1.012 | Spring 2002 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Civil Engineering Design


Delta Game


Team or group work is central to the design process. Amongst the advantages of working in a team is that the project benefits from different ideas and points of view and different expertise. These differences, on the other hand, have to be dealt with and resolved in an optimal manner. This requires negotiation. Negotiation is particularly challenging when it involves not only different interests but different expertise. The Delta Game introduces you to such negotiations amongst experts.

The Delta Game is played in teams of four people. Each person will be a specialist in one of the following disciplines: Architecture, Structural Engineering, Thermal Engineering and Project Management.


First read the Design Task. Following this organize your team. Each specialist will then have to read the corresponding Primer. It is very important that once the game starts you are competent in your discipline and are able to make decisions quickly. Primers should only be read by the particular specialist and not by the other members of the team.This contradicts in a way the “complete openness” required of good teams; the restriction is important in the context of the Delta Game to make the negotiation more pointed.

Before the actual game, which takes place on Ses #9 (2 hours). We will hold specialists’ meetings on Ses #8 (1 hour). In these meetings the specialists will get additional training in their fields of expertise. In order to be prepared for the meeting you have to read the primer and solve example A by Ses #8. There are no examples for architects. Instead they are to prepare an initial layout for the meeting.

You will have the chance to ask questions and solve example B during the meeting.


  • Architects
  • Construction Managers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Thermal Engineers