Introduction to Civil Engineering


1. To identify the challenges of Civil Engineering and the roles played by a civil engineer in the society, inserting them in a historical perspective.
2. To know the main skills and functions required to a civil engineer.
3. To enumerate the essential aspects of the basic formation of a civil engineer.
4. To introduce some important basic knowledge in different areas of application of Civil Engineering.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Corneliu Cismasiu, Filipe Pimentel Amarante dos Santos


Weekly - 5

Total - 46

Teaching language



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Bazzo, W.; Pereira, L.: "Introdução à Engenharia", Editora da Universidade Católica de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, 2006

Pereira, F. G.: “História da Engenharia em Portugal”, Publindustria, Lisboa, 2010

Landels, J. G.: “Engineering in the Ancient World”, Ed. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2000

Timoshenko, S. P.: “History of Strength of Materials“, Ed. Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1982

Hill, D.: “A History of Engineering in Classical and Medieval Times”, Ed. Routledge, New York, 1996

Torroja, E.: “Razon y Ser de los Tipos Estructurales”, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, 1991

Mainstone, R. J.: "Development in Structural Form", Architectural Press, London, 1998

Salvadori, M.: "Why Buildings stand up. The Strength of Architecture". W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1980

Teaching method

The lessons consist of sessions for explanation of subjects and domains of application of Civil Engineering, stimulating the participation of students and allocating space for discussion and clarification of doubts.
In addition to the lessons, teaching is given in lectures and visits, which provide a widened vision of the diverse features of Civil Engineering and the exercise of the profession.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

- Introduction to structural behaviour

- Architecture and planning

- Steel Structures

- History of reinforced concrete

- Earthquakes and seismic engineering

- Bridge engineering

- Dam engineering

- Wind towers

- Construction Management and Technologies

- Buildings, Energy and Comfort

-Communication and Transportation routes

- Geotechnical studies associated with the design of a civil engineering project

- The inclination to geotechnics in civil engineering - the case of the Tower of Pisa

- Maritime Transport and Ports


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