The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Civil Engineering (CE) Graduate Courses

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CE 501: Advanced Mechanics of Solids

3.00 Credits

Analysis of stress and strain, stress-strain relations for elastic materials, Mohr's circle in three dimensions, strain energy, distortional energy, theories of failure, mechanical behavior of materials, unsymmetrical bending, shear center, shear flow, and curved beams.

CE 502: Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

3.00 Credits

An introduction to modern continuum mechanics. Concept of vectors and tensors. Indicial notation, base vectors, coordinate systems, coordinate transformations, contravariant, covariant and mixed tensors, cartesian tensors. Concept of stress and strain. Conservation laws and compatibility conditions. Examples of linear elastic solid and newtonian viscous fluid.

CE 503: Introduction to Elasticity

3.00 Credits

Theory of stress, theory of strain, stress-strain relations, equations of elasticity, two-dimensional elasticity, selected problems.

CE 504: Stress-Strain Behavior of Soils

3.00 Credits

Experimental techniques for determination of soil strength and stress-strain behavior, methods of analyzing an presenting test results, compositional and environmental factors affecting stress-strain, volume change, pore pressure, and strength behavior of sands, clays, and compacted soils, relation between drained and undrained behavior, effects of 3-D stress conditions. Prerequisites: CE 366, CE 367 or equivalent.

CE 505: Environmental Modeling

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 506: Advanced Structural Systems

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 511: Applied Plastic Design and Limit Analysis

3.00 Credits

Basic hypothesis, simple cases of plastic collapse, effect of end-fixity, rectangular portal frames, methods of plastic design, deflections, shear and axial load, applications to design.

CE 512: Advanced Numerical Methods for Solving Partial Differential Equations

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 513: Transportation Systems Evaluation

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 514: Advanced Vibrations and Structural Dynamics

3.00 Credits

Free and forced vibrations of single degree of freedom systems under a variety of time dependent loads. Damping in structures. Unit impulse response functions. Frequency domain analysis. Free and forced vibrations of multi degree of freedom systems. Modal Analysis, eigenvalues, eigenvectors. Numerical integration, time history analysis, and modal analysis of MDOF systems. Vibrations of continuous systems.

CE 516: Prestressed Concrete

3.00 Credits

Basic concepts, materials, flexural analysis, partial prestressing, beam design, shear and torsion, losses of prestress force, composite beams, deflections, introduction to slabs and axially loaded members. Prerequisite: CE 403.

CE 517: Infrastructure Evaluation and Service Life Extension

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 518: Experimental Techniques for Graduate Students

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 524: Matrix and Computer Methods in Structural Analysis

3.00 Credits

Analysis of indeterminate structures by the force and displacement methods. Development of the stiffness and flexibility matrices for structures. Extensive computer use. Prerequisite: CE 312.

CE 525: Nondestructive Evaluation and Condition Assessment of Structures

3.00 Credits

Methods for the condition assessment of civil structures. Theory and application of acoustic and electromagnetic techniques for the nondestructive evaluation of concrete, steel, and wood. Wave propagation in isotropic solids, ferromagnetism and physical properties of civil materials. Nondestructive evaluation technologies for quality assurance during construction. Introduction of sensors and instrumentation for health monitoring of civil structures.

CE 526: Introduction to Finite Elements

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 529: Computational Fluid Mechanics

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 534: Disaster - Mitigating Design

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 538: Introduction to Environmental Engineering

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 541: Environmental Engineering Chemistry

3.00 Credits

Expands topics from the field of chemistry and adapts them to an environmental engineering context. Environmental: application of fundamental chemistry principles to water and water treatment process, combustion processes, and the fate and transport of pollutants in ground and surface water and the atmosphere. Chemical equilibria, stoichiometry, kinetics, sorption, basic concepts from organic chemistry, aerobic, anaerobic biotic reactions, nitrogen cycle, phosphorous cycle, and carbon cycle.

