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Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Dr. Matthew Volovski
Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Moujalli Hourani
Director, Graduate Program


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.


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.

Civil 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 Soil Mechanics3
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
Slope Stability
Advanced Soil Mechanics

 One course from:

Reinforced Concrete Structure I
Reinforced Concrete Structure II

Two approved departmental and Graduate Core electives or a thesis. 

Construction Management Degree Requirements

The program requires 33 credit hours and may be completed entirely by taking all courses in Construction Management courses, or by taking a minimum of seven courses in Construction Management and the other courses in approved engineering electives. All coursework is approved in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. 

Admission to the program requires

a) A baccalaureate degree in an engineering, science or business field from an accredited institution of higher education plus work experience in construction and construction management  

b) Grade Point Average of at least 3.00/4.00 for the junior and senior year courses  

c) Complete official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate coursework

d) Two letters of recommendation

e) A brief resume showing education and experience.

Approval of any transfer credits will be made by the Program Director prior to enrolling in the program. Up to 6 graduate credits can be transferred toward a Master’s degree.   

Required English proficiency exam scores for international applicants include TOEFL 80 (internet based test), IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 on the 9.0 scale, TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) scores with minimum score of 690, or Duolingo English Test scores of 110 or higher.  

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 Analysis3
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 System3
COMG 622Construction Accounting and Finance for Development3
COMG 623Capstone Construction Management3
COMG 624Leadership in Civil Engineering3
COMG 625Special Topic: 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 501. Introduction to Geoenvironmental Engineering. 3 Credits.

Application of geotechnical engineering in the design and analyses of environmental systems. Waste Disposal, waste containment systems, waste stabilization. Engineering design of solid and hazardous waste landfills. Groundwater monitoring at landfill sites. Use of geosynthetics in containment system design. Slurry walls and other containment systems. Three lectures. Spring. Cross-listed with CEEN 402.

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 Cross-listed with CIVL 445.

CIVG 506. Tunneling. 3 Credits.

This course provides analysis, design and construction issues for the tunneling in soils and/or rocks. The specific areas covered include planning, rock mass classification, rock failure mechanisms, initial excavation supports, design considerations for permanent linings,tunnel excavation methods,groundwater 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: SCI 301 and CIVL 310. Corequisite: CIVL 409 and CIVL 410. Three credits.

CIVG 507. Introduction to Engineering Investigations/Forensic Engineering. 3 Credits.

The course will focus on the framework of investigation including documents review, condition assessment, testing, analysis per code and industry standards, and expert report. Students will also advance their understanding of professional ethics, structural behavior and performance criteria, codes and standards and industry practices, and learn how to properly apply engineering principles to investigate failure, damage, or other structural performance problems. In addition, the course will provide background of the construction law, litigation, and arbitration process to resolve the construction related dispute.

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. Cross-listed with CIVL 428.

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

The course explores the inherent roles 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. 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 520. Bridge Engineering. 3 Credits.

Planning and design of highway bridge projects. Bridge Engineering will include analysis and design of both superstructure and substructure. Design will be based on LRFD and the specifics of bridge loading according to AASHTO specifications. Design project. One three-hour period. 3 credits. Prerequisites: CIVL 309, CIVL 409, CIVL 410 and CIVL 412 all with a grade of B or better.

CIVG 530. Water Infrastructure Systems Analytics. 3 Credits.

The course will cover various analytics techniques for optimal planning and operation of water resources systems. Applied techniques include advanced regression, machine learning, nonlinear programming and meta heuristic algorithms, and multi-criteria approach for water resources management. Cross-listed with CEEN 430, ENVG 530.

CIVG 532. Advanced Strength of Material. 3 Credits.

Stresses in two and three dimensions; symmetrical and unsymmetrical bending; shear center; curved beams; beams on elastic foundation; thin plates and shells; torsion of non-circular sections; thick-walled cylinders. Three lectures. Prerequisite: ENGS 230, CIVL 312 with a minimum of C grade.

CIVG 533. Advanced Mechanics for Civil Infrastructure. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to apply advanced engineering mechanics techniques to solve the infrastructure’s problems. The students will be able to create the model, understand the mathematical formulation and use computer modeling to analyze infrastructure’s problems dealing with structural, geotechnical and materials challenges. General purpose finite element packages will be used throughout the semester. Pre-requisite: The course is open to graduate students or a senior student with the instructor permission.

CIVG 546. Coastal Engineering. 3 Credits.

This is an introductory course in coastal engineering. It blends environmental and civil engineering topics and has a strong focus on design. Topics covered include: Tides, Waves, Storm Surge, Shore Protection, Breakwaters, Harbors, Beach Protection, Sediment Transport, Beach Restoration, Floodwalls, Levees. Cross-listed with CEEN 446.

CIVG 603. Sustainability in Civil Engineering Design Performance. 3 Credits.

