CIV6888 - Advanced computational methods - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Ha Bui

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides the learner with knowledge and skills in the application of advanced numerical and computational techniques for the solution of complex problems in infrastructure systems. Structural, soil, and rock mechanical behaviours will be examined through use of finite element analysis, emerging meshless methods and constitutive models. Applications to practical problems are a key aspects of the learning covered. Finally, the management, visualization, and analysis of large quantities of data will complete the necessary skillset for the graduate who will manage 21st century infrastructure systems.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the theoretical basis behind finite element and meshless methods.
  2. Select suitable constitutive models for different material types.
  3. Apply finite element and meshless methods to practical problems in structural, soil and rock mechanics.
  4. Present, explain, and interpret the results of a computational analysis to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  5. Explain the suitable techniques for the management and visualisation of large quantities of data, typical of infrastructure systems.


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lecture/practice and 9 hours of private study per week.

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