Research Project in Civil Engineering


It is intended that the student deals with subjects of interest for the development of Civil Engineering and are suitable for further detailed investigation. To achieve this, he will:

-  Browse and analyze existing literature on the subject in a preliminary perspective of knowing the state of the art;

-  Improving the technique of writing, producing summary report of the state of the art and research proposal to continue;

-  Improve oral communication making seminar type presentation of the proposed development project.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Carlos Gomes Rocha de Almeida


Weekly - 1

Total - 48

Teaching language



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The bibliography depends on the subject of the candidate and the topics analyzed on a case-by-case basis. In general terms, however, there will be guidelines that make the articles below recommended reading.

-  Mike Markel, "Technical Communication", Bedford/St. Martin''''''''s, Eighth Edition, July 2006.

-  James Trevelyan and Sabbia Tilli, “Published Research on Engineering Work”, J. Prof. Issues in Engrg. Educ. and Pract., Volume 133, Issue 4, pp. 300-307, October 2007.

-  Ford, J. D., and Riley, L. A. “Integrating communication and engineering education: A look at curricula, courses and support systems” J. Eng. Educ., 92-4, pp. 325–328, 2003.

-  Fraenkel, J. R., and Wallen, N. E., "How to design and evaluate research in education", McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996.

-  National Academy of Engineering, "The engineer of 2020: Visions of engineering in the new century", National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2004.

Teaching method

Tutorial supervision

Evaluation method

Oral discussion of written report on the work carried out

Subject matter

Research topics in civil engineering, in the field of the student doctoral thesis.

Structuring research programs: objectives, material and human resources, scheduling, costs and products provided, economic analysis.

Oral and written presentation of results. Reading of articles and technical comments.