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CIVE 100s

Course ID: 014943
Civil Engineering Concepts
An introduction to the fundamental methods, principles and skills of civil engineering. Fundamentals of technical communication, the engineering design process and problem solving. Completion of a pre-design study and report for a civil engineering project. Independent and team work. Fundamentals of engineering computation: units, data collection, measurement, and error analysis. Field surveying (automatic level, engineer's transit, differential Global Positioning System (GPS), total station). Laboratory on engineering graphics auto-computer assisted diagnosis (AutoCAD) and computational software (Excel, Matlab). Aspects of the engineering profession (code of ethics, negligence, misconduct, role of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), etc.), diversity in the workplace, and professional development. Preparation for the University of Waterloo co-operative education program (Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA), résumé writing, job search and interview skills). [Offered: F]
Prereq: 1A Civil Engineering

Course ID: 014944
Mechanics 1
Newtonian mechanics. Force systems; vectors, forces and moments; equilibrium and free body diagrams. Mechanics of simple structures. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 1A Civil, Environmental or Geological Engineering.
Antireq: PHYS 115

Course ID: 014945
Mechanics 2
Distributed forces, centroids and moment of inertia. Introduction to foundations and fluid statics. Basic structural analysis. Plane trusses. Beam diagrams. Stress-strain-temperature relationships. Behaviour of members in tension, compression and bending. Thin-walled pressure vessels. Friction. [Offered: W,S]
Prereq: CIVE 104; Level at least 1B Civil, Environmental or Geological Engineering

CIVE 115 LEC,TUT 0.25
Course ID: 014946
Linear Algebra
Linear systems of equations, matrices and determinants. Introduction to the eigenvalue problem. Applications. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 1A Civil Engineering.
Antireq: MATH 106, 114, 115, 136, 146
(Cross-listed with GEOE 115, ENVE 115)

Course ID: 010660
Computational Methods
Introduction to computer programming, examples of efficient numerical algorithms for basic scientific computations. Programming and problem solving concepts introduced in the course will be incorporated into group projects involving civil, environmental, or geological engineering applications. The language of instruction will be Matlab. [Offered as: CIVE 121 (W), ENVE 121 (S), GEOE 121 (S)]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Civil Engineering.
Antireq: CHE 121, ECE 150, MTE 121/GENE 121, SYDE 121
(Cross-listed with GEOE 121, ENVE 121)

Course ID: 015969
Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
Charge, current, and voltage. Voltage and current sources, resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws, nodal analysis, instrumentation amplifier circuits, impedance. Function and characteristics of basic electrical transducers. Resolution, precision, and accuracy. Basics of data acquisition.
[Note: Normally labs are held alternate weeks. Offered: AE 123 (S), CIVE 123 (W), ENVE 123 (S), GEOE 123 (S)]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Civil Engineering.
Antireq: GENE 123, ME 123
(Cross-listed with ENVE 123, GEOE 123, AE 123)

Course ID: 011496
Earth Engineering
This course studies earth materials and processes from an engineering point of view through case histories and problem sets. The course develops a geological knowledge for applications to any physical environment and provides an appreciation of the impact of engineering work on the environment. Topics include mineral and rock identification, the rock cycle, structural geology and tectonics, geology of Canada, effects of water, ice and wind. Students are also introduced to the concept of geologic time, topographic and geologic maps, and the basic principles and tools used to determine geologic history. [Offered as: CIVE 153 (W), ENVE 153 (S), GEOE 153 (S)]
Prereq: 1B Civil Engineering
(Cross-listed with ENVE 153, GEOE 153)

CIVE 199 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 013155
General seminar. [Offered: W]
Prereq: Level at least 1B Civil Engineering


CIVE 200s

Course ID: 004211
Solid Mechanics 1
Three-dimensional force systems, moments, couples, and resultants. Three-dimensional equilibrium problems. Shear stresses in beams. Plastic bending. Beam deflection. Torsion of shafts and thin-walled closed sections. Shear, bending moment, and deflection diagrams for beams. Compound stress and stress transformations. Design concepts. [Offered: F]
Prereq: CIVE 105; Level at least 2A Civil Engineering or 2B Geological Engineering

