Engineering: Building with Nature MOOC


Engineering: Building with Nature

Learn how to use ecological and engineering design principles to develop more effective and sustainable hydraulic infrastructure. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free online course that allows you to explore the interface between hydraulic engineering, nature and society.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research, TU Delft and partners

Tue 11 February 2020 until Tue 24 March 2020

Duration This course is archived, which means you can review course content but it is no longer active.

Content of the course

If you’re interested in the concept of building with nature, then this is the engineering course for you. This course explores the use of natural materials and ecological processes in achieving effective and sustainable hydraulic infrastructural designs. You will learn the Building with Nature ecosystem-based design concept and its applications in water and coastal systems. During the course, you will be presented with a range of case studies to deepen your knowledge of ecological and engineering principles.

You’ll learn from leading Dutch engineers and environmental scientists who see the Building with Nature integrated design approach as fundamental to a new generation of engineers and ecologists.

What you'll learn

  • Basic engineering design principles, and basic ecological principles, relevant to the Building with Nature approach.
  • How to assess which principles are applied in several case studies and so form your own opinion on whether the hydraulic infrastructure is meeting engineering, ecosystem and societal goals.
  • How to apply your new knowledge in assessing the potential for Building with Nature solutions where you live.

A TU Delft course with contributions from Wageningen University & Research

Engineers are often asked to create hydraulic infrastructure solutions to protect our land against flooding and erosion. However, these safety precautions can have substantial impact on natural ecosystems.  But what if we could use nature to protect us?

TU Delft, Ecoshape and Wageningen University & Research have bundled their knowledge to teach you how to integrate natural systems in hydraulic engineering design. During this MOOC, you will learn the basics of engineering and ecology. The derived principles will offer insight on what it takes to successfully ‘Build with Nature’.

Doubting if you are qualified to follow this course? Just ask yourself the following question; ‘Am I curious about Building with Nature?’ If the answer is yes, subscribe!

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