CE 542: Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

3.00 Credits

Hands-on experience with common environmental testing methods. Emphasis on water, wastewater, ground and surface water testing, used to evaluate surface and groundwater pollution, support environmental modeling, and evaluate water and waste treatment design and operations. Includes tests for Ph, acidity, alkalinity, hardness. Field trip to local wastewater or water treatment facility.

CE 543: Environmental Microbiology & Biological Processes

3.00 Credits

An introduction to microbiology as it relates to environmental pollution. Energetics and kinetics of microbial growth. Biomass production. Aerobic and anaerobic biological processes for wastewater renovation. Degradation of pollutants by microbes and bioremediation.

CE 555: Environmental Law and Policy

3.00 Credits

Designed to impart a thorough understanding of the major environmental laws and implementing regulations. Covers methods used to implement federal environmental enforcement strategies, interrelations of major regulatory programs, current prospects for policy changes. Also: the Superfund and Community Right-to-Know Acts, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and related permit and enforcement regulations and procedures.

CE 556: Sustainable Development Principles and Practice

3.00 Credits

Introduction to the principles of sustainable development and sustainability. Current practices are presented using case histories from both national and international experience. Student will be exposed to policy and ethical aspects from both a technical and non-technical perspective. Outside speakers will present current issues related to the implementation of principles in practice nationally and internationally.

CE 560: Case Studies in Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering

3.00 Credits

Focuses on techniques and procedures used to obtain design data and complete actual geotechnical and geo-environmental designs of facilities located within the region. Presents as short design projects a series of case histories covering broad aspects of design, including shallow foundations, deep foundations, ground improvement, slope stability, geotechnical or environmental design in karst terrain, design of waste containment liner systems, design of petroleum contamination remediation systems, and completing environmental site assessments or audits. Students will submit brief reports on their analysis and proposed design. . Prerequisites: CE 366, CE 468.

CE 562: Seepage and Slope Stability

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 563: Applied Hydrology

3.00 Credits

Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, runoff, hydrologic data sources, frequency analysis, peak flow determination at ungaged sites, hydrographs, hydrologic routing, effects of urbanization, storm water management facility, GIS in hydrology, computer applications for hydrologic analysis.

CE 564: Surface Water Quality

3.00 Credits

This course will focus on the physical, chemical, biological, and hydrological characteristics of surface water system in junction to water quality modeling and management issues. Reaction kinetics and material balances will be investigated for use in modeling contaminant movement in the environment. Specific attention will be given to typical water quality problem domains in stream and river systems, lake and reservoir systems. Mixing in lakes and rivers, stratification, sediment transport, dissolved oxygen and pathogens, eutrophication, and the fate and transport of toxics in these systems will be discussed. Prerequisites: ENGR 331; ENGR 538

CE 565: Water Resources Engineering

3.00 Credits

The course covers the fundamentals of water resources engineering and management. Topics such as Water Sustainability, Hydraulic Processes, Flow in Pressurized pipes, Open Channel Flow, Hydrologic Processes, Surface Runoff, Stream flow routing, Stormwater Management and Sedimentation and Erosion Hydraulics will be discussed.

CE 570: Pavement Management System

3.00 Credits

Introduction to innovative infrastructure management applications and the available tools and technologies. Covers physical infrastructure management using computer available technologies; physical infrastructure using computer assisted decision tools--highways, sewers, and underground systems; remote sensing technologies; energy management systems; assessment tools for environmental issues; and economic assessments--case studies. Case studies presented using Arc View and other Geographic Information System (GIS) tools.

CE 571: Pavement Theory & Design

3.00 Credits

Basic mechanics, theory and design principles for highway and airport pavement structures. Emphasis will be paced on mechanistic-empirical structural pavement design. Contents include traffic characterization, materials selection and testing procedures, environmental consideration, mechanics of rigid and flexible pavements, also pavement performance modeling and reliability. Prerequisite: MATH 122.

