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Programme

Edition
26th Edition
Credits
60 ECTS (480 teaching hours)
Delivery
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish
Fee
€7,500
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 14/10/2019
Classes end: 09/07/2020
Programme ends : 31/07/2020
Timetable
Monday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Barcelona
Why this programme?
In technical studies, and primarily in architecture and engineering, specialisation is one of the major advantages that technicians can use to succeed in the building sector. Specialisation in Structural Consultancy is one of the usual positions, and is constantly evolving.

Appropriate preparation and training for technical specialists is an increasingly common demand in the requirements for the main positions available in the labour market in the sector, on both a freelance and employed basis.

This training falls within the current model for Structural Consultancy professionals with expert technical knowledge who are also highly skilled at working within a team, leadership and at project management and structural projects.

The curriculum has been prepared based on the experiences of the teaching team on previous courses at both university level and in the professional sphere. This provides the basis of reference for the contents of this programme, which is supported by the ACE (Association of Structural Consultants) and the IEE (Institute of Structural Studies), the leading institutions in the sector.

Specific contents relating to the current requirements for experience and professional specialisation have been selected for this training programme in particular, in terms of the Spanish regulations, the Eurocode, American regulations, and the current protocols and policies required by the market.

Those registering for the programme may join the ACE (Association of Structural Consultants) free of charge for one year, as an "aspiring student member".
Aims
  • To prepare high level professionals with knowledge and experience in the field of structures in architecture and building.
  • To acquire advanced knowledge in all specific areas of the profession of Structural Consultant: Geotechnics, Foundations, Steel and Concrete Structures, Restoration, New Materials, Advanced Analysis, Earthquakes, etc.
  • The ability to work in a team; preparation for project management; an introduction to project management, based on both site management and the management of execution, within the structural sphere.
Who is it for?
The recommended profile for admission is professionals related to the areas of design, calculation and management of structures in building.

  • Quantity surveyors and senior architects.
  • Industrial and civil engineers.
  • Students on the final year of these degree courses.

