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CEG2001 : Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Thorpe
  • Lecturer: Dr Adam Jarvis, Dr Sara Maioli, Mr Roger Bird, Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, Dr Sean Wilkinson, Dr Agostino Bruno, Dr Oliver Heidrich
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To develop more specific analysis and design skills in a larger case study than the primarily conceptual study carried out in Stage 1, with an emphasis on engineering studies which support planning, options analysis, selection and design.

To introduce and develop further the sustainability agenda, within the context of global change, covering all aspects of design, material selection, construction and operation.

To introduce and develop further an integrated understanding of engineering solutions incorporating economics, risk management, resilience and awareness of whole life-cycle costing.

The module integrates the knowledge gained in other programme themes and is part of the DSES series running through all stages. A main activity is Design, but in the context of (a) the identification of a range of Sustainable Engineering Systems solution options (b) the integrated assessment of the range of options, and (c) the design and delivery of a sustainable solution. The module will cover the major aspects of an engineering project including master planning, site investigation, geotechnical design, structural design, transport, materials, specification and environmental and sustainability assessments. These activities will enable the learning, development and practice of transferable skills (analysis, design, advocacy, presentation, drawing).

Outline Of Syllabus

Design case study component:

Based on the design of a major infrastructure facility, aspects covered will include travel demand, option assessment, environmental impacts, sustainability, funding and other economic issues, and the design and (re)construction of a major facility.

Lectures to cover:
- Introductory talks on relevant infrastructure projects and feasibility considerations.
- Specialist design inputs for the case study covering transport and travel demand, geotechnical issues (including cut and cover), bridge and tunnel structures, environmental impact, and building design and construction.
- Site investigation: exploratory techniques, in-situ testing and the use of geotechnical instrumentation. The role of geotechnical laboratory testing within the design process (linked to CEG2201 “Geotechnics”).
- Environmental Impact Statements.
- Reliability, hazard and risk, risk frameworks, risk analysis, risk management and resilience (linked to the Maths in the MIS theme)
- Climate change to include future projections, impact assessments and specialist scenarios for design.
- Sustainable materials to include principles of material selection (with criteria based on strength, stiffness, durability, weight, cost, availability, embodied energy, transportation to site, aesthetics, speed of construction, thermal mass and toxicity) and manufacturing (e.g. properties and application of materials such as steel, concrete, masonry, timber and new / low-impact materials). This is linked to structures and materials modules (CEG2301, CEG2302 and CEG2303).
- Sustainability to include the economics of projects, funding options, cost-benefit analysis, full life-cycle analysis, carbon costing and sustainability codes.
- Health and Safety (for example construction practice and examples).

There is a ‘Visualisation and BIM’ thread through the Civil Engineering programmes and Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems (DSES) project modules in particular. As part of this, the manual sketching skills introduced and practiced in DSES1 (CEG1001) will be reinforced in this module with students encouraged to record and convey design ideas in team meetings with manual sketches in their log books. The 3D visualisation tool SketchUp introduced in DSES1 will be practiced with an expectation of 3D imagery to convey design concepts in the final reports and video and poster presentations. Following AutoCAD training, students will also be expected to transform manual sketches into professional technical drawings.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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