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CIVL9810: Engineering Construction and Surveying (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL9810: Engineering Construction and Surveying (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Amin, Ali
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering construction including

- Design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, earthworks, hauling and associated operations;

- Conceptual and formative exposure to building construction methods and materials, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber;

- Building codes and safety consideration

- Selection of optimal construction methods, materials and equipment by considering technical, financial, and environmental impacts

Engineering Survey topics aim (a) to provide basic analogue methods of distance, angle and height measurement and (b) to provide an understanding of three dimensional mapping using basic total station electronic field equipment with associated data capture ability and (c) to give an insight into future trends in the use of GPS and GIS systems.

At the end of this unit, students should develop basic competency in earthwork engineering and economic optimisation of related construction, including proposing and analysing systems and methods, estimation of probable output, unit cost and productivity evaluation. Students should have a basic knowledge of vertical construction in reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber. Students should also develop proficiency in the design and implementation of mapping systems in Civil Engineering, using analogue and electronic field equipment and associated software packages.

The syllabus comprises introduction to the framework under which construction projects are formulated and analysed; construction engineering fundamentals; construction systems related to excavation, hauling and embankment construction, including selection and evaluation of plant and methods as well as the expected output and cost; introduction to construction operations management. Introduction to engineering surveying, distance measurement, angle measurement, levelling, traversing, topographic surveys, electronic surveying equipment, future surveying technologies.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: This UoS includes a 2 day Engineering Construction and Survey Camp where field survey is practised and exercises in the application of field survey to Engineering Construction are also undertaken. The Camp is held at Webbs Creek (about 80km from Sydney). The camp is located in a bushland setting. It aims to provide valuable practice in practical field survey and has a secondary aim of providing a basis for social gathering (this aspect being requested in student feedback over recent years)
Lecturer/s: Amin, Ali
Timetable: CIVL9810 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 3.00 13
2 Lecture 2.00 1 13
3 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
4 Workgroup 2.00 1 3
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Used to pursue problems based on course content - also used as ``overflow`` where topics have not been completed in scheduled lecture periods.

Workgroup: Survey Exercises (supplemented by Engineering Const & Survey Camp)

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, embankments and other earthworks, hauling and associated operations.
2. Understand the process of selection of optimal construction methods, materials and equipment by considering technical, financial, and environmental impacts
3. understand building construction fundamentals, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber. Professional Practice
4. Practical competence in methods of distance, angle and height measurement. Limited practical competence and general theoretical competence in three dimensional mapping using basic total station electronic field equipment. Limited knowledge in application of GPS and GIS systems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 13 4,
3 Survey Fieldwork Yes 0.00 Multiple Weeks 4,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Survey Field Work: Attendance/Participation required to pass the course.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: There are no text books prescribed for the course. The course Blackboard site (elearning site) contains

-course administrative notices

-course notes

-topic outlines

-example problems

-URL links
Note on Resources: There are no text books prescribed for the course. The course Blackboard Site (elearning site) contains

-course administrative notices

-course notes

-topic outlines

-example problems

-URL links

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 Introduction to Engineering Construction
Week 2 Impact of our choices: Construction Site, Methods, Equipment and Materials
Week 3 Appraisal and selection - Part 1: Construction Site, Construction Methods, Equipment and Materials
Week 4 Appraisal and selection - Part 2: Construction Site, Construction Methods, Equipment and Materials
Week 5 Building Structures and Construction Materials
Week 6 Building Elements
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Construction operations: Earth moving and Lifting (Cranes)
Week 8 Building Codes, Safety Considerations
Week 9 Review
Week 10 Introduction to engineering surveying & Levelling
Week 11 Angle and distance determination; Coordinates and traversing calculation
Surveying Fieldwork
Week 12 Horizontal and vertical Curves; Earthworks and Cartography
Surveying Fieldwork
Week 13 Mass data methods; GPS and GIS
Surveying Fieldwork
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
STUVAC (Week 14) Study Break Final Exam (see Detailed Course Programme)
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
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 1) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 0%

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.