GC department projects

La Cabane de Gardian

The Cabane de Gardian is a project designed and built by Civil Engineering students at the IUT de Nîmes as part of their end-of-study project since 2009. Its aim is to present a sustainable construction model as an alternative to the current model, which is being called into question by the constant rise in energy costs, and to train students in renewable energies.

The project

Covering an area of 20.82 m², the cabin is divided into two sections:

  • A living room with a pedagogical purpose in relation to the existing equipment project.
  • A technical room used as an experimental laboratory for students.
The equipment
  • Heating: low-temperature underfloor heating powered by a solar panel and a heat pump.
  • For ventilation: a combination of a heat sink and a double-flow CMV.
  • For electricity: photovoltaic solar panels will supply the needs of the hut and the lighting in the teachers' parking lot, but there will be no connection to the EDF grid.
  • Reinforced concrete footing foundations
  • Base in manufactured concrete blocks
  • Reinforced concrete slab laid on a layer of sand
  • Timber frame and OSB infill
  • Interior wall and ceiling insulation with Métisse®, an insulator made from recycled used textiles that performs as well as glass wool
  • Wooden farmhouses

Accessibility project

The Civil Engineering department of the Nîmes IUT has been nominated for the 6th edition of the Handi-Friends trophies, which reward initiatives by higher education establishments to promote the autonomy and integration of students with disabilities. This year, nearly 40 applications were received and submitted to the Handi-Friends jury, who nominated three projects in each category: Handi-Integration, Handi-Sensitization and Handi-Innovation.

The project presented by the Civil Engineering department is the "accessible housing technical platform", which was selected in the Handi-Sensitization category.


On November 21, 2016, the Nîmes IUT inaugurated its "Bâtim'Handicap" accessible housing technical platform in the presence of several personalities from university life, politics and the construction sector.

This platform, designed and built by students in the Civil Engineering (GC) department in collaboration with the Electrical Engineering and Industrial Computing (GEII) and Mechanical and Production Engineering (GMP) departments, is intended to test the facilities available to people with disabilities.




Department manager: Saïd EL YOUSSOUFI

Secretariat: Florence BOITEL


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