The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.
Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.
Civil Engineering: C E
380P. Ocean Engineering Principles: Theory and Applications.
Topic 3: Principles of Hydrodynamics. Motion of a viscous or ideal fluid, waves and wave body interactions, lifting surfaces, cavitating flows, computational hydrodynamics.
Topic 4: Boundary Element Methods. Formulation and numerical implementation of boundary element methods; applications to problems in fluid mechanics, structural analysis, and solid mechanics. Civil Engineering 380P (Topic 4) and 397 (Topic: Boundary Element Methods) may not both be counted.
380S. Environmental Fluid Mechanics.
380W. Water Resources Engineering Research Seminar.
381E. Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings.
381P. Computer Methods in Structural Analysis.
381R. The Finite Element Method.
381T. Numerical Modeling of Physical Systems.
382L. Plastic Design in Metals.
382M. Administration of Municipal Public Works.
382N. Structural Systems.
383L. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Members.
383N. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structures.
383P. Prestressed Concrete.
383R. Repair and Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Structures.
383S. Structural Concrete Bridges.
383T. Plasticity in Structural Concrete.
384P. Dynamic Response of Structures.
384R. Earthquake Engineering.
384S. Structural Reliability.
385D. Water Resources Planning and Management.
385J. Hazardous Waste Management.
385K. Water Quality.
Topic 1: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis I. Basic physical, chemical, and biological properties of streams, impoundments, estuaries, and coastal waters; methods for analysis of water quality problems. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 341 and one year of chemistry, or consent of instructor.
Topic 2: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis II. Application of methods of analysis to development of a water quality management plan for a waterbody in Texas. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 385K (Topic 1).
Topic 3: Water Quality Modeling. Mathematical modeling of water quality, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and estuaries. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 385K (Topic 1) or consent of instructor.
Topic 4: Water Pollution Ecology. Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to ecological problems in freshwater and marine environments.
385L. Water and Wastewater Treatment.
Topic 1: Physical and Chemical Treatment. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.
Topic 2: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.
Topic 3: Advanced Treatment Processes. Project-based course addressing advanced topics in treatment process design: alternative designs, computer models, laboratory testing, economics, and least-cost designs. Two and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 385L (Topic 1).
385M. Unit Operations in Water and Wastewater Treatment.
385N. Industrial Wastewater Treatment.
385R. Land Treatment of Wastes.
385W. Drinking Water: Treatment and Public Health Issues.
386M. Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design.
386P. Engineering Fracture Mechanics.
386R. Inelastic Behavior of Materials.
387C. Geoenvironmental Engineering.
387L. Soil Mechanics I.
Topic 1: Strength and Shearing Properties of Soils. Theoretical and experimental studies of the shearing properties of both saturated and unsaturated soils. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester.
Topic 2: Foundation Engineering. Bearing capacity, design of piers and pile foundations.
387M. Soil Mechanics II.
Topic 1: Stability of Earth Slopes. Development and application of limit equilibrium procedures for stability analysis of earth slopes, including special conditions of rapid drawdown and seismic loading.
Topic 2: Seepage and Earth Dams. Studies of seepage, emphasizing flow nets and numerical methods, plus control of seepage problems; design of earth and rockfill dams.
387R. Soil Mechanics III.
Topic 1: Consolidation and Settlement of Cohesive Soils. Limit states for buildings; settlement of shallow footings in sand and clay; consolidation properties of soils; closed form and numerical analyses; case history studies of consolidation and settlement of cohesive soils. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester.
Topic 2: Soil and Rock Dynamics. Wave propagation in soil and rock, foundation vibration and isolation, dynamic behavior of soil. Five hours a week for one semester, including lecture and laboratory.
Topic 4: Earth Retaining Structures. Retaining walls, braced excavations, slurry walls, freezing, reinforced earth, cofferdams, and anchored bulkheads.
Topic 5: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. Application of soil dynamics to earthquake engineering; influence of soil conditions on ground motion characteristics; evaluation of site response using wave propagation techniques; liquefaction of soils; liquefaction mitigation; seismic response of earth structures; seismic slope stability.
387T. Decision, Risk, and Reliability.
388N. Engineering and Management of Municipal and Industrial Residuals.
389C. Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers.
389T. Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control.
390J. Engineering Microbiology.
390L. Environmental Analysis.
390M. Water Quality Management.
390N. Water Pollution Chemistry.
390P. Environmental Organic Chemistry.
391C. Analysis and Design of Transportation Systems I.
391D. Analysis and Design of Transportation Systems II.
391E. Advances in Transportation Demand Analysis.
391F. Advanced Theory of Traffic Flow.
391H. Urban Transportation Planning.
391J. Transportation Planning: Methodology and Techniques.
