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Utility Management and Construction Sites

General description Objectives (September to December - level Master 2)

The aim of this thematic semester is to expose engineering students to the problems of operation, daily management and project management of services and systems such as a sewerage network, treatment or flow management.

The semester consists of 9 teaching units that can be divided into three groups:

  • Four teaching units are devoted to the management of services and systems. Beyond the reactive or programmed technical management of drinking water and sanitation systems, students are made aware of the analysis of governance and performance of services. The application of risk analysis methodologies (HACCP, FMEA, etc.) completes these system analysis tools. Finally, the presentation and application of infrastructure asset management methodologies will complete the training in operations.
  • Three teaching units dedicated to works. These deal with the phasing of operations (from design to completion of the work), the regulatory context, dimensioning or diagnosis (foundation calculation, load transfer, etc.) and specific work (sinking, micro-tunneling, etc.). There is a strong development in the diagnosis of storage structures (tanks, reservoirs, basins, etc.). 
  • All the lessons are complemented by the completion of a real technical project entrusted by a company, enabling students to develop a response to the needs of a client. In addition, the thematic semester includes basic training in standardisation processes and labour law. 

Coordinator: Jean-Bernard Bardiaux


Knowledge is required in resistance of materials (RDM), solid mechanics, calculation methods, operation of structures (treatment plant, sewerage, drinking water), soil mechanics and modelling (knowledge previously acquired at ENGEES) to follow this in-depth course.

For ENGEES students: having followed the pre-specialisation courses in S8

The job opportunities are different from those of a classic engineer: more jobs are accessible because this semester deepens skills but does not condition them. One can find opportunities in project management on site, site monitoring, preparation of works or in operations (sewerage network, treatment or management of waste water or consumption), in missions of service management.

Teaching Units

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
Service and Systems Management - Operations, Meet the Professionals, Introduction to Governance, Risk Management, Performance, Regulation, Security, Alarms
Operation of Systems

Know the components of the operation of a drinking water or sanitation service. Management of drinking water supply and sanitation networks to ensure their sustainability 

Drinking water supply :

- Current and specific works, technical management of the network, planned maintenance, malfunctions, intervention methods 

- Structure, description and operation of the network 

- Repairing, leaks management, planned maintenance 

- Rehabilitation, malfunctions 

- Public domain - private domain - metering 

- Connection of new works - disinfection - stopping the service 

- Interventions: modalities, dangers for the personnel 

Sanitation :

- Management of the network, the main disorders, cleaning, danger for the operating personnel 

- Technical monitoring of the network, 

- Importance of planned maintenance, 

- Punctual operations, repairs, origin and consequences of the main disorders, deposits in networks: origin, management of cleaning, fate of residues, inventory of dangers for personnel.

Service Organisation and ExpertiseTo provide the knowledge and tools to understand and appropriate, through case studies, the multidisciplinarity necessary for the analysis of management performance and the requirements of the regulation of public water and sanitation services33030
Standardisation and Risk Evaluation

The objective is to open up the field of competence of engineering students beyond the technical field. Thus, the proposed courses refer to management in the broadest sense, more precisely to organisation (water service/sanitation/decentralised services) and more particularly to the definition of management systems addressed by the various standards. Two aspects seem relevant:

1) knowledge of the normative environment and sectoral standards more specifically 

2) the implementation of these standards by explaining the role of the engineer in this type of project, support, accompaniment and participation. 

The other aspect related to management concerns the field of risk and the highlighting of existing risk management approaches which contain a managerial dimension but also a strong technical dimension.

Management of Potable Water Stewardship and SanitationStudents will acquire the general principles of infrastructure asset management and its application to water networks on the one hand, and to sewerage networks on the other, and will be led to construct a global reflection in terms of technical, economic and social sustainability, starting from the network approaches towards a more integrated approach to urban water management. The “mini-project” will allow a first approach taking into account all the dimensions of asset management.33030

Contracts for the Public Sector

Be able to carry out a civil engineering project from the design phase to the execution phase32424
Civil Engineering  - Project Construction / Network Implementation

Investigations and geotechnical studies specific to foundations: The objective of the course is to develop the theoretical approach necessary to secure a foundation. 

Construction of networks  

- A part devoted to the techniques of installation of networks (formwork, trenches, compaction...) 

- A part devoted to the calculation and implementation of the roadway (implementation, load transfer calculation, geosynthetic).

Foundation calculations 

Investigations and geotechnical studies specific to foundations: The objective of the course is to develop the theoretical approach necessary to secure a foundation

calculs et à la mise en œuvre de la voirie (mise en œuvre, calcul de transfert de charges, géosynthétique).

Calcul de fondations 

Investigations et études géotechniques spécifiques aux fondations : L’objectif de cours est de développer la démarche théorique nécessaire pour sécuriser une fondation

Diagnostics and Rehabilitation of Water Storage InfrastructureCarry out a diagnosis and rehabilitate water storage facilities and become aware of the management of already existing drinking water and wastewater storage facilities32424
Technological Project/ Company ProjectThe tutored project is a group work (3 students per team) which responds to a professional problematic of a company or community on very varied subjects. A teacher-researcher supervises the students' work to guarantee the scientific validity of the project. The project is monitored jointly by the company and the school.3120 

Common core

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
Advanced Project ManagementAdvanced project management, Life cycle analysis328


Career Exploration and Professional Development 3Job preparation, Professional forums, Professional project support03030
Personal and Professional Development 3Management and Leadership level 3118X
Company project / Technological project 6X0