SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H102879
Module Leader Marek Maletka
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of level 2 modules for BSc Building Services Engineering or equivalent.

Summary of Content

A firm foundation in the use of computer applications to assist with building services design problems is provided. The student will use software for draughting and for general purpose building services design (ie HEVACOMP). To assist in the learning process there will be some lectures providing an integrated approach to design work. Students will complete a case study to demonstrate these principles and as a vehicle for becoming competent is the use of the various software packages .


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: Basic CAD Techniques: The production of engineering drawings to BS8888:2000 by means of industry standard 2D CAD software. Facilities such as draw and modify toolbars, line weights, line types, text and dimension styles. Model/paperspace. Computer Aided Draughting - Parametric Symbols: 2D draughting practice is extended to enable geometrical components to be rationalised by means of user-defined parametric symbol files requiring only the input of a small number of selected dimensions. 3D Draughting: The manipulation of user co-ordinate systems. Generate 3D models using 3D faces, meshes and primitive solids and the use of Boolean operations. Create rendered and shaded images. Build up orthographic views of 3D models using model/paperspace and viewports. Application-Specific Programs: Use of 'application-specific' programs eg for pipe flow, pipe sizing, heat transfer, refrigeration, etc., as appropriate. Introduction to HEVACOMP software. Use of HEVACOMP software for the design of multi-zone heating and air-conditioning plant for complete buildings. Integrated Building Services Design: Support lectures in pipe and duct sizing, selection of appropriate heating systems, heat recovery, selection of ventilation rates and cooling plant. Solar gains and estimation of heat gains due to equipment and personnel. Year-round building operation and running costs. Selection of appropriate lighting levels and lighting luminaires and sources using manufacturers' data. Use of CIBSE guides, Building Regulations and other reference material as necessary.

Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Benchmarks A3,A4,A5,B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B6,B7,C1,C3 and C4 as specified in the BSc Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Documents apply to this module.On successaful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Use a CAD package to produce building layouts showing installation details for a wide range of services using industry standard symbols and notation (A3,A4,A5,B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B6,B7,C1,C3,C4)2. Use a CAD package to produce 2-dimensional geometrical shapes, using parametric symbol files (A3,C3)3. Create a variety of 3-dimensional models (A3,A4,A5,B2,B4,B6,C3)4.Use effectively a series of software packages utilised within the building services industry (A3,B4,B7,C3)5. Design the main services for a complete building such that the overall design is in some sense integrated and such that the equipment has overall compatibility. (A3,A4,A5,B2,B3,B6,B7,C1,C3,C4)6.Produce appropriate documentation for a building services design case study that highlights the equipment choices and design options chosen and gives a suitable rationale to support these choices. (A3,A4,A5,B2,B3,B6,B7,C1,C3,C4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will operate a basic "hands-on" learning technique, supported, as required, by lectures and structured seminars. By the completion of an appropriate case study and the presentation of this material in a well-structured report, students will undergo a learning experience that should be immediately useful to engineers within the industry. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Anon. (1999) AutoCAD Architectural Desktop Release 2 - User's Guide, Albany, N.Y., Autodesk Press. Anon. (2000) AutoCAD 2000i - User's Guide, Albany, N.Y., Autodesk Press. British Standards Institute. (2000) Technical Product Documentation (TPD) - Specification for defining, specifying and graphically representing products. BS8888:2000. London BSI. Matthews, B. (1999) AutoCAD 2000 3D: f/x and Design, Scottsdale, Arizona, Coriolis Group Books. McFarlane, R. (2000) AutoCAD 2000 with Rendering, Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann. McFarlane, R. (2000) Beginning AutoCAD 2000, London, Arnold. Omura, G. (1996) Mastering AutoCAD 3D, San Francisco, Sybex International. Omura, G. (2002) Mastering Autodesk VIZ 4, San Francisco, Sybex International. The Scottish Executive (2001) Technical Standards (Sixth Amendment) For compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990. Edinburgh, The Stationery Office. Szalapaj, P. (2001) Cad Principles for Architectural Design, Oxford, Architectural Press. Wyatt, W. (2001) Accessing AutoCAD Architectural Desktop, release 2, Albany, N.Y., AutoDesk press. CIBSE Guides A, B and C. Hevacomp Design Manual and Help Functions (Computer based)

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks D1,D2,D3,D4,D5,D6 and D8 for transferable skills as specified in the BSc Building Services Engineering Programme Specification Documents apply to this module. - Students will develop their problem solving skills. (D3,D4) - The case study format of the course work will enhance students' ability to take a holistic view of a design problem. (D1,D6) - Computing and keyboard skills will be enhanced. (D2) - Students will gain overall confidence for design work in the computer/IT based environment in which businesses and consultancies operate. (D5) - Independent learning skills will be developed. (D8)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (PT) 48.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 134.00
Practicals (FT) 72.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% CAD Drawing Excercise 1
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Services Design Excercise