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A school of Civil Engineering was set up in November 186о and classes commenced in 1861. At first a certificate of Engineering was awarded, but in 1882 a chair of Engineering was established, and a degree course in Civil Engineering was introduced in 1883. This course was amended in 1893 to form the first B.C.E. course in which the foundations of today's curriculum can be traced.

The teaching of Civil Engineering continued to be administered within the single department of Engineering until 1Q47, when the first chair of Civil Engineering was established and the first. professor (Dr J. A. L. Matheson) appointed.

Civil Engineering teaching now includes both the undergraduate course of B.E. (Civil) and the graduate (M.Eng.Sc.) courses.

At present about sixty civil engineers graduate with the degree of B.E. (Civil) each year. There are between ten and twenty research students reading for the research degrees of M.Eng.Sc. and Ph.D.


The first two years of this course have much in common with the Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, Mining and Agricultural Engineering courses, the aims being to provide funda- mental training in the basic sciences of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry and in the elements of the structure and mechanics of materials, Thermodynamics, Dynamics of Machines, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Design

The third and fourth years of the course are concerned mainly with the Theory and Design of Structures, Soil Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Traffic and Transport and Surveying. Mathematics Statistics and the writing of English are taken in third year while in fourth year Mathematics is again available as an elective. A large part of the fourth year is devoted to structural and hydraulic design projects and selected research projects on which individual theses are submitted. A course in Town Planning is also given.

Non-technical activities in fourth year include a course in Business Administration (elective), Discussion Groups, Law and Economics lectures and alternative short courses in Appreciation of Art, Music and Practice in Painting, etc.

Accepted B.E. (Civil) graduates may study for the higher degrees of M.Eng.Sc. and Ph.D. by study and research within the Department. For further details see University - Calendar.


In ig6o full-time graduate courses leading to the degree of M.Eng.Sc. were introduced in the department of Civil Engineering. The courses Structural Engineering, Soil Engineer•

ing, Hydraulics Engineering and Transport Engineering extend over twelve months, about half an academic year being devoted to formal teaching and the remaining time to a selected research project. It is also possible to proceed to the М.Eng.Sc. degree by full-time research work on a selected project.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING LABORATORIES These consist of the following:

i. Metals Testing Laboratory (Melbourne) z. Concrete Laboratories (Melbourne and Syndal) 3. Soil Mechanics Laboratories (Melbourne and Syndal) 4. Structures Laboratory (Syndal)

g. Hydraulic Laboratory (Melbourne)

The departmental laboratories are not all located at Melbourne. Owing to shortage of space it has been found necessary to expand to an external site at Syndal about twelve miles east of Melbourne.

A Soil Mechanics Laboratory has been operating for some years in collaboration with the C.S.I.R.O. Division of Soil Mechanics at Syndal and recently a Structural Testing Laboratory 9,00o square feet in area has been built nearby. Part of the latter area is available for research and testing structures of all types.

The Hydraulics Laboratory (g,000 square feet in area) was recently completed and large scale research and testing in this field is now possible.

These laboratories cover a total area of zz,000 square feet and contain much costly and specialized equipment with ancillary workshop and maintenance facilities. They are available for teaching, research and testing, and provide a valuable service to industry and government bodies when special tests and investigations are required.


The B.E. (Civil) degree at Melbourne is recognized by The Institution of Engineers, Australia

The Institution of Civil Engineers, London The Institution of Structural Engineers (London) The American Society of Civil Engineers

The Board of Examiners for Engineers of Water Supply, Victoria The Board of Examiners for Municipal Engineers, Victoria

and carries exemptions from all or part of the written examinations of these bodies.

