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ACE095 lp1 HT23 (7.5 hp)

Master Programme Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering 2023

Water Environment Technology, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Chalmers University of Technology

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Course aim

The course will provide advanced knowledge on the role of engineers on planning, design and construction, operation and maintenance and decommissioning of infrastructure with a systems perspective and with focus on urban systems. The students will learn about the challenges and needs of complex interdisciplinary infrastructure planning and management, where different stakeholders will have different objectives and needs. 

Students will also learn stakeholders’ relationships in terms of flows of communication, type of information needed and what impact they have on the technical work being developed by infrastructure and environmental engineering students. Additionally, students will learn about trends in infrastructure development, e.g., to be resilient, sustainable and efficient and how they affect complementary infrastructures and urban systems.  

Special focus will be given to the main tracks of the MPIEE programme (infrastructure related to water and environment and transportation engineering).

Course content and organisation

The course is designed around: lectures on key aspects of Infrastructure and Urban Systems, mainly Transportation, Water and Waste; a group project; and an individual assignment. This combination of activities is planned to provide the students with information and to help them develop an understanding of critical issues in the areas of infrastructure planning and management processes.

The course is planned around 5 modules:

Module 1 include a set of lectures where students will learn about background information on infrastructure

Module 2 covers the engineering of the infrastructure sectors, focusing on concrete aspects of planning and management within the waste, transportation and water sectors. This part includes exercises done in class.

Module 3 aims at providing concepts, tools and methods to understand how to describe and analyse infrastructure decision making processes throughout the phases of planning and management. This part includes exercises done in class.

Module 4 is the assignments module and puts into practice the concepts learned through a case study performed in groups and individually. This part includes a group project and an individual assignment.


Group Project (3,5 credits)

The aim of the project is to understand the complexity of studying an infrastructural system related to an urban challenge. You will work in groups and study a real city.

Individual assignment (4 credits)

The aim of the individual assignment is to identify and analyze the studies that need to be made to plan and manage a type of infrastructural project. From the city studied in the group work, each student will choose an existing or planned infrastructural project / solution of their choice. 

Assessment and grading

Continuous assessment is the central examination form in this course. Grading is based on the individual assignments and the group work. All assignments are graded on a scale of 0.0-5.0. The final grade is F (fail), 3, 4, 5 with 5 being the highest grade.

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