Construction is the largest industry in the world. Within a Civil Engineering context, ‘construction’ may refer to bridges, dams, earthworks, foundations, offshore structures, pipelines, power stations, railways, retaining structures, roads, tunnels, waterways and water/wastewater infrastructures. within a Mechanical Engineering context, on the other hand, ‘construction’ may refer to airframes, aircraft fuselages, boilers, pressure vessels, motor coaches, railroad carriages, cranes, elevators and ships.
Anything constructed needs to be designed first. Structural Engineering deals with the analysis and design aspects required to ensure a safe, functional and economical end product. During the design process the designer may constantly interact with specialists such as architects and operational managers. Once the design is finalized, the implementation involves people to handle aspects such as statutory approvals, planning, quality assurance and material procurement. The entire exercise can be undertaken in a highly-coordinated way if everyone involves understands the terminology or ‘project language’. To understand this language fully, it is necessary to appreciate the principles of structural analysis and design.
Participants in this course will gain a basic knowledge of structural engineering that includes the principles of analysis of structures and their application, the behaviour of materials under loading, the selection of construction materials, and the design fundamentals for Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) and steel structures. The emphasis will be on the determination of the nature and quantum of stress developed under loads, and the way structures offer resistance to it. Being the most widely used construction materials, RCC and steel will be covered in detail, though masonry and timber are also introduced.
NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.
Classification of structures
Types of loads
Stress in structural members
Types of supports in structures
Equilibrium of bodies
Bending moment and shear force
Effect of moving loads
Analysis of pin-jointed frames
Mechanical properties of materials
Development of internal stresses
Flexural stresses in beams
Relationship between horizontal and vertical shear
Determination of bending shear stress
Deformation of beams
Structural classification based on degree of indeterminacy
Principle of superposition
Analysis of statistically indeterminate beams
Multi-span or continuous beams
Slope deflection method
Moment distribution method
Influence line diagram for statically indeterminate structures
Stress-strain relationship for different materials
Combination of loads
Theories of failure
Properties of structural steel
Steel structural sections
Design of steel structures
Joints and fasteners for steel structures
Design of tension members
Design of compression members
Design of beams
Design of truss and allied structures
Properties of concrete
Principle of reinforced concrete design
Design norms for reinforced concrete beams
Design of reinforced concrete slabs
Design of reinforced concrete foundations
Design of axially loaded columns
Design of masonry structures
Strength of timber
Design of timber structures
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Civil engineering influences almost every aspect of modern human life. Much of the physical infrastructure of modern society is provided through Civil Engineering. Civil Engineers plan, design, construct, maintain and recycle the structures in communities such as dams, bridges, roads, buildings, pipelines, railways and tunnels. Civil engineering is also responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the critical elements which keeps communities functioning, such as transport systems, wastewater treatment, gas, water and electricity supplies. It is not only one of the oldest engineering disciplines, but it’s direct impact on safety and quality of life means that it carries larger consequences and responsibilities than any other engineering discipline.
The EIT’s Civil Engineering courses address these issues and provides a solid foundation in the fundamental knowledge and troubleshooting skills of civil engineering. Whilst there is probably not a shortage of theoretically oriented practitioners in civil engineering, there is a need for highly skilled, practically oriented engineers, technologists and technicians.
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