CEE 4441 Design Project



To ensure that civil engineering students at Western obtain training with significant design experience, as required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, the Department offers a compulsory “capstone” design course, CEE 4441 Civil Engineering Design, in the fourth-year undergraduate program. This course is conducted for the most part in direct collaboration with the City of London. Students undertake design projects in teams under the supervision of faculty and private and public consultants that include consulting engineers, architects, landscape architects, quantity suppliers and finance experts. Teams work on projects for the city (e.g. footbridges, a ball park grandstand, wastewater management facilities), and the City provides funds for artistic renderings and cash prizes for first and second placed teams. Occasionally, students’ groups undertake the course by working on targeted projects in wind engineering or related areas in collaboration with the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory or, in the case of Civil Engineering (with International Development) students, on projects developed during their overseas summer internship placement at the completion of the third year. The students present their designs to multi-disciplinary judging panels drawn from the local community.