Course code BūvZ3026

Credit points 1

Automation of Engineer Calculations

Total Hours in Course16

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Date of course confirmation16.11.2011

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developer

author Būvkonstrukciju katedra

Jānis Kreilis

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ2040, Structural Analysis I

BūvZ2048, Basic Theory of Structures

Mate1021, Mathematics I

Course abstract

Subject gives review in accessible computer programs as applied to solving complicated and labour-consuming mathematical problems, makes familiar with general characterization of Excel and Mathcad program, its application to engineer calculations, formating of text, making of graphics and numerical materials and, finally, practical analysis of examples. Knowledge and skills gained create background for further work with BIM software.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledges about applied computer programms in design of building structures; skills to use preliminary knowledges from strength of materials, building mechanics for making the aim and algorithms; competences to solve the comlicated design problems by automation of calculations and analysis of results. Assessment is given on the basis of indiviual work presentation and competent conversation about theme.

Course plan

1. Accessible computer programms for engineer tasks.
2. Using specific of programme MS Excel.
3. Determination of characteristic values from tests by statistical treatment of results.
4. Making of different chart types for experimental test results.
5. Configuration of MathCAD files. Properties of variables and constants.
6., 7. Possibilities of using MathCAD programme in engineering calculations 2h.
8. Solving of equations and equation systems.
9., 10. Solving of complicated and labour-consuming engineering tasks. Analysis of examples 2h.
11. Operations with number arrays - vectors and numeric matrixes.
12., 13. Using of programming toolbar instruments. Analysis of examples 2h.
14. Making and arranging of grafics – plots.
15. Practicing in different fields of structural calculations 2h.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Credit points are awarded if individual work is presented and accepted.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Practical skills are mastered in computer class, individual work is made outside of classroom time.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Attendance of lectures and practical lessons at least 85% of total. Quality of individual work and defence of given results.

Compulsory reading

PTC Mathcad [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 28.01.2019.]. Pieejams: Макаров Е. Г. Инженерные расчеты в Mathcad. Учебный курс. Москва [и др.]: Питер, 2003. 448 с.

Further reading

1. Bulavs F., Radiņš I. Būvmehānika. Rīga: RTU, 2002. 141 lpp. 2. Melderis I., Juriksons V. Būvmehānikas uzdevumi ar atrisinājumiem. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1970. 368 lpp. 3. Kreilis J. Rievsienas. Palīglīdzeklis projektēšanai. Jelgava: LLU, 2001. 49 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Praktiskā Būvniecība. ISSN 1407-8929
2. Latvijas Būvniecība. ISSN 1691-4058


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