CE 572: Intelligent Transportation Systems

3.00 Credits

Introduces some of the technologies, processes, and demonstrations that are a part of intelligent transportation system development. Some technologies reviewed include global positioning system applications, sensor and communication systems for public transit, congestion management systems, commercial vehicle inspection management systems, and emergency/accident response improvements. Review of Geographic Information System technology applications for transportation planning, land use planning, impact assessment, and public communication, including specific application case studies. Presents new pavement design criteria developed under the Strategic Highway Research Program, along with improved pavement management system leveraging condition index technics. A review of the current status of the federal smart vehicle program and its implications on transportation in the future, including environmental benefits.

CE 573: Traffic Engineering and Flow Theory

3.00 Credits

Various components of traffic systems, traffic flow characteristics, traffic data collection and traffic control of urban streets and freeways. Traffic operations of arterial streets and networks, optimal signal timing design, and capacity analysis using theoretical analysis, experimental techniques, and computer simulation. Traffic flow theory at micro-, meso- and macro-scopic levels will also be addressed.

CE 574: Forensic Engineering-Scientific Failure Investigation

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 575: Introduction to Systems Analysis

3.00 Credits

Introduces a scientific approach to decision making, usually under conditions requiring the allocation of scarce resources. Provides several of the most useful and realistic mathematical models available for solving engineering management problems, including linear programming, transportation and assignment models, deterministic economic order quantity inventory models, and network models. Same as CMGT 575.

CE 576: Systems Design

3.00 Credits

Detailed system design by individual and student groups with projects selected from transportation, water resources, energy problems, policy planning, and the like. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing.

CE 577: Econometrics

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 578: Transportation Systems Management and Operations

3.00 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO-I). TSMO skills gained from this course will allow students to better understand current needs of managing and operating Transportation Infrastructure. TSMO-I is designed to provide basic understanding of how transportation infrastructure is operated to meet the mobility needs of transportation system users. The focus is on interconnecting planning, design, organization, construction and maintenance functions of transportation systems leading to a comprehensive understanding of the inter dependencies involved in the establishment and sustaining of the TSMO. The course is designed primarily to serve as a TSMO refresher for practitioners and at the same time for the aspiring professionals to gain necessary foundational background to take up careers in TSMO.

CE 579: Harbors and Coastal Engineering

3.00 Credits

Basic hydromechanics. Surface and tidal waves. Wave reflection, refraction, and diffraction wave shoaling, wave transport, wave forces on structures. Forces due to breaking and nonbreaking waves. Coastal currents. Storm surges. Coastal processes and littoral currents. Beach erosion and protection. Wave oscillation in harbors. Harbor planning and design. Design of seawalls, breakwaters, revetments, and jetties.

CE 581: Practical Construction Law

3.00 Credits

A series of lectures on various topics in construction from the perspectives of an owner, the project architect and the contractor. Lectures follow a detailed topical outline, updated each year by the instructor. Analysis of real world, practical cases in a lecture and open discussion format. Introduction to various construction law and litigation topics, contact clauses and topics. Develop a non-theoretical, practical course, using real world examples and case studies to supplement the mission of the Department of Civil Engineering, which mission is to provide a balanced education to students, strong in scientific, engineering, humanistic, and social bases, so that they may attain a leadership role in their profession and use their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare and the environment.

CE 582: Value Engineering

3.00 Credits

The course introduces the concept of value engineering (VE) and demonstrates its application and technique. The VE process identifies opportunities to remove unnecessary costs while assuring quality, reliability, and performance. The course includes techniques used in VE such as: creativity, weighted evaluation, design-to-cost, life-cycle costing, FAST diagramming, and human relations.

