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Unit information: Civil Engineering Design 2 in 2016/17

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Unit name Civil Engineering Design 2
Unit code CENG26000
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Norman
Open unit status Not open

CENG11700 Structural Engineering 1 or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit consists of the following elements: (i) Structural Concrete Design - to enable students to understand and use the design process for reinforced concrete elements and structures; (ii) Structural Steel Design - to enable students to gain a sound grasp of the principles of structural steelwork design; (iii) Concept Design - to enable students to gain the basic principles of concept design and apply their steel and concrete knowledge to provide creative solutions to design problems; (iv) Systems and safety – to enhance students’ design capabilities by highlighting wider systems issues through failure case studies.

The concrete and steel syllabus is delivered in the context of realistic multi-storey buildings incorporating common beam, column and slab arrangements.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will Concrete:

  • be able to calculate the permanent and variable actions, apply appropriate factors of safety and carry out an action trace;
  • be able to draw bending moment and shear force diagrams and envelopes for various action conditions;
  • understand limit state concepts as applied to reinforced concrete
  • be able to choose approximate concrete section sizes and properly allocate actions to structural members;
  • be able to establish design criteria given limiting conditions and understand the relevance and use of codes of practice for concrete;
  • relate environmental conditions to the serviceability and durability of the concrete structure;
  • recognise the functions of the basic elements of construction using concrete;
  • be able to design basic concrete structural elements: slabs, beams, T and L beams, columns under axial loading only and have an appreciation of how to design columns under axial load and bending;
  • understand and use detailed drawings for construction in concrete;
  • have familiarity with full structural tests and analyse reinforced concrete beams and determine why under reinforced sections are required in codes;
  • be able to tackle simple open-ended design problems.


  • understand the role of structural steelwork;
  • understand the concepts and principles of steel element behaviour, including bolts and welds;
  • understand how steel elements can be assembled into a complete structure;
  • understand limit state concepts as applied to structural steelwork;
  • understand how the design of a steel structure evolves;
  • be able to design simple steel beams for shear, local buckling, bending, lateral torsional buckling and deflection and have an appreciation of web bearing and web buckling;
  • be able to design simple steel columns for axial load, axial buckling and combined bending and buckling as well as any additional checks as covered above in 6;
  • be able to design a steel truss including using approximate methods to estimate member forces for schematic design purposes;
  • be able to calculate variable actions due to wind and snow;
  • be able to calculate bracing forces due to horizontal actions (wind) and have an appreciation of notional horizontal actions;
  • be able to design bracing members including connections;
  • be able to design a simple, non-rigid, multi-storey steel framed building to basic code requirements;
  • be able to prepare detailed steelwork design calculations and drawings.

Systems & Safety:

  • be able to describe generic and specific factors that have contributed to a wide range of engineering failures.
  • be able to relate these factors to the design process and their ethical responsibilities as a professional engineer.
  • show understanding of how failures arise from the interplay of hard and soft systems and the consequent need for systems thinking and engineering to be applied to the engineering process.

In addition, successful students will be able to produce a basic concept design for a building or other civil engineering structure considering wider systems safety issues.

Teaching details

Lectures and design classes

Assessment Details

Concrete element: Two open book class tests (1 hour and 3 hour) worth 0% & 40%; Steel element: Two open book class tests (1 hour and 3 hour) worth 0% & 40%; Day long assignment 10%; Systems & Safety assignment 10%.

Reading and References

  • Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design. British Standards PP1990:2007.
  • Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design. British Standards PP1990:2007.
  • Arya C. Design of Structural Elements. 2nd Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2002.
  • Mosley W. H. Reinforced Concrete Design, 6th Edition, Palgrave, 2007.
  • Trahair N.S. et al. The Behaviour And Design Of Steel Structures to EC3, 4th Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2008.