Civil Engineering Design I

Module aims

In this module you will have the opportunity to: 
· Develop essential engineering skills, working in groups and using problem-based learning to find solutions to real engineering projects 
· Be inspired and be given the purpose behind the method of turning theoretical teaching into practice 
· Work as a group on the development of conceptual designs and to be a creative “designer”. 
· Generate ideas and carry out research to assess the feasibility of design concepts. 
· Experience hands-on modelling as ways of communicating ideas. 
· Work as a group to plan and manage the construction of a design at a 1:1 scale. 
· Develop application of geometric and parametric modelling in design. 
· Give and receive critical feedback on designs responses to the developed brief. 
· Reflect on the role of Civil Engineers as designers and makers.  

Learning outcomes

· Explain what engineering is, what engineers do, and how they do it. 
· Communicate engineering design with clarity and confidence. 
· Demonstrate the key skills of engineering synthesis, analysis, and judgement.  
· Use sketching and modelling to think, iterate design, collaborate and communicate 
· Use computational tools as part of the engineering design process 
· Develop and run complementary teams in which everyone works to their strengths and covers each other’s weaknesses. 
· Understand the ingredients of the project process, and know where the various parts of the MEng curriculum fit into it. J83  

Module syllabus

The module is delivered across two intensive weeks during Creative Design where no other teaching takes place. 2 x 1 weeks are Creative Design weeks in which you will work as groups to develop Civil Engineering designs across multiple design scales. The sketching and modelling modules are delivered as a set of ten sessions, with short tasks to be completed in the first seven sessions. Final project presentations are given at the end of each week. 
Creative Design: Working in groups over one week, develop a project brief to deliver defined social/environmental benefits; research the context and outcomes needed and from these define a suitable engineering project; generate ideas within the team context to produce conceptual designs for the project; develop these ideas into a specific scheme design at masterplan scale and focus on elements of more detailed construction-level design. Work effectively within a team to support creativity and productive team working. Present work as a team to explain how the design proposal fulfil the defined social/environmental needs. 
Modelling (manual): Introduction to the module and sketching and modelling as ways of communicating. Manual exercise in small groups building models from common geometric spaces and preparing sketches to describe the process. 
Sketching (basics): Theory of sketching, including types of perspectives, projections and combined views. Sketching exercise in small groups. 
Sketching (communication): Theory of communication through sketching, including appropriate level of details and examples. Communication exercise in small groups. 
Technical drawings (2D and Rhino 3D): Theory of technical drawing, including parts of the drawing, highlighting important features and identifying relevant parts. Introduction to the Rhino 3D user interface. 
Technical modelling (3D and Rhino 3D): Using Rhino 3D to generate a geometric model and outputting as technical drawings for communication with different stakeholders. 
Modelling (computational): Introduction to Grasshopper 3D as a parametric design tool within Rhino. Modelling exercise to construct a parametric model of a truss. 
Modelling (computational): Introduction to Karamba 3D as simple analysis package in Rhino. Modelling exercise to show the effects of changing the geometric design and the optimized solution. 
Design challenge using the skills developed over the previous sessions.  

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures, group activities and presentations.

Active learning approaches will be used throughout the module. Short introductory explanations will be given for each session, with individual and group work to be completed during the sessions. Online materials will be made available for all sessions to provide a library of videos and short tasks that students can work through in private study time.


Assessment Information is provided separately in Blackboard Learn.

Module leaders

Dr Sunday Popo-Ola