Catalog
2014-15

Civil Engineering

Moujalli Hourani, D.Sc.
Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Graduate Program

Mission

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program, with a strong emphasis on design, is intended for practicing civil engineers, as well as those who wish to pursue doctoral studies. Programs of study include structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, and construction management.

Objectives

The objectives of the program are:

  1. to provide knowledge of advanced topics related to the structural engineering and geotechnical engineering and construction management areas of civil engineering
  2. to provide a practice-based knowledge founded on application of advanced techniques in analysis and design

Admission Requirements

Applicants possessing a baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., or from a recognized foreign institution, and also have the minimum grade point of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale will normally be ordinarily to the graduate program.

Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in other engineering disciplines, having a minimum grade point average of 3.00, will normally be admitted to the program upon completion of specific prerequisite courses assigned by the Graduate Program Director with a grade point average of 3.00 and no grade lower then C.

These prerequisite courses will not satisfy any requirement for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Generally, students must complete all prerequisite courses before they are permitted to register for graduate courses. Exceptions require the recommendation of the Graduate Program Director and the approval of the Dean of Engineering.

Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of thirty credits hours of graduate course work. Specific requirements follow:

Structural Engineering 

CIVG 777Advanced Structural Analysis I3
CIVG 778Advanced Structural Analysis II3
CIVG 779Design Steel Structures3
CIVG 789Advanced Geotechnical Applications: Foundations3
CIVG 797Advanced Geomechanics3
CIVG 784Reinforced Concrete Structure I3
CIVG 785Reinforced Concrete Structure II3
One course from:
ENGG 612Finite Element Methods3
ENGG 614Engineering Mathematics3
CIVG 796Elastic and Inelastic Stability of Structures3
CIVG 799Theory of Plates and Shells3

 Two approved departmental and Graduate Core electives or a thesis.

Geotechnical Engineering 

Advanced Structural Analysis I
Advanced Structural Analysis II
Ground Improvement
Advanced Geotechnical Applications: Foundations
Advanced Geotechnical Applications: Earth-Retaining Structures
Earthworks Design
Advanced Geomechanics

 One course from:

Reinforced Concrete Structure I
Reinforced Concrete Structure II

Two approved departmental and Graduate Core electives or a thesis. 

Construction Management

Minimum of six approved courses in construction from the list shown below:

COMG 602Introduction to Construction Management3
COMG 605Construction Planning and Scheduling3
COMG 606Building System Design3
COMG 608Construction Quality and Safety3
COMG 609Engineering Risk and Decision Analysis 3
COMG 610Construction Law3
COMG 611Environmental Impact Assessment for Construction Projects3
COMG 612Marketing and Finance of Engineering Projects3
COMG 614Contracts and Specifications3
COMG 615Project Controls3
COMG 616Construction Estimation3
COMG 617Fire Protection Piping System Design3
COMG 618Safety and Environmental Issues in Construction for Engineers3
COMG 619Temporary Works in Heavy Construction3
COMG 620Construction Project Delivery3
COMG 621Managing Civil Infrastructure Systems3
COMG 622Construction Accounting and Finance for Development3
COMG 623Capstone Construction Management3
COMG 624Leadership in Civil Engineering3
COMG 625Special Topics in Construction Management3

Four or less courses in structural and geotechnical engineering

With the approval of the Graduate Program Director, a student may take a maximum of three courses offered in other School of Engineering graduate programs. Electives may also be selected from the Graduate Core courses with the advice and approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Civil Engineering Graduate Courses

CIVG 505. Wood Structures. 3 Credits.

Mechanical properties of wood; orthotropic nature of wood as a material, dimensional instability, susceptibility to biological deterioration, implications of duration and types of load. Design of solid, laminated and composite beams, columns, shear walls, diaphragms, roofs, and trusses. Behavior and design of mechanical connections. Introduction to light framed wood structures, arches, bridges, and other timber structures. Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of the Chair. Three credits.

CIVG 506. Tunneling. 3 Credits.

This course provides analysis, design and construction issues for the tunneling in soils and/or rocks. The speical areas covered included planning, rock mass classification, rock failure mechanisms, initial evacuation supports, design considerations for permanent linings, tunnel evacuation methods, ground-water control, ground control measures, and tunnel security. The design considerations of high pressure water tunnels are also discussed including selection of permanent liners, coupled hydromechanical behavior of jointed rock mass and evaluation of hydrojacking potential. Finally, tunnel security against earthquake, fire, and explosion, which is one of the Nation's current important concerns, is discussed. Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of the Chair. Three credits.

