High Rise Structures

Subject CVEN90024 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours per semester (Lectures: 28 hours, Workshops: 20 hours)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to Master of Engineering Structures OR
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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in the following subject will assist learning:
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Non Allowed Subjects: None
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Prof Priyan Mendis


Professor Priyan Mendis
Subject Overview: This subject introduces students to the special requirements necessary for the successful design of high rise buildings. Topics covered include: structural floor, framing and foundation systems, wind including wind tunnel testing and earthquake loading, analysis techniques including computer-aided analysis, vertical movements and second order effects, facade design, construction methods, sustainability concepts and a review of case study buildings
Objectives: On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Describe the multi-disciplinary nature of designing a tall building and the role of a structural engineer in the design of tall buildings
  • Describe the design criteria and loading conditions for buildings
  • Develop conceptual designs of floors using different floor systems
  • Develop conceptual designs of lateral load resisting systems for buildings
  • Calculate dynamic wind loads on tall buildings using the dynamic response factor approach
  • Interpret wind tunnel test results to obtain equivalent wind loads
  • Calculate the serviceability acceleration levels in tall buildings responding to wind loading
  • Develop approximate models for analysing structural systems in buildings
  • Develop computer models for analysing structural systems in buildings
  • Develop conceptual designs of foundation systems for different buildings and soil types
  • Identify different facade systems commonly used in building structures
  • Identify and analyse different structural systems using case study buildings
  • One 3-hour examination, end of semester (70%)
  • Two 1000 word assignments, due in week 6 and towards the end of the semester (15% each)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Engineering Structures
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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