Skip to main content
Unit of study_

CIVL5531: Advanced Integrated Building Engineering

Students are exposed to advanced design methodologies that underpin integrated building engineering. The Unit of Study is articulated in the following four components. Selected cased studies are presented in the initial part of the Unit of Study to introduce some of the key design challenges in dealing with structural projects with complex geometries and joints, for which efficient structural arrangements and details can support cost-effective solutions and have a positive effect on other building functionalities. In the second part of the Unit of Study, students will be introduced to available design methodologies and technologies that enable the embedment of a wide range of functionalities within the structural building components, therefore supporting a holistic approach to the building design. Particular attention will be given to the influence of different structural typologies and construction materials on the expected performance of the buildings and how this is perceived by occupants. Current technology available to constantly monitor the building structural performance will also be covered. These considerations will be covered focusing on the different design stages, from conceptual to final design, and the associated documentation. Students will be exposed in the third part of the Unit of Study to current technology available to mitigate urban overheating when considering the design of buildings. Particular attention will be devoted to available engineering solutions that could be installed in buildings and that could find wider applicability in future developments for urban overheating mitigation strategies. In the last part of the Unit of Study, optimisation techniques will be outlined and utilised to investigate the influence of key design parameters on complex structural systems. Sensitivity analyses will be performed to explore the impact of design parameters on the final design, with particular attention devoted to the detailing and arrangement of structural joints. Students will also be exposed to latest trends in building engineering design that support integrated approaches from conceptual to final design stages.

Code CIVL5531
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL1900 Introduction to Civil Engineering and CIVL2110 Materials and CIVL2201 Structural Mechanics and MATH2061 Linear Mathematics and Vector Calculus and (CIVL3511 Introduction to Integrated Building Engineering or CIVL9511 Introduction to Integrated Building Engineering)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate written, oral and graphical communication skills at professional engineering standard including capacity to justify an engineering position
  • LO2. Develop team skills through the completion of a project-based assignment
  • LO3. Evaluate & synthesise a wide range of resources demonstrating research skills & ability to work across disciplines
  • LO4. Design of building components based on integrated design approach
  • LO5. Carry out analysis of building components to determine their performance from a structural and thermal viewpoint as well as to evaluate their functionalities
  • LO6. Perform optimisation analysis to identify better performing designs among available options
  • LO7. Evaluate and compare the results of computer analyses with those obtained by hand calculations
  • LO8. Address complex problems requiring interdisciplinary approaches amd solutions
  • LO9. Apply the fundamental methods of analysis
  • LO10. Derive analytical solutions for simple scenarios related to building components

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.