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CIVL8811: Engineering Design and Construction

The objectives of this unit are to develop an understanding of construction methods, strategies, equipment and machinery in a range of construction activities and an understanding of the principles involved in the design for those construction activities. At the end of this unit, students will have developed a familiarity with a variety of construction methods, strategies, equipment and machinery in a range of construction activities such that they will be able, if and when the opportunity arises to participate as site engineers (or similar role) in the planning and execution of those construction activities, albeit with supervision and guidance from experienced professionals. Students will also have developed an understanding of the design principles and techniques involved in the planning for those construction activities such that they are able, if and when the opportunity arises, to participate as design engineers, in the planning and design for those construction activities, with supervision and guidance from experienced professionals. The range of topics covered in this course is such that the learning outcomes form a basis for later development of more detailed knowledge, dependent on the future career experiences of the student. The course does not prepare a student for immediate, unsupervised participation in construction and design work associated with the topics covered. The topics may vary dependent on current and planned projects in Sydney, NSW and Australia. At this stage the topics are hard rock tunnelling and general hard rock underground excavation; soft ground tunnelling; underground construction; micro tunnelling; cut and cover (cover and cut) tunnelling; earth retaining systems; piling; formwork and falsework (incl Tilt up, Ultrafloor, Sacrificial form); dewatering; pavement design and construction - rigid and flexible (incl and pavement construction materials); stormwater drainage design and construction; marine construction; civil construction in environmentally sensitive areas; contract administration for construction engineers; general engineering in remote localities (project based); construction methods in bridge engineering; QA documentation on a typical project; insurance in the construction industry occupational health and safety issues in the construction industry; timber engineering; post-tensioned/ pre-stressed concrete construction; civil engineering in a marine environment. On day 1 of the course, a form based survey is taken to invite students to nominate specific areas of interest which may lead to adjustment in course content.

Code CIVL8811
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. design prefabricated and modular concrete elements
  • LO2. design and construct pavements: (a) flexible pavement construction (including pavement construction materials) and (b) rigid pavements construction (including joints)
  • LO3. understand construction related issues and undertake limited design of selected construction operations
  • LO4. apply particular construction related aspects of digital engineering including building information modelling
  • LO5. design deconstruction strategies to deal with buildings and infrastructure at the end of their service life
  • LO6. understand design and construction aspects of environmental engineering and general engineering for environmentally sensitive projects (including EPA projects)
  • LO7. communicate engineering construction concepts and issues clearly and concisely
  • LO8. develop familiarity with insurance and other forms of risk management and with occupational health and safety issues in the construction industry.