CIVG 508. Structural Renovation. 3 Credits.

In renovation, repair, retrofit, or adaptive reuse projects on existing structures, practicing engineers are faced with unique challenges that often require a combination of in-depth knowledge of material properties and durability, construction practice and detailing (including historic construction systems), and structural analysis and design. This course will offer a review of various aspects of structural repair and rehabilitation projects, while examining structures, components, and systems of various types and materials. The students will learn about challenges of investigation, typically the first step in any repair and rehabilitation project on existing structures. Use of visual, non-destructive, and destructive investigative methods will also be discussed. Then, focus will shift to a review of available information sources, known deterioration mechanisms, recognized repair techniques, as well as typical strengthening and alteration options as they apply to repair and rehabilitation projects involving various structure types (concrete, steel, wood, and masonry). Finally, the course will focus on a review of options for repair and retrofit of building lateral systems and facades.

CIVG 509. Preservation Engineering - Theory & Practice. 3 Credits.

The course explores the inherent role of precedent and existing constructions for design within the urban context - a synthesis of the built past and the envisioned future, of analysis and design. While ideas of sustainability become more and more relevant to our design approach and decisions, this course explores the inherent sustainability of maximizing the use of what we already have through the reuse and revitalization of existing construction. Work with existing and new construction becomes mutually beneficial as we learn from the past to inform our new designs, and as we apply modern materials and techniques to sustain or revitalize the structures we have.

CIVG 510. Restoration of Historic Buildings. 3 Credits.

In renovation, repair, retrofit, or adaptive reuse projects on existing structures, practicing engineers are faced with unique challenges that often require a combination of in-depth knowledge of material properties and durability, construction practice and detailing (including historic construction systems), and structural analysis and design. This course will offer a review of various aspects of structural repair and rehabilitation projects, while examining structures, components, and systems of various types and materials. The students will learn about challenges of investigation, typically the first step in any repair and rehabilitation project on existing structures. Use of visual, non-destructive, and destructive investigative methods will also be discussed. Then, focus will shift to a review of available information sources, known deterioration mechanisms, recognized repair techniques, as well as typical strengthening and alteration options as they apply to repair and rehabilitation projects involving various structure types (concrete, steel, wood, and masonry). Finally, the course will focus on a review of options for repair and retrofit of building lateral systems and facades.

CIVG 732. Thesis. 6 Credits.

A technical paper under faculty supervision based upon original study or research, an original design or a thorough analysis of an existing or proposed system of either a scientific or engineering nature. This is a year-long course.

CIVG 756. Fracture and Fatigue. 3 Credits.

Comprehensive study of fracture and fatigue failures of structural system; fracture mechanics of steel structures; fatigue crack initiation and propagation; fatigue of welded structures; corrosion and nondestructive investigation.

CIVG 757. Advanced Study in Civil Engineering. 3 Credits.

Individual study of selected advanced topics in civil engineering under the supervision of a faculty member.

CIVG 772. Hydrology. 3 Credits.

Hydrologic cycle, interception, infiltration, evapotranspiration, measurement an analysis of precipitation; design hyetograph, unit hydrographs-analysis, synthetic generation of unit hydrograph; measurement and analysis of runoff, synthetic generation of flow, analysis of stream gages, statistical and probabiltiy analysis of stream flow, regional frequency analysis; probable maximum precipitatation, probable maximum floods; flood routing methods and applications; hydrologic study of complex stream network.

CIVG 773. Hydropower Engineering. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of water power equation, schemes of water power development, analysis of stream flow data, flow duration curve, power duration curve, mass curve, firm power; selection of turbine, passages and power houses; appurtenances for hydro plants; conservation, economic and environmental aspects.

CIVG 777. Advanced Structural Analysis I. 3 Credits.

Review of classical methods of structural analysis; matrix formulations; arch analysis; influence lines for indeterminate structures by the Muller-Breslau principle and numerical methods; limit analysis of simple structures; cable support structures.

CIVG 778. Advanced Structural Analysis II. 3 Credits.

Analysis of frameworks under dynamic loads; computation of mode shapes and frequencies; calculation of response using model superposition and numerical methods; the use of response spectra for seismic analysis; buckling of structures using the geometric stiffness matrix. Prerequisite: CIVG 777 or equivalent.

