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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Engineering

Civil Engineering

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; 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.

C E | Civil Engineering

380P. Ocean Engineering Principles: Theory and Applications. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and Mathematics 427K and a course in fluid mechanics, or consent of instructor.

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.

380S. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics applied in natural systems; analysis of energy; momentum, diffusion, turbulence, and stratification in lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 319F or consent of instructor.

380T. Computational Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Fundamentals of computational methods and their application to fluid mechanics problems in civil and environmental engineering. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 380S or an equivalent graduate course in fluid mechanics, and knowledge of a programming language.

380W. Water Resources Engineering Research Seminar. Presentations and discussions on various topics in water resources engineering. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

381E. Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings. Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering or consent of instructor.

381P. Computer Methods in Structural Analysis. Analysis of discrete member systems; displacement and force methods; energy formulation; principle of virtual work; direct stiffness method; large displacements and stability; static and kinematic condensation; substructure analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

381R. The Finite Element Method. Introductory concepts; weighted residual methods; strong and weak forms; boundary conditions; global v. local basis functions; error estimates; smooth and nonsmooth problems; one-dimensional second- and fourth-order problems; two-dimensional potential and plate problems; two-dimensional and three-dimensional elasticity; dynamic and eigenvalue problems; numerical, computational, and meshing issues; applications using commercial software. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 381P or consent of instructor.

381T. Numerical Modeling of Physical Systems. Survey of numerical methods; weighted residuals, finite differences, finite elements, boundary elements; applications to equilibrium, eigenvalue, and propagation problems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

382L. Plastic Design in Metals. Principles and methods of plastic analyses and design, and their applications to continuous beams, frames, plates, connections, and multistory buildings. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 335, and consent of instructor.

382M. Administration of Municipal Public Works. Organization and operation of public works units in municipal government; techniques of administrative practice; personnel and public relations; budgeting; finance; role of the engineer in administration. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

382N. Structural Systems. Application of systems engineering principles to planning, design, and construction of building and bridge structures with emphasis on performance requirements and economic factors. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383C. Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering. Survey of experimental methods used in structural engineering, including loading and measurement techniques and systems used in structural research. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

383D. Steel Bridge Design. Design of steel highway bridges, including the analysis and design of composite girder, box girder, and cable-stayed bridges. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 362N or the equivalent.

383L. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Members. Behavior of reinforced concrete members; critical review of specifications; limit states; anchorage and development of reinforcement; shear; torsion. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 331, and consent of instructor.

383N. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structures. Behavior of reinforced concrete structures, with emphasis on ductility and detailing of frames, slabs, and braced (shearwall) structures. Detailing for seismic loads. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 383L, and consent of instructor.

383P. Prestressed Concrete. Theory, advantages, and limitations; various systems of prestressing; composite construction; continuous span theory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 331, and consent of instructor.

383R. Repair and Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Structures. Evaluation of condition, strength, serviceability, and ductility of existing structures; criteria for rehabilitation; retrofit techniques for change in function, loading, and seismic forces. Civil Engineering 383R and 397 (Topic: Repair and Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Structures) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383S. Structural Concrete Bridges. Planning, design, and construction of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete bridges, including arch, frame, girder, and cable stay systems; aesthetics, economy, and durability. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

383T. Plasticity in Structural Concrete. Application of plasticity theory to structural concrete columns, girders, frames, and joints. Development and application of transparent detailing methods such as truss models, strut-and-tie models, and both strip and yield line methods for slabs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 383L, and consent of instructor.

384P. Dynamic Response of Structures. Single and multidegree-of-freedom systems; dynamic load factors, response to harmonic excitation; damping; modal analysis; direct integration of equations of motion; analysis in time and frequency domains; application to earthquake, wind, wave, and traffic loadings. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 381P or consent of instructor.

384R. Earthquake Engineering. Earthquake characteristics; seismic loads; elastic and inelastic response; analysis and design of buildings for earthquakes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 384P or consent of instructor.

384S. Structural Reliability. Review of probability theory and statistical techniques; sources of uncertainty and randomness in civil engineering; developing models for load and resistance random variables; deriving load and resistance factors for a reliability-based design code; definition of limit states; first- and second-order reliability methods; Monte Carlo and Latin Hypercube simulation techniques; importance sampling; reliability of systems, including the role of redundancy and load-sharing; fault-tree and event-tree analysis techniques; introduction to random processes and time-variant reliability; introduction to random fields and the stochastic finite element method. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

385D. Water Resources Planning and Management. Application of engineering economics, microeconomic theory, and operations research to the planning and management of water systems; major topics include flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, multiobjective planning, and urban water resource management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

385J. Hazardous Waste Management. Legal and technological approaches to control of hazardous wastes, studied through problem evaluation and solution. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.

