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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.
The bridge design project involves:1. Aesthetics, Art Innovative structural form design considering and historical context constraints2. Choosing the optimal structural form of the bridge, i.e. minimize material waste3. Understand impact of loading on bridges and calculation methods such as influence lines4. Building and testing small scale models to understand the overall global stability and performance5. Understanding the materials to be used and engineering connections6. Full detailed design including connections and supports7. Development of professional structural drawings8. Bridge construction and management9. Use of rendering software and Augmented Reality10. Bridge testing and validation of detail designThe building design project involves:1. Understanding load paths in a building structure under gravity loads and horizontal loads2. Estimating the loads on building structures based on NZ load standards3. Get familiar with ultimate limit state (ULS) design & serviceability limit state (SLS) design4. Calculating strength demand5. Designing beams, columns, walls and bracing systems6. Engineering drawings of buildingsThe bridge design project will be done in groups of 6 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.
This course consists of two design projects; a simple building and a bridge. The aim of the project is to familiarise the students with the overall design process including construction and testing.
Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Matthew Dudzik
The assessment for this paper will comprise three components – individual assignments, group assignments and the final exam.Notes:a) Every item of assessment must be competed satisfactorily in order to pass the course.b) Exam mark must be above 40% to pass this course, regardless of assignments marks.c) Attendance to tutorials is MANDATORY and will be recorded.d) Repeating students MUST repeat all the individual assignments only.
Buchanan, Andrew Hamilton , New Zealand Timber Industry Federation;
Timber design guide;
New Zealand Timber Industry Federation, 2007.
Allen, Edward , Zalewski, Wacaw;
Form and forces : designing efficient, expressive structures;
Gordon, J. E;
Structures : or, Why things don't fall down;
Penguin Books, 1978.
Gordon, J. E;
The science of structures and materials;
Scientific American Library : Distributed by Freeman, 1988.
Morgan, W; Buckle, I. G;
W. Morgan's the elements of structure: an introduction to the principles of building and structural engineering;
Salvadori, Mario George , Hooker, Saralinda., Ragus, Christopher;
Why buildings stand up : the strength of architecture;
1st McGraw-Hill pbk. ed.;
Understanding structures : analysis, materials, design;
Domestic fee $1,201.00
International fee $5,726.00
* 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.