CIVG 779. Design Steel Structures. 3 Credits.

Review of load specifications and design philosophy; design of single and multistory rigid frames; behavior of connections and the influence of connections on member behavior; moment-rotation curves; composite construction; light gage steel. Prerequisite: CIVG 777 or equivalent. Thee credits.

CIVG 780. Long Span Metal Structures. 3 Credits.

Classical forms of long span bridges; loads on bridges; suspension systems; cable-stayed bridges; space frameworks; orthotropic bridge decks; box girder bridges. Prerequisitie: CIVG 779 or equivalent.

CIVG 781. Special Topics in Structural Engineering. 3 Credits.

Special topics in structural engineering of current interest to graduate students; subject matter will be announced in advance of particular semester offering.

CIVG 784. Reinforced Concrete Structure I. 3 Credits.

Research on the concrete stress-strain curve; specimen-testing machine interaction; micro-cracking; time-dependent strain in concrete; creep and shrinkage; ultimate strength analysis of reinforced concrete members; diagonal tension failure of reinforced concrete beam, design of determinate and indeterminate pre-stressed concrete structures. Prerequisite: CIVG 777 or equivalent.

CIVG 785. Reinforced Concrete Structure II. 3 Credits.

Cracking in beams and slabs; torsion of reinforced concrete beams; yield line theory of slabs; shear-wall construction and its application to the design of tall concrete structures; immediate and sustained deflections; problems in the design of multistory reinforced concrete structures. Prerequisite: CIVG 777 or equivalent.

CIVG 786. Ground Improvement. 3 Credits.

Comprehensive coverage of technologies used to modify the engineering properties of earth and non-earth materials both in situ and artificially placed. Overviews of the use of waster and manufacatured non-earth materials as alternatives for backfills and fills, and the use of geosynthetic tensile reinforcement. Prerequisite: CIVL 308 or equivalent.

CIVG 787. Special Topics in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 3 Credits.

Special topics in geotechnical and/or geoenvironmental engineering of current interest to graduate students and engineers in practice. Subject matter will be announced in advance of particular semester offering. Permission of the instructor.

CIVG 789. Advanced Geotechnical Applications: Foundations. 3 Credits.

Detailed consideration of the application of geomechanics principles to the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations including footings, mats, piles, drilled shafts, and modern hybrids (piled rafts). Overviews of site characterization, criteria for selection of foundation alternatives, allowable settlements, construction and constructability. Prerequisite: CIVL 308, 438, or their equivalents.

CIVG 791. Advanced Geotechnical Applications: Earth-Retaining Structures. 3 Credits.

Detailed consideration of the application of geomechanics prinicples to the analysis and design of earth-retaining structures including basement walls, rigid retaining walls, modern internally-reinforced structures (MSEW, SRW, soil nailing), cantilever and anchored bulkheads, braced excavations, and cellular structures under both gravity and seismic loading. Introduction to state-of-art concepts such as controlled yielding using geofoam compressible inclusions. Prerequisite: CIVL 308, 438, or their equivalents.

CIVG 792. Earthworks Design. 3 Credits.

Detailed consideration of the application of geomechanics principles to the analysis and design of unsupported slopes including natural slopes, cut slopes, embankments, earth dams, and levees. Introduction to the use of geosynthetic tensile reinforcement for basal reinforcement, RSS and soil nailing. Prerequisite: CIVL 308, 438, or their equivalents.

CIVG 796. Elastic and Inelastic Stability of Structures. 3 Credits.

Elastic and inelastic buckling of axially loaded members; lateral buckling of beams; energy methods; flexural-torsional buckling of centrally and eccentrically loaded columns of open cross section in the elastic and plastic ranges.

CIVG 797. Advanced Geomechanics. 3 Credits.

Advanced topics in soil mechanics including effective stresses under partially saturated conditions, advanced constitutive models, vibratory loading, and seismic liquefaction. Prerequisite: CIVL 308 or equivalent.

CIVG 798. Site Characterization and Design. 3 Credits.

Detailed consideration of the processes and methodologies for determining soil and rock properties for a wide variety of geotechnical applications for both simple and complex projects. The role of pre- and post-construction design verification in practice using centrifuge testing and in-situ instrumentation. Prerequisite: CIVL 308, 438, or their equivalents.

CIVG 799. Theory of Plates and Shells. 3 Credits.

