The Master's programme Civil Engineering & Management (CEM) is the only programme in the Netherlands that explicitly focuses on both the technical and non-technical aspects of civil engineering projects and processes. High-speed rail, the Betuwe freight railway, dike improvements and the ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’ development project in Rotterdam are all technically feasible projects. Technology, however, is not the only factor that determines the end result. Many other factors need to be taken into account early in the planning phase of real estate and infrastructure projects: policy, political interests, participation and permits, land expropriation, environmental impact studies, costs, budgeting and price control, logistic efficiency and safety. The job market is keen on engineers who are true process thinkers, and who can oversee, analyse and predict all aspects of the design and execution of civil engineering projects. The Master’s in Civil Engineering and Management will train you to be just such an engineer. You will become an engineering professional capable of combining the technical and non-technical aspects of major infrastructure and construction projects.
SPECIALIZATIONs CIVIL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
Integrated Civil Engineering Systems
Integrated Civil Engineering Systems focuses on multidisciplinary aspects within civil engineering (e.g. hydraulic and geotechnical aspects of civil engineering constructions or on sustainability in civil engineering). Civil Engineering Systems often have a largely multidisciplinary character, Think for example of projects in urbanized areas where not only construction aspects are important but also mobility or water management. On the other hand, aspects such as sustainability are important within different subfields of civil engineering.
Construction Management and Engineering
The specialization Construction Management and Engineering focuses on the management of the design and construction processes of infrastructure and large construction projects. You will learn to analyse the design and management of the whole construction process. You will research different organization’s achievements in the building process and study the coordination of activities and roles of the different parties involved. This way you look at the entire building process and all of its sub-processes. Key areas of study in this programme include plan development during the building phase, sustainable building, public-private governance, construction information modelling, risk assessment and management, IT, logistics, market structures and organizations.
Transport Engineering and Management
The specialization in Transport Engineering & Management focuses on the behaviour, performance and management of traffic and transport systems. You will learn about the engineering, socio-economic, spatial and environmental aspects of these systems and about various aspects of human behaviour with respect to their potential use. Transport planning and traffic management area important areas in this specialization. You will study transport supply and demand as well as the performance and management of the infrastructure. You will use various instruments to analyse traffic systems on different space/time scales and to evaluate the impact of human intervention. You will research current issues, such as dynamic traffic management, intelligent traffic systems, urban transport, sustainable developments, traffic control and evacuation planning. You will learn to apply methodological perspectives to modelling, strategic planning, evaluation methods and dynamic optimization.
Water Engineering and Management
The specialization Water Engineering & Management focuses on the behaviour and management of water systems (such as rivers, coastal areas and seas). You will learn more about the physical and socio-economic aspects of water management. You will become familiar with various instruments to analyse long-term behaviour and to evaluate the impact of human intervention on the workings of different water systems. This specialization also looks at the roles that models and uncertainty play in the decision-making process. Among other things, you will acquire knowledge in the fields of flood protection, water retention, water quality and the development of river and sea beds.
The construction industry is changing rapidly. New techniques, changing, roles, complicated logistics and globalization have a big impact on construction projects. Today’s complex, innovative and multi-disciplinary projects in a dynamic environment call for engineers who are able to combine engineering knowledge with management skills. The Master's programme Construction Management & Engineering (CME) equips you to become a hands-on expert capable of combining the technical and non-technical aspects of a civil engineering project.
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