Interpretation of plans and specifications, preparation of construction estimates, and cost control. Methods analysis, resource requirements, and resource costs in building systems, including system components, and in large-scale civil engineering works such as highways, bridges, and hydraulic structures.
Techniques used to plan, schedule and control the construction process. Emphasizes manual and computer-based approaches. Focuses on an analytical approach towards the construction process whereby good technical methodologies and solutions are converted to reality through construction practices.
Construction means, methods, and equipment used to transform a particular design concept into a completed usable structure or facility. Selection and optimization of individual units as well as the systems needed to produce the required work to the required quality on time and on budget.
Analysis of construction scheduling principles, scheduling specifications, contract administration, construction law, construction delay claims, and of accepted methodologies for performing schedule impact analysis of delaying events. .
Delivery and financing of constructed facilities with an emphasis uopn civil infrastructure systems. Design of project delivery systems to encourage best value, innovation, and private sector participation. Public-private partnership strategies and factors that contribute to success or failure. Fundamentals of project feasibility, evaluation, and finance. Case studies of large-scale infrastructure projects.
This course provides students with a knowledge of the different types of contracts used in civil engineering construction. Contracts are viewed as documents which assign responsibilities and allocate risks and emphasis is placed on contract administration as the first step in reducing costs and easing the burden of dispute resolution. Techniques for quantifying and resolving claims are studied.
Design of construction projects and systems to control inherent hazards to the health and safety of construction workers, inhabitants of the built environment, and the general public. Regulatory and legal factors pertinent to construction, chemical and physical health hazards, major classes of safety hazards, design processes and specificiations to control safety and health hazards, system engineering risk analysis tools, and safety management processes.
This course is designed to acquaint students with issues relating to working on globally distributed projects in the increasingly global design and construction industry. Even solely domestically operating design and construction firms are facing global issues as increasing competition is bringing global competitors into domestic markets. Design and construction projects are dynamic and uncertain, requiring considerable coordination and communication to execute. Yet, coordination and communication become increasingly difficult in a global virtual project environment. In this course we will examine the theory and practice of working in globally distributed teams to understand and address the challenges of coordination and communication. Theory will be presented in a unique global lecture series involving professors from several participating universities around the world. We will discuss the practice of working globally through case study discussions and through a semester-length virtual collaboration team project which students will complete together with students from a collaborating university. In the semester project, students will experience first-hand the challenges posed by geographically distributed work.
Comprehensive systems approach to civil infrastructure system and strategic-level asset management with emphasis on municipal, highway, building, Dam, and bridge infrastructure. Course will cover various aspects of strategic-level infrastructure asset management: systems thinking, needs assessment, information technology and GIS data management, risk and reliability engineering, multi-criteria decision-making process, infrastructure sustainability and resiliency, demand forecasting, and renewal engineering.
With the acceleration of the process of global revolution in science, engineering and technology, led by information technology, the human society is in a gradual transition from an industrial society into an information society. As a new productivity with the greatest potential at the present age, information technology has undergone great development. The incessant innovation in technology has also urged people to make better use of it and apply advanced information technology to their own industry. In recent years, Information Technology (IT) and Cyber Infrastructure has been transforming engineering and business practices in many sectors, resulting in efficiency gains and improved services for the client. The infrastructure industry has been slow to utilize information technology effectively and slower still to grasp the ways in which the multitude of design, calculation, specification, project management, asset management, sensor technology, database and data analysis software applications relate to each other. This course provides an overview of the range of Information Technology (IT) applications available to the civil and environmental engineering professional throughout the life cycle of a project, from data collection and analysis through software, project management, environmental impact analysis, visualization, and infrastructure asset management.
This course introduces the technologies that enable virtual modeling and processing of the infrastructure projects' life cycle. Therefore, the course introduces the theory and application of Building Civil Information Modeling and their integrated practices for the AECF Industry BIM CIM enable the development of data-rich virtual models of infrastructure systems that could be used for different applications during the project life cycle. These applications include design exploration, projects' constructability and feasibility analysis, project documentation, project cost control and management, project sequencing, field coordination, facilities management, life cycle assessment, and energy performance. Students will learn core concepts and technologies of information modeling that are used for major infrastructure facilities such as buildings, roads, and similar structures. Students also get familiar with the technologies that enable integration of field information (such as laser scanner point louds( into the virtual models. The course also sheds light on the collaboration requirements between different entities in the AEC industry for increased overall performance of the projects over the entire life cycle.
To improve the well-being of present-day society, future generations, and the natural environment, students will learn to creatively apply recent advances in behavioral and cognitive science to infrastructure systems and processes. The course begins with an introduction to systems thinking and design thinking. Students will review the foundations of decision theory (i.e., expected utility theory) and strategies (i.e. multi-criteria decision making) then learn how actual decisions deviate from the predictions of these rational models (i.e. bounded rationality, cognitive barriers, heuristics). Students will investigate how stakeholders process and deal with complex risk and how perceptions, judgments, and decision environments influence behavior. Students will practice how to communicate risk and uncertainty across stakeholders. Decisions about infrastructure systems and processes are typically made by groups. So, students will be introduced to game theory, group decision making rules, and choice architecture to design incentives that influence the decisions of infrastructure stakeholders and users. Students will critically examine how infrastructure systems contribute to user behavior. Each week students are responsible for assigned readings from academic journals and book chapters. The course culminates in a final project. The final project will allow students to creatively evaluate a specific infrastructure system problem and apply a behavioral perspective to design a solution.
In this class, we will discuss current policy topics drawn from recent national, state and/or institutional policies (and as relevant, historical topics) that are relevant to civil infrastructure development and maintenance. You will write two policy briefs and complete a policy analysis project, lead and participate in discussions, as well as provide constructive critique for your classmates' work. For the project you will be able to investigate a policy topic of your choosing by performing an in-depth analysis, synthesizing your findings, and critiquing the current state of your policy topic in both written and presentation formats.
Each class period, you are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings with you classmates. Discussion Leaders (or co-Leaders) will start off with a 3-5 minute introduction of the reading for which they have volunteered (or have been assigned). Everyone is expected to read all of the assigned documents and actively participate in the class discussion. Please come to class with your notes from the readings and several points that you found to be important and/or interesting along with any questions you would like to discuss.
I will serve as a moderator to keep us on time, and ensure that all students have a chance to express their viewpoints. Please be conscious of the fact that everyone has different communication styles. Each of us is responsible for giving everyone "space" in the conversation and ensuring that the extroverts in the class do not dominate the conversation (even if that extrovert is you). Given our interest in the topics at hand, I do not expect that we will be able to "completely" cover each topic/reading. Rather, the readings are geared toward helping you gain an awareness of a finite number of policies related to each topic, and help you identify topics that you may wish to explore in more depth in your project.