Course ID: 004212
Solid Mechanics 2
Frames, arches and suspended structures. Stress and strain transformations. Strain energy. Energy methods. Virtual work. Buckling of columns. [Offered: S]
Prereq: CIVE 204, 221; 2B Civil Engineering or 3A Geological Engineering

Course ID: 004214
Advanced Calculus
Calculus of functions of several variables. Differentiation; partial derivatives of implicit and explicit functions, applications including optimizations. Integration; multiple integrals in various co-ordinate systems with applications. Vector calculus; vector fields, line integrals, surface integrals, and applications. Numerical integration and differentiation. [Offered: F]
Prereq: MATH 118; Level at least 2A Civil Engineering.
Antireq: MATH 217, ENVE 225
(Cross-listed with GEOE 221)

Course ID: 004215
Differential Equations
An introduction to linear and partial differential equations. Standard methods of solution, applications to physical and engineering problems, linear equations with constant coefficients, basic systems of differential equations, partial differential equations. Applications. [Offered: S]
Prereq: CIVE 221; 2B Civil Engineering.
Antireq: MATH 218, ENVE 223

Course ID: 004219
Probability and Statistics
Role of probability in engineering and decision-making under uncertainty. Data analysis. Basic probability concepts. Probability distributions. Functions of random variables. Estimation theory. Empirical determination of distribution models. Regression analysis. Introduction to risk. [Offered: F]
Prereq: MATH 116; Level at least 2A Civil Engineering.
Antireq: CHE 220, ENVE 224, GEOE 224

Course ID: 011493
Engineering and Sustainable Development
This course introduces the concept of sustainability and how it applies to decision-making in civil engineering. The course begins by defining sustainability, both practically and technically, and describing the concepts of systems, and systems interactions. Quantitative methods and measures of effectiveness are derived and applied to components of sustainability; air quality, water quality, energy, transportation and solid waste. Economic concepts and their applicability to sustainability are described for both developed and developing countries. [Offered: S]
Prereq: CIVE 224 or GEOE 224; Level at least 2B Civil or 3A Geological Engineering.

Course ID: 014954
Transport Principles and Applications
Application of scientific principles to the planning, design, maintenance and management of transportation systems. The basic principles of transportation engineering for contemporary urban transportation modes; auto, transit, cycling and walking, and intercity modes; rail and air. Transportation economics, environmental impacts, and demand estimation. [Offered: F]
Prereq: Level at least 2A Civil Engineering or (ENVE 224 or GEOE 224; Level at least 3B Environmental or Geological Engineering).
Coreq: CIVE 224

Course ID: 004221
Structure and Properties of Materials
A basic course in structure, behaviour, and uses of engineering materials. Topics include monotonic and cyclic stress-strain behaviour of metals. Phase diagrams. Diffusion, nucleation and growth of grains. Metallurgy and mechanical properties of irons and steels. Structure and mechanical properties of wood, cements, and concrete. Fracture, fatigue, and corrosion. Three lab sessions. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 2A Civil Engineering

Course ID: 004222
Fluid Mechanics
An introduction to fluid mechanics. Fluid properties. Review of fluid statics. Buoyancy. Bernoulli equation. The momentum equation and applications. Laminar and turbulent flow. Dimensionless numbers. Closed conduit flow including friction losses. Pipe network analysis. Pump systems. Four lab sessions. [Offered: S]
Prereq: CIVE 105, 221; Level at least 2B Civil Engineering.
Antireq: ENVE 280

CIVE 298 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 009219
General seminar. [Offered: F]

CIVE 299 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 009220
General seminar. [Offered: S]
Prereq: 2B Civil Engineering


CIVE 300s

Course ID: 004227
Structural Analysis
Analysis of statically indeterminate structures using force and displacement methods. Influence lines for indeterminate structures. Introduction to the matrix stiffness method. Computer applications using commercial structural analysis software. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CIVE 205; Level at least 3A Civil or Geological Engineering

