Final Year Projects

All Bachelor of Engineering with Honours students complete a Final Year Project.

The projects could fall within any of the civil engineering disciplines including architectural, earthquake, ecological/hydrological, energy, environmental, fire, fluid mechanics, geomechanics, management, materials, structural, and transportation. From 2017 some projects will be sponsored by engineering firms. While working on a real-world problem, students will be learning all the competencies they will need to practice as a professional after graduation.

Projects can include an oral presentation, poster presentation (see below for a selection of award-winning posters) and submission of a written paper.

A conference of Final Year Projects is held each year in October. The conference attempts to emulate the type of environment of a real research conference attended by professional engineers or and researchers. In keeping with our intention to emulate a real conference there will be an invited keynote speaker to launch the conference. Industry guests will also be invited to the conference. The conference is open to the public and we strongly recommend that anyone considering studying the BE(Hons) comes along to see the variety of work our students are involved in.

Industry sponsorship

Sponsoring a Final Year Project has benefits for both the University and the sponsor.  

It allows companies to develop a project which may have been sidelined due to time or funding, for a fraction of the cost of developing a project commercially.  A donation to the Canterbury Foundation of $5000 per project supports the University and sponsors retain the rights to all intellectual property.  The process also means firms can identify top students for recruitment or summer internships.

For full details on sponsoring a Final Year Project please see our CNRE final year project sponsorship flier or contact Alessandro Palermo, Projects Coordinator.


2017 Project Abstracts (PDF, 17.6 MB)

2018 Project Abstracts (PDF, 9.4 MB)