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Undergraduate Course: Infrastructure Management and Sustainability 3 (CIVE09018)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course introduces students to the management of civil engineering from varying aspects. Four distinct areas are covered: construction safety management; construction, business and project management; sustainability management and transportation management, through four separate modules.

The course is structured to expose the students to modern professional practice and therefore benefit through lectures from practising engineers. The course further emphasises the importance of communication skills and provides the students an opportunity to improve their written and oral presentation skills. Health and safety management is an increasingly important aspect of civil engineering and this topic will be covered with industrial professionals. This course will also provide an opportunity for students to begin exploring sustainable development (SD) issues and to focus on the role and practices of engineers in creating a sustainable world. The course will provide an introduction to the field of transportation engineering, including mainly highway engineering with some railway engineering.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Management, Sustainability and Fluid Mechanics 3 (CIVE09019)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs YES: This course involves a number of sites visits and students must purchase appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (such as safety boots, hard hat, gloves, hi-vis vests, protective glasses) for these visits. Cost will be approximately £20-40 though students on the civil engineering programme may have purchased these in their second year.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 10:00 - 13:00
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 12:10 - 13:00
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 12:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 11:10 - 12:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Lecture Theatre 201, Grant Institute
Additional information Site Visits
Throughout the semester there will be a series of site visits arranged and attendance at these is compulsory. Students will have the option of writing up a site visit as a full report as part of the coursework for this course.

As visits will be conducted to live construction projects students must ensure they have their must their own appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (such as safety boots, hard hat, gloves, hi-vis vests, protective glasses) for these visits. Cost will be approximately £20-40 though students on the civil engineering programme may have purchased these in their second year.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:0016 sides / 2 x graph
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
- describe the processes from the formulation of a concept through to construction on site;
- understand the behavioural aspects of safety and hazard management, including how people are aware of and respond to safety risks;
- be aware of the current UK legislation relating to health and safety in the workplace in general and within construction in particular;
- show the ability to carry out fundamental safety risk assessments, and appreciate how IT tools can be used to improve such tasks;
- understand the practices of health & safety management within contracting companies;
- appreciate the consequences of poor health and safety management;
- demonstrate an understanding of how a large contracting company operates;
- demonstrate an ability in communication skills through essays and presentations;
- explore the meaning of sustainability and the implications of SD practices at a variety of scales;
- identify the numerous stakeholders and recognize their often conflicting priorities for a variety of issues;
- create an awareness of the triple bottom line considerations in a global market economy;
- introduce Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) guidelines and their impact and value;
-investigate the requirements for effective solutions to unsustainable practices beyond only technical considerations;
- describe the structure of long term transportation planning and appropriate surveys;
- undertake some analyses relating transport planning;
- describe aspects of railway engineering; and
- describe NDT surveys of bridges and undertake some simple analyses.
Assessment Information
- One report, 20%
- One Sustainability project, 30%

Degree Examination (50%)
- Four questions. One question on H&S Management, one or two questions on Construction & Project Management, one or two questions on Transportation Management.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Module 1: Construction and project management

L1 Introduction and Communication Skills
The course and its modules introduced. Communication in Infrastructure Management: Letters, Reports, Presentations. Coursework Introduction.
L2 History of engineering; the modern construction industry and civil engineering procedure
Origins; the Industrial Revolution and its consequences; modern times: rapid and technological change; specialisation. Sectors, characteristics, work force, project types, parties to a project, Client, designer, contractor, aims and responsibilities
L3 History of engineering; the modern construction industry and civil engineering procedure: continued
L4 ICE Talk
L5 To be confirmed
L6 Company organisation (Morrison Lecture)
Required elements of marketing, estimating and planning, design, buying, accounting, measurement and valuation, health and safety, personnel and training. Structure and aims, components, responsibilities.
L7 Estimating (Morrison Lecture)
Labour, plant, material, duration of contract, subcontractors, wastage, administrative procedures.
L8 Planning and programming (Morrison Lecture)
Planning, logistics, communication, integration, management information, measurement of progress, programme types, bar charts, linked bar charts, time /chainage diagram, network diagram, precedence diagram, line of balance schedule, site programmes.
L9-11 Temporary works (Morrison Lecture)
Contractual aspects, legal requirements, Codes of Practice and British Standards, costs, plant, scaffolding, excavation support, formwork, falsework.
L12 Execution of contract (Morrison Lecture)
Pre-contract meeting, setting-up site, personnel, start date, on-going administration, site administration manual, feed-back and administration, cost/value reconciliation, payment, measurement.