CIVE 306 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004228
Solid Mechanics 3
Membrane stresses in shells. Buckling. Beams on elastic foundations. Plane elasticity. Torsion of non-circular sections. [Offered: F]
Prereq: CIVE 205; Level at least 3B Civil or Geological Engineering

Course ID: 014960
Introduction to Structural Design
Introduction to structural systems. Systems for carrying gravity and lateral loads in buildings. Structural design concepts. Analysis and design of concrete beams, and one-way slabs. Design of steel beams and tension members. Comparison of steel and concrete framing systems. [Offered: F]
Prereq: CIVE 205; Level at least 3B Civil or Geological Engineering

Course ID: 011495
Civil Systems and Project Management
Introduction to conceptual planning, construction, management, optimization, and life-cycle performance assessment of civil engineering systems including capital projects. Fundamentals of decision theory including concepts of risk, uncertainty, utility, probability, value of information, and game theory. Tools for supporting decision-making process, including linear and integer programming, network models, optimization, and Monte Carlo simulation. Risk- and cost-benefit analysis of public projects and their impact on sustainability, and quality of life. [Offered: W]
Prereq: (CIVE 221 or GEOE 221), (CIVE 222 or GEOE 223), (CIVE 224 or GEOE 224), Level at least 3A Civil or Geological Engineering.
Antireq: ENVE 335, MSCI 331, SYDE 411

Course ID: 014955
Transportation Engineering Applications
Traffic engineering and travel forecasting. Evaluation, design and management of urban transport systems through advanced traffic control techniques. Quantitative methods for evaluating investments in transportation infrastructure or operational changes. [Offered: W]
Prereq: (CIVE 224 or ENVE 224); Level at least 3A Civil or 3B Environmental Engineering

Course ID: 004251
Traffic Simulation Modelling and Applications
Fundamental knowledge on the principles and applications of traffic simulations. System theory, traffic flow dynamics, stochastic simulation methods. Calibration and validation of simulation models, and interpretation and analysis of simulation output. Applications of state-of-the-art computer simulation software packages for solving real traffic engineering problems, involving scenario analysis, prediction, and optimization. [Offered: F]
Prereq: CIVE 224, 341; Level at least 3B Civil Engineering

Course ID: 004233
Geotechnical Engineering 1
An introduction to geologic processes. Subsurface exploration. Classification systems. Weight-volume relationships. Soil mechanics principles including state of stress, ground water flow, consolidation and shear strength. Four lab sessions. [Offered as: CIVE 353 (W), GEOE 353 (S)]
Prereq: CIVE 153 or (EARTH 121, 121L); (Level at least 3A Civil Engineering) or (Level at least 3A Earth Science/Hydrogeology Specialization)
(Cross-listed with GEOE 353)

Course ID: 004234
Geotechnical Engineering 2
Foundation engineering. Earth pressure theories. Retaining walls. Anchors. Shallow and deep foundations. Braced trenches and excavations. Slope stability. [Offered: F]
Prereq: CIVE 353; Level at least 3B Civil Engineering
(Cross-listed with GEOE 354)

Course ID: 004235
Environmental Engineering Principles
Water quality, air pollution, fate and transport of contaminants in natural and engineered systems, and pollution prevention. Solid and hazardous waste management. Water and wastewater treatment systems and design principles. Four lab sessions. [Offered: F]
Prereq: CHE 102, (CIVE 280 or GEOE 280); Level at least 3A Civil or Geological Engineering.
Antireq: ENVE 375

Course ID: 014961
Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
Introduction to the water cycle, flood frequency analysis, design storms. Analysis of hydrographs and rainfall-runoff response mechanisms in urban and natural systems. Mass continuity and water budgets at the watershed scale. Impact of land use change on hydrologic response. Quantification of open channel flow; subcritical and supercritical flow regimes. Dynamic forces on submerged structures and low/scour beneath bridges. [Offered as: CIVE 382 (W), ENVE 382 (F,W)]
Prereq: CIVE 105, 224, 280; Level at least 3A Civil Engineering
(Cross-listed with ENVE 382)