391L. Advanced Traffic Engineering.
391M. Advanced Geometric Design.
391N. Engineering System Evaluation and Decision Making.
391P. Highway and Airport Pavement Systems.
Topic 1: Theory and Behavior of Pavements. Theories of pavement behavior and concepts of pavement design.
Topic 2: Design and Performance of Pavements. Pavement performance evaluation and the application of theory to the design of pavements.
Topic 3: Pavement Management Systems. Defines the interrelationships among all aspects of pavement technology. Application of computer-based management methodology.
391Q. Bituminous Materials.
391R. Airport Design and Operation.
391T. Contemporary Transportation Issues.
391V. Infrastructure Management Principles.
391W. Transportation Systems Operations and Control.
392M. Public Transportation Engineering.
392R. Discrete Choice Theory and Modeling.
392S. Intermodal Transportation Systems.
392T. Transport Economics.
393. Advanced Concrete Materials.
393M. Environmental Engineering Research Seminar.
394. Interaction of Soils and Structures.
Topic 1: Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction. Fundamentals of wave propagation; determination of foundation stiffnesses; mat foundations on the surface of a layered soil; embedded foundations; pile foundations; effect of foundation conditions on dynamic response of structures to applied loads (machine foundations) and to seismic excitation. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
394K. Engineering Hydrology.
Topic 1: Groundwater Pollution and Transport. Groundwater flow and hydrogeologic modeling, sources of contamination, multiphase partitioning, advection-dispersion transport and modeling. Additional prerequisite: A course in groundwater hydrology.
Topic 2: Surface Water. Rainfall runoff processes, hydrograph theory, linear and nonlinear hydrologic system models, hydrologic and hydraulic streamflow routing, rainfall and flood flow frequency analysis, watershed models.
Topic 3: Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources. Principles of geographic information systems, hydrology, and database management systems applied to water resources problems. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
394M. Advanced Analyses in Geotechnical Engineering.
395P. Project Automation.
Topic 1: Advanced CAD Procedures. Same as Architectural Engineering 395P (Topic 1: Advanced CAD Procedures). Introduction to advanced CAD procedures and CAD systems, and their influence on building design and construction. Nine hours of lecture and laboratory a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: An introductory CAD course.
Topic 2: Introduction to Construction Automation. Same as Architectural Engineering 395P (Topic 2: Introduction to Construction Automation). Construction automation activities, methods for opportunity identification and financial analysis of automated systems, and tools from several disciplines that are used in construction automation; students prepare a project that synthesizes this information.
Topic 3: Design of Automated Construction Systems. The elements of construction systems, including mechanisms, sensors, and control; systems design methods and concerns. Students develop an individual design project.
Topic 4: Sensing in Civil Engineering. Sensor types and properties, data acquisition, sensor data analysis, sensor fusion, and classes of civil engineering applications. Students are encouraged to work on projects related to their research areas.
395Q. Project Controls.
Topic 1: Project Cost Management. Management of construction equipment fleet, site organization and facilities design control, and cost control systems in construction.
Topic 2: Project Time Management. Fundamentals of planning and scheduling information systems; control of activity sequence, time, resources, and cost in project environment. Includes both arrow and precedence technique, PERT, litigation support, and a scheduling exercise on the microcomputer.
Topic 4: Procurement and Materials Management. Purchasing and management of all materials and equipment for construction projects; the integration of procurement and materials management into the erection process; and their impact on quality, cost, schedule, and productivity.
395R. Project Information Systems.
Topic 2: Project Information Management Systems. Information systems design and management concepts and their implementation in construction projects. Data acquisition, transmission, and storage; database management systems and information systems design.
Topic 3: Decision and Risk Analysis. Fundamentals of decision analysis and risk assessment; construction engineering/project management applications in decision analysis; methods of risk management; overview of project insurance.
Topic 4: Metrics. Measurement systems and benchmarking approaches for many aspects of construction projects. Included are measurement systems for design effectiveness, construction productivity, safety, cost and schedule controls, and overall industry statistics.
Topic 5: Artificial Intelligence for CEPM. Same as Architectural Engineering 395R (Topic 5: Artificial Intelligence for CEPM). Introduction to basic concepts in artificial intelligence and LISP programming. Topics include theory and application of expert systems, neural nets, and fuzzy logic to construction engineering and project management. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: A course in computer programming.
Topic 6: Quantitative Methods for Project Analysis. Practical methods of data analysis for evaluating project performance metrics. Includes quantitative methods for solving everyday problems such as bid selection, capital budgeting, assignment of resources, equipment replacement analysis, and the optimization of capital structure. Techniques for developing models under conditions of risk using Microsoft Excel and add-ins such as At Risk. Civil Engineering 395R (Topic 6) and 397 (Topic: Quantitative Methods for Project Analysis) may not both be counted.
