2023-2024 / GCIV0646-1

Buildings conception and execution


40h Th, 1d FW

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering5 crédits 


Jean-François Demonceau, Jean-Marc Franssen, Boyan Mihaylov

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective of this course is to provide the students with fondamental knowledges allowing designing building structures. In particular, the following concepts will be addressed:

  • Functional requirements such as acoustic performance, fire safety, ...
  • Basic building elements (roofing, flooring, wall, joints, foundations, facade ...)
  • Construciton techniques
  • Building types (single-storey buildings, multi-storey, high-rise ...)
  • Lowering of loads
  • ...

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Perform a lowering of loads
  • Conceive the structural scheme of a building construction;
  • Select the most appropriate building elements;
  • Establish the plans, including sections and details.
The complete list of the KLO for this course is defined in the matrix available at the following address: https://www.programmes.uliege.be/cocoon/20182019/formations/descr/A2UCON01.html

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, II.1, III.1, III.2, III.3, III.4, IV.3, IV.5, V.1, V.2, VII.6 of the MSc in civil engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Basic knowledge in the field of structural engineering is required, in particular in the design and analysis of civil engineering structures.



Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Frontal lectures.

Some lectures will be seminars with lecturers from outside the University (practitionners from industry).

Selected concepts discussed in the course will be applied in exercices and homeworks.

Site visits could be organised.

The submission of the homeworks and the presence of the students at the seminars and at the site visits are mandatory.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes will be distributed to the students in electronic form.
All the PowerPoint presentations will also be made available through MyULg.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Closed-book written exam.

The homeworks will be marked and ccount for in the final mark of the course. The relative weight of marks of the written exam and homeworks will be fixed at the beginning of the course. 

A student who has not participated to all the mandatory activities will not be allowed to present the examination. A mark "A" will be attributed in this case (except if a specific justification is provided and accepted by the professors which will analyse the justificiation with equity).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is organised during the second semester


Jean-Marc Franssen - jm.franssen@uliege.be ; Jean-François Demonceau - jfdemonceau@uliege.be ; Boyan Mihaylov - Boyan.Mihaylov@uliege.be 

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Mutistorey buildings
Start by viewing "00 Organisation.mp4"

Multistorey buildings 01
01 Introduction

Multistorey buildings 02
02 Shortening

Multistorey buildings 03
03 Structural systems

Multistorey buildings 04
04 Outriggereed beams

Notes of the presentation by M. Bleus

Fire regulations
Essentials of fire regulations