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CIVL4903: Civil Engineering Design (2020 - Semester 1)

Unit: CIVL4903: Civil Engineering Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Hewitt, John
Prof Airey, David
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (CIVL3205 AND CIVL3206) OR CIVL4811.
Brief Handbook Description: This course provides an introduction to civil/structural engineering design, using generally building related material, from the perspective of a

practicing engineer. Course material, including face to face lectures, drawing office guidance and assignments will be based as much as is

practicable on actual project practice, focussing on the understanding and schematic design of systems. In this way, the course aims to provide

an understanding of:

the interactions between a practicing engineer and other team members.

the conditions under which design is prepared, including meeting tight programmes.

the variety of situations, materials and loadings that need to be taken into account.

The key content of this course is to experience the design process, as applied to civil/structural engineering. Most university engineering

courses are based around understanding the scientific and analytical background to engineering, and applying them to defined problems where the answers are known. This course takes that knowledge and skills and applies it to real project problems where there may be no fixed solutions, and creativity and practical decision making is required to find a good design, out of many possible solutions.

An understanding of the conditions under which designs are prepared and of the critical importance of communicating one’s design/work

effectively to other team members and to the client, are essential for all Civil Engineers, irrespective of the particular discipline stream being


This course generally follows on from the courses in Concrete Structures 1 (CIVL 3205) and Steel Structures 1 (CIVL 3206), which provide the

basic design skills necessary to begin to become a design engineer. (They are ‘assumed learning’ for this course.) Other parts of earlier or

parallel courses may be drawn on and materials other than concrete and steel will be considered. In particular, site related construction issues

and evaluation of in-situ soil conditions will be investigated.

Lectures will be provided to show how theoretical knowledge gained in earlier courses can be applied quickly to develop and assess a variety

of options, using fundamental understanding of basic concepts together with simple design tools, and examples from actual project experience.

A significant proportion of the course will involve developing a design for a given building project brief, stage by stage through the semester,

with assignments based around conceiving and evaluating options for each aspect, assessing pros and cons, and recommending and presenting concept/schematic designs, with preliminary calculations.

There will also be work focussed on consolidating previous study of basic engineering principles, plus a session on creativity and art in


Assignments will mostly be group based, working in groups of four students, which will be consistent through the course so that the teams

remain together to develop the project design. There will be some individual components of group assignments which much be completed to

gain the group mark.

Students are generally to choose the members of their own groups, which will remain fixed through the semester.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2410 AND CIVL3612 AND (CIVL4811 OR CIVL3811).