395S. Project Organization.
Topic 1: Human Resources Project Management. Evaluation of individual, group, and organizational behavior in construction work. In-depth study of communication, decision making, and the relationship between controls and behavior.
Topic 2: Construction Productivity. Construction productivity improvement by group field studies. In-depth study of the way overtime, changes, weather, and staffing levels influence productivity. Industrial engineering techniques are applied to the construction environment to improve the use of equipment and human and material resources.
Topic 3: Design Management for Major Projects. Effective management of factors involved in the detailed design of a facility, such as design inputs, cost, schedule, quality, project teams, organizational alternatives, and project objectives.
Topic 4: Project Management. Same as Architectural Engineering 395S (Topic 4: Project Management). Overall aspects of project management from inception to successful operation: establishing product objectives, feasibility analyses, scope definition, contracting methods, project control systems, and project execution planning.
395T. Project Technology.
Topic 1: Advanced Construction Technologies. Same as Architectural Engineering 395T (Topic 1: Advanced Construction Technologies). Survey of historical trends and recent developments in advanced construction technologies, including materials, methods, equipment, condition assessment, and project designs.
Topic 2: Constructibility and Modularization. Same as Architectural Engineering 395T (Topic 2: Constructibility and Modularization). Principles and methods of project constructibility enhancement; principles and applications of modularization and preassembly; value engineering concepts; planning for startup of industrial facilities.
Topic 3: Heavy Construction. Conventional heavy construction, equipment, methods, and practice; planning for critical operations; modeling and simulation; safety. Includes field studies.
395U. General Topics in Construction Engineering and Project Management.
Topic 1: Capital Facility Finance. Corporate and project budgeting; preproject planning of capital facilities; cash flow analysis; principles and applications of construction project finance and accounting; international project finance.
Topic 2: Continuous Quality Improvement. History, concepts, and principles of continuous quality improvement (CQI) in organizations. Implementation of CQI in engineering and construction companies and projects. Use of statistical process control and management and planning tools in engineering and construction applications.
Topic 3: Advanced Legal Concepts. Same as Architectural Engineering 395U (Topic 3: Advanced Legal Concepts). Contracts, documentation requirements, claims avoidance, and settlement of claims by alternative dispute resolution. Students conduct and present in-depth studies of the most frequent causes of claims (delay, disruption, acceleration, soil conditions, and changes) and consider the way the court establishes causation and determines damages.
395V. Seminar/Conference Course in Construction Engineering and Project Management.
Topic 1: Seminar. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.
Topic 2: Conference Course.
396L. Air Resources Engineering
Topic 1: Air Pollution Chemistry. Classification, transport, transformation, deposition, sampling and analysis of particulate and gaseous air pollutants in urban, regional, and global-scale systems.
Topic 3: Air Pollution Control. Design of air pollution control systems for stationary sources. Technical, regulatory, and economic fundamentals related to air pollution abatement. Filtration, inertial separators, scrubbing and electrostatic precipitators for particulates; absorption, adsorption, incineration, and biofiltration for gaseous pollutants.
Topic 4: Indoor Air Quality: Physics and Chemistry. Sources, transport, and fate of indoor air pollutants. Interactions between indoor pollutants and indoor materials. Indoor air chemistry. Human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments.
Topic 5: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling. Mathematical models of contaminant transport in the atmosphere; atmospheric turbulence and air pollution meteorology; Gaussian plume, gradient transport, and higher-order closure models; theoretical development and practical applications to engineering problems.
396M. Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Science.
Topic 1: General Topics.
Topic 2: Air Pollution Meteorology. Basic meteorology applied to air pollution; diffusion of conservative and nonconservative pollutants; plume rise; air pollution models.
197, 297, 397. Special Studies in Civil Engineering.
Topic 4: Freight Transportation. Topics include review of transport systems analysis; shipper objectives; demand and supply modeling; freight flow data; network analysis; truck size and weight policies; finance.
Topic 5: Infrastructure Management Systems. Concepts and principles of infrastructure management and performance, with emphasis on bridge and pavement management systems.
Topic 6: Traffic Science Seminar. Topics range from fundamentals of vehicular traffic science to relevant methodologies in physics, applied mathematics, and operational science.
Topic 14: Design of Wood Members and Systems. Same as Architectural Engineering 383 (Topic 6: Design of Wood Members and Systems). Design and behavior of solid wood and glued-laminated wood structural members; light-frame and heavy timber systems, including trusses and arches.
