Project 1: Building

lgciv2011  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Project 1: Building
7.00 credits
37.5 h + 40.0 h
This project requires in-depth knowledge of structural materials, mechanics of structures, stability of structures, soil mechanics, basic construction methods and reinforced concrete structures, as taught in the following courses: LGCIV1031, LGCIV1022, LGCIV1072 , LGCIV1023, LGCIV1032.
Main themes
This project, carried out by groups of several students, aims to place the student in the context of the study and design of a concrete multi-storey building, by passing through the main stages that characterize the design of such a building, including architectural design and finishing. This is done with the use of REVIT software allowing the BIM (Building Information Management) approach
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With reference to the AA reference framework of the "Master Civil Engineer of Constructions" program, this course contributes to the development, acquisition and evaluation of the following learning outcomes:
AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3, AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.4, AA2.5, AA4.1, AA4.2, AA4.3, AA4.4, AA5.1, AA5.2, AA5. 3, AA5.4, AA5.5, AA5.6, AA6.1, AA6.2, AA6.3, AA6.4
More specifically, at the end of this course, the student must be able to:
  • Apply the general rules of structural and architectural design of a multi-storey building (choice of horizontal and vertical load-bearing systems depending on the spans, loads, wind bracing, expansion joints, etc);
  • Choose a foundation system according to characteristics soil;
  • Design structural elements such as cast-in-place or prefabricated slabs, prestressed slabs, beams, columns and walls made of reinforced concrete, pre-slabs and pre-walls, metal beams and roofs, surface or deep foundations, etc. ;
  • Choose the types of covers and finishing with the help of commercial documentation ;
  • Master the functionalities of a BIM (Revit) software: integrate the geometric characteristics of a simple building, deduce a measurement, integrate a planning and calculate a price.
A part of the activity will be dedicated to the learning of the fundamental notions necessary to carry out the project:
  • General introduction to BIM;
  • Learning a BIM software (Revit);
  • Architectural design;
  • General design of buildings and rules of pre-dimensioning of structures;
  • Reminders of design and calculation of superficial and deep foundations.
The other part will be dedicated to the project itself, with the following steps
  • Familiarization with the specifications and program established by the client or his representative (written by the teachers): geographical context, characteristics of the land, neighboring buildings and structures, available communication routes, type of occupation, number of floors requested, etc. ;
  • General architectural and structural design of the building and first sketch, specific to each group of students;
  • Establishment of a refined sketch of the building and carried out on a software allowing the BIM approach (Revit);
  • Choice of a structural system and type of foundations;
  • Description of the loads;
  • Design and sizing of structural elements;
  • Design and sizing of foundations;
  • Refinement of the BIM model and initial sketches;
  • Choice of completions (roof and facades);
  • Realization of formwork plans, reinforcement, framework;
  • Realization of the measurements and estimation of the cost of the works with the help of the BIM model;
  • Realization of a work schedule using the BIM model.
Teaching methods
Ex-cathedra teaching, seminars, supervised practical work. Work in groups of 3 to 5 students.
Evaluation methods
Evaluation will be based on:
  • The students' regular work and attendance during the practical work in the classroom throughout the project ;
  • Intermediate presentations;
  • The final presentation;
  • Final report (content, structure, quality of writing);
  • The individual exam for certain parts of the course.
Different grades may be given to students in the same group depending on their attendance at the sessions, their answers to the questions asked during the intermediate and final defenses, their participation in writing the report, etc.
Other information
One or more construction site visits may be organized as part of the project.
Online resources
See MOODLE page of the course.
See MOODLE page of the course.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Civil Engineering

Master [120] in Architecture and Engineering