|Week 1 July 8–12||Week 2 July 15–19||Week 3 July 22–26|
|City Design: Building the World Around Us||Mining in the Modern Era: Hard Rock vs. Heavy Metal||Product Design: 3D Modelling and Construction|
One of the oldest engineering disciplines, civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of everything from buildings and roads to pipelines and power plants. Mineral engineering focusses on the planning, design and operation of mines, quarries and mineral processing plants. Without these essential fields of engineering, the world as we know it would not exist. Courses in this stream will explore the design of urban infrastructure, environmental and sustainability issues, modern mining practices, city planning and 3D model making.
J-CIV & MIN-1 | City Design: Building the World Around Us
Week 1 (8–12 July 2013)
Civil engineering is a diverse field of study, with projects ranging from water and sanitation to bridges and buildings to transportation systems. And at a time in history when more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and 90% of urban development is occurring in developing nations, civil engineers have never been more important to ensuring the health, safety and prosperity of the world’s citizens. This course aims to expose the hidden inner workings of a city and the engineer’s role in planning, constructing and maintaining it. Students will learn the basics of city planning and management, as well as more advanced sustainability and resilience theories. They will participate in communication and decision exercises to illustrate the challenges involved in managing diverse interdisciplinary teams. They will also explore individual infrastructure sectors, while designing their own cities with SimCity software using concepts learned. Students will receive guest lectures from industry experts throughout the week, and will go on a guided tour that explores the infrastructure networks of Canada’s largest city. Throughout the week, students will be able to directly apply the skills they have learned to their own models, and experiment with multiple alternatives in a collaborative environment. At the end of the week, students will present their cities to a panel of judges, who will crown the top engineers of the future.
J-CIV & MIN-2 | Mining in the Modern Era: Hard Rock vs. Heavy Metal
Week 2 (15–19 July 2013)
Without mining, there would be no steel, concrete, glass, electricity, plumbing, planes, trains, cars or modern appliances. We wouldn’t have many products that we use daily, such as canned goods, toothpaste and even soap. Mining offers a world of opportunities: mine planning, mineral processing, management, machinery upgrades and process plant development, to name a few. Mining projects range from small and simple to large and complex. Like all engineering disciplines, mining has links to mathematics, physics and chemistry, but it contains a unique blend of environmental science as well. Through a series of hands-on activities, an industrial tour and a guest lecture, this course will explore different aspects of mining, including its history, different types of mining, mineral processing techniques and its role in the marketplace. Through the week, students will learn about the importance of mining and how it helps shape our global structure.
Instructor: Diana Mollicone
J-CIV & MIN-3 | Product Design: 3D Modelling and Construction
Week 3 (22–26 July 2013)
Did you know that designing and building a professional product is within your reach? In this course, students will design, model and build a prototype for a new product. You will learn the basics of 3D model making and animation, 2D digital drafting, and computer-aided fabrication with laser cutters. Using Google SketchUp—a free and simple 3D modelling software that is widely used in the workforce—you will gain the skills to model anything: the CN tower, your room, furniture and jewelry. You could even build a model of your home and add it to the growing online 3D world of Google Earth. Students will also create animations using their models and learn to draft 2D blueprint drawings with AutoCAD. But it doesn’t stop at computer programs! Students will also construct models using laser cutters—machines that use digital input to fabricate physical components. By the end of this course, students will have the ability to design an object on their own and take it through different stages in the production process—from 3D model to prototype to mass production.
Instructor: Simon Gordon