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Undergraduate Course: Structural Engineering Design Project 4 (CIVE10023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStructural Engineering Design Project 4 draws together the many analysis, design, planning and evaluation tools that have been learnt during a civil or structural engineering degree programme. It involves a substantial design project that mimics the real-world feasibility design of a bridge in a civil engineering design consultancy. The project is run with the help of experienced senior bridge engineers, helping to ensure that graduating students have skills needed to work as engineers in their practices, appropriate for a student graduating with a BEng degree.
Course description Structural Engineering Design Project 4 mimics the real-world design of a bridge in a civil engineering consultancy. Students work within design teams to carry out a feasibility study for a new bridge, involving all aspects of the design process from the initial concept through to detailed design. One of the principle aims of the project is to draw together subjects learnt during the degree programme, to remind students of methods that they have perhaps forgotten, and to make sure they could start work in a real design office.

As in any real design situation, however, it will also be necessary to learn new skills to tackle the project, and in this case that will involve self-led study of aspects of bridge engineering (including construction methods, costs, Eurocodes for bridge design, and computer analysis tools). The project has been developed over many years with the help of experienced senior bridge engineers, based on the skills that are needed by graduate engineers in their practices and upon the type of problem that an engineer needs to be able to tackle to become chartered. The range and depth of tasks that students tackle will be appropriate to a BEng degree.

The project is split into two parts. During the first week students work on the Outline Design for two different concepts, which will involve selecting the most appropriate design tools to explore and develop the designs. During the second week, students proceed with the Detailed Design of one of these solutions, and there are opportunities for members of the design team to focus on different aspects of the detailed design (such as examining safe construction methods, or detailed modelling of a specific aspect of the bridge).

The course runs full-time for the first two weeks of semester 2, and (except for lectures on non civil engineering courses), students should plan to spend all of their study time on this project during that period.

To help lead students through the task, the project is split in to four submission stages, with a series of structured briefing, presentation, and review sessions. The timetable for these sessions is adjusted depending upon the availability of the industry experts who assist with the project, and will be confirmed at the start of the course. Typically:

Monday am: Initial briefing and industry expert briefing
Submission A (individual work) due at the end of Monday week 1

Tuesday am: allocation of design teams.

Wednesday am: industry expert briefing and discussion session.

Thursday am: review meetings with industry expert.

Friday pm: presentation of outline designs and submission B (outline design, group work) due.

Monday am: review meetings

Friday pm: detailed design handover meetings and submission C (detailed design, group work).

Submission D involves individual reflection upon the design problem, due at the end of week 4.

It will also be possible to book meetings with the course lecturer to discuss the project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (100%)

There are four staged submissions during the project:

A Concept and preliminary designs (individual submission) - 10%
B Outline design (group submission) - 25%
C Detailed design (group submission) - 50%
D Reflection (individual submission) - 10%

The remaining 5% of marks is assessed upon participation in the meetings and presentations during the course.

Group marks will be adjusted according to an individual's contribution to the group, using peer assessment and observations made by teaching staff.
Feedback The review meetings and presentation sessions provide detailed verbal feedback upon students' work from expert bridge designers. Students are expected to note their verbal feedback.

Written proforma feedback will be provided on the submissions.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Create feasible and efficient solutions to a realistic civil engineering design problem by selecting theory, techniques and knowledge learnt through the degree programme, and then interpreting and applying these methods to suit the specific design challenge.
  2. Research, learn, and then apply new and unfamiliar engineering tools and knowledge to a design problem.
  3. Tackle both the conceptual design and detailed design stages of a project, choosing appropriate analytical tools for these different stages of the project.
  4. Develop and evaluate design solutions that are not only feasible, but that also address other drivers, such as safety through design, construction, operation and maintenance, aesthetic, economic considerations.
  5. Communicate clearly and accurately (by verbal, drawn and written means) to both share ideas and designs, and to receive instructions and feedback that are incorporated into the design process.
Reading List
A range of bridge design related resources will be available via the course Learn site.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsBridge Design
Course organiserDr Timothy Stratford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5722
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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