Residential Footings/Masonry/Timber Design

10 Units

Covers the properties of masonry and timber and the design of structures containing these materials, together with the design of footings for low rise structures. For masonry and timber design, the engineering properties of each material are studied, followed by the design of structural elements such as masonry walls and piers, timber columns, beams, tension members and connections. The foundation design component deals with site characteristics including testing and calculation methods for reactive clays, various footing systems and their characteristics, design performance expectations, numerical models for soil-structure interaction and structural design.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand site characteristics and the types and behaviour of footing systems.
  2. Understand soil-structure interaction and appropriate footing design techniques
  3. Obtain a knowledge of masonry and timber properties.
  4. Understand design techniques for timber and masonry structures and their associated structural elements.

Residential Footing Design

  1. Site characteristics
  2. Footing systems
  3. Design philosophy
  4. Soil structure interaction
  5. Structural design
  6. Trees and foundations

Masonry and Timber Design

  1. Mechanical properties of timber and masonry
  2. Design of masonry components
  3. Design of masonry structures
  4. Design of timber components
  5. Design of timber structures
Assumed Knowledge Content covered in courses CIVL3280 Soil Mechanics and CIVL3170 Steel Design or CIVL3160 Reinforced Concrete Design.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Structural Concept Design
  • Written Assignment: Timber Detailed Design
  • Written Assignment: Masonary Detailed Design
  • Written Assignment: Footing Detailed Design

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Plus informal student consultation.

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for CIVL4120
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