Since Fall 2010, NTU civil engineering students try their hand at conceptual design starting the first semester of their first year. After an early exposure to design thinking via cases studies of famous engineering projects, they work in small groups to produce a design of their own, transform it into a three-dimensional digital model, and present it during a poster exhibit. For the second edition of the course in the Fall of 2011, students designed outdoor stages for a campus performance arts festival.
For the first time this Spring 2012, second year civil engineering students have the option of conducting design projects in fluid and structural mechanics. For the first five weeks of the semester, they worked together with architecture students from Shih Chien University to design and build bridges having a span of at least 5 m. Fabricated by students at the wood workshop of Shih Chien University, the bridges are currently on exhibit at the first floor of the NTU Civil Engineering Research Building on Xinhai Road.
Before they graduate with their Batchelor degree, students in civil engineering are encouraged to test their acquired knowledge in a capstone design project. Students work in teams during a full semester to address a realistic design challenge, for the conditions of a specific site. For one of the capstones offered this semester, students teams are designing flood monitoring bridges for various sites across the Laonong River, Southern Taiwan. To characterize the bridge sites, they conducted a three days site survey on March 16-18, 2012.