Course ID: 014962
Economics and Life Cycle Cost Analysis
Project financing, life-cycle cost analysis, time value of money, sensitivity analyses, tax, financial implications of infrastructure projects, quantitative decision-making, financial aspects of a business plan. [Offered: S]
Prereq: MATH 116; Level at least 2B Civil Engineering.
Antireq: MSCI 261, SYDE 262
(Cross-listed with AE 392, GEOE 392, ENVE 392)

CIVE 398 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 009221
General seminar. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 3A Civil Engineering

CIVE 399 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 009222
General seminar. [Offered: F]
Prereq: 3B Civil Engineering


CIVE 400s

CIVE 400 LEC,PRJ 0.50
Course ID: 004238
Civil Engineering Design Project 1
Students must undertake an independent civil engineering design project during the last two terms of their plan. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate students' abilities to practise in a civil engineering capacity in their chosen area of expertise, using knowledge gained from their academic and employment experiences. The first part of the project (CIVE 400) will include problem identification, generation and selection of solutions, and time management. Incorporation of technical, ecological, social, political, and economic issues in the solution for the project will be required. A basic requirement of the proposed solution is that it must be compatible with the principles of sustainability. Requirements include proposal, progress report, oral presentation, and a final report containing recommendations for part two of the project, CIVE 401. [Offered: S]
Prereq: 4A Civil Engineering

CIVE 401 PRJ 0.50
Course ID: 004239
Civil Engineering Design Project 2
A continuation of CIVE 400. The final design of the major civil engineering project proposed in CIVE 400 will be undertaken. The purpose of this phase of the project is to carry out a detailed technical design of the solution proposed in CIVE 400. Requirements of this part of the two-term project include a symposium presentation and a final report. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 4B Civil Engineering

Course ID: 004244
Structural Steel Design
Advanced coverage of design of structural steel members and connections, building on CIVE 310. Design of laterally-unsupported beams, compression members and beam-columns. Plate girders. Connections. Special topics in design of structural steel or other metals. [Offered: S]
Prereq: AE 310 or CIVE 310; Level at least 4A Architectural or Civil Engineering

CIVE 414 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004245
Structural Concrete Design
Advanced analysis and design of concrete members for flexure. Beam shear analysis and design. D-region shear design. Column design. Special topics. [Offered: S]
Prereq: AE 310 or CIVE 310; Level at least 4A Architectural or Civil Engineering

CIVE 415 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004246
Structural System Design
Building loads. Lateral load systems. Floor systems for buildings. Composite construction. Introduction to bridge design. Special topics.[Offered: W]
Prereq: (AE 310 or CIVE 310), CIVE 413, 414; 4B Architectural or Civil Engineering

CIVE 422 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004247
Finite Element Analysis
This course focuses on the development of the basic fundamentals of finite element method with applications in fluid flow, mass transport, solid mechanics and structures. Topics include discrete problems, matrix methods, variational principle, method of weighted residuals, element shapes, and interpolation functions. [Offered: W]
Prereq: AE 223 or CIVE 222 or ENVE 223 or GEOE 223; 4B Architectural, Civil, Environmental or Geological Engineering.
Antireq: ME 559.

CIVE 440 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004249
Transit Planning and Operations
The historical evolution of transit in cities; the technological innovations which made transit possible; and transit mode definitions. Models of transit vehicle motion are presented; transit travel times under different travel regimes are derived. Transit scheduling methods are shown. System operational characteristics are defined and quantitative measures of effectiveness are introduced. Transit network planning objectives are identified; actual geometries are qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed. Transit ownership structures and economics are discussed; contemporary ITS applications are presented. Methods for selecting appropriate transit modes are covered. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CIVE 241; Level at least 3B Civil Engineering
(Cross-listed with PLAN 478)

CIVE 460 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004253
Engineering Biomechanics
Introduction to engineering technologies applicable to the field of biomechanics. Specific topics covered may include biological growth, form and function; biomaterials; kinematics and neurology of gait; biotribology; joint anatomy, function and repair; occupational biomechanics; trauma prevention. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CIVE 105 or ME 219 or SYDE 286
(Cross-listed with ME 574)

