Civil and Environmental EngineeringWestern Engineering

Course Outlines

CEE 9500 - MEng Research Project

Instructor: CEE MEng Program Coordinator
The objective of the course is to provide the student with an opportunity to work on an engineering problem in some depth under the individual supervision of a faculty member. The student will carry out analytical and/or experimental work and prepare a detailed engineering report. The results of the project must be presented in a public lecture. Projects may be assigned in consultation with the candidate’s employer if applicable.
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ENGSCI 9510 - Engineering Planning & Project Management

Instructor: To Be Announced
The course is intended to reveal and develop project management best practices. The student will learn the industrially accepted techniques associated with the management of time, cost, and scope in order to achieve total project stakeholder satisfaction. In absence of formal project management training, professionals in the work place can and do successfully run projects. The goal of this course is to expose the class to the most efficient, and widely recognized, project management practices and in so doing greatly increase their likelihood of managing successful projects during their careers. The expected outcome will be to develop workforce ready minds that easily integrate into any corporate culture. It is intended that the acquisition of skills developed in this course will prepare the student for pursuing the designation Project Management Professional, or at the very least, prepare the student to more effectively contribute to project type work. 
2 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour; half course; one term.
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CEE 9511 - Design of Earth Structures

Instructor:Dr. J.Q. Shang
Modern retaining structures that support soils at slopes steeper than their angle of repose, are constructed of a broad range of materials, such as masonry, mass concrete, reinforced concrete, pre-cast concrete, timber, metal, and geo-synthetics. Retaining walls are classified based on their styles, such as gravity walls, semi-gravity walls, cantilever walls, counter-fort walls, crib walls, reinforced soil walls, sheet-pile walls and braced excavation. Regardless the type and material of an earth retaining structure, two requirements must be satisfied in the design, i.e., the external stability and internal stability under various loading and environmental conditions.
The Objectives of this course is to introduce the principles and methodologies of design and analysis of common earth retaining structures. Case studies are used to enhance the learning process.
3 lecture hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9512- Finite Element Method (Theory and Applications)

Instructor: Dr. A. El Ansary
Objective of this course is to apprise the students about the basic theory of finite element method in linear analysis; to understand modelling aspects and techniques for 1-D, 2-D and 3-D problems; to learn about modelling of simple and complex structural systems, develop their mathematical and computational models and analyze the results; and to learn how to model structures using professional programs like Sap2000 and ETABS.
3 lecture hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9513 - Design of Lateral Load Structural Systems

Instructor: Dr. A. Hamada (2015-2016)
The course covers the design of lateral load systems and their foundations. The considered systems are concrete rigid frames, shear walls made of reinforced concrete, wood, or reinforced masonry. The design will include considerations for the floor diaphragms. Foundations for the considered systems include isolated footings, strip footings, combined footings, and pile caps.
3 lecture hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]

CEE 9515 - Steel Design

Instructor: Dr. F.M. Bartlett (2015-2016) 
The course covers Behaviour and Limit States Design of tension members, columns, beams, beam-columns and connections. P-delta analysis for unbraced frames. Building systems. Current professional issues in steel construction. Health and safety issues are discussed. [ [Course Outline]

CEE 9518 - Building Information Modelling

Instructor:To Be Announced  
The objective of this course is to provide essential knowledge required to manage and implement BIM technologies in construction process, provide professionals with relevant skills to use BIM in the design and construction of facilities, with an emphasis on structural and civil roles, and Use of BIM software in the process of preparing the models, analysis and documentation.
half course; one term.  [Course Outline]

CEE 9520 - Engineering Statistics & Reliability

Instructor:Dr. H-P Hong
Probability, statistics and reliability with special application to engineering; data analysis, probability distributions, sampling theory, probability of failure and elementary decision theory.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9522 - Advanced Soil Mechanics

Instructors: Dr. T.A. Newson
Effective stress analysis. Stress & strain invariants. Elasticity theory. Plasticity and yield. Volume change and plastic hardening. Friction. Stress-dilatancy. Critical state concept. Strength & anisotropy. The Cam-Clay model. Soil sampling. In situ parameter measurement. Case Studies. Application of critical state soil mechanics.
2 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9523 - Environmental Geotechnique