385K. Water Quality. Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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. Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater, and sludges. Three lecture hours or two and one-half lecture hours and one laboratory a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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. Physical, chemical, and biological unit operations for water treatment and pollution control problems. One lecture hour and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 385L (Topic 1: Physical and Chemical Treatment or Topic 2: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing) or consent of instructor.

385N. Industrial Wastewater Treatment. Industrial wastewater characteristics; methods of in-plant control; application of various biological, chemical, and physical processes in practical water pollution control systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and credit or registration for Civil Engineering 385L or consent of instructor.

385R. Land Treatment of Wastes. Principles of the use of land in management of municipal and industrial wastewaters, sludges, and solids; includes problem evaluations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 342 or consent of instructor.

385W. Drinking Water: Treatment and Public Health Issues. Fundamentals and applications of drinking water treatment processes, interactions among treatment processes, source water quality, and public health issues. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 385L (Topic 1: Physical and Chemical Treatment), and consent of instructor.

386M. Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design. Design of water and wastewater treatment facilities; pumps and hydraulic considerations; design of wastewater collection systems; design of systems for handling and disposal of residuals. Specific facilities may be selected to meet individual interests. Six hours of lecture and design laboratory a week for one semester, with appropriate field trips to operating facilities. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and credit or registration for Civil Engineering 385L or consent of instructor.

386P. Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Application of fracture mechanics to fracture-safe design of metal structures; material behavior and analysis of components containing cracks. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

386R. Inelastic Behavior of Materials. Introduction to theories of inelastic behavior; theory of plasticity; applications to materials such as steel, concrete, and soils; implementation of constitutive equations in structural analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

387C. Geoenvironmental Engineering. Waste containment systems; ground and groundwater remediation systems; multiphase flow and transport; soil-chemical interaction; nonaqueous-phase liquids; soil liners; geosynthetic materials. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

387G. Engineering Geology. Fundamental concepts of geology, including geologic time and plate tectonics. Interactions among earth materials, landforms, and geologic processes across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Emphasizes common interests shared by engineers and geologists, as well as gaps between the disciplines, such as those posed by the geologic vocabulary. Three lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering.

387L. Soil Mechanics I. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; some topics require additional hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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. Three hours a week for one semester; some topics may require additional hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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. Principles and theory for modeling uncertainty in civil engineering, analyzing how uncertainties affect performance, and developing rational bases for design and decision making under uncertain conditions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and an introductory course in probability and statistics.

388N. Engineering and Management of Municipal and Industrial Residuals. Characterization and collection of solid wastes; biological, chemical, and physical principles and integrated systems applicable to the treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial residuals. Two lecture hours and three discussion hours a week for one semester, with occasional field trips. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil or environmental engineering, or graduate standing and consent of instructor.

389C. Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers. Advanced work in theory and practice of communicating research and design results to a variety of audiences, in print, orally, and through multimedia. Students use their own work and writing projects as the material to communicate. Three hours a week for one semester, including lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

389H. HVAC Design. Design of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and three of the following courses: Architectural Engineering 346N, Civil Engineering 319F, Mechanical Engineering 320, 326, 330, 339.

389T. Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control. Transport and control of indoor pollutants. Includes particulate removal and pollutant transport into and within indoor environments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in architectural or civil engineering.

390J. Engineering Microbiology. Fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry as applied to environmental pollution and treatment processes, energetics and kinetics of microbial growth, biological fate of pollutants; introduction to laboratory techniques. Three hours a week for one semester, including lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

390L. Environmental Analysis. Advanced analytical procedures for the sampling, monitoring, and analyses of air, liquid, and other wastes. Six hours of lecture and laboratory a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, one year of chemistry, and consent of instructor.