Analysis of plates loaded transversely and in their plane; general theory of shells of revolution; shallow shells; membrane theories of shells; Levy's method; theory of folded plates; solutions using finite difference methods.

Construction Management Courses

COMG 602. Introduction to Construction Management. 3 Credits.

Techniques for the decisions and actions of the various participants involved in the design and construction of civil engineering projects; techniques used in estimating, planning, coordinating and controlling time, cost, quality and usage.

COMG 605. Construction Planning and Scheduling. 3 Credits.

This course deals with the planning and control of construction projects. This course will cover topics on time schedules for materials, labor, equipment, expediting material delivery and bar charts. Emphasis on the theory behind the scheduling techniques used in the construction industry such as Critical Path Methods (CPM), precedence diagrams and Program Evaluation Review Techniques (PERT).

COMG 606. Building System Design. 3 Credits.

In this course, students will gain familiarity with the various systems required within buildings. Students will gain knowledge of various code issues as they relate to buildings and building construction. Systems covered will include, Mechanical & HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing/Sanitary, Fire Production, and Life Safety. The course will also address the interaction between building systems as they relate to the Architectural and Structural components of buildings. The course will also address the evolution of building systems, and what to expect in the coming years. At the completion of this course, students will be able to identify as well as understand the purpose of the major components of building systems and understand how they relate to the overall building.

COMG 608. Construction Quality and Safety. 3 Credits.

In this course, students will take a practical look at project safety issues, OSHA 1926, site specific Health and Safety Plan (HASP) Quality Plan, Quallity Assurance, Quality Control.

COMG 609. Engineering Risk and Decision Analysis . 3 Credits.

Development and implementation of computa-tional procedures such as Linear, Integer, Multi-objective and Dynamic Programming to assist construction/engineering managers predict the consequences of proposed alternatives and to select an optimal alternative. Decision Tree analyses and other criteria for decision making on construction projects involving elements of risk and/or uncertainty. Solutions using spreadsheet and other com-mercially available microcomputer software are stressed.

COMG 610. Construction Law. 3 Credits.

The American Jurisprudential System as it applies to the management of the construction process; principals of contract formation, subcontracts and contract documents; public works bidding and the Wicks Law; contract performance, suspension and termination; surety bonds; changed conditions, extra work, change orders and claims; time of performance, delay and acceleration; mechanic's liens and trust funds; design professionals' duties and liabilities; insurance and warranties; Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

COMG 611. Environmental Impact Assessment for Construction Projects. 3 Credits.

To provide the student with an introductory overview of the environmental law system including the legal & regulatory process. To acquaint the student with the major Federal (e.g. NEPA), state (e.g. SEQRA), & local (e.g. CEQR, ULURP, zoning) environmental impact legislation and procedures affecting the practice of engineering. To provide the student with the tools necessary to find, understand, use and comply with relevant laws, regulations, codes, forms, premitting, etc. To familiarize the student with real world practice applications of environmental laws and regulations to major construction projects. To enhance understanding of the interaction of the environmental law system with engineering through case studies.

COMG 612. Marketing and Finance of Engineering Projects. 3 Credits.

Formulation of financial techniques for solution of viability of engineering projects; typical subject material includes development and use of Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value. Presenting an understanding of marketing, its components and how the construction manager/engineer fits into the corporate marketing equation.

COMG 614. Contracts and Specifications. 3 Credits.

Fundamental concepts of contract law. Types and selection of contracts, e.g. construction. Procedures for advertising, awarding and administering contracts. Specifications and their cost impacts. Liability of engineers. Engineering professional services.

COMG 615. Project Controls. 3 Credits.

The course will start with a discussion of Project controls systems involved in Design and Construction of Projects. It will then move into an introduction and examination of two specific Control Systems. First CPM Scheduling including Cost/Resource loading. The student will become intimately familiar with the industry's leading methodology of scheduling for design and construction. The student can expect to become conversant with the terminology, calculations and computer reporting utilized in CPM Scheduling. Finally the course will examine Cost Engineering aspects for Design and Construction Industry. The student can expect to become conversant in Labor Budgeting and Variance Analysis for a Design/construction firm's effort and the Cost Engineering aspects for Construction of a project.

COMG 616. Construction Estimation. 3 Credits.

A key parameter for all types of construction emerges from the answer to the fundamental question: How much is the work expected to cost?" This course examines the process used by the construction industry to arrive at an answer and how the result fits into the overall construction process. Key concepts covered include quantity and quality takeoffs.

