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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 objective of the course is to introduce students to the principles of structural design process. The course is designed focused and uses most of the technical knowledge learnt in previous courses. At the end of the course, you will be able to design timber structures in a simplified manner. The course consists of two design projects: a low-rise timber building to be designed in weekly steps and a simplified bridge design which includes concept, detailed design, construction, and testing.
At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:For term 3 (building design)LO1: Explain the limit-state design approach, including serviceability and ultimate limit states as it applies to typical structures. (UC graduate attributes: EII2, EII3) (WA graduate attributes: WA1, WA10)LO2: Quantify typical vertical and horizontal loads acting on building structures, including identification of reliable load paths through structural systems and critical design actions. (UC graduate attributes: EII2, EII3, EII4) (WA graduate attributes: WA1, WA2).LO3: Describe the basis of the load resistance factored design (LRFD) approach for structures and apply this for the design of structures subject to simple load cases (UC graduate attributes: EII2, EII3, GA3, CE3) (Washington Accord graduate attribute: WA1, WA10)LO4: Be able to apply the principles of mechanics to calculate the resistance of typical timber sections, members and systems subject to simple load cases (UC graduate attributes: EII2, EII3, EII4) (WA graduate attributes: WA1, WA2).For term 4 (bridge design)LO1 Generating design concepts of bridges by evaluating multiple aspects such as aesthetics, historical context, structural performance, material usage, sustainability (UC Graduate attributes: EII, BCC, GA, CE; Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA2, WA3, WA8).LO2: Analysing the structural behaviour of bridges when subjected to loading by using the influence lines method (UC Graduate attributes: EII, Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA1, WA2, WA3).LO3 Building and testing a small-scale model of a bridge to evaluate the overall global stability and performance (UC Graduate attributes: EEI, Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA4, WA9, WA8).LO4 Analysing, comparing and selecting the materials and connections to be used in the bridge (UC Graduate attributes: EEI, Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA2, WA3, WA8).LO5 Designing and analysing through engineering calculations the key structural elements of the bridge (UC Graduate attributes: EII, Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA2, WA3, WA8).LO6 Redacting a full detailed design report including structural drawings (UC Graduate attributes: EII, Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA8, WA9).LO7 Planning, explaining and performing the bridge construction and management (UC Graduate attributes: EII, Washington Accord graduate attributes: WA8, WA9, WA10).LO8 Testing the bridge and validate the detailed design (UC Graduate attributes: EEI, Washington Accord graduate attributes:WA4, WA7).The bridge design project will be carried out in groups of 6 students, while the building design project is split in several weekly individual assignments. Both the bridge and the building are to be designed using timber or wood-based products as the main structural material and comprise of laboratory sessions.
Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $1,269.00
International fee $5,989.00
* 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