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Undergraduate Course: Civil Engineering Infrastructure and Construction 3 (CIVE09037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCivil Engineering is primarily concerned with the delivery of physical infrastructure, those structures and facilities that are needed for the effective operation of a society. This course will provide an introduction to the theory of infrastructure, why it is important and the issues facing future infrastructure via a focus on transportation. It will also allow an understanding of the civil engineering construction processes needed to provide infrastructure, of how contractors operate and how the work that they do is provided in a safe and effective manner with due regard for the environment. The course will also provide selected elements of transportation engineering: long term strategic planning; highway pavements; introduction to high speed railway engineering.
Course description Week 1 Course Introduction: Infrastructure history and future, civil engineering construction and Construction Resources
Week 2 Construction processes: Cranage, Roadworks, Earthworks & Earthmoving
Week 3 Construction processes: Concreting, drainage and temporary works (with Galliford Try)
Week 4 Safety Management in Construction (with Wates Construction)
Week 5 Risk management in construction and infrastructure delivery
Week 6 Civil Engineering in Practice series of lectures from Industry Representatives covering commercial issues, estimating, planning, organisational management and quality management. Delivery partners: Morrison Construction and Carillion.
Week 7 Long Term Transportation Planning Survey& Modelling-1,Define objectives, define type of trip generation model, choose appropriate survey: Sample size & accuracy. Multiple Linear Regression Trip Generation Models &Category Analysis; Trip Distribution analogous Growth Factor Methods and synthetic
Gravity Models.Worked Examples.
Week 8 Transportation Model Building-2& Junction Design-1-Traffic assignment: Moores Algorithm and Multipath Proportional Assignment;Economic Evaluation. Headway distributions, mean speeds, flow and density; Space mean and time mean speeds. Priority Control Junctions Roundabouts. Worked Examples.
Week 9 Junction Design-2, Traffic Signal Controlled Intersections, Phase concepts; Intergreen periods; Effective green time; Optimum cycles. Worked Examples
Week 10 Transport System Infrastructure Highways & Railways: Paving Materials; CBR Test; Highway Pavement Design;Railway Track Design & Earthworks; Rayleigh waves & Critical Velocity. Worked Examples
Week 10 Revision and Surgeries (SDS & MCF)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Yes: Personal Protective Equipment, all Civil Students will have these from Year 2. New/Visiting students will be required to purchase these with an approximate cost of 30GBP.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  70
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, External Visit Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Other Study Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 67 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Self Directed Learning
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback 1.Start, Stop, Continue during semester
2.Construction coursework at end of semester
3.Infrastructure coursework at end of semester
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Civil Engineering Infrastructure and Construction 32:00
Resit Exam Diet (August) Civil Engineering Infrastructure and Construction 32:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate the importance of infrastructure, its sectors, its issues, its history and its future;
  2. Undertake analyses in transport planning;
  3. Understand the key processes involved indelivering the construction phase of a civil engineering project;
  4. Appreciate the breadth of temporary works measures needed for civil engineering construction and be able to propose simple temporary works for common construction applications;
  5. Understand the theory of risk management in an engineering context and apply that theory in a construction content.
Reading List
Harris & McCaffer -Modern Construction Management, Blackwell, 6th Edition, 2006

Sherratt, F -Introduction to Construction Management, Routledge, 2015 (Online access:

Hall, J. W., Tran, M., Hickford, A. J., & Nicholls, R. J. (2016). The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach. Cambridge University Press. (Online access:

Highway Traffic Analysis & Design Design 3rd Edition, R.J. Salter& N.B. Hounsell, MacMillan, 3rdedition, 1996

Connolly, D.P.& Forde, M.C. (2015) Use of conventional site investigation parameters to calculate critical velocity of trains from Rayleigh waves, Transportation Research Record 2476, pp. 32-36
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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