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Contemporary Themes in Structural Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 24 October 2020
  • Course duration: Four Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm (24 October, 7 and 21 November, 5 December 2020) plus coursework

This course evaluates some contemporary themes in structural engineering including railway track systems, earthquake engineering, structural forms and structural optimisation.


By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • comprehensively explain and critique engineering principles
  • produce computer-based models to systematically assess a wide range of contemporary structural engineering problems and challenges - and be aware of their limitations
  • appraise the design process across a range of themes, and adapt techniques and solutions to a wide range of applications
  • evaluate (and endeavour to improve) health and safety issues as they relate to structural engineering and construction practice
  • explain and debate with technical and policy-based evidence, complex sustainability and environmental issues related to structural engineering, and develop strategies and procedures which take them into account.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a postgraduate award.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

This course will include:

  • the structural aspects of railway track systems such as track gauge, loading and types of sleepers
  • methods of structural analysis of typical railway track systems: One, two and three dimensional structural modelling of track system for stress and deformation calculations
  • earthquake engineering of structures: basic definitions of earthquake terms such as intensity and magnitude of earthquake, wave propagation and epicentre
  • the static and dynamic analysis of structures subject to earthquake loading
  • design considerations of structural components to resist earthquake loading
  • structural forms: skeleton and mass structures, reciprocal frames, domes, shells, tension structures
  • structural optimisation: fundamental concept and definitions of optimisation (objective function, design variables, side and behaviour constraints)
  • methods of structural optimisation: Linear and non linear programming, heuristic and genetic algorithms techniques applicable to structural design optimisation.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £925.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418