This course provides a theoretical framework for understanding conceptual design in the context of structural engineering. It will include understanding the overall process of design, where conceptual design fits within the process, how to interpret a client brief, strategies for generating ideas in response to a brief, and rapid, iterative modelling and testing of ideas.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Explain the design process as a series of discrete steps
- Describe the characteristics of a good design brief and use this knowledge to write your own brief
- Describe and use techniques for idea generation
- Describe and use techniques for modelling and testing your ideas
Oliver Broadbent is an expert facilitator and trainer in design thinking for the built environment. He is Director of the engineering education and training consultancy Think Up, leading their programme of design training for an international portfolio of design consultancies. He also works with universities, including Cambridge, Bath and Imperial College London, to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery.
Oliver has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Royal Academy of Engineering on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at Imperial College London.
Structural engineers who are preparing to take The Institution of Structural Engineers Chartered Membership Exam.