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Loads and load paths in buildings and bridges. Design calculations for timber and steel structures. Engineering drawing. Construction and testing of simple structures.
This course is an introductory course consisting of a bridge design part and a building design part. The objective is to familiarise the students with fundamental structural design processes. The course covers conceptual designs, design calculations, bridge model testing and structural element testing.
The learning objectives of the building design part are:1. Understand load paths and load types for a typical building structure;2. Get familiar with load combinations and know how to use NZ load standards3. Get familiar with ultimate limit state (ULS) design & serviceability limit state (SLS) design for a building structure4. Know how to calculate strength demand on structural members5. Know how to design beams, columns, walls and lateral bracing systems 6. Understand the theory of compression members7. Get familiar with engineering drawings of buildings
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.
Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Justin Brown
Buchanan, Andrew Hamilton,1948- , New Zealand Timber Industry Federation;
Timber design guide;
New Zealand Timber Industry Federation, 2007.
Allen, Edward,1938- , Zalewski, Wacaw;
Form and forces : designing efficient, expressive structures;
Building Research Association of New Zealand 1993, 2000;
BRANZ House-Building guide;
Gordon, J. E. (James Edward);
Structures : or, Why things don't fall down;
Penguin Books, 1978.
Gordon, J. E.1913-;
The science of structures and materials;
Scientific American Library : Distributed by Freeman, 1988.
Morgan, W. (William), 1906- Buckle, I. G;
W. Morgan's the elements of structure : an introduction to the principles of building and structural engineering;
Salvadori, Mario George,1907- , Hooker, Saralinda., Ragus, Christopher;
Why buildings stand up : the strength of architecture;
1st McGraw-Hill pbk. ed.;
Understanding structures :analysis, materials, design;
Domestic fee $937.00
International fee $5,125.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.