This course provides students with an introduction to computer use within the civil engineering profession and how the computer is a tool for engineering problem solving using computer-aided design (CAD) and geographical information systems (GIS) for civil engineering systems.
In this course, students will learn about common types of miscommunication and misunderstandings, associated with visual representation of data and about best practices for data visualization. Through a series of case studies, students will critically evaluate relevant data, the format of its presentation, and the impact the method of presentation has on the reader. Specifically, through critical analysis of the format of the graph, figures, and tables, students will determine whether the chosen methods enable straightforward, independent analysis or push the reader to accept the author's conclusions. Students will reformat the presentation of the data to determine whether other representations would reveal / support different conclusions. In a final project, students will use and build upon previous knowledge to analyze data related to a global, national, or policy decision. [STSC]
In this seminar-style course, students explore the concept of sustainability, the relationships between the natural and built environment, and the sustainable and/or unsustainable aspects of large-scale systems (energy, water, food, transportation, buildings, etc.) that support society. Students research aspects of sustainable systems and/or participate in applied projects in the campus and local community. [STSC, V]
Basic principles of fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid properties, hydrostatics, and fluid flow concepts including continuity, energy, and momentum. Dimensional analysis is also covered. Applications include open channel flow, pipe systems, and fluid flow measurements. Lecture/laboratory.
An introductory course in engineering measurement through surveying techniques. Topics include fundamentals of surveying, statistical analysis, project management, and technical writing all of which are applied throughout the course in a series of field survey projects. Laboratory work includes surveying field work, CAD, project management, and an CAD-based civil engineering applications. Lecture/laboratory
This course covers the structural analysis topics of gravity and lateral load paths, arches, cables, influence lines, approximate methods of indeterminate structural analysis, introduction to force methods of indeterminate structural analysis, and the principle of virtual work. It covers the structural steel design topics of analysis and selection of columns, beams, tension members, PM members, and concentric connections using AISC ASD specifications, with particular emphasis on buildings. The term project is the design, detailing, and fabrication of a scale-model steel bridge.
This course topics are qualitative and approximate analysis of indeterminate structures, deflection computations by moment-area, conjugate beam, and virtual work, classical indeterminate structural analysis by Force Method, Slope-Deflection Method, and Moment Distribution Method, and modern indeterminate structural analysis by the matrix-displacement method, including computer programming. Students will learn how simple finite element structural analysis programs work.
Topics include concrete composition/mixture and mechanical properties of hardened concrete/steel reinforcement as necessary to explore the behavior and design of various members (e.g. single and doubly-reinforced beams, T-beams, slab floor systems, short columns, and footings) in accordance with the ACI 318 Building Code.
This course considers the analysis of structures that are subjected to time-dependent loads from blasts, machine-loads, or seismic effects. The theoretical time-series responses of single and multiple degree of freedom dynamic systems, subjected to pulse, harmonic, and generalized loadings are analyzed by closed-form solutions and/or numerical methods. The course also includes Response Spectrum Analysis, inelastic response, laboratory testing of instrumented model structures, and practical applications using professional software.
This course introduces the student to applications of engineering principles to a variety of environmental topics. The topics will revolve around local issues within the Bushkill Watershed, therefore we will adopt a watershed approach to better understand the various topics. Topics include environmental chemistry, hydrology, risk assessment, water supply and pollution control, solid and hazardous wastes, and environmental management. Laboratories consist of field trips, computer modeling exercises, sample collection, and chemical analysis methods.
Introduction to preliminary site investigations for environmental hazards. Topics include identification of wetlands, title searches, air photo interpretation for environmental hazards, visual site surveys, operation of environment monitors, current EPA regulations regarding site assessment and investigation, and sampling of surface materials. Lecture/discussion/laboratory.
This course addresses management of civil engineering projects, including planning and feasibility studies, environmental assessments, resource development, design, construction, and other types of projects in which civil engineers are involved. Topics include definition and scheduling of project tasks and resource management. The course also provides an overview of the concepts and analytical techniques of engineering economics, including present and annual worth analysis, capitalized cost analysis, rate of return analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and sensitivity analysis. The course introduces students to software packages used in project management and economic analysis. Lecture.
Technical and policy related aspects of transportation systems. Topics include traffic analysis and control, traffic flow theory, geometric design, capacity analysis and level of service, transportation demand analysis, and transportation planning. Computer applications. Design projects include oral presentations and written reports. Lecture/discussion.
An introductory course in hydraulics, hydrology, and water resources engineering. Topics include groundwater and surface water supply, flow measurements, flow and pressure losses in pipe systems, probablility concepts in design, open channel design including storm sewers and culverts, pump design, and detention basis design. Written laboratory and design reports are required.
Introduction to engineering hydrology, primarily dealing with surface waters. Topics include hydrologic cycle, frequency analysis, rainfall/runoff relationships, routing, and storm water management and design. Design problems using current hydrological computer models are assigned. Lecture.
