AF1002 Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures 7.5 credits

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The course aim is to give superficial knowledge of technical properties of existing structures and buildings all the way from foundation, framework, structural components, insulation, installations and to give a background for the development of buildings. Focus is to give a background for valuing possibilities, risks and problems with renovation, repair modernization of existing buldings and civil engineering structures.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    1 - 10

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    John Leander <>

  • Teacher

    Håkan Nilsson <>

    Ivo Martinac <>

    John Leander <>

    Kjartan Gudmundsson <>

    Rickard Bellander <>

    Sebastian Grette <>

    Therese Arvidsson <>

  • Target group


Spring 20 CSAMH2 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and function of the parts of a building considering the load carrying structure, building technology, service systems, and energy systems.
  • Explain key concepts and principles within structural analysis, building technology, service and energy systems, and thereby understand and analyse simplified engineering problems.
  • Apply analysis methods to make preliminary estimations of the load effect to determine the structural capacity, the thermo-technical properties of the building envelope, and the energy needs of a building.
  • Perform a superficial inspection of an existing structure including drawings and technical documents to describe its design and technical properties.
  • Make suggestions on rebuilding and identify risks with a different use.
  • Prove an understanding of how technical issues influence the sustainability in construction considering natural resources, health and quality of life.

Course main content

The course gives an introduction to the modern construction and architectural history. From a technical perspective, the development until today's buildings and structures is reviewed.

Key concepts in structural analysis, building technology, service systems and energy systems are introduced as a basis to enable interpretations of technical documents within these fields.

Within structural analysis, frequently occurring structures and foundations for buildings and bridges are treated. Attention is put on loads, their origin and how they should be combined in the design calculations of the load carrying structure.

Within building technology, concepts and principles on the technical properties of the building envelope is treated such as temperature and vapour distribution, thermal bridges and the risk of moisture damages. Counteractions for problems in existing buildings are discussed.

The part about service and energy systems deals with important technical systems for heating and ventilation. An introduction to calculation of energy consumption and cost is also given related to rebuilding and extension.

Issues related to sustainability are treated in all technical disciplines. Some examples are choice of material, design optimization against cost and use of resources, serviceability criteria, availability, indoor climate and energy consumption.


Courses: Introduction to the Planning and Building Process, Geoscience and Geotechnical Engineering, Natural Resources Theory, Engineering Mechanics, Project Management and BIM in the Built Environment.


  • 1. Bärande och Buret. Sundquist H, 2014. TRITA-BKN. Rapport 87. KTH.

    2. Byggteknikens grunder, kompendium i grundläggande byggnadsteknik. Avdelningen för
        byggnadsteknik. KTH.

    3. Samhällsbyggnadsprocessen (Den tekniska delen).

    4. Projektering av VVS-Installationer. Warfwinge C, Dahlbom M, 2010. Studentlitteratur.

    5. Så byggdes staden. Björk C, Nordling L, Reppen L, 2012. Svensk Byggtjänst. (Från kursen

    6. Så byggdes husen 1880-2000. Reppen L, Björk C, Kallstenius P, 2013. Svensk Byggtjänst.


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5, grading scale: P, F

The examinationin this course isdivided into three parts, a written exam, mandatory assignmentsand a project carried out ingroups of three to four students.
Assessment criteria are announced when the course starts.

Requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1, 3 hp)

Project task (PRO1; 3hp)

Exercises (ÖVN1 1,5 hp)

Offered by

ABE/Civil and Architectural Engineering


John Leander, 08 790 6493


Rickard Bellander <>

Add-on studies

Building Materials and Building Physics, Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Building Technology and Building Services Engineering besides Construction Project Management


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2016.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.