Saint Petersburg, Russia

Civil Engineering – Winter School

when 27 January 2020 - 7 February 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 510

The outstanding winter school “Civil Engineering” is entirely carried out in English and is cut out for those who are keen on BIM technologies and energy-efficient buildings. Staying in our charming city with its marvelous architecture would be of a great value and contribution to this course.
We welcome students to come to St. Petersburg - the Venice of the North! St. Petersburg is the cultural heart of Russia as well as a major trade gateway, financial and industrial center. You will definitely enjoy staying in Saint-Petersburg and having fun while winter holidays.

Course description:

- Building information modeling (ECTS: 2.5)

The course introduces the basics of the BIM (Building Information Modeling), its conception, available software and ways to use this technology in real work process.
This course discusses how BIM provides contractors with the benefit of improved visualization of a construction project through the use of a 3D virtual model, establish a base of knowledge of BIM terminology and look at the benefits of BIM and case studies showing implementation before encouraging participants to study how they could implement BIM. Students do not only acquire a profound professional and methodical education but also the communication skills and cross-cultural experience necessary for future international management posts. The BIM program contains not only general BIM conception, but also its problems, solutions, ways to use and comparison of main software available today, and real experience of using Autodesk Revit – world-leading BIM platform, allowing create and manage projects faster and more economically;
The course is based on a real experience of BIM implementation in leading Russian’s project and construction companies, BIM software teaching.
The lectures cover the essential features BIM modeling and leading software.

- Energy efficiency of the buildings (ECTS: 1.0)

The course introduces the concept of energy saving in the world, formation the energy efficiency in Russia and examples of its application in civil engineering. At the beginning students are given brief introduction to the Energy consumption in the residential sector, thermal loss of buildings, the concept of heat and moisture transfer in enclosing structures, types and classification of environmentally friendly building materials.

Students will know how to determine the energy efficiency classes of buildings, basic indicators of energy consumption, they will consider economical and environmental aspects in the field of energy saving, the major green building rating systems LEED and BREAM.

The course is held in the form of workshop, where students will consider real projects of new and existing buildings, different ways of improving the energy efficiency of the building, using practical calculations and BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology.

- Russian civilization and architecture (ECTS: 1.0)

The main purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the principal trends of Russian architecture in a historical context. The course introduces the history of building of St. Petersburg, the main architectural styles, outstanding architectural objects and their architects. The course introduced the basic geological, hydrological and geo-political terms and preconditions for the construction of St. Petersburg, the main building stages - the city basis, the first buildings, building periods. Supposed to study the most famous architects who participated in the construction of the city, the classification of architectural styles of St. Petersburg; the most outstanding architectural monuments - palaces, cathedrals, churches, bridges, the areas, museums. The course also includes a discussion of contemporary issues of historic buildings. Along with the theoretical classes student had a long open-air class during which they walked with the professor around the city and studied the architectural features of the buildings of Saint-Petersburg.

- 6-hours intensive course of survival Russian language is also included into the syllabus (ECTS: 0.5)

Course leader

Aleksandr Vysotskiy, CEO of Vysotskiy consulting, expert in BIM;
Tatiana Khvatova, Dr of Science;
Daria Zaborova, leading lecturer of SPbPU.

Target group

The course is opened for Russian and foreign Bachelor and Master Degree students.

- Good command of English is required. All classes and extracurricular activities are carried out in English. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants are expected to have at least 2 years of University level studies.

Fee info

EUR 510: Early bird participation fee (October 28, 2019). It includes tuition fee, study materials, visits to companies and basic cultural program.
EUR 540: Regular participation fee. It includes tuition fee, study materials, visits to companies and basic cultural program.