An introductory course in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. Studies include the classification, permeability, consolidation, and strength of soils in lecture and laboratory settings. Written reports for laboratory and design results are required. Discussion of traditional design methods in foundation engineering is included. Lecture/laboratory.
Independent study or research projects selected based on the background and interests of the student. An outline of the proposed work is submitted for approval by the department head and the faculty member who serves as adviser. A final paper presenting the results of the work is required. Hours arranged.
This independent study is intended for students who are doing an independent study project or research project where the proposed work is appropriate as a 1/2 credit course. A description of the proposed is submitted for approval by the department head and the faculty member who serves as adviser. A final paper or presentation is typically required. 1/2 credit course.
This independent study is intended to prepare students for and ultimately have them compete in the annual regional steel bridge competition conducted by the American Institute of Steel Construction.
This course considers recent advances and/or subjects of current interest to students and faculty. The special topic(s) for a given semester are announced prior to registration.
This is a course in advanced engineering decision-making, as students design and fabricate a steel bridge according to the rules of the National Students Steel Bridge Competition. Conceptual design: computer-based parametric optimization studies and prototype connection testing. Preliminary design: the selection of bridge members and geometry to safely support loads. Detail design: 3-D solid modeling, drafting, and dimensioning of shop drawings. Bridge fabrication will require fine attention to detail and troubleshooting skills.
This course covers advanced steel design from the standpoint of a modern engineering design office, emphasizing the use of computers throughout the process, including the use of commercial FEM programs for both analysis and member selection, the development of calculation spreadsheets for ASCE7 load estimation, member and connection design, and the use of BIM software for 3-D modeling and drawing production. Advanced structural steel topics include composite construction, plate girders, eccentric connections, and stability.
Students will apply prerequisite structural engineering knowledge to design components of common highway bridges in accordance with the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification. Topic coverage includes (1) structural analysis techniques for moving loads (influence lines) and distribution of traffic loads, (2) the design of superstructure components (concrete deck systems and girders of various materials [steel, concrete, and timber]), (3) the design of substructure components (reinforced concrete abutments/piers and support bearings), and (4) bridge load rating.
Basic chemical principles and applications to the analysis and understanding of aqueous environmental chemistry in natural waters and waste waters. Modeling of dissolved oxygen, nutrients, temperature, and toxic substances with applications to rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters. Lecture/laboratory.
Application of basic principles to the design of water and wastewater systems. Process design and equipment selection for water and wastewater treatment facilities. Lecture/discussion.
This course addresses the concepts and techniques used in effectively managing construction projects. Topics include work breakdown systems, critical path scheduling, cost estimating, budgeting, monitoring and reporting progress, change orders, quality management, labor relations, and relevant legal and regulatory issues. Students develop capabilities with software packages used in cost estimating, scheduling and budgeting, reporting, and document management.
This course presents an integrated approach to the management of civil infrastructure systems. Students examine the many aspects of performance and different management approaches in the context of available tools, new technologies, institutional issues, and resource constraints.
Application of fluid mechanics principles to flow in open channels. Uniform, gradually varied, rapidly varied, and unsteady flow conditions are analyzed and applied to a variety of practical problems. Both laboratory and computer models are employed. Lecture/ discussion.
This course focuses on the application of the basic principles of soil mechanics to the design of foundations and earth retaining structures. Shallow footings, mat foundations, deep foundations, cantilever retaining walls, and sheet pile walls are studied. Includes the use of design software for foundations and walls. Lecture/discussion
This course applies the basic principles of soil mechanics to the analysis of the stability of slopes, walls, dams, and levees. The use of various ground improvement technologies, including geotextile reinforcement, to improve stability and solve construction problems are considered. Includes significant use of computers for analysis. Oral presentation and written reports are required. Lecture/discussion
Introduction to the geophysical techniques used to study large- and small-scale features and processes of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of gravity, magnetism, seismology, heat transfer, and electrical methods as they apply to environmental problems. Lectures, laboratory, and field exercises.
This is a lecture and discussion class covering professional issues in civil and environmental engineering. Students will work in teams and individually to understand and apply -- from a civil engineering perspective -- business and leadership concepts, engineering ethics, and professional engineering communication. [W]
This capstone design course provides opportunities for students to apply previous coursework and to learn new material to address a complex design problem. Student teams work to develop design criteria and objectives, to manage the design process, and to find a solution to a design problem that meets specified needs with consideration of 1) public health, safety, and welfare, 2) sustainability concerns, 3) economic issues, and 4) global, cultural, and/or social factors. Students present their design solution through oral and written presentations.
The application of current surveying methods in the civil engineering field. Topics include Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and advanced topics in surveying such as remote sensing, the fundamentals of photogrammetry, and methods of precise measurements. Lecture/ laboratory.
This program is designed in accordance with the honors program of the College. Enrollment is limited to seniors. [One W credit only upon completion of both 495 and 496]