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Civil engineers search for the most economical and efficient solutions for the civil engineering problems that they are tasked with solving on any given project. They seek to exploit the mechanical properties of the materials being used in order to control these properties to suit the project requirements and understand the nature of the properties of the materials that a project presents them with.
This course will set out the unique characteristics of civil engineering projects that civil engineers need to take into account including an overview of regulations that provide the legal basis for the design, construction, maintenance and decommissioning of civil infrastructure projects. It will critically review the key factors in selecting building structures and components and provide students with practical experience in determining planning considerations such as the accurate identification of masonry, stresses and strains, beams and flooring and so on.
The course will then shift its attention to the technical aspects pertaining to the structural behaviour of elements in reinforced concrete and steelwork and will provide coverage and practical skills development related to beam structures and loadings. Thus, by linking structural engineering to civil engineering students will develop highly valued skills in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the behaviour along with experience in the design of beams and triangulated frameworks.
Throughout the course there will be case studies to illustrate pertinent issues that will include bridges, dams, buildings and so on and the major challenges for the civil engineering community will be critically debated and discussed with a view to future developments. Challenges and problems here could include: estimating sea levels; improving disaster management through new infrastructure techniques; reducing soil erosion;improving the energy efficiency of buildings; managing groundwater; monitoring the health of infrastructure; reducing traffic congestion; improving construction productivity; and construction site safety.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Civil Engineering- an overview of the subject areas and current challenges|
|Seminar 1: Civil Engineering project processes- applying the processes to a real world scenario|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Building components and structures-the basic requirements of a building and sustainable civil engineering|
|Seminar 2: Planning the construction of a building- problem solving and decision making|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: The behaviour and design of beams and triangulated frameworks. Structural Behaviour of elements in reinforced steel and concrete and steelwork|
|Seminar 3: Project scenario- assessing site and project constraints followed by an evaluation of possible solutions in terms of efficiency, cost, practicality, aesthetics, risk, time, quality, safety, the environment, and sustainability|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Materials, equipment and processes that are used in the design and construction of civil engineering project|
|Seminar 4: Mini civil engineering design project|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Civil Engineering-looking forward|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
Progress your career in Engineering with this intensive Engineering Management course from Oxford Royale Academy.
Kick-start your career in Engineering with this wide-ranging introductory programme from Oxford Royale Academy.