Course Title: Long span and High rise Structures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Long span and High rise Structures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh3 13

Course Coordinator: Dr Saman de Silva

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3235

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.05D

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Successful completion of CIVE1179 Steel Structures 1 and CIVE1155 Engineering Practice 6. This course shall not be enrolled in together with CIVE1155 in the same semester. 

Course Description

Structural concepts involved in modern high profile facilities, such as long-span sporting venues, bridges and tall buildings, are distinctly different to traditional structures. They are complex in geometry, appearance and loading conditions and quite often use state-of-the-art solutions. Especially modern long-span sporting venues and tall buildings are designed and developed to serve as multipurpose venues. These structures quite often define the future trends in structural engineering practice. Structural engineering skills involved in these types of structures are highly valued by the industry. This course introduces you to different structural forms, innovative concepts, performance indicators and computer modelling techniques involved in developing these structures. The major component of the learning is project based and the concepts are introduced and discussed through a number of case studies.

You will be working within a team. The project is guided and supervised by tutors with structural and architecture knowledge. You will undertake “well defined responsibilities” to achieve a common objective for the team – simulating real life working environment in structural engineering practices is attempted in this course through project based learning. This course is only recommended for those who have excelled in structural analysis and structural design stream courses in structural engineering specialisation.

Whilst CIVE1163 Long Span & High Rise Structures, lectures and tutorials, is based in the City Campus, model building work will take place in Bundoora East campus. Please consult with your course coordinator for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course specifically addresses the following Program Learning Outcome of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):
1.3. In-depth specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

It will also develop your skills in developing concepts, time management, engineering design documentation and research in best-practices adopted in Long-span and High-rise structures.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6. Demonstrable ability of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Conceptualise and distinguish different structural forms and their applicability.
2. Contextualise the idea of co-rational design fostering creative and responsive solutions to a given situation.
3. Simplify a complex structure into a number of idealised substructures, analyse and construct their load resisting mechanisms
4. Understand stability issues involved in high-rise buildings and long-span structures and appropriate structural solutions.
5. Establish key performance indicators of a complex structure through conceptual design (a practice essential to structural engineering)
6. Model structures for analysis and optimisation using computer methods and data transfer in fabrication.

Overview of Learning Activities

A modular blended learning model comprising lecture/tutorials/workshop sessions and comprehensive design activity will be employed in the course.

You are expected to be informed by your own research, visiting display homes by reputed builders and discuss the project with family and friends.

Design workshops are meant to share information and active participation of all students in so that peer-learning enhances the design skill development.

 3 hours/week lectures/tutorial sessions over 12 weeks. In addition you are expected to spend around minimum 9 hours/week of your own time on research, design project assignment and self-learning structural modelling and analysis software.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture and tutorial notes and Procedures Manual and other design guidance will be provided on myRMIT.



Overview of Assessment

Note that:
This course has no hurdle requirements.

All team assessments tasks are peer reviewed
Assessment Task 1: Mid Semester Progress Review
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLO 1 to 4

Assessment Task 2: Project Final Report
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 5.

Assessment Task 3: Final Presentation & Model
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1- 5.