This course covers the engineer’s role in designing so that the built environment becomes more sustainable. The built environment is a major contributor to all carbon emissions, during and after construction. The course explores methodologies for extending the life span of steel, concrete and wood buildings and minimizing their carbon footprint with standards and industry trends such as Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Specifications and Materials, Net Zero, LEED, and Passive House. The course also explores multi-disciplinary areas to provide a holistic picture of the construction industry. Prerequisite: Approval from the Graduate Director.

CIVG 732. Thesis. 1-6 Credit.

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. The grade for the year-long course must reflect the progress of the student at the end of each semester. The progress grade can be P (pass) or F (failure). 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 770. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. 3 Credits.

The course will cover topics in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering by focusing of the following topics: Seismic Hazard; Site Response, including soil amplification, liquefaction, Codes ASCE7 and AASHTO; Soil-Structure Interaction; Geo-Retrofit and Mitigation. In addition, the course will cover case histories of major earthquakes.

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.

Analysis of structural system subjected to loadings, temperature, settlement, and elastic support using classical methods, flexibility method and the stiffness method. Indeterminate arches and cables. Study of 3-D modeling using the flexibility and the stiffness methods.

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. Prerequisitie: CIVG 777 or equivalent.

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 two-way slab.

CIVG 785. Reinforced Concrete Structure II. 3 Credits.

Design of determinate and indeterminate pre-stressed concrete structures. Theory of pre-stressing, buildings and bridges applications using PCI and AASHTO specifications. Prerequisite: CIVG 777 or its 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 water and manufactured 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 310, 410 or their equivalents.

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

Detailed consideration of the application of geomechanics principles 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. Slope Stability. 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. Prerequisite: CIVL 310, 410, or their equivalents.

CIVG 793. Structural-Fire Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course covers behavior and design of structures subjected to fire; heat transfer fundamentals and modeling of fires; material properties at elevated temperatures; structural-fire resistance and protection; and structure-fire response. Students will learn vocabularies and concepts of fire safety design of structures, and important steps involved in analysis, design and evaluation of structural members and systems subjected to fire. Students will gain cross-disciplinary skills and other skills enabling them to solve problems with uncertainty of information. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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 Soil Mechanics. 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. Geotechnical Site Characterization. 3 Credits.

Detailed consideration of the processes and methodologies for determining soil and rock properties for a wide variety of geotechnical applications using both in-situ and laboratory methods. The role of pre- and post-construction design verification including instrumentation. Prerequisites: CIVL 310, 410 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 603. Advanced Construction Management. 3 Credits.

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). Three credit Cross-listed with CEEN 405.

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. Cross-listed with CEEN 406.

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 computational 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. 3 credits.

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. Cross-listed with CEEN 411.

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. Cross-listed with CEEN 414.

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. Cross-listed with CEEN 415.

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, assigning costs, and finalizing estimates and proposals. Implementation of classic estimating approaches via spreadsheet models will be stressed using examples of particular interest to Civil, Environmental, and construction Management students. Cross-listed with CEEN 416.

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 is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training course that is a comprehensive orientation to the federal safety and health standards as well as an introduction of specific safety and environmental construction related issues.To receive the OSHA Certification, the student cannot miss more than one class period during the semester. Cross-listed with CEEN 418.

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. Cross-listed with CEEN 420.

COMG 621. Managing Civil Infrastructure System. 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. Cross-listed with CEEN 422.

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.

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. Cross-listed with CEEN 424.

COMG 625. Special Topic: 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.

COMG 626. Strategic Planning in Construction. 3 Credits.

This course presents the strategic planning process as it applies to Construction Management firms operating in the New York Metropolitan Area. It will provide a short history of strategy, definitions, current market analysis, value chain considerations, context in which competitive strategy is formulated; the strategic planning process, including but not limited to SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, vision and mission statements, goals and objectives, strategies, and action plans that tie strategy to operations. At the completion of this course, students will have a working understanding of the importance of strategic planning and a practical knowledge of the elements of the strategic planning process in order to be able to participate substantively in the development of a strategic plan in a Construction Management (or A/E) company.

COMG 627. Green Facilities Management. 3 Credits.

In this course, students will learn the energy consumption process and how to perform an energy audit of buildings and other structures. Students will gain knowledge of the effectiveness of energy management through economic analysis on the life cycle of the structure. Various sources of energy will be examined, including understanding the production, the bill and the rate schedule. The course will address process energy management with particular emphasis on the following: production, lighting, HVAC, boilers, steam distribution, insulation and control systems. Interaction of these systems as they apply to total heat gains and losses in the building will be studied. New technologies and control systems will also be discussed.

COMG 628. Public Private Partnerships & Design Build: Opportunities & Risks for the Consulting Engineer. 3 Credits.

