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300720 Construction Technology

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  • Course Code: 300720
  • University: Western Sydney University
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  • Country: Australia


You will form groups within your surveying lab in Week 2; Tuesday and Wednesday, (28 02 17 & 01 03 17) of no more than 6 people.  These groups you form will be doing their presentation in week 13 or 14 which is worth 10% for each individual member of that group.  The final written report, which is submitted as a group, which is worth a further 30%.  Many resources will be placed on vUWS over the next few weeks, to assist you in your preparation.  See the end of this document for some websites.

The purpose of this document is to outline this Major Assignment.  The groups formed in week 2, will be your groups for the Surveying (practical 1 & 2) and soils lab (Lab 1 and 2).  You will be working on the Major Assignment in your own time.  Specific consultation time is allowed for in week 10 (week commencing 24th April).  Please refer to the Learning Guide and Unit Outline for more details.

You are encouraged to make a visit to this development at Oran Park and examine existing buildings and infrastructures, to assess any features that could be improved upon.  There are many websites advertising the virtues of Oran Park.  Look for any deficiencies, restrictions or other possible poor designs within this precinct, which your group thinks could be improved on.  This then would be the basis of your assignment, i.e. determining a better solution to what you have observed.  

Your Major Assignment is to prepare a report detailing the requirements from a Civil perspective for these improvements to this development at Oran Park.  

Should your group find this too vague, the following points numbered 1 through 8 below, are given for you to consider.  

The major focus of this major assignment is on civil earthworks and the footings required for the proposed structure that your group has selected.

  1. Most importantly in this major assignment, you are to focus on Work Health Safety (WHS) issues that could be encountered on this proposed construction site.  More details will be covered during the lecture..
  2. Your group will further detail the specific machinery you envisage will be used to undertake the earthworks for your structure.  You are not designing the structure, or the building proposed, rather you are an earthworks contractor, carrying out the major earthworks, that is required to build the proposed project.  These machines could range from major earthwork machinery through to hand held devices, required for detailed earthworks.  
  3. These first two areas (1) & (2) above, must be covered in your Major Report.  These are the only mandatory areas to be included in your report.
  4. Your groups Major Report, will detail in addition to the above two items, how the Civil earthworks could be carried out.  You are to describe how the excavation could be done and determine an estimation of the earthworks quantities and possible costs involved.  This is similar to what you have already done in Building 2, and will be doing in Estimating 1 next semester.
  5. Also you will need to detail any temporary or permanent retaining wall structures, associated with the earthworks, required for this project.
  6. You also need to consider a safety plan (Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)) for a particular aspect of the project.  
  7. Also you also need to consider environmental issues such as Sediment Ponds and Erosion & Sediment controls.  Also you need to anticipate possible local community environmental concerns.  South Creek is in the vicinity of Oran Park, which is already polluted.  
  8. Basically you are considering a development at this precinct, as if you were the earthworks contractor, constructing it and all that that entails.  Assume that Council approval has been granted for your proposal.  It is most important you do not contact the Local Council or Landcom directly.  We will be giving you sufficient resources to complete this project without the need to contact LG Council or Landcom themselves.
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