Instructor:Dr. E.K. Yanful
Land utilization by individuals in relation to geology, mineralogy, physico-chemistry and geotechnical properties of component soils. Cation exchange reactions and effects of pollutants on soil properties. Erodability of soils in relation to moisture content, mineralogy, climate and attack by moving water, mineral water interactions, multiphase flow, acid mine drainage, solution-mineral equilibria, geochemical modeling.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9524 - Wind Effects on Buildling Components & Cladding

Instructor: Dr. G.A. Kopp
Much of the damage observed to buildings following severe windstorms is to the components and cladding (C&C). When major structural failures do occur, they are often closely related to the failure of a component or a cladding element. The objectives of this course are to provide an introduction wind effects on these building systems. Wind loads, and the response of C&C to these wind loads will be covered.
2 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9526 - Wind Engineering

Instructor:Dr. H. Hangan
A study of meteorological and aerodynamic factors pertinent to wind loading, diffusion and snow loading problems. The aeroelastic behaviour of buildings and bridges.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9527 - Computational Wind Engineering

Instructor: Dr. G. Bitsuamlak
Students are introduced to Computational Wind Engineering (CWE) focussing on modelling of wind flow in the built-environment with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Students are presented with the fundamentals and the current state-of-the-art of CWE application to assess wind effects of wind on building and bridge structures; familiarised with the terms, questions and problems encountered in the computational design of buildings and bridges for wind performance and to provide details about their possible solutions; introduced to computational evaluation of parameters useful to assess human comfort to wind effects and to secondary flows caused by tall buildings and other structures.
3 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9529 - Foundation Engineering

Instructor:Dr. M.H. El Naggar
Design of foundation for all types of structures. Spread footings, raft and piled foundations, floated foundations, embankments, etc. The focus is on methods of analysis, and their applications to real soil problems.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9530 - Ground Anchoring System

Instructor: Dr. A. Sadrekarimi
Strengthening and stabilizing soil and rock masses, and resisting structural movements by anchoring them via prestressed reinforcement is achieved by anchoring. Also, to withstand lateral forces, temporary tie-backs in soil are necessary for construction of shallow foundations. This practical and informative course is aimed for graduate students interested in safe and economic methods for strengthening engineering structures. The objective of this course is to provide an in depth review of design, applications and installation methods for anchoring in rock and soil.
2 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9531 - Wind Energy and Sustainability

Instructor: Dr. H. Hangan
This course will provide an introduction to wind energy and, to a lesser extent, wind sustainability. Some specific areas that will be discussed include the wind resources, wind turbine aerodynamics, wind turbine blade aerodynamics, wind turbine dynamics, and an overview of wind sustainability concepts. The coverage is very broad based on the interdisciplinary nature of wind energy, and each of these areas could be a course in themselves. As a result, the course content will be more applied in nature.
2 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9532 - Building Sustainability

Instructor:Dr. G. Bitsuamlak
In this course, students are introduced to environmental issues associated with buildings, passive cooling and heating building systems, as well as concepts of building performance indicators. Students are exposed to modeling methods to evaluate environmental loads and energy demand, to the use of building simulations in life cycle analysis for the selection of energy-efficient building components and systems, and to applicable regulatory and sustainability frameworks. Buildings can produce less greenhouse gas emissions and consume less energy while being comfortable, healthy, and economical through the proper application of sustainable design..
half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9533 - Instrumentation and Site Investigation

Instructor: Dr. A Sadrekarimi
Therefore, the general objectives of this course are to: (1) introduce the observational method in geotechnical engineering; (2) introduce a broad range of in situ testing devices and field instrumentation that students will encounter and use in practice; (3) provide a solid understanding of the applications and limitations of these devices and instruments through an examination of their theoretical, experimental, and empirical development; (4) teach theoretical, semi-empirical, and empirical methods of test and instrumentation interpretation and site characterization; (5) introduce first-hand the use and interpretation of some of these devices, instrumentation, and measurements at real project sites and via selected important case histories; and (6) discuss emerging technologies and trends in in-situ testing and field instrumentation, including data acquisition and data management.
3 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9548 - Advanced Design and Behaviour of Steel

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CEE 9549 - Advanced Design and Behaviour of Concrete Structures

Instructor:Dr. F.M. Bartlett
Analysis and design of prestressed, partially prestressed, and reinforced concrete sections and members to resist flexural, shear, and axial loads. Serviceability and durability criteria. Slender columns. Strut-and-tie methods for design.
3 hours lecture/laboratory; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9550 - Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings

