In this collaborative project between University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Lakehead University, a set of learning modules were developed to support the teaching of an introductory course on Heavy Civil Engineering across all Civil Engineering programs in the province of Ontario. The topics that are covered include an introduction to heavy civil projects, principles of soil mechanics and aggregate production, equipment performance and planning, earth moving operations, tunneling operations, and a review of new technological advanced in heavy civil operations.
There are six learning modules in this project, together equivalent to a full one-semester course worth of material, appropriate for students in their first or second year of any Civil Engineering program in the province. A range of videos were developed for each module, explaining the concepts, examples and demonstrations of the heavy civil operations. The modules in this project could be used for inverted delivery of an introductory course on heavy civil engineering project and equipment management, or for the hybrid or online delivery of this content in a set of engineering, construction, and management courses. These modules are envisioned to partially or fully replace in-person lectures, and being paired with live webinars or in-person experiential learning activities, such as case study discussions, to create an effective and active learning experience.
- Introduce students to the main categories of heavy civil projects and their unique characteristics and demands
- Introduce students to the most commonly used heavy construction equipment, and enable them to evaluate, analyze, and choose an equipment fleet for a heavy civil project, based on the project requirements and circumstances
- Support the learning of core heavy civil processes, including earth moving and tunneling activities, with enough depth to enable calculations of equipment and operation productivity and capacity for planning purposes