390M. Water Quality Management. A consideration of the technical, scientific, legal, and socioeconomic aspects of water quality management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

390N. Water Pollution Chemistry. Advanced topics in the application of engineering solutions to chemical problems in freshwater and marine environments. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

390P. Environmental Organic Chemistry. Advanced subjects in the environmental chemistry of organic contaminants in groundwater, soil, and air systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391C. Analysis and Design of Transportation Systems I. Introduction to conceptual, methodological, and mathematical foundations of analysis and design of transportation services; review of probabilistic modeling; application of discrete choice models to demand analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391D. Analysis and Design of Transportation Systems II. Operations research techniques for modeling system performance and design of transportation services; routing and scheduling problems, network equilibration, and spatially distributed queueing systems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391E. Advances in Transportation Demand Analysis. Developments in the econometric and behavioral aspects of demand analysis and forecasting; supply-demand integration; dynamic models. Applications to passenger and freight transportation and other infrastructure services. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391F. Advanced Theory of Traffic Flow. Relations among traffic variables; distribution functions; single lane and multilane traffic flow; characterization of traffic in cities; kinematic waves; yellow signal dilemma; merging; fuel consumption; emissions; and special topics. Emphasis on the interplay among theory, experimentation, and observation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391H. Urban Transportation Planning. Interrelationship of transportation and the urban environment; methodologies for planning multimodal transportation systems and developing feasible alternatives; emphasis on developing insight into the transportation problem and the planning process rather than on solving specific problems of limited scope. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391J. Transportation Planning: Methodology and Techniques. Analysis of a wide range of planning studies to establish the logic and foundation for the transportation planning process. Emphasis on techniques of estimation and forecasting population, economic activity, land use, and mobility patterns; determination of goals and objectives; decision making; economic analysis; and alternative evaluation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391L. Advanced Traffic Engineering. Characterization and analysis of arterial street and freeway traffic operations using theoretical and experimental techniques, especially computer simulation. Introduction to the most current analysis and optimization tools for control device design and implementation. Three lecture hours and three hours of supervised work a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391M. Advanced Geometric Design. Geometric design of highways and guideways, including topics on levels of service, alignment, vehicle operations, intersection and interchange design, roadside design, lighting, and economics. Three lecture hours and one hour of supervised laboratory work a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391N. Engineering System Evaluation and Decision Making. Advanced methods for selection of transportation and other infrastructure systems in the presence of multiple criteria, multiple decision makers, and uncertainty. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391P. Highway and Airport Pavement Systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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. Design and use of asphalt mixtures; chemical, physical, and rheological properties of asphalt; and practical applications in highways, airports, and other construction. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391R. Airport Design and Operation. Aircraft characteristics, site selection, airport configuration, capacity, terminal design, traffic control, and interfacing with other transportation modes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391T. Contemporary Transportation Issues. Consideration, analysis, and evaluation of recent transportation-related innovations and developments. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391V. Infrastructure Management Principles. The basic concepts and principles of infrastructure management. Life and performance models required for a sound management system. The concepts of modeling performance (including maintenance and repair) for facilities such as buildings, bridges, and air fields. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

391W. Transportation Systems Operations and Control. Concepts and advanced methods for the design of control strategies for transportation systems operations, including highway traffic systems (signalized street networks and freeways), transit systems, and private carrier operations, including airlines. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

392C. Transportation Network Analysis I. Transportation network analysis focusing on planning and optimization. Includes precise algorithms for finding transport network equilibrium flows and applications that relate to these flows, routing algorithms, deterministic equilibrium, transportation network design, and stochastic extensions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

392D. Transportation Network Analysis II. Provides analytical framework for transportation network analysis focusing on stochastic and dynamic conditions. Includes precise algorithms employed for finding dynamic network equilibrium flows via simulation, mathematical programming approaches and applications that relate to these flows, time-dependent and/or online routing algorithms, simulation-based dynamic traffic assignment, linear programming DTA models, dynamic network design, and stochastic extensions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Civil Engineering 392C.

392M. Public Transportation Engineering. Introduction to public transportation systems, including demand forecasting, operations, and design. Includes statistical methods, driver and vehicle scheduling, algorithms, and survey sampling techniques. Civil Engineering 392M and 397 (Topic: Public Transportation Engineering) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

392R. Discrete Choice Theory and Modeling. Methods and statistics of model estimation, with emphasis on maximum-likelihood; individual choice theory; binary choice models; unordered multinomial and multidimensional choice models; sampling theory and sample design; ordered models and aggregate prediction with choice models; introduction to advanced concepts, such as unobserved population heterogeneity, joint slated preference and revealed preference modeling, and longitudinal choice analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

392S. Intermodal Transportation Systems. Strategic planning of intermodal freight transportation systems (infrastructure and rolling stock). Freight logistics, intermodal technology, and intermodal terminal operations. Intermodal freight transportation policy, planning, and operational systems and programs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

392T. Transport Economics. Application of economic theory and principles to transportation systems analysis and evaluation. Topics include individual travel demand decisions, optimal private and public transport supply (including pricing strategies), location choice and land valuation, transport-market imperfections, and welfare-based transport policy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

393. 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 of chemical and mechanical properties, durability issues, concrete construction, and special concretes. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Civil Engineering 314K or an equivalent materials course.