Instructor:Dr. A. El Damatty
The objectives are for the student to become able to: Understand the fundamentals of structure dynamics; Perform seismic analysis of buildings manually and using computer modelling; Apply the seismic-resistant steel buildings; and Design seismic-resistant reinforced concrete buildings.
4 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9564 - Water Resources Systems Management

Instructor:Dr. S.P. Simonovic
This course is designed to provide students with: (a) the application of systems approach to the solution of complex water resources management problems; (b) the knowledge of simulation, optimization and the multi-objective analysis. The course is aimed at graduate students preparing to work in water resources engineering field. 
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9566 - Advanced Systems Analysis for Civil Engineering

Instructor: Dr. S.P. Simonovic
This course is designed to provide students with: (a) the application of systems thinking to complex civil engineering management problems; (b) the advanced topics in engineering systems analysis; and (c) the multi-objective analysis. The course is aimed at graduate students preparing to work in different fields of civil engineering. 
3 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9567 - GIS Applications to Water Resources Management

Instructor: A. Peck (Winter 2016)
This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to water resources management. The students will learn about the application of GIS to hydrologic and hydraulic issues. The course will add insight to a number of hydrologic and hydraulic problems using computer packages such as Arc Hydro, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, HEC-RAS,HEC-GeoRAS and PCSWMM and ArcGIS modules. 
2 lecture hours/wk, 1 tutorial hour/wk; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9568 - Environmental Assessment Process for Water Resources

Instructor: TBA
To understand environmental impact assessment process applied to water resources engineering projects and the interdisciplinary nature of water resources engineering to protect water resources and the environment. To learn the design of water resources projects that have minimal effect on the natural environment, social or economic environment. 
2 lecture hours/wk, 1 tutorial hour/wk; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9571 - Advanced Concrete Technology

Instructor:Dr. M.L. Nehdi
Cement hydration and microstructure. Rheology of cement-based materials. Mechanical properties and dimensional stability of concrete. Special concretes: high-performance concrete, self-compacting concrete, shotcrete, lightweight concrete, fibre-reinforced concrete, polymer-modified concrete. Introduction to advanced laboratory techniques including: scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, DSC-TGA analysis, calorimetry, mercury intrusion porosimetry, laser diffraction particle size analysis, and BET surface area measurement. 2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9577 - Rock Mechanics I

Instructor: TBA
The objectives of the course are for the students to develop an understanding of the engineering properties of rocks, geotechnical investigations and reporting geological and engineering rock classifications, rock failure theories, in-situ stresses in rock, and the fundamental concepts and principles of rock mechanics.   This course is the pre-requisite for Rock Mechanics II which covers the applications of rock mechanics principles in the design of foundations, slopes and underground openings in rock. [Course Outline]


CEE 9578 - Rock Mechanics II

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CEE 9598 - Durability, Monitoring and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures

Instructor:Dr. M.L. Nehdi
This course is intended to provide graduate students with practical experience in identifying mechanisms of degradation of concrete structures, understanding the potential causes of such degradation, and developing repair strategies that can efficiently and economically extend the service life of deteriorated structures.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9603 - Application of Random Vibration

Instructor:Dr. H-P Hong
Vibrations of structural systems subjected to stationary and nonstationary excitations; stochastic processes; power spectral density function; peak response of single and multi-degree of freedom systems and design code.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9610 - Advanced Structural Dynamics

Instructor:Dr. W. Zhou
Response of lumped mass, linear single-degree-of-freedom systems to periodic, random and transient forces. The use of the principle of virtual work in structural dynamics. The response of single-degree-of-freedom systems to wind and earthquake loads. Frequencies and mode shapes of lumped mass and distributed mass structural systems.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9619 - Dynamics of Soils and Foundations

Instructor:Dr. M.H. El Naggar
Vibrations of foundations on soil, elastic elements and piles, embedded foundations; foundations of nuclear facilities, machine foundations, modal analysis of foundations using complex eigenvalues; soil-structure interaction.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9621 - Landslide and Slope Stability

