Undergraduate Course: Conceptual Design for Civil Engineers 3 (CIVE09028)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Conceptual Design for Civil Engineers 3 builds students' confidence in producing design solutions that meet the often conflicting demands of a project, including buildability, operation, cost, maintenance, environmental impact and end-of-life, as well as satisfying fundamental engineering requirements. It follows on from Tools for Engineering Design 2 (CIVE08020); however, CDCE3 draws upon the knowledge and theory that students have covered between the two courses, and explores how theoretical methods are applied to open-ended design problems.
An engineer's design toolbox contains a range of theoretical techniques (taught through courses such as fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, materials, maths, etc.). A designer must also build up knowledge of how designs can be built and operated, and the safety or sustainability implications of their design, as well as being confident in communicating their ideas and discussing them with the client. Students develop a large amount of knowledge and techniques during the 2nd and 3rd years of our degree programmes, but mostly these techniques are applied to practice problems that have single correct answers.
Conceptual Design for Civil Engineers 3 examines how these techniques and knowledge are applied to design problems that are open-ended, do not have single answers, and thus require iterative design to find the "best" solution. These ideas were first introduced in Tools for Engineering Design 2 (CIVE08020), and CDCE3 gives the chance to practice conceptual design to several design problems that draw upon the knowledge developed built up between the course courses. In particular, the course shows how the very precise methods taught in our theoretical courses are often too complex for conceptual design, and develops approximate methods for initial sizing and assessment of design solutions.
The course is taught through project work within the timetabled hours, with discussion and critique of the various projects providing feedback to develop students' design skills. During the course, students tackle three short group projects in the first half of semester, which give them the chance to learn and practice design skills. A longer design project is tackled in the second half of the semester.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have taken courses on structural mechanics and structural design (steel and concrete), equivalent to the courses specified for University of Edinburgh students.
Visiting students are encouraged to take Tools for Engineering Design 2 rather than this course if they have not tackled creative open-ended design before.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Propose engineering designs that are feasible, in terms engineering mechanics, the Client's requirements, and other competing requirements of the design.
- Identify the drivers that govern a design, and ensure that all of these are considered during the design process, rather than after the design concept has been fixed.
- Produce "optimal" design solutions by examining and evaluating multiple design options, and by using appropriate calculations to refine the designs.
- Select and apply appropriate calculation methods that are appropriate to the stage of the design process.
- Communicate design solutions and put forward reasoned arguments for how these designs address the client's requirements, the requirements of other stakeholders in a project, and design drivers that are not explicitly stated.
|Fiona Cobb, "Structural Engineer's Pocket Book", Butterworth Heinemann.|
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||10 design project sessions, each 3 hours.
|Keywords||Conceptual engineering design,Open-ended design,iteration,design calculations
|Course organiser||Dr David Rush
Tel: (0131 6)50 6023
|Course secretary||Mrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687