ENCN213-16S2 (C) Semester Two 2016

Design Studio 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 22 July 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 7 October 2016


Loads and load paths in buildings and bridges. Design calculations for timber and steel structures. Engineering drawing. Construction and testing of simple structures.

Course Projects
This course consists of two design projects; a simple building and a bridge.

The bridge design project involves:
1. Choosing the optimal structural form of the bridge
2. Building and testing small spaghetti models of the bridge to check global stability
3. Testing the materials to be used for the bridge
4. Estimating construction time and cost
5. Design and drawings of the bridge
6. Bridge construction and testing

The building design project involves:
1. Estimating the loads on the structure
2. Calculating the strength demand
3. Drawing the structural layout
4. Designing beams, columns, walls and bracing systems
5. Engineering drawings of the building

The bridge design project will be done in groups of four or five students, while the building design project is an individual assignment. Both the bridge and the building are to be designed using timber or wood-based products as the main structural material.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry



Course Coordinator

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Individual assignments (bridge, drawings, compression) 30%
final exam 50%
Group assignments (bridge, drawings, test reports 20%

Note: Every item of assessment must be competed satisfactorily in order to pass the course.  
The Exam mark must be above 40% to pass this course, regardless of term marks.

Textbooks / Resources

NZ Wood                                                   www.nzwood.co.nz
NZ Timber Design Society                             www.timberdesign.org.nz
NZ Pine Manufacturers Association           www.pine.net.nz
Carter Holt Harvey                                   www.chh.co.nz
Nelson Pine Industries                           www.nelsonpine.co.nz

Course links

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $901.00

International fee $4,863.00

* 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 .

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