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Course module: 202000044
Project Civil Engineering Design
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000044
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact E.M. Horstman
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drs. C.L. van den Berg
Examiner E.M. Horstman
Contactperson for the course E.M. Horstman
dr. S.R. Miller
Lecturer M. Pena Acosta
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksPart of module 1 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Recognize the complexity of Civil Engineering projects and describe the relationships between different Civil Engineering disciplines.
  • Perform a basic site investigation and a systematic problem analysis for a multi-disciplinary Civil Engineering design project.
  • Conduct an integrated design process (combining the basics of structural, water and traffic engineering) for a multi-disciplinary Civil Engineering design problem in an urban context.
  • Position a Civil Engineering design problem in its societal context and incorporate, and compromise between, different stakeholders’ perspectives in a design solution.
  • Develop and apply basic skills for a Civil Engineering student/professional with regard to project planning, project design & management, professional report writing & presenting, peer review and teamwork.
This is a part of Module 1, Introduction to Civil Engineering of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

In this design project students will be challenged to redesign an existing infrastructure hub within the city of Enschede. In collaboration with the Enschede Municipality, we select a new case every year. Typically, the case considers a complex infrastructural situation with multiple conflicting traffic flows and many different stakeholders, such as the station concourse or a main traffic route into the city. For an integrated redesign of the area, students will need to improve the traffic flow, provide increased capacity for bicycles, be ready to cope with the impacts of climate change and at the same time improve the safety and general satisfaction of all stakeholders using the infrastructure. Student teams will be challenged to redesign the area and provide ideas on how the infrastructure can be improved from a Civil Engineering perspective.

The project starts with a site investigation of the current situation and a systematic analysis of the design challenges faced within the area. This step results in a project planning as well as a conceptual design outlining the design ideas that the design team will adhere to during the remainder of the project. In the design stage, a number of technical components of the proposed design will be developed by the team: a traffic plan for the new layout of the area; a geometric design of the (new) cycling paths and roads; a truss design as well as a concrete mix design for a new construction (e.g. a bridge or a parking facility); and a future-proof water management design. These elements all have to be developed to fit in an integrated design showcasing the students’ vision on the revival of the area.

The final design will be presented in a professional project report as well as a presentation for a team of experts (representing the client). In the course of this project, guidance will be provided to develop the professional skills required to successfully plan, execute, report and present a Civil Engineering design project with a team of students. This guidance comprises of lectures, feedback from experts, tutor support and peer review sessions

  Description Test type Weighting (%)
1 Writing workshop Assignment 0
2 Project Plan and Conceptual Design Written Report 20
3 Technical Design (concrete, geometric, truss, water) Written Report 60
4 Project Presentation Presentation 10
5 Project Report Written Report 10

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact Peter Jansen (
Module 1
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Required materials
Course material
Project Manual: Civil Engineering Design Project Manual
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
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Project supervised
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Project unsupervised
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Project report with oral group exam

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