ENCN213-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Design Studio 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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 constraints
2. Choosing the optimal structural form of the bridge, i.e. minimize material waste
3. Understand impact of loading on bridges and calculation methods such as influence lines
4. Building and testing small scale models to understand the overall global stability and performance
5. Understanding the materials to be used and engineering connections
6. Full detailed design including connections and supports
7. Development of professional structural drawings
8. Bridge construction and management
9. Use of rendering software and Augmented Reality
10. Bridge testing and validation of detail design

The building design project involves:

1. Understanding load paths in a building structure under gravity loads and horizontal loads
2. Estimating the loads on building structures based on NZ load standards
3. Get familiar with ultimate limit state (ULS) design & serviceability limit state (SLS) design
4. Calculating strength demand
5. Designing beams, columns, walls and bracing systems
6. Engineering drawings of buildings

The 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.

Learning Outcomes

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



Course Coordinator

Alessandro Palermo


Minghao Li and Matthew Dudzik


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Group assignments 20%
Individual assignments 30%
exam 50%

The assessment for this paper will comprise three components – individual assignments, group assignments and the final exam.

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,201.00

International fee $5,726.00

* 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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