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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.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
EMTH210, ENCI199, ENCN201, ENCN213, ENCN221, ENCN231, ENCN242, ENCN253, ENCN261, ENCN281, ENCI335, ENCI336
ENCI425, ENCI426, ENCI427
Please note that the timetable has not been finalised.
Scheduled days and times will be confirmed, following review, on 5th November.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Santiago Pujol Llano
The assessment will consist of three tests (one per module), a series of assignments, and six random quizzes.Tests 1 and 2 will occur at the ends of the corresponding modules (Timber and Steel). The last test will occur during the end-of-semester exam period and cover Module 3 (RC).There will be six in-lecture quizzes. Students are required to take at least five quizzes, with no penalty applied for missing the remaining (sixth) quiz.Assessments are to be completed on time. Otherwise, they will receive no grade except under documented exonerating circumstances (according to departmental policies).
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.
Gorenc, B. , Syam, A., Tinyou, R;
Steel designers handbook
UNSW Press, 2005.
Moehle, Jack P;
Seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings
McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
Park, R. , Paulay, T;
Reinforced concrete structures : R. Park and T. Paulay
Sozen, Mete A. , Ichinose, Toshikatsu., Pujol, Santiago;
Principles of reinforced concrete design
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
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.
Recommended:NZS/AS 1720.1 Timber structures design methodsThe Standards NZ Online database may be used to access all NZ standards:- Access via the library - UC Databases > Databases S, or- at http://ezproxy.canterbury.ac.nz/login?url=http://shop.standards.co.nz/IPCheck/login.jspThey are also now available free of charge at https://shop.standards.govt.nz/catalog/
Domestic fee $2,266.00
International fee $11,250.00
* 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