CIVE 484 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 007637
Physical Infrastructure Planning
The need for infrastructure and environmental assessments; the impacts of infrastructure on urban form; core infrastructure concepts; economics of infrastructure costs, finance and pricing. Infrastructure evaluation and management methods.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Architectural, Civil, Environmental or Geological Engineering
(Cross-listed with PLAN 484)

CIVE 491 LEC,TST 0.50
Course ID: 004259
Engineering Law and Ethics
Background (Charter of Rights and Freedoms), contracts, torts (negligent malpractice), forms of carrying on business, professional practice (professional engineers act, joint practice rules, professional misconduct and sexual harassment), alternate dispute resolution, construction liens, intellectual property (patents, trade marks, copyrights and industrial designs), labour relations and employment law, environmental law. [Offered: S]
Prereq: 4A Civil Engineering.
Antireq: AFM 231/LS 283, BUS 231W, COMM 231, ENVS 201, GENE 411, ME 401

CIVE 495 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 015970
Design Intensive Special Topics in Civil Engineering
A special course on design intensive advanced topics in civil engineering is offered from time to time, when resources are available. For the current offering, inquire at the Department.
Instructor Consent Required

CIVE 497 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 010164
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
A special course on advanced topics in civil engineering is offered from time to time, when resources are available. For the current offering, inquire at the Department.
Instructor Consent Required

CIVE 498 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 009223
General seminar. [Offered: S]
Prereq: 4A Civil Engineering

CIVE 499 SEM 0.00
Course ID: 009224
General seminar. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 4B Civil Engineering


CIVE 500s

CIVE 505 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004242
Structural Dynamics
Dynamics of discrete and continuous structures. Free and forced vibrations of single and multi-degree of freedom systems. Shock loads, earthquake loads, response spectra. Analysis and design of frames for shock and earthquake loads. [Offered: S]
Prereq: (AE 303 or CIVE 303), (AE 223 or CIVE 222); Level at least 3B Architectural or Civil Engineering

CIVE 507 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004243
Building Science and Technology
The building process. Loadings; gravity, wind, thermal, moisture, and fire. Enclosure design; walls, windows, and roof. Subgrade construction. Energy related considerations. [Offered: W]
Prereq: 3B Architectural Engineering or 4B Civil, Environmental or Geological Engineering

CIVE 512 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 010038
Rehabilitation of Structures
This course deals with the assessment, rehabilitation and/or strengthening of building and bridge infrastructure. Topics include damage mechanisms, instrumentation and non-destructive test methods, conventional repair techniques, innovative repair and strengthening techniques with composites. Case studies provide students with the opportunity to learn from field applications. The laboratory portion involves test methods used to evaluate repair and strengthening measures. [Offered: W]
Prereq: (AE 265 or CIVE 265), (AE 310 or CIVE 310), CIVE 414

CIVE 542 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004250
Pavement Structural Design
Pavement design, soil identification, subgrade design, base courses, flexible pavement design, design and testing of asphaltic concrete mixes, surface treatments. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CIVE 353; Level at least 3B Civil or Geological Engineering

Course ID: 004252
Geotechnical Engineering 3
Simulation of geotechnical consulting practice. Students are required to complete several projects, based on actual case studies, which require problem identification, evaluation of geotechnical data, analysis, design, and report preparations. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CIVE 353, 354; Level at least 4A Civil Engineering
(Cross-listed with GEOE 554)

CIVE 583 LAB,LEC 0.50
Course ID: 004257
Design of Urban Water Systems
Design of water supply and distribution systems. Design of waste and storm water collection systems. Storm water management. The course consists of 24 hours of lectures and a subdivision design project. The emphasis is on computer aided design and sustainability, using commonly used software packages. [Offered: W]
Prereq: CIVE 382; 4B Civil Engineering
(Cross-listed with ENVE 583)

CIVE 596 LEC,TUT 0.50
Course ID: 004261
Construction Engineering
Topics in construction engineering and management including methods of delivering construction, contractual relationships, prevailing construction practices, construction equipment, concrete form design, concrete, steel, and masonry construction, introduction to trenchless technology, construction safety, planning and scheduling of repetitive construction, cash flow analysis, and construction project control. [Offered: S]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Civil, Environmental or Geological Engineering