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AR40301: Conservation engineering

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Conservation Analysis (CW 70%)
  • Workshop Group Presentation (CW 20%)
  • Workshop 1 Questionnaire (CW 10%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To give the student sufficient specialist knowledge and insight to enable participation in design and appraisal of engineering work on historic buildings.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to demonstrate:
* familiarity with issues affecting the structural conservation of historic buildings.
* an ability to apply a correct methodological approach.
* an interest in historic and architectural issues.
* a flair for investigation supported by sound structural knowledge. The student will also be able to demonstrate:
* a systematic understanding of this knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of this area of professional practice;
* conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current practice and new developments, and propose new solutions;
* an ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly.

Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught
Professional/Practical skills
* To analyse structural performance and load paths. To understand performance of historic construction materials. To design appropriate engineering solutions for the conservation of historic structures using minimal intervention - assessed
Transferable/Key skills
* To communicate ideas verbally and in writing - facilitated and assessed.

The mechanics of historic materials, and the assessment of their properties in situ and in the laboratory.
The use of analytical tools in the interpretation of the structural condition of existing buildings.
The methodology for the analysis of historic buildings:
* the collection of data from different fields of analysis (history, architectonic quality, visual inspection, survey and in situ testing, crack pattern interpretation and structural analysis).
* interpretation of data to produce a final judgment on causes of damage and present safety level, with examples
Choice and implementation of structural conservation techniques. Level of alteration of existing structure, reversibility of new work, homogeneity of old and new materials, with direct involvement in project work.
Dedicated seminars, workshops and site visits will be used throughout the unit, given by representatives of English Heritage and engineering companies.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40301 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)