Teaching Staff Professor of Civil Engineering:

A. J. Francis, м.$с., Ph.D. (Birm.), M.C.E., M.I.C.E., M.I.Struct.E., M.I.E.Aust.


L. K. Stevens, Ph.D. (Cantab.), B.C.E., M.Eng.Sc., A.M.I.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust.

J. D. Lawson, B.E. (W.A.), Ph.D. (Aberd.), М.Е., M.A.S.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust.

Senior Lecturers:

J. V. Wood, B.C.E., Dip.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust.

B. B. Sharp, М.Е. (Adel.), Ph.D., F.S.A.S.M., A.M.I.E.Aust.

L. C. Schmidt, B.C.E., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., A.M.I.E.Aust., M.A.S.C.E.

P. J. Moore, B.E. (Syd.), M.S. (Ill.), Sc.D. (M.I.T.), A.M.I.E.Aust., A.M.A.S.C.E.

D. S. Mansell, Ph.D. (Wales), M.Eng.Sc., A.M.I.E.Aust.

I. C. O'Neill, B.C.E., M.Eng.Sc., Dip.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust., A.M.A.S.C.E.

J. R. Morgan, Ph.D., A.M.I.E.Aust.

G. D. Base, B.Sc. (Eng.). Ph.D., A.M.I.C.E.

Research Consultant:

F. Laszlo, D.Eng. (Darmstadt), Dip.Ing. (Budapest), М.С.Е.


W. T. O'Brien, B.E. (Civil), C.E.

N. F. Clark, B.E., B.Com. (Q'ld), A.M.I.E.Aust.

H. R. Graze, B.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust., A.M.A.S.C.E.

• On sabbatical leave.

Senior Demonstrators:

H. Hughes, B.C.E., M.I.E.Aust.

L. P. Ilott, D.Tech. (Vienna), A.M.I.E.Aust.

G. Nicoll, Dip.Eng. (R.T.C., Glas.) Part-time Teaehing Officers:

Lecturers in Structural Design:

R. T. A. Hardcastle, В.С.Е., A.M.I.E.Aust.

H. C. Richards, Dip.C.E., A.M.hE:Aust.

R. М. Johnson, B.C.E., S.M. (Harv.), A.M.I.E.Aust.


J. Langley, B.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust.

Lecturers in Transport Engineering:

N. S. Guerin, В.С.Е., С.Е., E.W.S., A.M.I.E.Aust., Cert. Highway Planning (Yale), A.M.I.T.E.

L. M. Jones, B.C.E., С.Е., A.M.i.E.Aust., Dipl. Highway Eng. (Dunelm) H. C. Williams, B.C.E., A.M.I.E.Aust.

Lecturers in the Civil Engineering Graduate School:

J. D. Bóýd, M.C.E., M.1.E.Aust.

J. F. BrotchiC, B.C.E., D.Eng. (Berkeley, Calif:), A.M.I.E.Aust., M.A.S.C.E- О. G. Ingles, B.A., M.Sc., F.R.I.C.

D. Lafeber, D.Sc. (Amsterdam)

List of Subjects for Civil Engineering Course


551 Chemistry (Engineering course) 55z Engineering part I

553-1 Engineering Mathematics part I 554-1 Physics part I (Engineering course) SECOND YEAR

555-1 Applied Thermodynamics part I 556-1 Dynamics of Machines part I 557-1 Electrical Engineering part IA 558-1 'Engineering Design part I 553-z Engineering Mathematics part II 559 Engineering Materials

560-1 Mechanics of Solids part I

554-2 'Physics part II (Engineering course) THIRD YEAR

583-1 Civil Engineering I

5fí6-3 Engineering Mathematics part IIIA 58z


1 Surveying part I


583-z Civil Engineering II

I The examination in these subjects will he for Pass only.

2 Students enrolling for Fourth Year Civil Engineering in 1968 are required to take a preliminary course in Fortran Programming beginning on 4 March.

List of Subjects for Bloch Exemption Course


566-z Engineering Mathematics part IIB 554-2 Physics part II (Engineering course) 583-1 Civil Engineering I



3 Engineering Mathematics part III 559 Engineering Materials

FOURTH YEAR (As for standard course)