Topic outline

  • General

    This course is one of the elective courses for the Advanced Studies or Elective Studies modules of the MSc program Building Technology.


    Figure 1. An example from Comsol 5.3A release highlights: Coupling Beams and Solids.


    Figure 2. An example from RFEM tutorials: Introduction to Analysis and Design.


    First of all, students are asked to register to the course in the SISU-system.

    The course starts on Tuesday the 27th of February at 14 with a lecture session. (Please note that in the academic system of ours at 14 means at 14.15 by default, whereas 14.00 is another thing.)


    Teacher-in-Charge: associate professor Jarkko Niiranen
    Lecturers: associate professor Jarkko Niiranen and professor Antti Niemi (Week 6)
    Assistants: teaching assistant Markku Malmivuori, post-doctoral researcher Youqi Zhang


    Tuesdays 14--16 (in R266) and Thursdays 14--16 (in R2)

    Zoom-channel for lectures and exercises:


    Theoretical assignments: Wednesdays 14--16 (in R266) and Fridays 12--14 (in R266)
    Computer assignments: Mondays 14--16 (in Maari E)

    Week 1: no Monday computer session
    Week 7: final exam only


    It should be noticed that more than 50% of the hours related to the "holy trinity" teaching--studying--learning is related to independent studying (reading and preparation 26%, home assignments 27%), whereas contact teaching covers the smaller complement (lectures 18%, exercise sessions 27%, examination 2%).

    The following nominal hours (total 133) should guarantee for a student with average prerequisites (grade 3, good) middle range learning outcomes (with the average grade 3, good).

    Lectures 18%:
    - 2 double-hours per week (total 24)
    - attending the lectures: pre-browsing, listening, writing notes, asking etc.
    Reading 18%: 
    - 2 double-hours per week (total 24)
    - self-studies: reading and writing the derivations in the lecture slides and/or textbook
    Theoretical Exercise Sessions 18%:
    - 2 double-hours per week (total 24)
    - advice hours for theoretical hands-on exercises (given by the assistants)
    Computer Exercises Sessions 9%
    - 1 double-hour per week (total 12)
    - advice sessions for software hands-on exercises (given by the assistants)
    Theoretical Home Assignments 18%:
    - 4 hours per week (total 24) on top of the exercise sessions
    - 3-6 per week
    - self-studies for theoretical, hands-on exercises: problem solving, calculating, writing solution documents
    Computer Home Assignments 9%:
    - 2 hours per week (total 12) on top of the exercise sessions
    - 1-3 per week
    - self-studies for software, hands-on exercises: reading manuals, programming, modeling, preparing solution plots
    Final Exam and Preparation 10%:
    - 3 + 10 hours (total 13)


    The first examination of year 2024 is on April 16 (9--12), the second one on June 6 (9--12).


    1. Recognising possibilities, advantages and risks of applying advanced computational methods and simulation tools in engineering problems
    2. Understanding of the theoretical foundations of the advanced finite element methods (FEM) applied in civil engineering
    3. Understanding the main assumptions and features of specialized structural elements (such as beams, plates and shells) and analysis types (such as linear and nonlinear static, eigenvalue and time-dependent problems)
    4. Ability to apply the most relevant advanced finite element methods in civil engineering by implementing well-structured programs for solving
    basic engineering problems
    5. Ability to critically utilize advanced finite element software tools (such as Comsol and/or RFEM/Scia/Robot/Abaqus) for the most typical civil engineering problems