliverables

    o Each student will submit a Problem Definition and four (4) chapters to the course instructor as scheduled on the Milestone Checklist.

    The Problem Definition must include the following minimum components:

    Problem Statement

    List of References

    List of Specifications

    List of Constraints

    List of Alternative Solutions

    Design Methodology

    All requirements must be submitted in class on or before the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist.

  • CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINES Project Issues

    o Discussion of the mathematical, science and engineering/technical principles used to complete the

    design/technical project.

    o Detailed discussion of each realistic constraint, which follow, as they applied to the design/technical

    project: economic factors; safety; security; reliability; aesthetics; ethics; social factors; etc

    o Discussion of the skills (programming, computational, experimental, etc.), techniques (numerical,

    analytical, etc), model(s) (analytical, computer, graphical, numerical) and modern tools (software,

    computer hardware, instrumentation, etc.) required to complete the design/technical project.

    o Discussion of the design/technical methodology, including codes and standards, used in the project.

    o A personal statement of being ethical and professional at all times, particularly while analyzing

    and/or designing a system, system component or process for your capstone project and when

    communicating the project.

    o Project Issue Reports must be graded, signed, dated by the project advisor and submitted on or

    before the date indicated on the Course Outline. All Issue Reports must be submitted to receive a

    grade.

  • CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINES Chapter Requirements

    o A preliminary list of Chapter Designations, approved and signed by the Project Advisor, is required

    which indicates the chapter where fundamental elements, design/technical features and constraints

    will be discussed. Chapter Designations are subject to change during the course of the project. The

    list of Chapter Designations is to be submitted in class to the Project Instructor on or before the

    date indicated on the Milestone Checklist.

    o It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the Preliminary Material and each chapter is

    free of all grammatical errors, miss-spelled words and in the correct format as defined in the

    Capstone Design/Technical Manuel. A chapter is not complete if grammatical errors exist or

    misspelled words are present and if the chapter is not in the proper format.

    o The Preliminary Material must be submitted with each chapter. The each chapter must be (1) 85%

    complete, (2) free of miss-spelled words grammatical errors and in the correct format, (3) submitted

    with a signed statement from the Project Advisor verifying that the chapter is 85% complete, (4)

    with a grade recorded on the Milestone Checklist and (5) submitted in class to the Project

    Instructor on or before the (6) date indicated on the Procedural Checklist. If any one of these

    requirements is not met then a grade of zero will be given for the chapter.

  • CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINES3. Second Semester Capstone Class Requirements/Deliverables

    Abstract

    o A one-page, abstract, approved by the Project Advisor, is to be submitted to the course instructor on

    the date indicated on the Milestone Checklist.

    Report Drafts

    o It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that each draft and the final report is free of all

    grammatical errors, miss-spelled words and in the correct format as defined in the Capstone Design

    Manuel. A draft is not complete, nor is the final report complete if grammatical errors exist or miss-

    spelled words are present and if the paper is not in the proper format.

    o The first draft