This course presents an in-depth study of the opportunities and risks presented to the key participants on Public Private Partnership (PPP or P3) and Design Build (DB) projects, particularly the consulting engineer. Specific topics will include: discussion of the varying accepted definitions for the P3 and DB methods; an overview of the history of each method for domestic projects; and an examination of issues related to risk management, risk allocation, professional liability and insurance, and dispute resolution.

COMG 629. Sustainable Construction. 3 Credits.

Foundational information as to quantitative and qualitative metrics to the three pillars of sustainability (environment, economy, and society), specific applications of sustainability in the primary areas of civil engineering (environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and construction management fields). Three credits, Fall.

COMG 630. Research Methods in Construction. 3 Credits.

The course explores the scientific research process including its methodologies, challenges and organization. It is designed to support construction management graduate students in developing responsible research projects and assist them in defining appropriate research methodologies. Topics include research proposal development, review of relevant literature, selection of research methodology, development of specific hypothesis, collection of data, data analysis, and preparation of research reports and presentations.

COMG 631. Cost Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course teaches the cost engineering tools that are typically encountered in construction management, and is based on the Construction Financial tools in Procore- one of the leading providers of cloud-based applications for construction. Students develop a thorough understanding of cost management theory, workflows, calculations, documentation, and reporting, and the intricate role of user permissions. Topics include cost control, budget, prime contract, commitments (subcontracts and purchase orders), change events, rough estimates, proposals, change orders, trade allowance tracking, budget transfers, prime invoices, commitment invoices, sub jobs, reporting, and internal auditing. The payment application process and retainage calculations are thoroughly explained. Transition to a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contract structure with associated holds and allowances. Learn to develop change management workflows based on sound cost engineering rules.

COMG 632. Building Information Modeling in Construction. 3 Credits.

The course will introduce the students to the applications of BIM in construction. In this course the student will learn the following. 1. How technology is used in construction, specifically for coordination, logistical, estimating and cost purposes (3D, 4D and 5D). 2. BIM and VDC Processes and Workflows during the construction phase. 3. Past, new and upcoming standards used to coordinate buildings and how technology keeps shaping the way we collaborate. 4. Tools and Applications used in construction that support BIM and VDC (Virtual Design and Construction). Cross-listed with CEEN 432.

COMG 633. Construction cost Estimation: Purpose, Approach & Application. 3 Credits.

Construction cost estimates are an essential ingredient for managing a project beginning with feasibility through construction. Students will be engaged in a hands-on process to learn about the development and use of credible cost estimates in a myriad of settings including property acquisition and feasibility, design management, construction procurement, budgeting and cash flow by guiding students through the process of a cost estimate of a major development in New York City.

COMG 634. Infrastructure & Transportation Policymaking. 3 Credits.

This course will provide an understanding of core legal concepts and selected legal issues in advancing urban transportation and infrastructure projects. Reviewing cutting edge projects in NYC and in other cities, the course will seek to give students a better understanding of legal liability risks and litigation vulnerabilities attendant to innovative projects. While primarily focused on NYC, the course will also look at global and national trends and associated legal issues. The course is designed to help planners, engineers, and lawyers learn how they can work together as a team to get to a legal contextual “yes” on their projects.

COMG 635. BIM Application Planning for Construction Projects. 3 Credits.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been widely adopted in the building industry to help meet the demand for new and rehabilitated structures, and government agencies are requiring utilization of BIM technologies. Effective BIM application planning is essential to avoid project delays and cost overruns. This course introduces how BIM applications can be properly planned according to the project delivery types and requirements.

COMG 636. Construction Engineering: Temporary Structures. 3 Credits.

The course will introduce the student to the design philosophy, relevant codes, standard industry practice, constructability, the safety and legal aspects related to the specialty field of Construction Engineering. The objective of the class is to develop an understanding of the importance of temporary structures in construction and how sound Construction Engineering practice fills the gap between design and construction. It also helps engineers to be better informed, more reliable and successful. Examples of Temporary Structures (not all-inclusive): Temporary Support Structures, Equipment Platforms and Trestles, Temporary Bridges, Roadway Decking, Shoring and Scaffolding, Concrete Formwork, Rebar Cages, Cranes and Rigging, Earth Retaining Systems, Demolition and Temporary Works Structural Lifting System. Graduate or senior standing. Prerequisites: Grades of B or better in both CIVL 309 and CIVL 310. Corequisites: CIVL 409 and CIVL 410.

COMG 637. Real Estate Development Principles for Engineers and Construction Managers. 3 Credits.

This course will cover real estate development principles that are relevant and necessary for construction managers and engineers to understand in-order to effectuate profitable real estate development projects. This course will benefit students who will work for real estate development companies and who wish to incorporate their construction management and engineering knowledge in the successful completion of small, medium and large real estate development projects. This course will also benefit construction managers and engineers who advise and consult with third party developers. The course will introduce students to the seven-stage real estate development process. Describe the inter-related development tasks. Topics to be covered will include land banking, packaging and development. Other topics will include real estate finance principles, disposition strategies, zoning and environmental factors.