ENGCV280-19B (HAM)

Civil Design Challenge 1

15 Points

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Paper Description

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The paper builds on the introduction to engineering design taught in ENGG180 and applies other material taught in years 1 and 2. Students will be building civil and bridge structures to explore the limitless possibilities in design.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer and practical exercises. This paper includes two main parts.

The first part focuses on Designing Timber Structures. This section starts with Introduction to timber properties, loadings, Member design and connections, this section follows by designing a footbridge.

The second part concentrates on introduction to Autocad and provides the required information to draw building components.

From week 7 (after semester break), students need to design, build and test footbridge structures in the workshop.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • apply civil structures fundamentals to building and structures design process
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  • apply an engineering design process to the high level design of complex engineering systems
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  • apply design specifications to the design of complex engineering systems
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  • apply design processes used by industry
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  • use appropriate methods of design embodiment.
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  • communicate high level designs using AutoCAD
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  • apply engineering drawing standards (NZS/AS 1100.201:1992)
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While design requires the application of appropriate technical procedures, competency in technical communication will also be assessed in this paper. In practice, it is mostly accomplished by teamwork. Even in situations where (component design, etc.) it may be undertaken by one engineer, it needs to be checked by a peer. The presentation is as important as technical analyses. Therefore, all assessed items must be presented in a way so that another student or an engineer will be able to follow the analyses and rationale for the design choices. Correct answers should be supported by clear reasoning. Any ambiguity in the reports or examination scripts may be heavily penalised.

Late work will be penalised 5% of its mark for every working day after the hand in date.

  • Assessment ratio: 70% Coursework: 30% Examination
  • Details of the project and the marking scheme for the design and CAD project will be given on separate assignment sheets.
  • Students will present their design projects at the Engineering Design.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Site survey of two local pedestrian bridges (photos, description)
30 Jul 2019
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Timber design project, report
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test
15 Aug 2019
No set time
4. CAD project, report
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Bridge project, report and presentation
14 Oct 2019
No set time
6. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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  • Design Engineering Manual, edited by Mike Tooley, 2010, Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann, (E-Book available from Library)
  • Engineering Design Methods, 4th edition, Nigel Cross, 2008, Wiley
  • Engineering Design Principles, Ken Hurst, 1999, Arnold
  • Total design: integrated methods for successful product engineering, Stuart Pugh, 1991, Addison-Wesley Pub. Co
  • The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman, 2002, Basic Books
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access PPT’s of lecture notes and assessment materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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This 15pt paper has a total workload of 150 hours as below:

  • 2 hours lecture per week for 7 weeks =14 hours
  • 8 hours tutorial
  • 1 hour CAD workshop per week for 12 weeks=12 hours
  • 2 hours structure workshop per week for 9 weeks =18 hours

Self-directed study

  • 64 hours of bridge design and CAD projects = 64 hours
  • 32 hours of study for a 2-hour exam and 1-hour test = 32 hours
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper builds on the engineering design taught in ENGG180.
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Prerequisite papers: (ENGEN180 or ENGG180)




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