Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering

City University London
Em Islington (Reino Unido)

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Overview Our new MSc degree, the first and only of its kind in the UK, provides a specialist qualification for those involved in the design and construction of temporary works and addresses industry need for such a professional qualification. The Temporary Works Forum (TWf), which promotes best practice within the UK construction industry*, has designated City University London as a Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering and collaborated in the development and delivery of this new masters.Competent choice, design, use, maintenance and dismantling are essential in order to protect the building asset being constructed and to mitigate risks to persons. In contrast with permanent works, where catastrophic failures are rare, there are regularly failures of temporary works. Consequently, this specialist area is often regarded as high-risk. 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.The course comprises a number of unique modules developed and delivered by leading practicing professional engineers, underpinned with theoretical content delivered by City University London academics.The course will provide specialist skills and knowledge necessary to enable those who already have a good understanding of engineering principles to appreciate the particular and often unusual challenges posed by temporary works and produce robust design solutions that enable safe, economic and sustainable construction.The course aims to develop:strong technical skills suitable for anyone involved with the design or construction of buildings or civil engineering; whether their particular focus is in permanent or temporary works;specialist knowledge in engineering problems associated with construction of temporary and permanent works;the ability to design and...

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Course Content

Temporary works refers to works enabling the construction of, protection, support or provision of access to permanent works which might or might not remain in place at the completion of a construction project. Examples of temporary works include structures such as gantries for heavy plant, materials or accommodation as well as supports for partially-completed or partially-dismantled structures, excavations and accesses. The course delivery and content is actively supported by the Temporary Works Forum (TWf), which promotes best practice within the UK construction industry and sponsors the Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering at City University London. The course content has been developed in collaboration with the TWf membership and TWf members will contribute to lectures and design exercises.

The course addresses the regulatory background to temporary works for construction, the design of geotechnical, structural and marine temporary works, demolition, plant, safe working methods and access works. You will gain both the technical understanding to undertake safe but cost-effective designs for a full range of temporary works and a good understanding of the wide range of plant and techniques that can be employed.

The programme will be delivered by industry experts providing insights into current practice in temporary works and academic members of staff experienced in the theory underlying the design methods employed. There will be visits to operational sites and practical exercises to provide opportunities to experience decision-making in the field, combined with group sessions to develop your knowledge further through active engagement. This will also require you to present your work occasionally, participate in peer review sessions and work in teams.

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).

The topics/titles for this 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.

Our collaboration with members of the TWf means that many of the topics offered will relate to problems of current interest to industry and will be co-supervised by industry organisations.

Course Structure

The Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering MSc comprises 180 credits, with 60 credits awarded to the project. Attendance is required to obtain 120 credits by studying all of the taught 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.

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Teaching and Assessment

The learning and teaching approach for the course encompasses a range of methods which support active learning including lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, problem-based learning, presentations and peer review.

Workshops, group work, case studies and problem-based learning will be used to build your ability to critically review and assess options for design and assessment of temporary works. Your learning will be supported by the online learning environment Moodle, which will provide resources for...