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Laboratories

Simulation and Design Laboratory

The Simulation and Design Laboratory maintains Windows-based personal computers that are used extensively in course assignments, design projects and research. Commercial software packages in all the major areas of civil engineering are available on the systems with user documentation available to students.

Concrete Testing Laboratory

The Concrete Testing Laboratory contains facilities for mixing, casting, curing, and testing concrete cylinders, beams, and reinforced concrete structural members.

Environmental Laboratory

The Environmental Laboratory includes equipment and instrumentation needed for the basic chemical and biological characterization of water, wastewater, and air samples.  Several bench and pilot-scale treatment systems are also available for instructional and research purposes.  Undergraduate students use the laboratory as an integral part of their environmental engineering coursework and to examine the practicality of innovative treatment systems that may be components of their capstone design projects.  Student use of the lab is preceded by appropriate safety training and instruction on the use the requisite equipment and instrumentation.

The Geology Laboratory is equipped with extensive rock and mineral samples as well as topographic, geologic, and soil maps.

The hydraulics lab illustrates principles of flow and water system design. The lab consists of a tilting flume, pipe pressure drop experiment, flow stand, Hele-Shaw cell, and pump performance experiment. The tilting flume has an adjustable gate, roughness, and bumps. The pipe pressure drop experiment has a venutri meter and pressure taps to measure losses in a rough pipe.The flow stand is used for measurement of nozzle discharge coefficients. The Hele-Shaw cell is used to illustrate two-dimensional flow patterns around objects. And, the pump experiment measures performance and provides visualization for different impeller designs and varying flow rates and can demonstrate cavitation. The lab is shared with Mechanical Engineering Department and used for teaching Mech 122, Ceng 141, and Mech 132.

The Soil Mechanics Laboratory contains equipment for testing soils in shear, consolidation, and compaction and for other physical and chemical tests. Field testing and sampling equipment is also available. As well it contains complete cyclic triaxial testing system with computer control and is used for both research and instructional purposes.

The Structural and Strength of Materials Laboratory is equipped with three universal testing machines and a closed-loop MTS hydraulic system. These machines/systems are used for testing a variety of construction materials and assemblies under both pseudo-static and dynamic loading. Complementing these equipments is a series of digital and analog instruments, and high-speed data acquisition and control systems.

The Surveying Laboratory has a wide variety of modern surveying equipment, such as GPS-based surveying equipment, total stations, theodolites, and automatic levels for basic instructional and research purposes. Undergraduate students use the laboratory as an integral part of their surveying coursework and obtain any topographic information that can help their capstone design projects, such as highway design and land development. Student use of the lab is preceded by appropriate safety training and instruction on the use and care for the equipment.

The Traffic Laboratory has electronic volume counters that are used in studies to classify vehicles and measure their speeds in user-specified ranges and periods of time. This equipment is used for instructional and research purposes. The lab also has computers equipped with large scale traffic simulation software and signal design software. Undergraduate and graduate students use the laboratory as an integral part of their transportation and traffic engineering coursework and examine different traffic management strategies for their capstone design projects.