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CEG3004 : Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Stefano Utili
  • Lecturer: Dr Anke Neumann, Dr Agostino Bruno, Professor Chris Kilsby, Professor Elisabetta Cherchi, Dr Helen Mitrani
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce the students to aspects of the preparation and decision making in a major multi-disciplinary design 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 cost their solution; be able to present and defend that decision using a variety of techniques.
To learn how to operate and communicate within a multi-disciplinary technical team.

This is a project which introduces the students to hypothetical aspects of a real project that they could encounter soon after graduation. The tasks are typical of the ones that will be faced in a multi-disciplinary Civil Engineering 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 2) a single design project. Students will also appreciate the compromises that are made between engineering and sustainability related decisions.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is based on supporting students to develop detailed engineering designs for a number specific of elements, taken from the masterplan produced in CEG3001. For example:
• Structures – Building Design and architectural design Water and Environmental – design of SUDS including treatment
• Transport – A green transport plan which delivers to a brief of e.g. reducing car trips whilst improving air quality
• Geotechnical - Foundations (and retaining wall) for the structure
• Sustainability – each design should be related back to the sustainability statement and carbon footprint appraisal and state how sustainability is addressed/carbon footprint reduced.
• Costing - costings will be produced for each design element.

There is a ‘Visualisation and BIM’ thread through the Civil Engineering programmes and Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems (DSES) project modules in particular. Students will continue to make use of manual drawings in developing and communicating their design, and make use of AutoCAD and SketchUp (or similar software) to produce professional 2D and 3D technical drawings and 3D imagery for their final reports and presentations. There will be an industrial guest speaker session on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in practice for a real design and construction project closely related to the current student project. Having introduced the students to the concepts of BIM in previous years’ DSES modules (CEG1001, CEG2001), and introduced Revit in the DSES module last Semester (CEG3001), the students will be encouraged to explore the use of Revit for collaborative data handling between their specialist teams in the small scale context of this design project and for visualization in their final reports and presentations. In Stage 4, students will go on to Construction Project Management module (CEG8002), which goes on to broaden and deepen the students’ awareness of the latest requirements and opportunities for BIM in the context of full scale construction projects.

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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