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University of Pécs
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

SUMMER SCHOOL IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

The Summer School in Civil Engineering program offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their ‘engineering’ skills at an international level and enjoy the summer in the beautiful city of Pécs. This 6 week-long course explores the numerous aspects of Civil Engineering, focusing on structures and construction techniques from the historical times till today. Students will be introduced to the concept and importance of sustainability of civil engineering structures, the efficient use of high performance construction materials and test procedures in planning, construction and maintenance of buildings. As the conclusion of the programme student will take part in a complex design project with real practical relevance that incorporates all essential knowledge they acquire during the courses.

This 6 week-long course is coordinated by the Institute of Smart Technologies in Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Pécs. The course instructors are selected from the faculty members of the Departments of Civil Engineering and from European partner institutes of the Faculty. Students will be given the necessary theoretical background during the courses and will gain hand-on experience via laboratory practices and field trips to various construction projects.


COURSE DESCRIPTION


Week 1: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

This one-week course will provide insight into the art of historical and contemporary construction materials and techniques. Key characteristics, deterioration processes and test methods of the most widely used construction materials will be introduced via laboratory demonstrations, real-life case studies and sight visits. The course will also enable participants to evaluate the environmental impacts, social and health implications and performance of various building materials, which can be used in isolation or in combination with each other. Special attention will be given to high performance re-useable materials to be used in civil engineering constructions and buildings of the future.
 
Course leader: Dr. Zoltán Orbán, Ph.D.
Participating instructor: Dr. Adél Len, Ph.D.
 
 
Week 2: BASICS OF STRUCTURAL DESIGN

The course provides knowledge on the basics of structural design according to contemporary design codes. Design methods that take account of architectural, structural, durability and economical aspects will be introduced. The main topics covered include: structural materials, structural shapes, effects on structures, reliability of structures, deterministic and probabilistic methods of design, the Eurocode programme, conception of limit states, design supported by experiments. The course aims also at providing students with basic and advanced knowledge in the field of building information modelling and computer visualization as well as development of creative thinking and non-standard approach application.
Specific design problems of various civil engineering structures will be demonstrated via case studies or construction sight visits.
 
Course leader: Dr. Attila Fülöp, Ph.D.
Participating instructors: Dr. Vanda Pomezanski, Ph.D., Dr. Tamás Juhász, Ph.D.
 
 
Week 3: DESIGN OF SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURES

This course will provide students with essential knowledge on the design of concrete, prestressed concrete, metal, masonry and composite structures based on the European standards. Specific issues such as design for durability, topology optimization are also covered. Site visits to construction projects will be organized.
 
Course leader: Dr. Attila Fülöp, Ph.D.
Participating instructors: Dr. Tamás Juhász, Ph.D., Dr. Vanda Pomezanski, Ph.D.
 
 
Week 4: BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING AND ENERGY DESIGN

BIM is a process involving the structured sharing and coordination of digital and non-digital information about a building project throughout its entire lifecycle, from design through procurement and construction and beyond, into the operation and management stage, all the way through to demolishment. The course aims at providing students with basic and advanced knowledge in the field of building information modelling and computer visualization as well as development of creative thinking and non-standard approach application.
Specific design problems related to the energy efficiency of buildings will also be discussed during this course.
 
Course leader: Prof. Dr. István Kistelegdi
Participating instructors: Márk Zagorácz, Prof. Dr. István Kistelegdi
 
 
Week 5: ASSESSMENT AND STRENGTHENING OF EXISTING STRUCTURES

This course will focus on the assessment, inspection, testing and strengthening of existing civil engineering structures. Visual inspection techniques, destructive and non-destructive testing procedures will be demonstrated via selected case studies, laboratory demonstrations and site visits. Students will be given the chance to learn the use of contemporary testing methods such as georadar investigations, endoscopic survey and infrared thermography survey. Typical deterioration processes of structures will be described and novel strengthening solutions such as those using high performance cementitious materials or fibre reinforced plastics introduced.
 
Course leader: Dr. Zoltán Orbán, Ph.D.
Participating instructor: Dr. Attila Fülöp, Ph.D., Dr. Tamás Juhász, Ph.D.
 
 
Week 6: ACTIVE WORKSHOP - COMPLEX DESIGN PROJECT

Students will complete design projects under the supervision of instructors where they work together as a team of 3 to 4 persons to develop an industrial case study based on the knowledge accomplished in the previous courses. The instructors will evaluate the evolution and the advancement of the project, give some clues to continue if the team is blocked. Two or three applications are developed and final public presentations are made at the end of the course.
 
Course leader: Dr. Tamás Juhász, Ph.D.
Participating instructors: Dr. Attila Fülöp, Ph.D., Dr. Vanda Pomezanski, Ph.D.,