Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Building Construction II

Building Construction II
Second semester
Technical Module
Construction 2
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

The students mails will be attended or fixing an a video call appointment when required by the student or the professor. 


Following on from the knowledge acquired in the subjects of Construction 0 and I in relation to land management, flooring and roofing, the Construction II syllabus will concentrate on the materials that make up the structure of a building, with a particular emphasis on houses and their different structural typologies.

Pre-course requirements

Basic knowledge of physics, mathematics, drawing, graphic representation and the subject matter taught in the previous construction syllabuses.


To provide students with information on the different building materials and typologies used to find a constructive solution to structural elements.

To provide students with the tools for the correct construction planning of a project in terms of the physical characteristics of the place, the project and planning considerations.


  • 12-T - Ability to conceive, calculate, design, integrate in buildings and urban complexes and execute building structures
  • 15-T - Ability to conceive, calculate, design, integrate in buildings and urban complexes and execute foundation solutions
  • 17 - Ability to apply building and technical standards
  • 18 - Ability to preserve the structure of buildings, foundations and civil works
  • 24 - To acquire adequate knowledge of the mechanics of solids, continuous medium and soil as well as the plastic, elasticity and resistance properties of materials for structural works
  • 25 - To acquire adequate knowledge of conventional building systems and their pathology
  • 26 - To acquire adequate knowledge of physical and chemical characteristics, production processes, pathology and the use of construction materials
  • 27 - To acquire adequate knowledge of industrialised building systems.

Learning outcomes

The student should be able to determine the most appropriate building material in each case to solve the structure of a building and, at the same time, be able to establish the most suitable type of construction.



  • The significance of material
  • The perception of architectural space
  • The physics of space
  • The physics of perception


- Definition of the structure

- Structural demands

  • Equilibrium
  • Stability
  • Resistance
  • Functionality
  • Economy
  • Aesthetics
  • Optimum structures

- Loads: definition and classification

- Common stresses in structures

  • Axial
  • Shear
  • Bending
  • Torsion


- Notions for the choice of structural typology

- Construction comparison: conventional vs. lightweight


- Cores and claddings according to conventional solid or lightweight construction

  • Frameworks, vaults, domes

- Hollows and their impact on the structure, depending on its typology

- Horizontal growth processes

  • Extensions
  • Additions

- Vertical growth processes

  • Spatial overlap
  • Load-bearing structures that change
  • Combined structure of walls and slabs


- Load-bearing walls

  • Definition
  • Solving the transmission of horizontal forces
  • Conditions required from slabs for bracing the structure

- Frameworks

  • Definition
  • Solving the transmission of horizontal stresses


  • The underground, the invisible and their relationship with the exterior
  • Characteristics of the terrain that determine the foundations
  • Structural factors that determine the foundations
  • Types of terrain in terms of material
  • Defective land
  • Land with no consistency
  • Consistent land
  • Rock

- Geotechnical surveys

  • Preliminary information
  • Organization of the survey
  • Planning
  • Fieldwork
  • Laboratory tests
  • Geotechnical reports

- Foundations

  • Definition
  • Materials
  • Types
  • Foundations for walls
  • Foundations for pillars
  • Foundations for piles
  • Foundations for micro-piles

- Earth containment

  • Gravity walls
  • Cross-braced walls
  • Walls that work by geometry
  • Lining walls
  • Cantilever walls
  • Buttressed walls
  • Retaining walls
  • Basement walls

§ Underpinnings

§ Diaphragm walls


- Background and historical introduction

- Mass concrete and reinforced concrete

- Cement, stone aggregates, water, additives

- Active and passive reinforcements

- Solidification and curing

- Concreting in situ

- Recoverable and lost formwork

- Vertical elements

  • Pillars
  • Walls
  • Finishes

- Horizontal elements: floors

  • Functions and requirements
  • One-way and two-way floors
  • Vaulted and beamed floors
  • Solid slabs
  • Lightweight slabs
  • Waffle slabs
  • Pre-stressed slabs
  • Pre-slabs
  • Alveolar slabs
  • “PI” slabs

- Example of a concrete house


- Masonry in natural stone

  • Masonry
  • Mixed masonry
  • Rough ashlar masonry
  • Smooth ashlar masonry

- Brick masonry

  • Introduction to rigging
  • Formats

-          Concrete masonry

-          Example of house in concrete masonry


  • Background and historical introduction
  • Steel: definition
  • Steel as a structural material
  • Advantages and disadvantages of metal structures
  • Types of framework and structural solutions
  • Steel profiles
  • Elements subject to compression
  • Elements subject to bending
  • Fire protection
  • Joints
  • Floors
  • Example of a house with a metal structure


  • Section of a trunk
  • Internal composition and structure
  • Physical properties
  • Wood products and derivatives
  • Sawn timber
  • Plywood
  • Particleboards
  • Inorganic materials made from wood

- Construction systems

  • Solid slabs of plywood
  • Free-standing Kerto type panels
  • Frameworks, building with poles
  • Balloon frame
  • Frame
  • Board system
  • Grid system

- Example of a house with a timber structure

Topic 1 Class 1

Teaching and learning activities

In blended

Class exhibition
12-T 13-T 14-T 15-T 16-T 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 1,25
Class participation
12-T 13-T 14-T 15-T 16-T 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 0,12
Clase practice
12-T 13-T 14-T 15-T 16-T 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 0,42
12-T 13-T 14-T 15-T 16-T 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 0,71
Individual or group study
12-T 13-T 14-T 15-T 16-T 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 2,5

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