CIVL3511: Basics of Integrated Building Engineering (2021 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL3511: Basics of Integrated Building Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ranzi, Gianluca
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Students will gain insight into the framework that underpins integrated engineering principles applied for the design of structures and buildings. The Unit of Study is articulated in the following three components.

In the initial part of this Unit of Study, students will be exposed to selected case studies that highlight the engineering design requirements, including serviceability and limit state design criteria, that buildings of different structural typologies and construction materials need to satisfy. Case studies considered are representative of current trends in the construction sector.

In the second part of the Unit of Study, students will be introduced to typical engineering design methodologies and how these vary depending on the level of sophistication required in the analysis and design, and on the expected design and construction phases of a project. Particular attention will be devoted to concrete, steel and modular construction.

Optimisation techniques will be introduced and applied in the third part of the Unit of Study to simple geometries to explore the effects of different design parameters and to identify suitable integrated engineering designs among available solutions.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL1900 AND CIVL2110 AND CIVL2201 AND MATH2061. CIVL1900 Introduction to Civil Engineering AND CIVL2110 Materials AND CIVL2201 Structural Mechanics AND MATH2061 Linear Mathematics and Vector Calculus
Timetable: CIVL3511 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13

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 building performances. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Basic expertise required for the design and evaluation of the building projects underpinning an integrated engineering approach. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Students will rely on project input information to inform judgements, decisions and design solutions across disciplines. (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)
Students will analyse and discuss theoretical issues and concepts within a broad context of research to evaluate building performances. They will also interpret and discuss issues and situations involving uncertainty representative of real integrated engineering projects. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Students will work in teams that requires students to 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 justify an engineering position.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
2. Develop team skills through the completion of a project-based assignment
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
3. Evaluate & synthesise a wide range of resources demonstrating research skills & ability to work across disciplines.
(4) Design (Level 4)
4. Design of building components based on integrated design approach
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Carry out analysis of building components to determine their performance from a structural and thermal viewpoint as well as to evaluate their functionalities
6. Perform optimisation analysis to identify better performing designs among available options
7. Evaluate and compare the results of computer analyses with those obtained by hand calculations
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
8. Address complex problems requiring interdisciplinary approaches amd solutions.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
9. Apply the fundamental methods of analysis
10. Derive analytical solutions for simple scenarios related to building components
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 15.00 Week 4 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10,
2 Quiz 2 No 15.00 Week 9 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10,
3 Assignment (project-based) Yes 40.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
4 Final Exam No 30.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10,
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 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/Tutorial: Overview of integrated engineering analysis and design of buildings.
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Requirements for an integrated engineering design of buildings. Overview of different stakeholders usually involved in the definition of these requirements.
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Structural building typologies and construction materials
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Case studies to highlight selection of structural building typologies and construction materials
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction of the project-based assignment. Conceptual engineering design carried out based on hand calculations.
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Conceptual engineering design supported by parametric studies
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Engineering design: from conceptual to final design. Presentation of selected case studies
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Engineering design: from conceptual to final design (continued). Final engineering design and documentation. Presentation of selected case studies.
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to prefabricated construction and to their engineering design and fabrication.
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Sensitivity studies and optimisation techniques applied to the integrated engineering design of buildings.
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Sensitivity studies and optimisation techniques applied to the integrated engineering design of buildings (continued).
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Evaluation of how different design parameters influence the engineering design.
Assessment Due: Assignment (project-based)
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Revision for final exam.
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, 2021, 2022
Civil 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Civil / Arts 2017, 2021, 2022
Civil / Commerce 2021, 2022
Civil / Design in Architecture 2021, 2022
Civil / Project Management 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Civil / Law 2021, 2022, 2017
Civil Mid-Year 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 20%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 8%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) Yes 10%
(4) Design (Level 4) Yes 16%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 24.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) Yes 8.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 13%

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.