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Module Code: CEN403
Module Title: Advanced Simulation of Sustainable Structural Systems
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of the module is to enable students to carry out structural design based on Building Information Modelling (BIM) including its interoperability with advanced three-dimensional Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Learning outcomes 
A. Utilize advanced computing techniques and software for the design of complex/modern structures, and critically evaluate their efficiency and structural performance.

B. Produce realistic visualisation and animation on computer and generate 3D architectural and structural models in Revit.

C. Apply BIM software (Revit) and FEA software (ANSYS) in engineering knowledge for the development of designs and the solution of engineering problems.

D. Apply ANSYS for linear and nonlinear analysis with enhanced skill and experience.

E. Establish awareness of minimizing total construction materials while simultaneously making efficient/optimised use of structural members and systems as important methodologies towards sustainable structural design.

F. Produce annotated drawings and digital representation of advanced designs and concepts.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures complemented by computing lab sessions where tutorial classes will also be taught concurrently to help with the understanding of the computer aided design and project work.
1 - 2 Introduction to BIM. Difference between BIM and AutoCAD. Integrated project delivery. Benefits of BIM for owners, managers, designers, engineers and contractors. BIM design tools and parametric modelling. BIM design platforms. Management of BIM systems.

3 - 6 Introduction to Revit package. Principles of Revit. The Revit workflow. Modelling and massing for design. Extended modelling techniques: Walls and curtain walls; Floors, ceilings and roofs; Stairs and railings. Production of realistic rendering and animation. Realism enhancement in visualisation by photo-editing. Production of 2D working drawings and 4D simulation from BIM models. Energy analysis on BIM models. Green BIM and lean construction. Import of AutoCAD files and API integration. Types of file exchange formats and standardization. Interoperability of BIM and FEA models.

7 - 10 Introduction to ANSYS Finite Element software for material and structural simulations. Interaction with the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the Batch file method. Nodes and element types. Material models. Modelling material nonlinearities. Meshing with ANSYS: Free and Mapped Mesh; Volume Sweeping. High performance computing: Running distributed ANSYS. Mesh sensitivity study. Solution controls: Time control; Equation solvers; Convergence criteria. Assessment, interpretation and verification of numerical results.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 8       44    98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Building Information Modelling With Revit 20.00
2 Finite Element Analysis Using Ansys 20.00
3 Integrated Project 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/2/2020 12:56:54 AM