Working in six-man teams, on 4-5 April 2017, students of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology designed, constructed and carried out load-carrying capacity tests of hall roofs under the supervision of experts from Korporacja Budowlana Doraco. The project was carried out as part of IAESTE CaseWeek, i.e. nation-wide engineering workshops the purpose of which is to bring academic and business environments together and enable students of technical faculties to use their knowledge in practice.
As part of the project, the students designed and constructed 2×3 m models on their own. The models were exposed in the yard of the main building of the Gdańsk University of Technology. The work carried out by the use of materials and tools provided by Doraco was planned for 16 hours and covered both the construction and tests of the roofing.
“The purpose of the project was to have students face a feasible engineering challenge in small teams from the beginning to the end within two days”, explains Bogusław Niklas from Doraco, a project tutor. “Hall roofing is a construction that is commonly used in civil engineering and, because of its size, it is more difficult than foundations or facades”.
On the second day of Doraco workshops, hall roofing constructed by the students were tested in terms of load carrying capacity. Apart from the maximum load, the chapter took into account construction bending, as well as economic aspects, i.e. material resources used for construction purposes. Installation time was also important because the students could obtain extra credits for preparing the construction before the regulation time. The greatest amount of credits was awarded to a group of students of the second year of Civil Engineering. All participants obtained gifts, and six winners were also awarded with paid traineeship in Doraco.
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