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CIVL5277: Structural Rehabilitation and Timber Design (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL5277: Structural Rehabilitation and Timber Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Hadigheh, Ali
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This course will provide students broader knowledge in timber design and structural rehabilitation. The first part of unit covers assessment, rehabilitation and strengthening techniques of existing structures (concrete/steel/timber/masonry). Students will be introduced to structural inspection and evaluation; durability and deterioration; destructive and non-destructive testing; and design of strengthening systems including advanced fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) materials, epoxy injection, steel plate bonding, and post tensioning according to relevant Australian, ACI and European guidelines.

In the second part, students will learn the engineering properties of timber and requirements to be met for specification of the design, installation and maintenance of timber structures. It includes grading and structural properties; design actions; design of timber columns, beams, tension members and connections; principles of limit state design and serviceability; methods of testing; quality standards and maintenance of timber structures based on AS1720 timber structures-design methods.
Assumed Knowledge: (CIVL2201 AND CIVL3205 AND CIVL3206) OR (CIVL9201 AND CIVL9205 AND CIVL9206). Students who have not completed Concrete Structures (CIVL3205 or CIVL9205) will be very disadvantaged and should not attempt this unit.
Lecturer/s: Hadigheh, Ali
Timetable: CIVL5277 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Workshop 1.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: A modular blended learning model comprising lecture, tutorial, workshop and immersive virtual reality (IVR) sessions, on-line forums and team based activities will be employed in the course.

The tutorial sessions help students to practice and gain a deep understanding of the contents. The tutorials enable students to learn how to formulate a problem and justify it, and to respond to questions/challenges. Students are able to ask questions of a tutor and receive feedback and feedforward through their learning process.

Workshops have been timetabled to provide an opportunity for students to practice and engage in problem-based learning activities in order to apply the theoretical concepts by working on innovative and real-world design projects. Students are able to reflect on their own learning and receive feedback from peers through collaboration with students from same/other groups.

Students should expect to spend at least 4 hours per week outside university hours, continuation of the work carried out in class.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Students must consider scientific principles underpinning a selected engineering projects and apply mathematical methods for design and assessment of structures. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Advanced expertise required for engineering analysis and design of timber structures in relation to grading, maintenance and serviceability; design of amelioration method in relation to structural rehabilitation.
Expertise required to perform timber/strengthening design calculations to be carried out by a trainee (graduate) engineer.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Students will collect relevant data to inform judgements, decisions and design of projects. (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
Ability to formulate and solve problems using appropriate methods of analysis, and ability to apply available standards/guidelines (4) Design (Level 4)
The assessment is designed to require multiple engineering disciplinary perspectives as well as tools and techniques. (5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
Methods of site investigation and determining residual strength and/or lifetime of standing structures, ability to source, understand and apply standards.
Ability to search and interpret source documents.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Students will work in teams that requires students to employ synchronous and asynchronous methods of collaboration, review team performance regularly, and deliver a coherent team product that is both informative and influential. Individuals within the team will need to take responsibility for leading different components of the team assignment to produce a quality outcome. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Demonstrate written, oral and graphical communication skills at professional engineering standard including capacity to debate, negotiate, justify an engineering position.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
2. Manage mature team relationships through inclusive work practices, respecting cultural diversity
3. Communicate about complex issues with novices, address team issues through conflict resolution and use a network to connect with others.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
4. Evaluate & synthesise a wide range of resources demonstrating research skills & ability to work across disciplines.
(4) Design (Level 4)
5. Be able to apply available strengthening standards/guidelines
6. Understand the engineering design process of timber structures based on principles of limit state and serviceability
7. Have skills to design a strengthening scheme for concrete, steel, and timber structures
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
8. Understand the basics on structural inspection and assessment
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
9. Relate the knowledge of timber and strengthening design to practical design problems in a problem-based learning environment
10. Understand the advantages of using timber as construction material
11. Have skills to identify and analyse suitable strengthening techniques for a specific structural condition
12. Competently addresses complex problems requiring interdisciplinary knowledge, under some supervision.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
13. Have a sound knowledge of AS 1720.1-2010 timber structures-design methods, and AS NZS 4063.1-2010 characterization of structural timber-test methods
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Early-mid design and peer review/feedback* No 0.00 Week 4 (Monday, 11 pm) 1, 3, 5, 8, 12,
2 Bridge assessment project Yes 25.00 Week 7 (Monday, 11 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12,
3 Bridge strengthening project Yes 20.00 Week 12 (Monday, 11 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12,
4 Final Exam* No 55.00 Exam Period 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13,
Assessment Description: - Final exam will assess the student`s ability in assessment of structural condition and design of appropriate strengthening options and also competence and understanding of Timber Design. You must get at least 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

- Projects will assess student`s abilities to develop the required objectives of the subject and gain sound knowledge of structural assessment and strengthening design. Workshops are designed to provide appropriate level of help to students for their projects.

