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.

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Responsible teacher

Corneliu Cismasiu, Filipe Pimentel Amarante dos Santos


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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

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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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