393M. Environmental Engineering Research Seminar. Presentation and discussion of environmental topics in surface water, groundwater, air resources, and land resources. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

393S. Structural Engineering Research Seminar. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

394. Interaction of Soils and Structures. Beams on foundation, laterally loaded piles, applications of the finite-element method, beam-columns with nonlinear soil support, and behavior of pile groups. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and a course in soil mechanics or consent of instructor.

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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. With consent of instructor, any topic may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and a basic course in hydrology and in differential equations, or consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Groundwater Pollution and Transport. Groundwater flow and hydrogeologic modeling, sources of contamination, multiphase partitioning, advection-dispersion transport and modeling.

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. Development and application of linear and nonlinear finite element procedures for solution of geotechnical engineering problems related to embankments, excavations, and static soil-structure interaction. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

395P. Project Automation. Some topics may require additional hours; these are identified in the Course Schedule. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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. Some topics require two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week; these are identified in the Course Schedule. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Project Controls I. Fundamentals of planning, scheduling, and cost management on projects. Topics include network scheduling, activity and resource management, cost loading and cost control, and computer tools used for project controls, such as schedule simulation and three-dimensional and four-dimensional CAD.

Topic 2: Project Controls II. Advanced topics in project controls, including supply chain management, procurement, interorganizational controls and incentives, process modeling, and simulation.

395R. Project Information Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; some topics require additional hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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 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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Heavy Construction. Conventional heavy construction, equipment, methods, and practice; planning for critical operations; modeling and simulation; safety. Includes field studies.

Topic 6: Value Management Processes I. Industry value management processes, including value engineering and LCC, individual value engineering, process simplification, function analysis concept development, design to capacity, constructability, modularization and preassembly, and design effectiveness.

Topic 7: Value Management Processes II. Industry value management processes, including mechanical reliability modeling, predictive maintenance, design for maintainability, waste minimization and pollution prevention, sustainable design and construction, planning for startup, lean construction, value engineering change proposals, postoccupancy evaluation, and knowledge management and lessons learned systems.

395U. General Topics in Construction Engineering and Project Management. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Front-End Planning. Principles and applications for effective early planning of capital facilities, including finance, economic decision making, risk management, team alignment, and preproject planning processes and tools.

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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Seminar. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.

Topic 2: Conference Course.

396L. Air Resources Engineering Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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 the control of gaseous and particulate emissions.

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. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in a natural science or engineering.

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. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one class hour a week for one semester; some topics require additional hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. With consent of instructor, any topic may be repeated for credit. Some topics may be offered on the credit/no credit basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

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 include properties of different data sources and types; stated versus revealed preferences; traffic sensing; survey design; sampling strategies; probabilistic methods of data analysis; 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 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. Same as Architectural Engineering 383 (Topic 4: Forensic Engineering: Materials and Structures). Methods of forensic analysis; role of the expert witness; methods of dispute resolution; case studies; term project. Two lecture hours a week for one semester, with three laboratory hours a week for presentation of case studies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

397K. Stability of Structures. Stability as it relates to actual behavior and design; elastic and inelastic theories; evaluation of specifications; columns, beams, and frames. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

397L. Advanced Structural Metals. Elastic and inelastic design methods for steel members, connections, and structures; torsion of open and closed sections, welding, plate buckling, and column stability; bracing design. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, Civil Engineering 335, and consent of instructor.

197S, 297S, 397S, 697S. Special Independent Studies in Civil Engineering. Independent study. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of adviser.

Topic 14: Master's Research.

Topic 15: Dissertation Research.

698. Thesis. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in civil engineering and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Civil Engineering 698A.

398D. Departmental Report. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the departmental report option. Individual instruction. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering and consent of the supervising professor and the graduate adviser.

398R. Master's Report. Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the Master of Science in Engineering degree under the Graduate School report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering and consent of the supervising professor and the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Civil Engineering. Special training in teaching methods and procedures for civil engineering courses, including laboratory courses; the development of new material and methods to update present courses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in civil engineering and appointment as a teaching assistant.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Civil Engineering 399R, 699R, or 999R.

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