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seeing structures

Professor Susan M. Reynolds


Seeing Structures is a new, online repository of interactive teaching models that facilitate visualization of engineering mechanics problems. The project scope includes content from Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Structural Analysis.


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About the project


When COVID-19 necessitated remote teaching, I needed to quickly convert hands-on teaching props into effective online equivalents.

To do so, I created dozens of interactive CAD models in SketchUp.

Over 100 Seeing Structures models have been uploaded to SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse.

You can view the Seeing Structures repository at

The models support student learning by enabling visualization of 3D concepts in a dynamic, interactive interface.

Students can connect the abstraction of an analytical model while viewing the practicality of construction detailing.

My objective is to share my work across the engineering education community. Please feel free to use them in your classroom, with this attribution:

Seeing Structures© 2020-present by Susan Reynolds is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0″