10 credits at level HE4
This module introduces the student to the essential principles and practice of civil engineering construction and the evaluation of where and when particular forms, materials and techniques might be best used. It provides an overview of the importance of site investigation works. Students are presented with the concept and types of both substructure & superstructure, earthworks and highway and railway construction & maintenance, together with the associated essential elements of health & safety legislation and construction plant selection. The module provides an overview of the construction project by reference to the project cycle, the parties involved and the planning and programming of construction works. The student is given an appreciation of economic considerations and their inter-relationship with quality assurance and control.
Site Investigation and Earthworks
Introduction to site investigation and the reasons for doing it. Excavation, support, transportation and compaction. Construction plant selection.
Health & Safety At Work Act 1974; COSHH Regulations ; RIDDOR Regulations
The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996; PPE Regulations 1992
Construction Infrastructure & Substructure
Drainage : Drains and pipelines, pipelaying and testing, manholes.
Foundations : Types, applications, advantages and limitations.
Construction of buildings and the evaluation of alternative forms for given situations.
Load bearing masonry construction
Multi-story framed buildings
Construction of medium rise buildings, choice of materials and techniques available and the influence of shape column grid and loading on their structural behaviour
In-situ, pre-cast and prestressed concrete, structural steel
Stability against wind loading and variable live loads
On site versus off site construction.
Highway and railway Construction
Sub-grade/formation and its assessment
Highway and railway materials
Project cycle: feasibility to commissioning and beyond.
Parties: Client; construction professionals; contractors and sub-contractors.
Planning and programming: Construction planning pre-tender, pre-contract and short term; Gantt charts, introduction to network analysis.
Learning sessions will consist of lectures, extensive use of case studies, tutorials and group discussion sessions.
Indicative Learning Hours:
Lectures 15 hours
Tutorials 4 hours
Case studies 10 hours
Group discussion 4 hours
Total Class Contact 33 hours
Coursework Preparation 25 hours
Self Study 42 hours
Total 100 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Develop an appreciation of the H&S regulatory frameworks relevant to construction and be aware of the need for sustainable development.||Discuss the development of H&S legislation in the UK & Europe and apply the concept of sustainability to all aspects of civil engineering construction.|
|2.||Analyse the procedures involved in the transportation of earthworks and appreciate
|Select optimum types of construction plant for given site and subsoil criteria.|
|3.||Develop an awareness of the relationship between subsoil and substructures.||
Associate preferred form of foundation compatible with subsoil condition / bearing capacity. Identify advantages & limitations to be considered relating to project scale.
|4.||Explain the advantages and disadvantages of alternative structural forms||Differentiate between alternative structural forms.|
|5.||Propose a suitable structural form and material for a given building requirement and appreciate
economic considerations and their inter-relationship with quality assurance and control.
|Appraise the structural form of an existing building and appreciate economic considerations in relation to quality control.|
|6.||Design flexible and rigid highway pavements.||
Design a highway pavement that will carry the loading on the sub-grade and be protected from water ingress.
|7.||Understand the characteristics of materials used in highway and railway construction||Adequately describe materials characteristics and maintenance regimes.|
|8.||Understand the progression of construction projects from feasibility to construction completion and be aware of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct.||
a) Demonstrate an understanding of the progression of construction projects from feasibility to construction completion.
b) Show an awareness of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Individual assignment on construction techniques and industrial practices||Group presentation on a civil engineering project.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Holmes, R (1995) Introduction to Civil Engineering Construction College of Estate Management 3rd Edition
Chudley R and Greeno R (1999) Construction Technology Addison Wesley Longman 3rd Edition
Chudley R and Greeno R (1999) Advanced Construction Technology Longman 3rd Edition
Simmons, HL (2001) Construction : Principles, Materials & Methods Wiley 7th Edition
Other publications e.g. Building, Construction News, Contracts Journal
Selected sites from the internet.
|Host Subject Group:||Civil Engineering|
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