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.
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.
Participating instructor: Dr. Adél Len, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
Participating instructors: Dr. Attila Fülöp, Ph.D., Dr. Vanda Pomezanski, Ph.D.,