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Engineering Report Writing - Looking Good, Doing Well


14/05/2019 - 17/05/2019


10:00AM - 12:00PM


David Kier Building

Students in civil engineering write a lot of formal reports of many kinds. The quality varies, in terms of appearance, pitch, and structure. This arises from a mix of lack of skills with the tools, lack of understanding of the expected standards, and lack of grasp of the purpose of the report. It is the aim of this workshop to assist the participants in improving their written reports across these areas. The activity is spread out over the week, but will involve substantial amounts of private study, both reading, preparing for discussion, and revising exemplar reports that the School will provide.

In the workshops, participants will:
• address the writing of report abstracts as brief summaries of the reports;
• learn how to use Microsoft Excel's calculation functions to process engineering laboratory data;
• learn how to use Microsoft Excel's chart formatting to better present engineering data;
• learn how to use Microsoft Word's style tools to better craft engineering reports; and
• develop an understanding of referencing conventions in civil engineering.

Over the course of the week, participants will:
• develop summaries for example engineering reports;
• discuss in small groups the summaries developed;
• apply skills in Microsoft Office to the processing and presentation of data for engineering reports;
• make changes to exemplar reports that would improve the mark; and
• debate within small groups the changes and their impact.

This is a week long activity at the end of the examination period specifically for Stage 1 Civil Engineering students as they are attending the Surveying Field Camp assessed exercise later in May.


Applicants should contact the organiser directly by email at

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Engineering Report Writing - Looking Good, Doing Well

Date(s): 14/05/2019 - 17/05/2019
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: David Kier Building