BCT 222 Engineering for Constructors
This course presents the fundamentals of structural analysis and design for residential and light commercial construction to students with limited technical training. We investigate basic contemporary structural systems in wood, masonry, concrete and steel. Concepts such as the determination of acting forces, bending moment and shear, strengths and properties of materials, loading and dimensional properties are all introduced and considered. As a comparative analysis tool, various examples of catastrophic structural failure are also introduced and discussed.
Topics Discussed in this Course Include:
A Super Short History of Structural Engineering
Great Stone Bridge, China, 610 AD
Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium, Beijing, China, 2008
Understanding Forces and Loads
Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Tacoma, Washington, USA, 1940.
Understanding Beams and Columns
Steel Beam, New York City, USA, Mid-1930's
Understanding Arches and Domes
Dome of the Pantheon, Rome, Italy.123 AD. Concrete with Light Weight Aggregate.
Understanding Bridge Design
St. John's Bridge, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Properties of Soil and Foundations
Section Diagram of a Pile Foundation
Properties of Wood Structures
Light Weight Prefabricated Wooden Trusses
Properties of Steel Structures
Structural Steel Tube, World Trade Center, New York City, USA. 1973.
Properties of Reinforced Concrete Structures
TWA Terminal, New York City, Reinforced Concrete Shell Structure.
Precast Concrete Decking Panels
Catastrophic Structural Failure and Lessons Learned
Wooden Frame Buildings, San Francisco Earthquake, 1906.
Properties of Light Weight Shells, Space Frames and Tensile Structures
Steel Space Frame and Cast in Place Concrete Columns, Beijing Airport, China, 2008.
Walking Tour of Portland Bridges ( Time Permitting)
Steel Bridge, Portland, Oregon, USA.