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CEG3305 : Computational Engineering Analysis

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


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. GIS (GIS data assimilation for Engineering, Geospatial data management, GIS tools for Engineering site selection, GIS and engineering infrastructure analysis, Geospatial multi-criteria evaluation; Dr. Jin Xing).

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

5. 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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Lectures with some tutorial sessions within
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Coursework - Geotechnical & Structures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Coursework - GIS, Water & Transportation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical203:0060:00Computer practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:0064:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Written exercise 1 - Transportations (30%) + Exercise 2 - GIS and Water (1250 words)(20%)
Written exercise2M50Written exercise Geotechnical + 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 made up of Transportations (worth 30% of the overall assessment), GIS and Water (20%) a group work relating to Water.

Written exercise 2 is made up of Geotechnical and Structures (worth 50% of the overall assessment).

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