Training Content

List of subjects
7 ECTS 60h
Análisis Estructural
  • Introduction to structural analysis and its basic types.
  • Elementary concepts related to structural analysis and the resistance of materials.
  • Actions in building and pre-dimensioning criteria in the main elements.
  • Manual and computerised resolution of porticoed structures.
  • Matrix analysis of frameworks.
  • The finite element method.
  • Structural analysis using the SAP program.
7 ECTS 60h
Acero y Mixtas
  • Analysis of steel structures.
  • Types of steel structures.
  • Design and calculation of metal structures.
  • Welded and bolted connections.
  • Supports.
  • Mixed structures.
  • Vibration analysis.
  • Active and passive protection against fire.
  • Modelling with Robot and Autodesk
7 ECTS 60h
Hormigón Armado y Postesado
  • Fundamental principles of concrete.
  • Types of structure in concrete.
  • The cable and beam method: analysis of elements.
  • Analysis of concrete elements subjected to bending.
  • Analysis of concrete elements subjected to compression.
  • Analysis of elements subject to shear and torsion.
  • Structural analysis.
  • Analysis of concrete structures with CYPE.
  • Introduction to post-stressed concrete analysis.
  • Analysis of post-tensioned structures with CYPE.
  • Prefabricated concrete structures.
  • New concretes.
  • The concrete structures plan.
7 ECTS 60h
Mecánica del Suelo, Cimentación y Contención
  • Concepts of geotechnics.
  • In situ and laboratory tests.
  • The geotechnical study.
  • Design and calculation of direct foundations.
  • Design and calculation of deep foundations.
  • Design and calculation of containment elements.
  • Study interaction between soil and cement.
  • Testing and monitoring systems.
  • Modelling with SAFE and Cype.
7 ECTS 60h
Análisis Avanzado. Dinámica y Sismo
  • Structure dynamics.
  • Seismic engineering.
  • Earthquake-resistant building projects.
  • Base isolation.
  • Energy dissipators.
  • Tuned mass dampers.
  • Vibrations.
  • Fluid mechanics.
  • Structural dynamic analysis of the course case study with ETABS.
7 ECTS 60h
Rehabilitación y Refuerzo de Estructuras
  • Analysis and interpretation of structural pathologies and their causes.
  • The regulatory framework and adapting existing structures to current regulations.
  • Restoration and reinforcement of pillars, floor structures, beams, walls, vaults and domes.
  • Reinforcement of foundations and containments.
  • Temporary supports and stabilisations during the construction process.
  • Excavations plan, technical report, opinion and structures plan.
7 ECTS 60h
Materiales Clásicos y Especiales
  • Foundations for calculation.
  • Materials in structures.
    • Timber.
    • Masonry.
    • Earth.
    • Polymers and FRP.
    • Textiles.
    • Glass.
  • Type of Structure.
  • Analysis of examples and pre-dimensioning.
  • Modelling with DLUBAL.
7 ECTS 60h
Ejercicio Práctico Profesional, Proyecto y Obra
  • Carrying out a real project and management of a site.
  • Interaction between the PROMOTER - PLANNER and CONSULTANT.
  • Training in Building Information Modelling (BIM) focused on structural consultancy.
  • Project and team management.
  • Site management; Project and Site Management.
  • Modelling with SAP, Robot, Autodesk, Cype, SAFE, ETABS and DLUBAL.
Degree
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya.
Range of modules
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:
relation Lifelong learning courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Visits
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Maristany Carreras, Jordi
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    Doctor Architect Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC. He has been director of the Department of Architectural Structures and is a member of the research group LITA (Laboratory of Innovation and Technology in Architecture). He is a professor of several postgraduate and master's courses. He has participated in outstanding projects such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in the Science and Technology Park of Girona or the integral rehabilitation of the "Estación del Norte" in Barcelona.
Teaching staff
  • Al Farah, Bashar
    Beng. MSc. PE. PhD in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. His research is on advanced numerical simulation of the dynamic structural behavior of buildings that are heavily damaged by earthquakes. Ten years of experience in analysis, design, construction, and supervision of civil engineering structures (high rise buildings, industrial facilities, residential and defense projects, etc.) located in seismic regions, mainly Arab and South American countries. Relevant experience on nonlinear seismic analysis for practical and scientific purposes. High expertise in structural analysis software: ABAQUS, ETABS, OpenSees, PLAXIS, PROKON, REVIT, RISA, ROBOT, SeismoSoft, SAFE, SAP, among others. Partner and developer at SESPID, specialized in developing engineering software for automated detailing and optimization. Wide teaching experience in teaching professional courses for civil engineers and architects. Presently working as a structural consultant in Barcelona.
  • Arnedo Pena, Alfredo
    Beng. MSc. PE. PhD. Wide teaching experience in many subjects linked to Steel Structures. Professor of the Masters Programs "Structural Engineering in Architecture" and "Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics". Wide professional experience in earthquake-resistant design (INYPSA 1984-1999), especially in nuclear power plants. Professional experience in seismic design, protection against impact and explosions (SENER 2003-2012). Spanish delegate to the committee of Eurocode 3 Part 1.3. Spanish delegate to the CEN / TC 135 Committee on Execution. Spanish delegate on the ISO/TC98/SC3/WG9, working on the revision of the ISO 3010 "Seismic actions on structures". Author of books about steel structures. Participation in the European research project "Seismic design of light-gauge steel framed buildings".
  • Calatayud Souweine, Daniel
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    Architect. Research Professor. Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC). Author of eleven articles in scientific journals, nine book chapters and twelve papers in national and international conferences on issues of sustainable urban design, sustainable building, urban metabolism and climate change. Faculty member's participation in the Solar Decathlon ETSAV 2010.
  • Ledesma Villalba, Alberto
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    BEng. MSc. PE. PhD. Full Professor of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Thirty years of teaching and research experience on that field, including numerical models in Geomechanics, back-analysis, unsaturated soils, landslides and soil dynamics. Supervisor of 12 Doctoral Theses. Participation and coordination in a number of Research Projects funded by European Commission. Over 150 publications, most of them papers published in international peer reviewed Journals. Geotechnical advisor of several companies and administrations, in Spain and other European and American countries, involving large excavations, urban tunnels and embankment dams. Active member of the International Committee controlling construction of high-speed train tunnel crossing Barcelona next to World's Heritage buildings.
  • López Almansa, Francesc
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    Beng. MSc. PE. PhD. Forty years' experience as advanced structural consultancy and technology-transfer in buildings. Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Wide lecturing experience in many subjects linked to Structural Analysis and Design. Professor of Master Programs "Structural Engineering in Architecture", "Technology in Architecture" and "Soil Engineering and Earthquake Engineering" at the UPC. Permanent Visiting Professor of several Spanish Universities (Girona, Granada, and Ramon Llull) and Southern Chile in Latin America. Has supervised 15 Doctoral Theses, most of them related to earthquake engineering. Author of more than 200 research papers published in scientific journals and presented at national and international scientific conferences. Has participated in numerous research projects (national and international) financed by public and private funds, having been promoter and coordinator in many of them.
  • Maristany Carreras, Jordi
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    Doctor Architect Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC. He has been director of the Department of Architectural Structures and is a member of the research group LITA (Laboratory of Innovation and Technology in Architecture). He is a professor of several postgraduate and master's courses. He has participated in outstanding projects such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in the Science and Technology Park of Girona or the integral rehabilitation of the "Estación del Norte" in Barcelona.
  • Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique
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    Doctor in Civil Engineering.
  • Obiol Sánchez, Agustí
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    Doctor in Architecture.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Associació de Consultors d'Estructures
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
  • Institut d'Estudis Estructurals
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.

Career opportunities

  • Structures Consultant to produce executive studies in construction companies.
  • Project Manager for the Design and Calculation of Steel Structures.
  • Project Manager for the Design and Calculation of Concrete Structures.
  • Project Manager for the Design and Calculation of Foundation Structures and Containment Elements.
  • Project Manager for the Design and Calculation of Structural Rehabilitation Structures or other Materials.

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