Skip to main content


CEG3001 : Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Chris Kilsby
  • Lecturer: Dr Agostino Bruno, Mr Roger Bird, Professor Russell Davenport, Dr Paul Quinn, Dr Sean Wilkinson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To enable students to work efficiently in a small team and to reflect on personal performance and define personal goals.
To introduce the student to aspects of the preparation and decision making in a major multi-disciplinary project.
To develop skills needed to operate as project leaders in the gathering, analysis and comparison of relevant data from diverse sources.
To be able to define alternative solutions to a problem, select a preferred solution objectively and be able to present and defend that decision using a variety of techniques. To learn how to communicate with different end users.
To be able to apply sustainability principles to the design of a large city development and to understand the dilema of project funding and sustainability.

This is a project which introduces the students to hypothetical aspects of a real project that they could encounter after graduation. The tasks are typical of the ones that will be faced in a multi-disciplinary Civil Engineering masterplanning project. The project will integrate the knowledge students have gained in other parts of the course (environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transport engineering, fluid mechanics, engineering materials and integrated design) into a single project based on the masterplanning of a city development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will receive lectures and tutorials in the following:
•       The masterplanning process, including project funding and fit with local economic and spatial strategies.
•       How to produce a spatial layout for a site, including the transport layout, building layouts, services, waste.
•       Sustainability frameworks
•       Geotechnical Appraisals
•       Surface water planning, including sustainable urban drainage
•       Environmental Statements and Impact Assessment
•       Carbon footprint appraisal of materials and processes (construction and post-construction).
•       Effective group working, self reflection and personal goal setting
•       Writing for different audiences and poster production

There is a ‘Visualisation and BIM’ thread through the Civil Engineering programmes and Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems (DSES) project modules in particular. Reinforcing the importance of manual sketching skills developed in DSES1 (CEG1001) and DSES2 (CEG2001), students are encouraged to record and convey design ideas in team meetings with manual sketches in their log books. Professional 2D and 3D technical drawings and 3D imagery using AutoCAD and SketchUp (or similar software), are expected in the technical client reports, posters and leaflets. The Construction Management module (CEG3002) touches on the latest requirements and opportunities for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the context of construction projects, while this DSES3 module, running the same Semester, introduces the students to Revit, a practical tool for the application of BIM principles to collaborative data handling and visualisation. For MEng students, this thread will continue into the Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project (CEG3004) in Semester 2.

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.

Reading Lists