Civil Engineering (CIV)


CIV 502  Wind Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Effects of wind loading on civil infrastructure (e.g. buildings, bridges, and towers) including characterization of wind fields using probabilistic methods, resulting pressures on building envelopes, development of structural models for main wind force resisting systems, components and cladding, dynamic response of structures due to wind loading for fatigue and vibration analysis, and main wind force resisting system design using structural steel and reinforced concrete. A series of demonstration labs will be performed by students using the wind tunnel at ERAU

CIV 504  Bridge Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

General considerations for design and load capacity evaluation of highway bridges. Introduction to load and resistance factor design (LRFD) philosophy. Bridge loads. Influence lines. Grillage analysis of bridges. Reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges. Composite steel bridges. Bridge substructures. Load rating. Health monitoring concepts and applications on different type of bridges.

CIV 506  Transportation Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Overview of different transportation systems with focus on planning, design, maintenance and operational issues for traffic engineering. Linkage of highway system to aviation and other transportation modes. Human factors in transportation, transportation modes and characteristics, traffic flow theory, capacity analysis, traffic safety and transportation planning.

CIV 508  Environmental Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Physico-chemical processes in sustainable engineered and natural systems, natural water quality management and drinking water treatment, waste treatment, air pollution, and solid and hazardous waste management in the context of governing laws and regulations. System dynamics and life-cycle approaches will treat mass and energy balance, mass transport and reaction kinetics, dilute aqueous chemistry, microbial processes, and groundwater remediation modeling topics.

CIV 510  Design and Analysis of Airfield and Highway Pavement  3 Credits (3,0)

Theories, principles, and procedures in the structural design of highway and airfield pavements. Design of rigid and flexible highway pavements and airfield. Construction and maintenance procedures for pavements and stabilized bases. Mechanistic pavement design concepts.

CIV 512  Intelligent Transportation Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Fundamentals of traffic engineering. Concepts, architectures, and infrastructure of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Application of ITS in transportation operation and management in routing, network control, communication, and surveillance. Emphasis is on the advanced technologies to automate transportation systems to improve safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the network. Integrate multidisciplinary methods with modern technologies.

CIV 514  Advanced Concrete Analysis and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Students will learn advanced topics related to the behavior and design of reinforced concrete. The advanced topics include flexural behavior of reinforced concrete, the behavior and design of slender columns and two-way slab systems, and the use of strut and tie modeling for design of structural components, frame joints, and torsion. Behavior of reinforced concrete structures, with emphasis on ductility and detailing of frames, slabs, and detailing for seismic loads will be covered. Building codes, American Concrete Institute (ACI) specifications, material specifications, test methods, and recommended practice documents.

CIV 516  Advanced Steel Analysis and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers the behavior and design of advanced components used in steel structures. These components include flexural members with slender webs (plate girders), composite beams and columns, and beam-to-column connections. Ability to design these components using the AISC construction manual (Load and Resistance Factor Design) and apply knowledge to the design of steel structures.

CIV 518  Structural Reliability  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces concepts and applications of structural reliability to graduate students. Topics include probability theory and random processes, fundamentals of structural reliability theory, First- and second-order, and simulation methods of reliability analysis, structural component and system reliability, reliability sensitivity measures, Bayesian reliability analysis methods, and bases for probabilistic design codes.

CIV 520  Railroad Engineering and High Speed Rail  3 Credits (3,0)

The course objective is to gain basic understanding of railroad and High Speed Rail (HSR) design, construction, operation and maintenance. The current government policies supporting the development of rail and high speed rail corridors throughout the country and Florida make this course a strategic opportunity for students to learn basic design fundamentals and terminology used in railroad and HSR design.

CIV 522  Advanced Geometric Design of Highways and Streets  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to continue developing skills in the highway design process. It includes consideration of cross section elements, vertical and horizontal alignment, super elevation and intersection design. This course will also cover the latest policy on geometric design of highways and streets and exposes students to the tools and concepts needed to practice highway design in the field of civil engineering.

CIV 524  Access Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the concept, issues, methods, and contemporary technologies in controlling and managing accesses. Topics covered include: driveways, street connections, median openings, auxiliary lanes interchanges, signalized intersections and unsignalized intersections.

CIV 526  Advanced Foundation Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Advanced topics in foundation engineering and design, including piles and pile groups subjected to axial and lateral loading, design of anchors and soil nails, design of mat foundation, braced excavation, and ground improvement.
Prerequisites: CIV 421 and CIV 320

CIV 528  Structural Health Monitoring in Civil Infrastructure  3 Credits (3,0)

General introduction of structural health monitoring and nondestructive evaluation techniques of civil infrastructure components. Passive and active damage analysis through intelligent actuation and sensing systems. Damage detection, diagnosis, and prognosis are discussed utilizing signal processing techniques and physics based approaches. Tools and skills to develop sustainable maintenance and rehabilitation schemes and programs and to provide quantitative means to assess the structural integrity loss of a system sustains after a natural disasters and other hazardous events. Basic data analysis and MATLAB programing techniques will also be introduced.

