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CEG3713 : Computational Engineering Analysis B

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to introduce computational aspects of civil engineering (including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering) in support of the theoretical details taught elsewhere in the course at stage 3 level. It provides BEng students with applications-based knowledge for use in industry. MEng students will use the learning outcomes from this module to explore theoretical details and advanced applications of similar but more sophisticated simulation tools in Stage 4.

The module uses basic computational analysis tools as an introduction to computer-based numerical modelling in civil engineering. In using simple analysis tools, it is possible to verify the theoretical approach using non-computer-based methods (hand calculations). More complex simulations are explored in Stage 4.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Structural analysis (matrix analysis of structures, stiffness method, treatment of boundary conditions, analysis software; Dr. Vladimir Vinogradov).

2. Geotechnical analysis (simple geotechnical analysis techniques; limit equilibrium methods for analysis and design of slopes, cantilever and pile retaining walls and settlement of foundations; Dr. Colin Davie).

3. Environmental analysis (diffusive radon contamination risk simulation for buildings above granite rock; Dr. David Werner).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework - Geotechnical, Structures & Environmental
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical122:0024:00Computer practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Understanding analysis theories and application procedures are primarily imparted via lecture classes and computer practical sessions. Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent study. They are supported in this by the provision of an extensive set of notes, tutorial sessions (within some lectures) and computer practical sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Written exercise Geotechnical + Structures + Environmental will be integrated (2000 words equivalent).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The content of the course is both technical and theoretical. The knowledge gained in the module is expected to be understanding and application. Therefore, the module is assessed by individual coursework involving problem solving.

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