CE 583: Engineering Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and Lean Methods

3.00 Credits

Engineering Entrepreneurship builds on the technical foundations established in the engineering program and focuses on the engineer as the catalyst for innovation and creating new ventures. It includes concepts and themes related to business planning, strategy, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking. It will explore the application of sustainability and lean methods to new and existing endeavors through case studies, business analysis, and student presentations. Classic and modern market analysis systems will be introduced along with business planning and finance, and exposure to the spectrum of corporate activities in the entrepreneurial and research and development environment.

CE 584: Construction Law, Operations and Project Delivery

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 585: Graduate Research Methods

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 586: Advanced Cementitious Material

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 587: Estimating and Bidding

3.00 Credits

In-depth analysis of the procedures for developing a detailed estimate of the general contractor and subcontractor for construction of building projects. Examines external sources that impact on the estimated costs. Determining the monitoring procedures for control of costs by subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors. Utilization of the estimate in the purchase budget, internal cost control, and determination of tax liabilities. Study of federal regulations impacting construction costs, safety requirements, insurance, and bonding costs. Use of the estimate in the interrelation between the architect/engineer and the contractor. Quantitative estimates included in class projects.

CE 588: Construction Operational Management

3.00 Credits

Introduces mid-level administration and management techniques in the construction industry to maximize the understanding and participation of new managers in management procedures. Major managerial functions including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Specialized issues include leadership, motivation, communication, contract documents, construction schedules, change orders, claims, ethics, cost controls, interrelation within a corporate structure, working relationships with the legal, accounting, and other construction related professions.

CE 589: Construction Scheduling Techniques

3.00 Credits

Examines the different types of schedules used in the construction process including bar chart, Critical Path Method (CPM), Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT). Develops an understanding of the forward and backward passes for both the Arrow Diagram Method (ADM) and the Precedence Diagram Method (PDM). Analysis cost and resource loaded schedules. Introduces advantages/disadvantages of different delay analysis techniques.

CE 590: Construction Operational Analysis

3.00 Credits

The course provides students with an introduction to different types of construction equipment and their application, equipment economics, productivity measures, probability theory and statistics, and performance improvement. The course primarily focuses on modeling and simulation of field operations using discrete event simulation, including use of specialized software. Activity cycle diagrams will be used extensively to describe processes and their elements, activities and resources. Verification and validation of simulation models will be discussed. Analytical skills gained from this course will allow students to better understand and design construction operations.

CE 591: Engineering Hydrogeology and Groundwater Flow

3.00 Credits

Introduces the practical and theoretical aspects of groundwater occurrence and flow. The geology, hydrology, and geochemistry of groundwater. Practical analytical tools, including flow net theory and use; aquifer test data collection and interpretation; construction dewatering; water supply well design; environmental contaminant transport. Federal and state regulations that pertain to groundwater development and quality.

CE 596: Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering

3.00 Credits

This course provides a survey of engineering approaches to treatment of water with an emphasis on fundamental principals and models. Theory and conceptual design of systems for treating municipal drinking water and wastewater are discussed. Physical, and chemical processes are presented, including sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, coagulation, and biological treatment.

CE 598: Hazardous Waste Treatment

3.00 Credits

Reviews the various methods currently available or being developed for treating hazardous wastes. Incineration, bioremediation, chemical treatment, and separation processes. Examples of multiphase hazardous waste treatment applications illustrate uses and limitations of alternative methods for treating hazardous wastes.

CE 599: Transportation Safety Engineering

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 603: Inelastic Stress Analysis

3.00 Credits

Visco-elastic Behavior. Non-linear Visco-elastic Behavior in 1-D and 3-D. 1-D Plasticity and Visco plasticity. 3-D Non-Hardening Plasticity Theory. 3-D Plasticity with Strain and Strain-Rate Hardening. Application of Linear Visco-elasticity, Non-Linear Visco-elasticity and Plasticity Principles in the Analysis of Simple Structural Elements.

