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Unit information: Field Trip in 2018/19

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Unit name Field Trip
Unit code CENGM0042
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Diambra
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Students will visit an earthquake prone area within Europe. In case that the visit follows a major earthquake event it will focus on the study of the effects of the specific earthquake on structures and infrastructure. In case the visit is not associated with a recent earthquake event the schedule shall include major centres for earthquake engineering research and/or challenging seismically designed projects. During the visit the students are expected to work in groups to identify interesting cases for study and gather data related to both the associated earthquakes and structures. Upon their return the students are expected to write a report summarizing the processed data and the lessons learnt.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:

ILO 1. Understand relate the characteristics of earthquake ground motion to structural performance and damage pathology

ILO 2. Understand the key parameters for designing earthquake-resistant structures in earthquake regions

ILO 3. Gather information and data on the field

ILO 4. Summarize, process and interpret the data gathered to draw meaningful conclusions as per the response of structures and infrastructures to earthquake loading.

Teaching details

Students will spend three days in the field in an earthquake prone European country at the end of TB2 and work in group sessions to process and evaluate the data acquired. The outcomes will be summarised in a report and shall be delivered orally upon return.

3 days field trip

6 hrs data-processing sessions

60 hrs private study

Assessment Details

  • Post visit report (60%) (ULO 1-4)
  • Oral presentation (40%) (ULO 4)

Reading and References

Informative and research material related to the earthquake region visited as well as any recent earthquake event, if applicable.