PENG9510 Advanced Project within Structural Engineering and Building Technology Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Advanced Project within Structural Engineering and Building Technology
Study programme
PhD Programme in Engineering Science
Year of study
FALL 2020
Programme description
Course history


The  project  assignment  deals  with  complex  engineering  issues  within  the  field  of  structural  engineering and building technology. The special topics of the assignment are customised in accordance with the focus research area (PhD subject area) of the PhD students. The selected project gives the students experience in applying the theoretical knowledge, scientific methods and suitable simulation, analysis and design tools for solving complex engineering problems.

The course will be offered once a year, provided 3 or more students sign up for the course. If less than 3 students sign up for a course, the course will be cancelled for that year.

Recommended preliminary courses

Master's degree in structural engineering, building technology or similar field.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete the course are expected to have the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


On successful completion of the course, the student:

  • is at the forefront of knowledge within the topic of his/her engineering project.
  • has a profound understanding of the state-of-the-art and the latest developments in the professional engineering field relevant to his/her doctoral thesis.
  • can apply the theories, methods and processes in scholarly projects as well as in professional engineering projects specific to his/her field of engineering.


On successful completion of the course, the student can:

  • apply theoretical knowledge, scientific methods and simulation tools suitable for solving complex civil engineering problems.
  • deal with complex professional issues with an academic approach and reflect critically on established knowledge and practice within the research field of the project.
  • plan and conduct scholarly work within the topic of his/her the engineering project.
  • analyse existing theories, methods and standardised solutions on practical and theoretical engineering problems.

General competence:

On successful completion of the course, the student can:

  • apply his/her knowledge and skills to carrying out advanced tasks and projects.
  • communicate issues, analyses and solutions to both specialists and non-specialists.
  • assess the need for, and initiate innovation in his/her field of expertise.


Through focused seminars, in cooperation with the master's degree in structural engineering and building technology at OsloMet, a wide range of typical complex engineering issues related to analysis and design of buildings and structures are presented. Furthermore, the students are expected to present their research ideas and the results of the project at a seminar.

As example, the course can include the following specific topics:

  • Design and durability of concrete, timber and steel structures.

  • Rehabilitation of buildings and structures.

  • Degradation of building materials. Compatibility of new materials in historic structures.

  • Heat, Air and Moisture (HAM) transport through building envelopes.

  • Building Physics and Climate Adaptation.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for simulating the interaction between exterior climatic conditions, e.g. wind, and buildings/structures.

  • Bioclimatic architecture, Passive building design and Building Energy Simulation (BES)

  • Innovative building materials and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, project assignment (scholarly work), scientific report and oral presentation.

Course requirements



A project assignment and an oral presentation.

Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course.

The oral exam cannot be appealed.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are permitted.

Grading scale

Pass or fail.


Internal and external examiners. Oral exams will have two examiners.