Course Content
Welcome to Construction and Infrastructure. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to protect us from natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, and design well-connected cities.
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Construction and the Central Business District
A central business district (CBD) is the commercial and business centre of a city, where most shops and companies are based. As cities grow, how can construction make sure CBDs are attractive and efficient?
Construction and Flood Defenses
Natural disasters like floods can be damaging and stressful, as well as expensive, and they often happen very quickly. How can construction build defenses that protect our cities from flooding in areas of high risk?
Construction and Earthquake-Proof Buildings
Earthquakes are one of the Earth’s most destructive forces, but if we plan and prepare then the risks can be reduced in new and existing buildings. How can construction create buildings that are earthquake-proof?
Construction and Infrastructure
About Lesson

Infrastructure means the framework and facilities that serve towns and cities, including buildings, transportation, and power. The decisions of what to put where and how to ensure infrastructure is good enough can’t be taken lightly, and these decisions need to consider things like the substructure of the land, the right to daylight above, and the stability of the structure. Planning and zoning means dividing land into zones like industrial, commercial or residential where certain uses are permitted or forbidden. Regulations are applied to make sure structures are stable and protected from fire and flood.

To protect communities from flooding, we must think about all the impacts we have on the water table, and the sources of nearby water like rivers or lakes. Some buildings, particularly temporary structures in war zones, also need to be built in ways that protect them from the impact of earthquakes or avalanches. Even in areas where these natural disasters rarely occur, we still need to consider the strength and flexibility of materials and the rights of all residents to have daylight. 

Infrastructure clients can include local and national government, communities and housing developers. Roles in infrastructure include Land Surveying and Methods Engineering and you’ll find out more about these during your work experience. By completing this module you will start to develop some of the skills needed for these roles and develop a clearer picture of whether this area of construction is right for you.

In this virtual work experience theme you’ll be looking at Central Business Districts, Flood Protection and Earthquake-proof Buildings. You should plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on each topic. When you have finished all the tasks, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use on your CV.

Pick your first topic to get started and get a task briefing from your supervisor.

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