City, University of London

City, University of London

Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering

This MSc degree is aimed at graduates with at least two years of practical experience in construction; however, more recent graduates with a good appreciation of construction processes will also benefit. Having achieved a firm grounding in engineering you may be keen to develop your skills as a practical engineer working on site or enhance design skills if you are engaged in permanent works design. The course provides the following: An introduction to statutory obligations, management methods and special design considerations for temporary works; Design of structures used in and for temporary works, their construction and monitoring; Design of geotechnical temporary works and processes, including groundwater control and ground investigation; Design of temporary works for marine construction, in particular floating structures and the effect of waves and varying water levels; The use of plant in temporary works and the provision of appropriate working platforms and access; Demolition and alteration of structures, including the disposal/reuse of construction waste.

Course modules

The taught modules address the following topics: An introduction to statutory obligations, management methods and special design considerations for temporary works; Design of structures used in and for temporary works, their construction and monitoring; Design of geotechnical temporary works and processes, including groundwater control and ground investigation; Design of temporary works for marine construction, in particular floating structures and the effect of waves and varying water levels; The use of plant in temporary works and the provision of appropriate working platforms and access; Demolition and alteration of structures, including the disposal/reuse of construction waste. The topics/titles for the major project can be chosen from: A list suggested by the lecturers of the course; Your own ideas/initiatives; Where applicable, by your sponsoring company/industrial partner.

Assessment methods

The course consists of eight taught modules and a project. The project is a major individual research exercise on a topic relevant to temporary works and construction method engineering. The main outcome of the project is a written report (dissertation).

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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