COMG 617. Fire Protection Piping System Design. 3 Credits.

Design Fire Protection Piping Systems with an emphasis on water based piping systems. Analyze occupancy and construction classifications for existing and new buildings using the New York State and the New York City Building Code. Determine appropriate system type to be installed in specific hazards environments. Design fire protection piping systems to meet the architectural and structural requirements. Determine design area of applications for the systems being installed. Understand type of piping configurations and advantages of each. Determine water supplies required for each type of building occupancy.

COMG 618. Safety and Environmental Issues in Construction for Engineers. 3 Credits.

This course presents an overview of safety and environmental issues related to construction. Included are a review of the federal Occupantional Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety standards as well as an introduction of specific safety and environmental construction related issues such as regulated substances that may be encountered and green building (LEED) certification.

COMG 619. Temporary Works in Heavy Construction. 3 Credits.

Course provides an overview of contractors temporary works means in heavy underground construction. This course will include the engineering design of these temporary works. Temporary works are normally the full responsibility of the contractor. However, an understanding of the selection and design of temporary works by contractors is also vital to owners and consulting engineers because they directly influence the constructability and cost of their projects. This course will include: geotechnical parameters and design loadings in temporary works; the design of support of excavation systems including soldier pile and lagging, sheet piling, concrete diaphragm (slurry wall) and secant wall; monitoring and settlement analysis of structures adjacent to excavations; soil improvements and grouting; dewatering; underpinning, and initial supports in rock and soft ground tunnels.

COMG 620. Construction Project Delivery. 3 Credits.

This course will address the fundamentals of completion of a Construction Project. It will provide guidance on the setting up of a project, developing a project plan, putting together a team from the various groups, such as legal, environmental, real estate, public affairs, all associated engineering disciplines, estimating, scheduling, construction management, procurement, quality assurance, safety, financing, operations and associated stake holders. The course will describe how budgets and schedules are established and used to drive the project. The course will also cover what should be included in a project plan and in monthly reports. At the completion of the course, the students will have an understanding of the various aspects of Project Management and how the Project Manager is able to bring them together so they function as one, much as a conductor does with an orchestra.

COMG 621. Managing Civil Infrastructure Systems. 3 Credits.

Examination of the fundamentals of infrastructure planning and management with a focus upon the application of rational methods that support infrastructure decision-making; institutional environment and issues; decision-making under certainty and uncertainty; capital budgeting and finance; group decision processes and elements of decision and finance theory.

COMG 622. Construction Accounting and Finance for Development. 3 Credits.

This course gives an overview of the uses of accounting and financial analysis in decision making in a construction and development environment. The course will help construction professionals – both those who are working in the construction industry and those seeking degrees in construction management – learn how the principles of accounting and financial management can be adapted to and used in the management of construction companies and project management. Students will review accounting concepts, rules, regulations and report requirements as they apply to construction and development and discuss the financial tools needed to understand the financial statements and financial positions of development and construction projects. This course requires minimal proficiency in the use of the Hewlett-Packard HP 12C calculator and EXCEL or their equivalents.

COMG 623. Capstone Construction Management. 3 Credits.

This capstone course examines the full range of services which constitute professional construction management as defined by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). The CMAA Construction Management Standards of Practice will be utilized as a framework for further development of student core competencies in Cost, Time, Quality, Safety, Contract and Project Management as well as in the roles and responsibilities of the Construction Manager as a Professional. By taking this course, students planning to pursue CM certification will be in position to better gauge their respective areas of strength versus those that may need additional concentration to successfully complete the certification process. Course Prerequisite:COMG 602, 614, 615.

COMG 624. Leadership in Civil Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course covers principles of self-management and leadership. Its focus is on knowledge and skills needed for an engineer to successfully manage and lead oneself, then a project team, and finally, an organization. By better knowing and understanding oneself, defining what one wants to do, effectively communicating it to others, and behaving in an ethical manner, students and civil engineers will have a working knowledge of how to be an authentic manager and leader. Students are required to research, investigate and present case studies on leadership and ethical practices in civil engineering.

COMG 625. Special Topics in Construction Management. 3 Credits.

Construction Management project on selected topics, involving the application of the state-of- the-art practices in construction management in the public and private sectors. Written report or publication, and oral presentation are required. Topics to be selected by the student with approval of a faculty advisor and the Program Director.

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