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Civil Engineering facilities

Our students work with a range of industry-standard facilities across our civil engineering courses. From the studios to the workshops to the study centre, there is space and resource for everyone to work, learn and develop designs and projects.

Hear Senior Lecturer Rob Evans take you through the key facilities you'll use on our Civil Engineering courses.
Students working in the concrete laboratory, Maudslay workshops
Concrete testing equipment

Concrete laboratory

You'll spend a lot of time in this workshop and learn the importance of concrete testing. Our lab includes concrete batching and strength testing facilities for cubes, prisms and beams.

Students working in the materials testing and light structures laboratory, Maudslay workshops

Materials testing / light structures laboratory

In this laboratory you'll be able to use a range of equipment to test materials used within the civil engineering and construction industries. All of our machinery is calibrated to British standard to ensure the most accurate results.

Students testing in the Hydraulics and Fluids laboratory, Maudslay workshops

Hydraulics / fluids laboratory

You'll spend time in this workshop, equipped with a range of modern desktop hydraulics rigs, open channel flumes and pump testing rigs, in tutorials and for individual and group project work.

Technical staff member running a workshop with students in the geotechnical and soils laboratory, Maudslay workshops
Students undertaking soils testing

Geotechnical / soils laboratory

Learn about the properties of soil and the ground upon which structures are built, by testing on a range of equipment. Software such as EcoSlope and Prokon are available to supplement the machinery.

Students working with structural testing machinery in our Maudslay workshops

Structural testing equipment

With access to a range of compression and tensile testing machines, up to 100 tonne capacity, you'll be able to undertake a wide range of testing programs. These machines are supplemented by a suite of small scale testing/experimental rigs. All equipment is calibrated to British standard and also includes access to a range of structures based software including Dr Beam, Dr Frame and Prokon.

Students working on computers in the study centre, Maudslay building

Study centre

Based in the Maudslay building, this space is perfect for private study and is equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

MAU CNC lathe
Our CNC lathe in the Maudslay workshops

CNC lathe

You'll be taught to use this machine for cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, and deformation of metal based materials. You can use this equipment for metalworking, woodturning, metal spinning and thermal spraying.

CNC 4 axis milling machine
Our milling machine at work

CNC 4 axis milling machine

Using a milling machine is one of the most commonly used processes in industry for machining parts to specific sizes and shapes. You'll use our HAAS machine develop and design your projects.

CNC waterjet
The waterjet cutter in action

Flow Corporation CNC waterjet

Waterjet cutting is one of the fastest growing major machine tool processes in the world and this £100,000 piece of equipment is able to cut almost any material to a depth of 150mm. You’ll be taught to operate this machine and supervised by expert technicians.

MAU woodwork workshop
Students in our woodworking space

Wood workshop

For some projects that involve creating models from wood, you'll work in this space filled with the equipment and technical expertise required to support.

3D printer
3D prints made in our machines

3D printers

Produce models and full scale prototypes on the latest model of this medical grade printer. You’ll receive training and advice on how to full utilise this fantastic piece of equipment.

Laser cutting machine

You’ll be able to work with our large and small format laser cutting machines to progress your designs in a range of materials.

Plasma cutter

Plasma cutting is the process of cutting through materials through accelerated bursts of hot plasma. You can use our high quality machine, which is able to cut metal from 0.5mm – 15mm.

Surveying equipment store

Take the opportunity to use our wide range of surveying equipment such as total stations (reflector-less and robotic) GPS, and levels for class practical sessions and project work.

Software including Geosite, LSS and Topsurv is also available for survey data processing.

Workshop store

You'll have access to this space in your tutorials and for group and individual project work. The space is well-equipped with machinery and used by all students in the School.

Computer based software

You'll have access to a range of software to aid your project developments:

- Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium CS5 (including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamworks, Acrobat Pro);

- Autodesk Productivity Suite (including AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max Design with VRay);

- Cinema 4D Artlantis, Rhino, Solidworks, Primavera, Vectorworks and Hevacomp; and

- Microsoft Office

Civil Engineering facilities

  • Subject area: Architecture and civil engineering
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces; Teaching facilities

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