Instructor:Dr. J.Q. Shang
This course studies landslides in natural slopes from engineering perspectives. The principles and methodologies for the assessment, recognition, investigation, analyses and mitigation of landslides are discussed and illustrated via case studies. The topics include (1) Principles, definitions, triggering mechanisms and processes of landslides, (2) shear strengths of soils and rocks and their measurement, (3) slope stability analysis and evaluation of computer software, (4) field investigation and instrumentation, (5) principles of landslide mitigation and slope stabilization.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9628 - Prestressed Concrete

Instructor:Dr. M.A. Youssef
Principles and methods of prestressing, material properties, prestress losses, analysis and design of prestress members subjected to axial, flexural, combined axial and flexural, and shear, restraint action in indeterminate prestressed concrete structures, calculation of width of cracks and deflections, design of anchorage zones and shear interface of composite beams, fire resilience of prestressed concrete structures.
3 hours lecture/ laboratory; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9632 - Advanced Stormwater Management Design

Instructor:Prof. I. Shah
To understand the issues of urban development related to stormwater quality and quantity control and learn the design of Stormwater Management (SWM) system using SWM Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Low Impact Developments (LIDs). Understand the interdisciplinary nature of stormwater pollution control and provide an insight into the design and modeling of a SWM system.
3 hours lecture/tutorial; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9634 - Environmental Stratified Flows in Inland and Ocean Waters

Instructor:Prof. R. E. Baddour
The objectives of the course are (i) to apply the principles of hydraulics and fluid mechanics, and (ii) analyse and develop engineering solutions, for a wide range of environmental stratified flows encountered in inland and coastal waters.
Lectures: Total of 26 hrs during a period of two weeks in the summer. [Course Outline]


CEE 9642 - Aquatic Chemistry

Instructor:Dr. C. Robinson
Application of thermodynamics and kinetics to understand chemical speciation, transformation and partitioning in natural aquatic systems.  Broad applicability in areas including ground and surface water quality and contamination as well as water and wastewater treatment. 3 hours lecture; one term; half course. [Course Outline]


CEE 9651 - Principles and Techniques of Ground Improvement

Instructor:Dr. J.Q. Shang
As more engineering structures are built, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a site with suitable soil properties. The properties at many sites must be improved by the use of some form of soil improvement methods. The objective of this course is for students to understand common ground improvement methods, including densification and compaction, preloading consolidation by prefabricated vertical drains, vacuum and electro-osmotic consolidation, physical and chemical stabilization, soil reinforcement and seepage and dewatering. The focus of discussion will be on understanding scientific principles and appropriate applications; the degree to which soil properties may be improved; advantages and limitations. Case studies will be presented as part of learning process throughout the lectures. Students will practice to design and analysis of foundations on difficult soils, embankments and earth dams, earth retaining structures, seepage control, dewatering and other ground improvement projects with consideration of enhancing the benefit and reducing the cost.
4 hours lecture; one term; half course. [Course Outline]

CEE 9693 - Bluff Body Aerodynamics

Instructor: Dr. G.A. Kopp
This is a graduate course focusing on the advanced fluid mechanical aspects of bluff body aerodynamics. While the theoretical, experimental and computational aspects of the aerodynamics around streamlined bodies are highly developed, flows around bluff bodies have remained more elusive to both theory and computation. This is largely because of the role of turbulence, very high Reynolds numbers, and the complex flow fields that occur in applications such as wind loads on structures. The purpose of the course is to aid the student in understanding the role of the various factors which impact the aerodynamic loads on bluff bodies in the wind, as well as to familiarize the student on the use of the data analysis methods used to understand bluff body flows. 
2 hours lecture; half course; one term.  [Course Outline]


CEE 9694 - Selected Topics in CEE

Instructor: TBA


CEE 9695 - Special Topics in CEE (Wind Response of Structures - Summer 2017)

This course covers a broad range of Wind Engineering topics with special concern to Wind-Excited and Aeroelastic Response of Structures. The general aims are for the student to become able to:

• Recognize structures sensitive to wind-induced vibrations and aeroelastic phenomena.
• Analyse the dynamic response of structures to wind-excitation.
• Evaluate the critical velocity ranges in which structures are prone to motion-induced actions and aeroelastic instabilities.
• Recognize the need to carry out integrated analyses involving analytical, numerical, laboratory and full-scale evaluations.
• Recognize the engineering tools that make new and existing structures safe and suitable under wind loading.

