An introduction to construction systems and processes. General Systems Theory. Engineering problem solving. Characteristics, selection and usage of plant and equipment, temporary works and specialist construction techniques. Issues relating to the design, planning and management of construction operations. Topics selected from: earthmoving, blasting and explosives, quarrying, dredging, drilling, dewatering, ground anchors, grouting, temporary works including scaffolds and formwork, concrete production, building construction using steel, concrete and masonry, compressed air and fluid power systems, cranes; construction site layout, organisation of personnel, materials procurement and handling, suppliers, subcontractors, equipment management, maintenance, estimating, work physiology and ergonomics, recycling, waste and environmental issues, sustainable construction.
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