Topic 15: Facilitating Process Improvement. Civil Engineering 397 (Topic 15) is same as Management 385 (Topic 43: Facilitating Process Improvement) and Mechanical Engineering 397 (Topic 3: Facilitating Process Improvement).
Topic 16: Evaluation, Materials, and Techniques for Concrete Repair. Civil Engineering 397 (Topic 16) is same as Architectural Engineering 383 (Topic 7: Evaluation, Materials, and Techniques for Concrete Repair). Causes of distress, evaluation methods, repair materials, repair techniques, and quality control methods for repair of concrete. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one and one-half additional hours a week for guest speakers.
Topic 17: Air Sampling and Analysis. Collection and analysis of air samples for gaseous and particulate contaminants. Gas flow rate and calibration techniques, stationary source sampling and analysis, indoor air sampling, ozone and NOX ambient air monitoring.
Topic 18: Acquisition and Analysis of Transportation Data. Methods and technologies for the acquisition and analysis of data on various aspects of transportation systems. Topics may include properties of different data sources and types, such as GIS-encoded land-use data; stated versus revealed preferences; traffic sensing; survey design; sampling strategies; probabilistic methods of data analysis; data fusion; overview of statistical methods and various regression models, including random-utility, ordered-choice, simultaneous-equations, time-series, and neural-network models.
Topic 20: Computer Methods for Civil Engineers. Essential methods for computer-aided problem solving in transportation and other civil engineering areas. Topics may include computer operating systems concepts; the Internet and World Wide Web site design; advanced programming with C programming language; data structures; file manipulation and management; Monte Carlo simulation techniques; interfacing with spreadsheets, SQL databases, and computer-aided design packages; introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Team programming is emphasized.
Topic 21: Transportation Systems Management. Evolving concepts of transportation agency organization, management, and delivery of transportation programs, products, and services. Separation versus integration of transport policy-making and service delivery functions; emerging models for delivering programs and services, such as outsourcing, privatization, and state-owned enterprises; review of national and international experiences with innovative approaches and the benefits and costs associated with change.
Topic 22: Intelligent Transportation Systems Seminar. Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) concepts, evolution, and current initiatives. Program evolution from Mobility 2000, through IVHS and strategic planning activities by the Department of Transportation and ITS America, to current operational tests and deployment projects.
Topic 31: Advanced Concrete Materials. Comprehensive coverage of Portland cement concrete materials. Topics include cement and aggregate properties; chemical and mineral admixtures; concrete microstructure and the effects on chemical and mechanical concrete properties; durability issues; concrete construction; special concretes. Additional prerequisite: Civil Engineering 314K or an equivalent materials course.
Topic 32: Hydrodynamics of Propulsors and Dynamic Positioning Systems. Hydrofoil and lifting surface theory, actuator disk and lifting line theory, vortex-lattice and panel methods, blade design techniques, propulsor-inflow and propulsor-hull interaction, unsteady blade and shaft forces, and modeling of sheet cavitation.
Topic 35: Introduction to Structural Mechanics. Discussion of force and stress, vectors and tensors; equilibrium; displacement and deformation; compatibility; constitutive equations, with examples from linear elasticity, linear viscoelasticity, and plasticity; principle of virtual work; elastic structures, principle of minimum potential energy, reciprocity theorem; critical equilibrium, stability; linear theories of beams, plates, and shells.
Topic 36: Computational Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Basics of numerical methods as applied to the solution of the steady and unsteady fluid flow equations, such as the Euler and the Navier-Stokes equations, and the advection-diffusion equation. Emphasis on finite volume methods as applied to fluid mechanics problems in civil and environmental engineering.
Topic 37: Intelligent Infrastructure Systems. Concepts, frameworks, and models of intelligent infrastructure systems, with emphasis on the application of new technologies and advanced modeling techniques to the engineering and management of infrastructure systems.
Topic 50: Water Resources Development and Policies. Analysis of water resources projects, particularly international water projects, with emphasis on engineering and planning considerations and their relation to governmental policies.
Topic 54: Water Pollution Control. The application and evaluation of new concepts in water pollution abatement and advanced water and wastewater treatment.
Topic 56: Air Pollution Control. Evaluation of new theoretical approaches to air pollution control.
Topic 78: Design of Offshore Structures. Selection of design storm; wave forces on structures; preliminary analysis of steel jacket platforms; joint design; fatigue considerations; foundation design; dynamic effects and responses.
397F. Forensic Engineering: Materials and Structures.
397K. Stability of Structures.
397L. Advanced Structural Metals.
197S, 297S, 397S, 697S. Special Independent Studies in Civil Engineering.
Topic 14: Master's Research.
Topic 15: Dissertation Research.
398D. Departmental Report.
398R. Master's Report.
398T. Supervised Teaching in Civil Engineering.
399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
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