Giovanni Solari, PhD [Course Outline]


CEE 9696 - Special Topics in CEE (Micrometeorology Aspects Related to Wind Energy - Summer 2017)

This course covers aspects of meteorology relevant for wind energy resources and loads on wind turbines. The general outline of the course is:

• Introduction to the physics of the atmosphere physics.
• The atmospheric boundary layer: atmospheric stability and how it affects the wind profile and turbulence
• Terrain roughness and topography.
• Mean wind statistics and wind resources.
• Turbulence and gusts: spectra, coherence and probability density functions.
• Anemometry of wind fields.
• Introduction to structural loads and extreme winds.

Jakob Mann, PhD [Course Outline]


CEE 9702 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Instructor:Dr. M.H. El Naggar
This course introduces the concepts, theories and procedures of geotechnical earthquake engineering. Topics include: earthquake and ground motion parameters; laboratory and field measurement of dynamic soil properties; ground response analysis and dynamic soil-structure interaction; liquefaction; and seismic design of retaining walls, slopes and dams.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9704 - Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Instructor:Dr. J.Q. Shang
This course reviews physical and chemical properties of commonly occurring contaminants and their impacts to subsurface environment, study the interactions of soil-water systems with inorganic and organic contaminants. The practical issues discussed include site assessment - delineation of the scope and extent of contamination in subsurface and compliance with regulatory guidelines; and site remediation techniques.
2 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9718 - Finite Element Analysis for Solids I

Instructor:Dr. A. El Damatty
Introduction to theory of elasticity. Principle of minimum potential energy. Virtual work principle. Convergence criteria in the finite element method. Bar and beam bending finite elements. Two-Dimesional Plane Stress and Plane Strain Problems. Isoparametric Elements. Numerical integrations. Field problems. Torsion problems.
3 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9719 - Finite Element Analysis for Solids II

Instructor:Dr. A. El Damatty
Bending of thin plate. Analysis of thick plates; Mindlin plate theory; locking phenomenon and reduced integration technique. Analysis of thin shells; theory; 2-D shell elements. Analysis of thick shells; degenerated shell elements. Buckling problems; concepts of bifurcation and limit loads; linearized buckling analysis using the finite element method. Finite element analysis of dynamic problems. Introduction to non-linear finite element analysis; large displacement formulation.
3 hours; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9720 - Introduction to Pipeline Design

Instructor:Dr. W. Zhou
Pipelines are the safest and most economical means to transport large quantity of hydrocarbons.  There are about 500,000 km and 100,000 km of onshore natural gas transmission pipelines in the US and Canada, respectively. The safe operation of these vast pipeline networks is the top  priority for the pipeline operators in the US and Canada, and has significant social and economic implications. The design and integrity assessment of pipelines is a multi-disciplinary undertaking and involves a broad spectrum of engineering knowledge such as basic structural mechanics, elasticity and plasticity, soil mechanics, fracture mechanics, fatigue, reliability and risk assessments, and corrosion. 
2 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9880 - Offshore Geotechnical Engineering Design

Instructor:Dr. T.A. Newson
This course is intended to introduce the field of offshore geotechnical engineering and to apply fundamental soil mechanics principles to problems associated with this environment. To present the behaviour of offshore soils, the interaction of these soils and structures during cyclic loading events due to wave and wind loading. To show offshore geotechnical engineering systems and the approaches required for their design. On completion of the course, students will have the necessary knowledge and skills for them to approach the design of a wide range of offshore geotechnical engineering problems.
2 hours lecture; half course; one term. [Course Outline]


CEE 9890 - Subsurface Contamination

Instructor:Dr. J. Gerhard
This course deals with subsurface contamination by hazardous industrial liquids such as PCB oils, gasoline, jet fuel, chlorinated solvents and coal tars. These compounds represent some of the most prevalent, toxic, and recalcitrant subsurface pollutants throughout the industrialized world. The fundamentals of multiphase/multicomponent flow and transport will be outlined followed by specific treatment of both denser-than-water and lighter-than-water non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs and LNAPLs). The course will examine the fate of these contaminants in water, oil, and vapour phases and their subsurface distribution in both unconsolidated aquifers and fractured rock systems. Relevant analytical and numerical models are employed to better understand the concepts, their application, and the underlying mathematics. As well, the course covers field applications, including site investigation techniques as well as innovative clean-up technologies.
3 hours lecture; 1 hour tutorial; half course; one term.   [Course Outline]


Note: not all courses are offered every year. All course outlines are subject to change.