CE 604: Constitutive Modeling of Frictional Materials

3.00 Credits

Brief overview of 3-D soil behavior, simple, hyperbolic, and rigid-plastic constitutive models for soils, Cam Clay model, stress-dilatancy theory, models for elastic behavior, general framework of work-hardening plasticity theory, associated versus non-associated plastic flow, double hardening and single hardening models, incrementalization procedure, large stress reversals, and rotational kinematic hardening models. Prerequisite: CE 504 or permission of instructor.

CE 611: Management Information Systems and GIS in Civil Engineering

3.00 Credits

Information technology in various aspects of civil engineering. Overview of design and implementation of management information systems including geographic information systems and global positioning systems. File structures and access methods, relational database, database modeling, design and user interface, E-R diagram, information storage and retrieval, query languages ANSI SQL, normalization process, concurrency control, transaction processing, distributed, WEB-based and multi-tiered database systems. Applications of GIS and GPS in transportation and environmental engineering will also be emphasized.

CE 614: Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design

3.00 Credits

Mechanics of earthquakes and strong ground motions characteristics. Response spectra and seismic response of elastic and inelastic systems. Numerical methods for analysis of inelastic structures. Mechanical behavior of structural members under earthquake excitations. Seismic design philosophies, performance based structural design, pushover analysis, spectral capacity curves, design demand spectra. Special topics, code provisions.

CE 615: Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

3.00 Credits

Introduction to seismology, seismic hazard analysis. Soil properties under dynamic conditions. Wave propagation. Ground response analysis, soil structure interaction, machine foundations. Local site effects, liquefaction. Special topics.

CE 622: Variational Methods in Engineering

3.00 Credits

Variational approach to mechanics, calculus of variations. Hamilton's principle and Lagrange's equations of motion, Hamilton-Jacobi theory. Applications; theory of small oscillations, dynamical theory of thick plates, geometric theory of propagation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CE 630: Pavement Theory and Design Principles

3.00 Credits

no description available

CE 670: Risk and Reliability in CE Systems

3.00 Credits

Explores fundamental and advanced risk and reliability applied to civil engineering systems. Topics covered include hazard and failure consequences, definition and quantification of risk, risk aversion and risk acceptance, modeling uncertainty, probabilistic risk assessment, assessment of consequences and likelihood of failure, system reliability, maintainability. Projects will explore risk and reliability in structural systems, geotechnical, transportation, environmental systems, and construction processes.

CE 675: Advanced Operations Research

3.00 Credits

Decision-making under uncertainty by application of quantitative techniques from operations research and management science (ORMS). Focus on the modeling and stochastic side of ORMS, with multidisciplinary applications in engineering. Multi-criteria decision making, stochastic network optimization and dynamic programming, system modeling and simulation, and stochastic processes. Students will gain necessary knowledge and skills to solve real world problems.

CE 714: Passive and Active Control of Large Structural Systems

3.00 Credits

Introduction to energy management in structural systems. Basic concepts of seismic isolation, mechanical behavior of elastomeric and sliding isolation systems. Design concepts of isolation systems for buildings and bridges, code provisions. Theory and applications of active structural control and energy dissipation systems in large structures. Current methods of structural control, practical considerations, implementation issues. Case studies.

CE 732: Theoretical Hydrodynamics

3.00 Credits

Basic equations, boundary and initial conditions. Three-and two-dimensional potential flow theory. Free streamline theory. Infinitesimal waves in deep water, higher order theory; shallow water waves.

CE 767: Advanced Geotechnical and Structural Systems

3.00 Credits

Designed to provide students with advanced knowledge related to theories and practices of geotechnical, foundation, and structural systems, emphasizing: analysis and design of the group pile foundation, drilled shaft foundation, and underground structures (culverts, pipelines, etc.); reinforced concrete design of earth structures (spread footings, mat foundations, cantilever walls, etc.); and geotechnical and foundation stabilization and improvement methods. Also designed for hands-on experience in utilizing state-of-the art computer programs currently used in design practice for the analysis and design of geotechnical, foundation, and structural systems under static as well as dynamic loadings (foundation vibration, earthquake, etc.).