CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY (MSC)

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK224757
Module Leader Michael Galbraith
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Where candidates do not come from a construction cognate background - strategies are encapsulated within the module to facilitate dual learning of information / understanding platforms.

Summary of Content

-1 Emerging construction and services technologies, techniques and concepts, applied to medium /large residential/commercial & industrial projects..-6 The-7 additional themes-7 -1 of sustainability and efficiency of design & construction-8 shall-7 -1 be-8 -1 embedded-6 throughout-7 the-8 module.-7 -1 Construction:-7 Modern Methods of Construction [MMC]; background and development reasoning; primary forms and material use and connectional details; present practice and associated case studies. VR/AR; current and future use of such technologies; incorporation into the design and construction processes. Robotics; applications to the C.I.; selected case studies of actual and potential effective/efficient use. Innovative design/ construction techniques; examination of more specialised techniques such as, ground ammelioration, heavy lift technologies, unitised envelope construction and other selected examples for consideration. Emerging materials and components; high strength composites, intelligent /interactive components / green materials. -7 Services:-7 The basis of Services provision within buildings and beyond. Current Building Services paradigm, alternative and sustainable Services provision. Hierarchy of strategy, design, regulation, implementation and best practise in the promotion of the sustainable building. Environmental comfort optimisation. Services for health, safety and satisfaction. District Heating / Cooling and relevant HVAC strategies. Services in Modern Methods of Construction. Passive and Active House strategies. Making buildings work in a holistic environmental context.-6

Syllabus

-1 The syllabus of this module will allow students to evaluate emerging construction and services technologies, techniques and concepts being applied to medium/large residential/commercial & industrial projects in industry. In conjunction with this commentary, the themes of sustainability and efficiency-8 -1 Construction: -1 Modern Methods of Construction [MMC]; background and development reasoning; primary forms and material use and connectional details; present practice and associated case studies. VR/AR; current and future use of such technologies; incorporation into the design and construction processes; limitations of software and training. Robotics; applications to the C.I.; selected case studies of actual and potential effective/efficient use. Innovative design/ construction techniques; examination of more specialised techniques such as, ground amelioration; heavy lift technologies, unitised envelope construction and other selected examples for consideration. Emerging materials and components; high strength composites, intelligent /interactive components / green materials . Services:-7 The basis of Services provision within buildings and beyond. Current Building Services paradigm, alternative and sustainable Services provision. Hierarchy of strategy, design, regulation, implementation and best practise in the promotion of the sustainable building. Environmental comfort optimisation. Services for health, safety and satisfaction. District Heating / Cooling and relevant HVAC strategies. Services in Modern Methods of Construction. Passive and Active House strategies. Making buildings work in a holistic environment context.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Display a knowledge and understanding of advanced methodologies in construction and associated services, for present day medium/large construction projects. [ A1,A2,A5].2. Evaluate emerging construction & services technologies and techniques. [A1,B3,B6].3. Identify the technical and resource reasoning behind the application of new concepts into the construction industry.[A1,B4].4. Understand and apply knowledge in the in the achievement of resource efficiency and technical improvement, into the design and construction processes. [A1,A2,B1].5. Critically consider the applicability of identified techniques to construction settings. [B3,B6,C1].

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will focus on initial directive lectures, centred on the identified themes within subject areas. From which students will be focused on independent learning, related towards a plethora of referenced sources. The intention is to reinforce the initial ideas put forward and to enable self-centred learning in the analysis of technologies, techniques and concepts addressed. This learning strategy will be supplemented by guest lectures and similar as the programme allows, to provide a breadth of viewpoints / knowledge and current industry practice across the themes being considered.

Indicative Reading

Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure : by Pearce ET (2013) published by BRE & DETR : ISBN 1860814786. High Performance Buildings: using concrete frames and cladding: published by Concrete Centre (2010): ISBN 9781904818755. Multi - Storey Timber Frame Buildings - A design guide: by Grantham R & Enjily V (2003) published by BRE: ISBN 1860816053. Environmental Construction Handbook: by Dye A & McEvoy N (2008); published by RIBA: ISBN 9781859461631. Design and Construction of High Performance Homes: edited by Trubiano (2013); published by Routledge: ISBN 9780415615280. Deconstruction and Re-Use of Construction Materials: by Hurley J et al (2001):published by BRE & DETR: ISBN 1860814786. Stern N The Economics of Climate Change - The Stern Review (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) (2006). Wyatt T, Adapt or Die: The major challenges ahead for the building services industry CIBSE Presidential Address (London: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) (2003). BREEAM: BRE Environmental Assessment Method (Garston: BRE) (<http://www.breeam.org/>). Guide to ownership, operation and maintenance of building services (London: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) (2000). Environmental design CIBSE Guide A (London: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers). Heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration CIBSE Guide B (London: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers). Hawkins, G., Building Applications Guide BG 1/2009 - Building services job book. A project framework for engineering services, ISBN 9780860226819. Fraser, N. et al, Technical Report TR/39 - An offsite guide for the building and engineering services sector. Burton, S. (ed), Sustainable retrofitting of commercial buildings: cool climates, ISBN 9780415834247.

Transferrable Skills

Development of problem-solving and application of knowledge to same (D1, D2, D3, D10) Effective communication: written, graphical and oral (D14) Effective use of Information Technology (D13) Effective time management (D6) Independent working (D4, D5, D7, D8, D9)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FDL) 120.00
Independent Learning (FT) 96.00
Independent Learning (PT) 96.00
Assessment (FDL) 30.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (PT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 45% Project (Construction)
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 45% Project (Services)