CIV 530  Composites in Civil Infrastructure  3 Credits (3,0)

Advanced course on engineering mechanics and structural applications of composite materials. Fiber reinforced composites in civil-infrastructure; Viscoelastic response; Fracture, fatigue and impact behavior; Durability; Characterization of structural composite materials; Strength and stiffness design criteria; Engineered Interfaces; Connections; Bridge structures; Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete; Strengthening of Wood.

CIV 532  Transportation Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers the traditional and contemporary methodologies of urban and regional transportation planning. Topics covered include: transportation in society, urban passenger transport modes, transportation planning process, travel demand forecasting models, and transportation network analysis.

CIV 534  Transportation Simulation and Modeling  3 Credits (3,0)

Modeling and simulation methods are essential elements in the design and operation of transportation systems. This course studies theories and applications of transportation models and simulation techniques. It provides an in-depth study of the world's most sophisticated traffic simulation models, demand modeling methods, and related analytical techniques. This course investigates the application of simulation modeling and the effect of driving behavior; traffic congestion, traffic flow models and simulation methods (microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic).

CIV 536  Advanced Flood Modeling  3 Credits (3,0)

Application of numerical computer models to simulate hydrologic and coastal flooding in a geospatial framework. Course will focus on characterizing hurricane storm surge flooding and sea level rise using numerical flow computations.

CIV 538  Air Pollution Control  3 Credits (3,0)

This is a multidisciplinary course that involves the application of chemistry, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics in the selection and design of air pollution control equipment. Topics include the estimation of potential pollutants, chemical characterization of gas streams to be controlled, theory and practice of air pollution control, and design and costing of control technologies. The course emphasizes the design of systems to reduce particulate matter emissions, volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, nitrogen oxide emissions, and sulfur dioxide emissions.

CIV 540  Drainage Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Mixed undergraduate/graduate course focused on contemporary engineering calculations for the drainage, treatment, and attenuation of stormwater runoff from civil infrastructure, including issues related to permitting. The course culminates in a final project consisting of a stormwater report similar to the one submitted to a Florida Water Management District. Graduate students will be required to meet an additional regulatory requirement (City, County, or FDOT) and make a presentation on their report.

CIV 542  Environmental Data Science  3 Credits (2,1)

Practical application of methods for acquiring, cleaning, analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting environmental data including field measurements, sensor measurements, remote sensing imagery, and lidar. This course will cover techniques for in situ measurements related to environmental sustainability and resilience such as pollutants in the atmosphere and above-ground biomass density. Lectures will include discussions on experimental design, statistical analyses, data analytics, and communication of results. Laboratory sessions will include field and bench scale measurements as well as computational analyses. Students will develop compelling reports with rich visualizations and concise textual explanations.

CIV 544  Environmental Sustainability and Resilience  3 Credits (3,0)

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and ideas within the growing fields of sustainability and resilience as well as regulatory strategies for risk assessment and management. Students will participate in data driven discussions on designing and retrofitting urban and rural infrastructure for sustainability and resilience to natural and anthropogenic hazards. The course covers the environmental, economic, social, and political challenges towards the implementation of sustainable and resilient systems.

CIV 546  Designing with Geosynthetics  3 Credits (3,0)

Behavior of the different types of geosynthetic materials. Design-by-function and selection of the right material for its intent application.

CIV 548  Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to modeling and computing in geotechnical engineering with an emphasis on finite difference and finite element methods and their applications on seepage through earthen structures, and coupled flow and deformation analysis.
Prerequisites: CIV 321 and CIV 421 and AE 514

CIV 550  Unsaturated Soil Mechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

Unsaturated soil mechanics: the state of stress, shear strength, and hydraulic conductivity. Methods of measuring and estimating the soil water characteristic curve.
Prerequisites: CIV 321 and CIV 421

CIV 552  Advanced Soil Mechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

Advanced soil constitutive models relevant to the field of geotechnical engineering and their relevance in the context of geotechnical design.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and CIV 321 and CIV 421

CIV 554  Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Basic seismology from a geotechnical point of view, wave propagation in soils, soil dynamics, and dynamic soil structure interaction. Application of these concepts to geotechnical earthquake design.
Prerequisites: CIV 321 and CIV 421

CIV 556  Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Role of probability theory in civil engineering projects, with an emphasis on geotechnical applications to assess their risk and reliability.

CIV 599  Special Topics in Civil Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

CIV 602  Transportation Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces fundamental concepts of traffic safety and the systematic approaches to conduct quantitative safety analyses. Applications of statistical methods in determining and evaluating the safety performances will be presented. Topics covered include: human factors; fundamentals of crash characteristics; safety management process; predictive methods to estimate crash frequency and severity; safety performance functions; and crash modification factors.

CIV 604  Advanced Signal Control and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to provide traffic control theories and signal timing concepts for design, operation, and management of traffic signals. Topics covered include: unsignalized intersection control, MUTCD review, advanced signal timing design, interchange control, and adaptive signal system control. .

CIV 700  Thesis  1-9 Credit

A master-level research project in Civil Engineering conducted under the supervision of the students advisor and thesis committee. Submission of a final report, approved by the thesis committee, and an oral defense of the research work are required for thesis credits to be earned.