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Module

CEG3305 : Computational Engineering Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dilum Dissanayake
  • Lecturer: Dr Agostino Bruno, Dr Luke Smith, Dr Vladimir Vinogradov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce computational aspects of civil engineering (including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, geomatics engineering, water engineering, and transportation 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. Agostino Bruno).

3.       Transportation analysis (four step transportation model: overview of the model, computer applications for trip generation and mode choice models; Dr. Dilum Dissanayake).

4.       Water engineering analysis (use of commercial software for design of water supply and drainage networks for a small urban development; Dr. Luke Smith).

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:0060:00Coursework prep - Water and Tranport
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Coursework Geotech and Structures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Synchronous online computer practical (Water)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP – synchronous online Computer-based practical. (transport)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP – synchronous online Computer-based practical. (structures)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP – synchronous online Computer-based practical. (geo)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion22:004:00Non-synchronous online Software demonstration (water)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00TRICS demo - synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion12:002:00Non-synchronous online Software demonstration (structures)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion12:002:00Non-synchronous online Software demonstration (Geo)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion13:003:00Non Synchronous Online - Computer based practicals (GIS)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00PiP - Synchronous online Computer-based practical.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG3713Computational Engineering Analysis B
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.
Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Written exercise 1 – Transportation (25%) 1250 words + Written exercise 2 – Water (25%) 1250 words
Written exercise2M50Written exercise Geotech + Structures will be integrated - 2500 words max (1250 words max for each part)
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.

Written exercise 1 is focused on trip generation assessment using TRICS (worth 25% of the overall assessment and this is an individual submission),
Written exercise 2 is made up of GIS and Water (25%) - a group work relating to Water.
Written exercise 3 is made up of Geotechnical and Structures (worth 50% of the overall assessment); this is an individual submission.

Reading Lists

Timetable