1. Bridge assessment project: Students are tasked with structural condition assessment of bridges in Sydney region. Students are encouraged to interpret their experience and make meaning to learn condition assessment requirements. Students are asked to discuss their evaluations in small groups, and provide a report on bridge assessment and suggest possible rehabilitation/strengthening techniques.

2. Bridge strengthening project: to develop analytical and problem solving skills relevant to rehabilitation options. Students will be working on selected real-world case studies of bridge strengthening and will apply the theoretical concepts introduced during class sessions.

- Submission of bridge assessment project early-mid design and peer review/feedback is compulsory for all students and should be submitted by due date. Students who do not complete this task will be awarded zero for their bridge assessment project.

- Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) session will be held in Immersive Learning Laboratory (ImmLL) at Peter Nicol Russell Building, Maze Crescent, Darlington NSW 2008. Students are strongly advised to attend this interactive learning session. This IVR session allows students to visualise assessment and evaluation of an in-service reinforced concrete bridge located in Sydney region and facilitates their experiences in new and unique situations.

- Full details on your assessment tasks and due dates are posted on Canvas.

- Penalties will apply to late submissions for assessments and projects:

1. Written work submitted electronically after the due date/time will be considered to have been submitted late.

2. For every calendar day up to and including ten calendar days after the due date, a penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied to late work. The penalty will be calculated by first marking the work, and then subtracting 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date.

3. For work submitted more than ten calendar days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded.

- The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.

- * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration. All assessments tasks are non reweightable.

- There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with grade descriptors.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: Course Lecture Notes

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Welcome and Introduction to the Unit

Introduction to structural rehabilitation & retrofitting
Tutorial & Workshop: Introduction to bridge assessment project
Week 2 Lecture: Guest Lecture - Non-destructive testing design for condition assessment of bridge structures
Tutorial & Workshop: Condition assessment methods
Week 3 Lecture: Structural health monitoring and condition assessment
Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) workshop

Tutorial & Workshop: Condition assessment and evaluation of structures
Week 4 Lecture: Structural repair & strengthening techniques

Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening of structures - Properties, manufacturing and applications
Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) workshop (overflow)

Tutorial & Workshop: Investigating AS5100.8
Assessment Due: Early-mid design and peer review/feedback*
Week 5 Lecture: Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening of structures - Flexural and shear design
Tutorial & Workshop: Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening of structures - Flexural and shear design

Bridge assessment project
Week 6 Lecture: Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening of structures - Flexural and shear design
Tutorial & Workshop: Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening of structures - Flexural and shear design

Bridge assessment project
Week 7 Lecture: Introduction to timber structures - Properties, structural systems & fundamentals of design
Tutorial & Workshop: Introduction to timber structures - Properties, structural systems & fundamentals of design

Introduction to bridge strengthening project
Assessment Due: Bridge assessment project
Week 8 Lecture: Lecture: Timber Structures - Design of tension & compression members
Tutorial & Workshop: Design of tension & compression members

Bridge strengthening project
Week 9 Lecture: Timber Structures - Design of flexural members
Tutorial & Workshop: Design of flexural members

Bridge strengthening project
Week 10 Lecture: Guest Lecture - CLT design
Tutorial & Workshop: CLT design

Bridge strengthening project
Week 11 Lecture: Guest Lecture - CLT design
Tutorial: CLT design

Bridge strengthening project
Week 12 Lecture: Timber connections
Tutorial: Bolted connections
Assessment Due: Bridge strengthening project
Week 13 Lecture: Timber Structures - Durability and service life
Tutorial: Review & wrap-up
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 4.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 7%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) Yes 6.25%
(4) Design (Level 4) Yes 34.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 7.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) Yes 32%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 8.25%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.