Module 2: Health and safety management (with Balfour Beatty)
L11 Introduction to safety management
Providing the context for the module this lecture will provide recent background to Health & Safety Development such as the $ýSafety Summit&©, 27 February 2001, HSE&©s report $ýIdentification and management of risk in undergraduate construction courses&© and the HSE/UK Government Strategy Statement $ýRevitalising Health & Safety&©.
L12 Introduction to site safety
Philip Matyear will introduce Site Safety from the point of view of Bovis LendLease&©s Safety Operations Co-Ordinator.
L13 Health & Safety legislation
General Health & Safety Legislation and the Health & safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Smaller construction legislation such as the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007.
L14 Construction site safety 1
Method Statements and Operation Plans. An introduction to Risk Management. Working at heights; Case Studies and practical examples.
L15 Construction site safety 2
Excavations; Case Studies and practical examples.
L16 Construction site safety 3
Working with Plant. Working with Temporary Works
L17 Hazard identification
Introducing hazard identification as being the key to successful risk assessments.
L18 Risk management
The theory of risk including the five stages of risk management: identification, estimation, evaluation, response and monitoring. Case studies. An introduction to the Total-Safety safety risk management application.
L19 Risk management Continued

Module 3: Sustainability issues
L20 Introduction To Sustainability Issues
Course outline, Introduction
L21 Theory and Concepts of Sustainability
Context of the problem and scope of potential solutions
L22 Sustainable Development: A Valuable Business Strategy
Sustainability in practice in industry (Guest lecturer)
L23 The Role of the Engineer in creating a Sustainable Society
Problem solving, leadership, professional development
L24 Sustainable Engineering Solutions
Regulation, consultation and decision-making (Guest lecturer)
L25 Evaluating Sustainability
Measurement indices of sustainability (Guest lecturer)

Module 2: Transportation management
L26 Long-Term Transport Planning
Introduction, Traffic Planning & the environment.
L27 Transportation Surveys
Household interview surveys and roadside surveys
L28 Transportation Model Building -1
Trip Generation & Distribution, modal Split, and Traffic Assignment.
L29 Transportation Model Building -2
L30 Highway Capacity
Headway distributions, mean speeds, flow and density; Space mean and time mean speeds.
L31 Priority Control Junctions
Modelling; Conflicts; Gap acceptance; Merging; Areas of Collision.
L32 NDT procedures for Bridges, Roads & Railways
Radar, Sonics & Infra-Red Thermography
L33 Transportation Planning
Processes, systems and case-studies in the planning of highways and other transportation projects (Guest Lecture $ķ Grontmij)
L34 Overview and revision
Revision of topics covered; Examination-style questions.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Important
Civil Engineering Procedure, The Institution of Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford, 1986.
Civil Engineering: Supervision and Management, Twort, A.C., Rees, G.J. Arnold, 1995
The Ingenuity Gap, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Vintage, 2001
Suggested further reading
The Practice of Construction Management Barry Fryer BSP, 1990
Modern Construction Management Frank Harris, Ronald McCaffer BSP, 1990.
Effective Speaking, Christopher Turk E&FN Spon, 1991.
Highway Traffic Analysis and Design, R.J. Salter, MacMillan, 2nd edition, 1989
Highway Design and Construction, R.J. Salter, MacMillan, 2nd edition, 1988
Highway Construction & Maintenance, J. Watson, Longman Scientific & Technical, 2nd edition, 1994
The Design & Performance of Road Pavements, P Croney & D Croney, McGraw Hill, 3rd edition, 1997.
An Introduction to Sustainable Development, P Rogers et al, Earthscan, 2008
The Sustainability Handbook, W.R. Blackburn, Earthscan, 2008
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Dr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretary Miss Nicola Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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