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This course covers the behaviour and design of structural systems, considering the main structural materials currently used in New Zealand - timber, steel and reinforced concrete structures. The course builds on the basics of member design techniques for steel, reinforced concrete and timber structures, introduced in previous courses, to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for the design of typical structural systems.
This course covers the behaviour and design of structural systems, considering the main structural materials currently used in New Zealand – timber, steel and reinforced concrete (RC). The course builds on the basics of member design techniques for timber, steel, reinforced concrete (RC) structures, introduced in previous courses, to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for the design of typical structural systems for safety, efficiency and reliability. This course includes three learning modules, each of around one third of the course, that cover the following topics:Module 1: Behaviour and design of timber structuresModule 2: Behaviour and design of steel structuresModule 3: Behaviour and design of reinforced concrete (RC) structures
Students completing this course will be able to:1. Design standard timber, steel and reinforced concrete structures for gravity loads and lateral loads. 2. Demonstrate knowledge of the non-linear behaviour of timber, steel and reinforced concrete structures subject to lateral loading. 3. Evaluate and identify best practice detailing for typical timber, concrete and steel structural elements and connections for the resistance of gravity and seismic actions. 4. Describe and critically evaluate the characteristics of typical building materials, including effects of moisture, durability, and long-term loading.5. Design composite structural members to effectively resist gravity loading.
EMTH210, ENCI199, ENCN201, ENCN213, ENCN221, ENCN231, ENCN242, ENCN253, ENCN261, ENCN281, ENCI335, ENCI336
ENCI425, ENCI426, ENCI427
The test will occur at the end of Term 1 and will cover the first course module and half the second course module. The final exam will occur during the end-of-semester exam period. The final exam will cover all module 2 (concentrating on the second half) and the third module, as these are covered in Term 2.All assessments are to be completed on time or they will receive no grade,
Buchanan, Andrew Hamilton , New Zealand Timber Industry Federation;
Timber design guide
New Zealand Timber Industry Federation, 2007.
Bull, D. K. (Des K.) Brunsdon, David,;
The Red book, Examples of concrete structural design to New Zealand Standard 3101
Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand, 2008.
Book Notes prepared for a seminar on the steel structures standard NZS 3404:1997
New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association, 2007.
Gorenc, B. , Syam, A., Tinyou, R;
Steel designers handbook
UNSW Press, 2005.
Park, R. , Paulay, T;
Reinforced concrete structures : R. Park and T. Paulay
Paulay, T. , Priestley, M. J. N;
Seismic design of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings
Standards Association of Australia. , Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee TM-001, Timber Structures;
Third edition, incorporating amendment nos 1, 2 and 3;
Standards Australia, 2010.
Standards New Zealand;
Timber framed buildings : NZS 3604:1999
Standards New Zealand, 1999.
Domestic fee $2,204.00
International fee $11,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering