Civil Engineering

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Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
CE6013 Structural Wood Design Design of build up and composite structural elements; design of wooden systems such as plywood shear walls and laminated bridge decks; behaviour of wooden structures 3 ch
CE6023 Theory ofElasticity Stress-strain formulations, equilibrium, compatibility and constitutive relationships, tensor algebra, Navier’s displacement formulation, Airey Stress function, Beltrami-Michel stress solutions, axi-symmetric problems, energy formulations, torsion, failure theories, introduction to plasticity. 3 ch
CE6053 Dynamics of Structures This course covers dynamic equilibrium of strucutral engineering problems with topics including linear dynamics, discrete and continuous systems, free and forced vibration, transient reponse using numerical integration and Duhamel''s integral, and modal analysis of multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Practical problems exploring structures under dynamic loads such as earthquake, wind, and blast are covered. In addition to assignments and exams, students will complete a project of exploring an advanced concept in dynamics. 3 ch
CE6063 Finite Element Analysis Constant, quadratic, cubic strain elements, energy formulations, isoparametric elements, 3D elements, plate elements, meshing, convergence, solution schemes, interpretation of output, stability and dynamics formulations, non-linear techniques. 3 ch
CE6073 Plates and Shells in Structures Plate theory, equilibrium and energy formulations, axi-symmetric problems, elastic foundations, stability and vibration of plates, numerical formulation and solution schemes, single curvature shells, double curvature shells, jnelasic behaviour, plate and shell elements. 3 ch
CE6083 Earthquake Engineering Historical and analytic evaluation of the effect of earthquakes on structures. The analytic evaluation will be based on analysis of the dynamic response of the structural system when modelled as a single or multidegree of freedom system. Structural design concepts which minimize the effects of earthquakes will also be covered. 3 ch
CE6093 Random Vibrations

Introduction to the theory of probability and random process; correlation, Fourier analysis, and special dentistry; response relations for linear systems; stochastic analysis of linear systems.

3 ch
CE6103 Soil Mechanics III Advanced topics in permeability and seepage; consolidation; constitutive models; and triaxial testing. The course has a laboratory component where students are required to do triaxial, consolidation and flexible wall permeability tests. 3 ch
CE6113 Foundation Engineering III This course deals with analysis and design of foundations using the concepts of “soil-structure interaction. Design approaches based on Winkler and continuum models are presented for the analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations. 3 ch
CE6123 Foundation Engineering IV The analysis and design of foundations under all types of dynamic loading, except seismic. 3 ch
CE6133 Soil Dynamics The analysis and design of foundations under seismic loading. 3 ch
CE6143 Pavement Design II This course introduces the principles of designing pavements for a variety of applications including highways, airports, intermodal facilities, and industrial yards. Several typical methodologies will be introduced and the background for developing custom approaches will be presented. 3 ch
CE6153 Environmental Geotechnics Geotechnical behaviour of waste fills; landfill site selection; leachate and surface water control; design, installation, and quality control of linear systems; cover systems; performance monitoring. 3 ch
CE6155 Environmental Geotechnics II Review of Darcy's Law and advective-dispersive transport. Principles of multiphase flow. Flow and transport in unsaturated soils. Properties of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs). NAPL transport and remediation of NAPL-contaminated sites. 3 ch
CE6163 Embankments II Design of embankments on peat and soft clays; limit equilibrium methods of slope stability analysis; design of earth and rockfill dams; and design of containment earth structures. Use of geosynthetics in embankment and earth dam construction. 3 ch
CE6173 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a basic knowledge and understanding of geotechnical earthquake engineering concepts. The course will cover geologic understanding of earthquakes, ground motion, soil and site effects, characterization of ground motion, and laboratory and field measurement of dynamic soil properties. In addition, the student will learn to analyze the ground response during earthquake, assess the liquefaction potential and seismic stability of slopes and retaining walls and learn the seismic provisions of the NBCC (2010) related to geotechnical earthquake engineering. 3 ch
CE6176 Thermal Soil Mechanics To study the detrimental effects that frost action can have on roads, buildings, retaining walls, and other engineered structures. To use thermal properties of soils, climatic data, and theories of heat transfer to predict frost action and evaluate methods to reduce its effects. To know what measures can be designed into engineering projects to minimize damage caused by freezing and thawing soils. 3 ch
CE6203 Transportation Planning and Modeling Introduction to transport planning and modeling, aggregate and disaggregate models, various techniques used in trip generation, distribution, mode split and network assignment of four-step transport models, such as regression analysis, cross-classification, growth factor method, gravity models, entropy-maximising approach, direct demand model, discrete choice model, all-or-nothing assignment, Wordrop’s equilibrium assignment, sketch planning methods, and model estimation using traffic counts. Other relevant topics, such as car-ownership, value of travel time, freight transport models, activity-based models, and integrated land use transport models, will also be briefly covered. 3 ch
CE6206 Pavement Management Systems A pavement management system (and any infrastructure management system) encompasses a wide spectrum of activities including the planning, programming of investments, design, construction, maintenance, and the periodic evaluation of performance. This course is intended to provide an in-depth treatment of the aspects of the system approach to pavement management (and at a general level, to infrastructure management). The course will involve case studies from the New Brunswick Department of Transportation. 3 ch
CE6207 Asset. Mgt. System (Civil Infrastructure Asset Management System) The Civil Infrastructure Asset Management System graduate course covers the principles, concepts, components, techniques, and benefits, of civil infrastructure asset management. Topics will include introduction to asset management framework principles; concepts of long-term planning, priority analysis and budgeting process; trade off analysis and optimization; asset preservation philosophy; corporate and technical performance measurement, asset monitoring and reporting; key components and issues for asset management implementation; funding and alternating financing mechanisms; and review of enabling technologies in asset management. 3 ch
CE6210 Spatial Economic Modeling for Integrated Land Use Transportation Planning Traditional urban transportation planning lack analysis of evolvements surrounding land use pattern and corresponding economic activities and, therefore has a weak base for addressing a variety of issues, such as urban sprawl, alternative economy/land development plans, traffic congestion, and air pollution. Therefore, this course is to introduce some spatial economic models that can be used in integrated transportation and land use planning. Relative concepts and procedures will be introduced and discussed, and a series of such models used particularly to integrated land use and transportation planning will be reviewed. 3 ch
CE6214 Transport Simulation Simulation of transport systems and other discrete unit systems from fundamentals to practical examples using basic and GPSS simulators. 1.5 ch
CE6215 GIS-Transportation An introduction to Geographic Information Systems and their potential utility in planning and management of transport systems. 3 ch
CE6222 Traffic Engineering Single vehicle and traffic stream characteristics, traffic surveys and studies, control devices, traffic accident studies. 3 ch
CE6223 Road Safety Engineering This course covers fundamental areas of road safety engineering including safety relationships, and functions, road safety audits, network screening, ITS applications, traffic control devices, roadside safety, traffic calming, human factors, accident analysis and reconstruction and international safety programs. 3 ch
CE6232 Transport Facility Design Fundamental parameters and issues affecting highway geometric design are discussed in detail. The layout of airports and ports is also considered. 3 ch
CE6234 Intelligent Transportation System An overview of the integrated application of advanced technologies and management strategies to improve surface transportation efficiencies, capacities, and safety. Areas to be covered include Canadian Architecture, Traffic Management, Electronic Payment, Commercial Vehicle Operations, Emergency Management, Vehicle Safety and Control Systems, and Information Warehousing. 1.5 ch
CE6244 Transportation Logistics and Physical Distribution Fundamentals of physical distribution particularly as they relate to the utility of highway and rail transport systems by production-based industry. 1.5 ch
CE6245 Transportation Operations and Logistics Introduction to operations research and common algorithms used in the solution of transport problems. Course also deals with the use of larger scale transport operation analysis frameworks currently available. 1.5 ch
CE6253 Freight Transportation This course will introduce students to the planning, operation, and administration of freight transportation systems utilizing a number of transport modes. 1.5 ch
CE6273 Transportation Management This course will familiarize the students with the major functions/responsibilities of transportation management. Topics include finance, marketing, operations, human resources management and strategic planning. Students will be exposed to analyzing complex situations and problems and the development of recommendations and action plans. The course uses Harvard Business School Case Studies on Finance, Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning. 3 ch
CE6283 Transportation Policy This course consists of a series of lectures and guest seminars dealing specifically with current and relevant transportation issues. The topics will concentrate on issues related to local, regional, national, and international public transport policy. 3 ch
CE6293 Transportation Seminar Weekly seminars are provided by transportation professionals from all modes to introduce students to current real world transportation problems and to provide an opportunity for interaction between the students and these professionals. 3 ch
CE6303 Urban Planning This course introduces students to the broad field of urban planning. The lecture series deals with a wide variety of urban planning topics including: the evolution of cities; urban growth patterns; demographics; urban economy; land use studies; location and space requirements; and citizen participation. Course work includes the preparation of a book review and major term papers on an approved topic in urban planning and transportation. 3 ch
CE6413 Physical & Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering Theoretical and design aspects of various physical and chemical treatment processes in environmental engineering. 3 ch
CE6414 River Habitats and Hydraulics A field course to provide theoretical and practical understanding of the hydrology and ecology of natural, large river ecosystems; interdisciplinary focus of abiotic-biotic interactions via group and individual study; topics to be covered include fluvial geomorphology, open-channel hydraulics, environmental perturbations, habitat survey and sampling design, benthic invertebrate, identification and ecology; fish identification, habitat requirements and ecology; nutrient/trophic dynamics; impact assessment and river habitat restoration. Emphasis will be on the conservation of river environments as unique, complex ecosystems by using a catchment (landscape) perspective. This course will be offered in conjunction with the existing BIOL6183 – River Habitats and Hydraulics. 3 ch
CE6415 Graduate Seminar in Water and Environment A biweekly graduate seminar course focused on research related to water resources and environmental engineering. The primary objective of the seminar is for students, faculty, and practicing engineers to discuss proposed, ongoing, or recently completed research. Participants will prepare a paper and an oral presentation, usually on a topic related to their area of research. 1 ch
CE6416 Industrial Wastewater Treatment The objective of this course is to teach the student about industrial wastewater treatment which in many ways is different from the more common municipal wastewater treatment and thus requires unique considerations, unique approaches, and in many cases special technologies. The lectures will cover most of the unit operations and processes used in the treatment of industrial wastewaters. Problems will be assigned in order to familiarize students with the approach to solving pollution problems and designing industrial wastewater treatment processes. 3 ch
CE6423 Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering Theoretical and design aspects of various types of biological treatment processes are discussed. 3 ch
CE6443 Water Quality Modelling The objective is to familiarize students with the application of the basic principles of water quality modeling, including the kinetics of physical and chemical processes, transport models, and basic water chemistry principles. The course will cover the fundamental concepts of environmental cycles (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Carbon, Sulphur) as well as methods used to quantify hydrologic parameters and processes associated with environmental systems. 3 ch
CE6451 Environmental Engineering Laboratory I This course exposes graduate students to the common analytical tests that are used to monitor and control water pollution as well as water and wastewater treatment. Students will conduct these tests in laboratories located in the Fredericton area. Through required reading of the designated text, along with doing the labs and problem assignments, students will learn the environmental significance of, and how to do, analytical tests such as turbidity, color, acidity, alkalinity, hardness, chlorine, BO, DOB, COD, nitrogen, solids, iron, manganese, fluoride, sulfate, phosphate, grease, volatile acids and digester biogas analysis. 3 ch
CE6452 Environmental Engineering Laboratory II In this course students will carry out approximately ten experiments on subjects related to process design for water treatment and wastewater treatment, e.g., mixing, heat exchange, coagulation, softening, aeration, anaerobic, digestion, sludge dewatering, flotation and ion exchange. 3 ch
CE6453 Water Resources Systems Analysis Modelling and optimization of water resource systems using systems engineering and operations research techniques including linear, integer & dynamic programming, simulation, derived probability modeling and multi-object techniques. Topics include water allocation, pipeline location, pipe network design, reservoir operations, facility selection, water quality management, water and sewer system rehabilitation. 3 ch
CE6463 Solid Wate Managements Systems Modelling and optimization of municipal solid waste management systems using systems engineering and operations research techniques including linear, integer & dynamic programming. Topics include waste generation, collection, processing and recycling, treatment and disposal, facility location and expansion, scheduling, and routing. 3 ch
CE6483 Environmental Engineering Provide students with applicable scientific and engineering principles involved in the understanding and solving the environmental science and engineering problems in qualitative, quantitative, and sustainable manners. The course addresses water, air, and soil pollution and treatment issues, solid and hazardous waste management and treatment and global environmental issues. 3 ch
CE6503 Concrete Materials The structure and properties of cementitious materials and concrete will be studied, with particular emphasis being placed on durability, deterioration mechanisms, the development of high-performance concrete, and the use of chemical and mineral admixtures. Environmental issues and the application of service-life prediction and life cycle cost analysis methodologies in reinforced concrete design will also be discussed. Students will conduct an independent-study project. 3 ch
CE6513 Behaviour of Concrete Structures The main purpose of the course is to cultivate a better understanding of the behaviour of concrete structures at an advanced level. Reinforced concrete behaviour is based on the three fundamental principles of the mechanics of materials, which are stress equilibrium, strain compatibility and constitutive laws of materials. Therefore emphasis will be placed on developing knowledge of basic concepts and the application of fundamental principles to current design practices. 3 ch
CE6523 Behaviour of Steel Structures Torsion of thin-walled steel structures, uniform and non-uniform warping, governing PDEs and solutions, inelastic effects, local buckling, lateral-torsional buckling, determination of warping moment of inertia and associated warping properties of thin-walled open sections, flexural and axial stability of members and frames, eigen-solution techniques, plastic analysis. 3 ch
CE6533 Prestressed Concrete The main purpose of this course is to develop the basic concepts needed to understand the behaviour of prestressed concrete. Knowledge of the fundamental principles related to prestressed concrete members and structures is then applied to current design practice. A computer program CONCISE, will be available to help analyse and design simply supported beams. 3 ch
CE6543 Deterioration of Materials Materials used in construction should provide either sufficient resistance to environmental attack or a repair or replacement program should be incorporated into the design process so that the serviceability requirements can be maintained for the life of the facility. The deterioration of concrete metals, masonry, wood and polymers will be discussed and appropriate means to achieve an optimum service life proposed. 3 ch
CE6553 Pavement Materials This course will include the development of a laboratory testing program to evaluate materials for pavement construction. The students will plan and complete a series of laboratory tests completing all calculations and laboratory reports for SuperPave and Marshall asphalt concrete mix design. Additional quality control testing and material characteristics will be examined depending upon equipment availability in cooperation with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation laboratory facilities. Individual reports and a summary document will be prepared evaluating a number of asphalt mixes using materials suggested and or supplied by participating agencies. Other test results related to completed projects will be examined including details of recent projects completed in New Brunswick. 3 ch
CE6563 Repair of Concrete Structures Issues related to the repair, maintenance and protection of concrete structures will be examined. Specific topics will include condition assessment (including non-destructive testing), diagnosing the cause of deterioration, monitoring performance, properties and selection of repair materials, repair methodologies, and protection of structures. The use of models and economic forecasting for selecting repair alternatives will be discussed. 3 ch
CE6573 Advanced Concrete Materials Students will be introduced to cement-based materials with special properties; the materials will include: (i) high-strength concrete, (ii) reactive-powder concrete, (iii) self-consolidating concrete, (iv) roller-compacted concrete, (v) shotcrete, (vi) controlled low-strength material, (vii) flowable fill, (viii) fibre-reinforced concrete, (ix) tremie concrete and (x) macro-defect-free concrete. Students will select one or two topics and present a seminar explaining the fundamental concepts and properties of the selected material. They will also prepare a laboratory class to demonstrate the unique properties the unique properties of the material. Grading will be based on the seminar and laboratory class prepared by individual students, and a quiz based on all the materials studies. 3 ch
CE6583 Chemistry of Cement and Concrete This course will comprise approximately 27 hours of lectures presented by a series of leading experts in cement and concrete chemistry. Students will attend a 5-day workshop held at the University of Toronto. Following the workshop, students will return to UNB and complete a take-home examination and conduct a research project that brings many of the components of the course together; the project will either involve experimental studies in the laboratory or a literature review. Grading will be based on the examination and the project report. The UNB course instructor is also an instructor of the Toronto workshop and he will attend the entire workshop and administer the exam and project components of the course at UNB.**This course may be offered as a reading course on years when there is a demand, but no course is offered at the University of Toronto. 3 ch
CE6593 Analytical Techniques for Cement and Concrete The study of cement and concrete material involves the use of a wide range of analytical techniques that are not part of a typical civil engineering curriculum. These include chemical and thermal analysis, x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, x-ray microanalysis, calorimetry, image analysis, petrographic microscopy, MRI, CT scanning, and the measurement of various parameters such as pore size, surface area, mass transport and electrical properties. Students will be introduced to a range of techniques and will learn their application and limitations with regards to cement and concrete materials. Students will also conduct some hands-on measurements using some of these techniques. 3 ch
CE6603 Construction: Work Improvement The key objective is for students to learn to analyze and find improvements to field operations. Other topics include productivity improvement in the 1900s, work improvement strategies, on-site data collection methods, lean construction methods, and article abstracting, as well as group and individual projects that will vary from year to year. 3 ch
CE6623 Construction: Organization 3 ch
CE6633 Construction: Scheduling Students will learn processes and techniques that underlie and advance traditional scheduling methods. Each student will complete: a brief project proposal, a review of relevant theory and practice, and then will expand their knowledge by applying the theory to a new situation or by augmenting exsisting processes and techniques with new technologies. The term scheduling will be interpreted broadly. Co-requisite: CE 5623 3 ch
CE6643 Construction: Management This course will focus on innovative and progressive management methodologies for managing the process of construction. It will deal primarily with the integrated issues of quality, risk, and safety management as opposed to a traditional focus on cost, time and scope. 2 ch
CE6653 Construction: Information Technology The course will familiarize students with the use of information technology (IT) in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Specific topics covered will include: a brief historical background on the scope and use of IT in the industry, information modelling techniques, and particular technologies (currently relevant, e.g., databases, Internet), as well as evaluation and assessment methods. 3 ch
CE6693 Construction: Selected Topics The course begins with students conducting an in depth case study of selected construction operations within a target organization or organizations. The students then analyse the case study information to develop an appropriate model which represents the operations. Finally, students will identify improvements in effectiveness, efficiency, quality, productivity, work life, innovation, and/or profitability for the target organization. The target operations and organization will change from year to year. 3 ch
CE6713 Advanced Hydraulics and Sediment Transport The objective is to familiarize students with the mechanics of sediment transport in open channel flows. The course will include the response of river systems to natural and human-induced environmental changes. The applications in this course will include: open channel hydrodynamics, erosion and transport estimation of sediment, entrainment and deposition of sediment in rivers and reservoirs, and the design of channels. 3 ch
CE6763 Numerical Modelling of Groundwater Flow and Solute The course will cover numerical methods for the solution of steady and unsteady groundwater flow and solute transport problems. Finite difference, finite volume and finite element techniques will be considered in detail, and other methods such as particle tracing and flux-corrected transport will be introduced. Matrix solution techniques will also be briefly reviewed. Some reference to commercial software will be made, however the emphasis of the course is on the methods, their associated errors, limitations, etc. and not any particular software package(s). 3 ch
CE6773 Contaminent Hydrology This course will focus on the physical, chemical and biological processes which affect contaminant behaviour in the subsurface. Emphasis will be placed on contaminants in groundwater. Theoretical description of contaminant fate and transport will be combined with case studies and experimental work from current literature. Basic processes, monitoring, control and remediation of groundwater contamination will be discussed in most lectures. 3 ch
CE6921 Special Studies 1.5 ch
CE6922 Special Studies 3 ch
CE6923 Special Studies 2 ch
CE6991 CE Graduate Seminar I The main objectives of this course are: 1. to provide an opportunity for graduate students to interact with other graduate students and faculty members who are working on topics that are not directly related to their area of research; 2. to provide a forum for graduate students registered in the course for credit to present a paper on a subject that has been approved by their supervisor(s). Preferably the paper will be related to the student's report or thesis; 3. to expose graduate students to some of the broader issues that face civil engineers in society. 1 ch
CE6992 CE Graduate Seminar II The main objectives of this course are: 1. to provide an opportunity for graduate students to interact with other graduate students and faculty members who are working on topics that are not directly related to their area of research; 2. to provide a forum for graduate students registered in the course for credit to present a paper on a subject that has been approved by their supervisor(s). Preferably the paper will be related to the student's report or thesis; 3. to expose graduate students to some of the broader issues that face civil engineers in society. 1 ch
CE6996 Master's Report cr
CE6997 Master's Thesis cr
CE6998 PhD Thesis cr