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  • Objectives
    The M.A.Sc. program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen, in some specific area or areas, the knowledge gained at the undergraduate level, and to provide a significant introduction to research.
  • Academic title
    Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering
  • Course description
    Requirements for the degree

    Students must complete 45 credits as shown below:

        * Courses: Four courses (16 credits) chosen from the Engineering Courses section, approved by the student’s supervisor and either the Graduate Program Director or the Chair of the Department.

        * Thesis. 29 credits.

    Civil Engineering Courses

    CIVI 6001 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (4 credits)

    Strength limits; modes of failure; flexural and inclined cracking strength; crack propagation; crack width; deformation; biaxial and multiaxial strength of concrete; ultimate strength in flexure; ultimate strength in diagonal splitting; ultimate strength of columns; current research progress and modelling for finite element analysis; new code regulations. A project.

    CIVI 6011 Precast and Prestressed Concrete Structures (4 credits)
    Prefabrication and prestressing concepts; segmental and modular structures and connections; composite and pre-and post-tensioned structures; analysis and design of determinate and indeterminate systems; design codes. A project.

    CIVI 6051 Design of Industrial Structures (4 credits)

    Problems in the design of industrial structures in steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and timber; rejuvenation and expansion of existing plant facilities; design of bracing systems, foundations, silos and liquid storage tanks; connections, standard details and codes. A case study and project.

    CIVI 6101 Planning and Design of Bridges (4 credits)

    History and development of bridges; basic parameters; material, system and geometry; selection of location and optimum proportioning of different structural types; selection and design of steel and concrete highway and railway bridge structures based on requirements of economics; maintenance, aesthetics and safety; modern trends in bridge design and construction; analysis of existing bridges; numerical examples. A project.

    CIVI 6301 Hydrology (4 credits)

    (Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed the undergraduate equivalent).
    Weather elements; precipitation, stage-discharge relations; evapo-transpiration; ground water flow, method of images; streamflow hydrograph, unit hydrograph and its applications, synthetic hydrographs; laminar flow; hydrologic routing; instantaneous hydrography; hydraulic routing, method of characteristics, kinematic routing; statistical analysis, confidence intervals, stochastic generator, auto-regressive model; applications of hydrology. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6331 Hydraulic Engineering (4 credits)

    (Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed the undergraduate equivalent).
    Development of surface water resources; basic measurements in hydraulic engineering; storage reservoirs; practical problems; run-off characteristics of natural streams; control structures; economic analysis; energy dissipators; sediment transportation; transitions; elements of river engineering; navigation; control of floods. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6381 Hydraulic Structures (4 credits)

    (Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed the undergraduate equivalent).
    Design of storage dams; characteristics of spillways and other outlet works; design of control structures; principles and design of flow measuring structures; special topics. A project.

    CIVI 6401 Transportation Systems Analysis (4 credits)

    Aspects of probability and statistics as applied to transportation; network theory; system operations and safety management; applications of optimization and decision theory to selection of alternative systems and facility location; evaluation of traffic control devices; signal timing plans and management strategies. A project.

    CIVI 6411 Urban Transportation Planning (4 credits)

    (Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed the undergraduate equivalent).
    Forecasting future travel patterns; travel characteristics; systems approach to transportation planning process; land use data collection and demand analysis; trip generation; trip distribution; model and root assignment; transportation of commodities; environmental impact analysis. Computer modelling. A project.

    CIVI 6441 Traffic Engineering (4 credits)

    (Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed the undergraduate equivalent).
    Analysis of existing traffic flow conditions; study of traffic characteristics; volume and speed surveys; capacity-performance relations for urban streets and intersections; signal timing and coordination; traffic and environmental management; computer applications in incident detection and control; analysis and management of safety. A project.

    CIVI 6451 Pavement Design (4 credits)

    Components of pavement systems; materials, tests and specifications; granular and treated bases, subgrade and drainage; earthwork and soil stabilization; axle loads and stresses in pavements; design methods for flexible and rigid pavements of highways and airports; maintenance and rehabilitation; pavement management; economic requirements; design projects and computer applications. A project.

    CIVI 6481 Hazardous Waste Management (4 credits)

    Characterization and sources of hazardous waste; toxicological aspects of waste management; legal issues; disposal; storage; physical, chemical and biological treatments; recycling, reuse and exchange; life cycle; environmental impact management in the light of ISO 14000; “Green” product as an environmental choice; lab demonstrations. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6491 Engineering Aspects of Site Remediation (4 credits)

    Physico-chemical characteristics of subsurface; soil biology; introduction to subsurface transport of contaminants; site assessment techniques; bioremediation principles and techniques; physico-chemical remediation; thermal removal; in-situ and ex-situ groundwater techniques; natural attenuation; case studies; lab demonstrations. A project.

    CIVI 6501 Foundation Engineering (4 credits)

    Theoretical development of bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations, settlement analyses, design of retaining walls, sheet piles, tiebacks and caissons, dynamic analyses of pile foundations, design of machine foundations, foundations on difficult soils, construction and performance of foundations, computer applications, case histories. A project.

    CIVI 6511 Earth Structures and Slope Stability (4 credits)
    Design and construction of earth and rockfill dams. Seepage problems, flow nets, seepage control, soil compaction and stabilization. Computer analysis of slope stability, factor of safety. Measures taken to limit and accommodate settlements. Case studies.

    CIVI 6521 Soil Behaviour (4 credits)
    Drained and undrained shear strength of soils, stress-strain relationships, two and three dimensional stress paths. Pore water pressure coefficients in saturated and partially saturated clays. One and three dimensional consolidation theories, design of sand drains, and applications. Special geotechnical problems. A project.

    CIVI 6531 Soil Testing and Properties (4 credits)
    Measurement and evaluation of soil consolidation, strength, and pore water pressure characteristics by means of consolidation, triaxial and direct shear tests. Application of test results to design and research problems. A project.

    CIVI 6541 Reinforced Earth (4 credits)
    Design of geotechnical structures reinforced with geotextiles and geogrids to improve their strength and deformation properties. Use of geonets and geomembranes to accelerate the drainage and consolidation of soil systems. Soil nailing and inclined piling to prevent downhill creep and slope failure. Analysis and design of stone columns used to support light structures and prevent instability due to soil liquefaction. A project.

    CIVI 6601 Modelling in Building and Environmental Engineering (4 credits)

    Continuous and discrete forms of conservation laws: mass, momentum and energy, numerical methods (finite differences, implicit and explicit schemes, finite elements). Transport of contaminants and moisture in buildings and contaminants in the environment. Modelling and measuring sources and sinks of pollutants. Computer applications to building and environmental engineering. A case study and project.

    CIVI 6611 Environmental Engineering (4 credits)

    Introduction to waste water treatment and control; stream pollution and control; ground water pollution; air pollution; acid rain, meteorological aspects. Noise pollution; hazardous waste disposal; solid waste management. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6621 Engineering Aspects of Biological Treatment of Water and Air (4 credits)

    Introduction to aerobic/anaerobic microbial processes, design of aerobic and anaerobic systems for biological treatment of municipal, industrial and agricultural water and air pollution, design and modelling of activated sludge reactors, trickling filters, plug flow reactors, lagoons, nutrient removal, constructed wetlands, phytoremediation, biofilters, bioscrubbers, management of biosolids, lab demonstration. A case study and project.

    CIVI 6631 Transportation of Hazardous Materials and Wastes (4 credits)

    Transportation and Environmental systems interface; hazardous materials and wastes, accidental spills and releases, dispersion models, environmental impacts; transportation network, truck accidents related to hazardous materials and wastes, risk analysis, risk assessment models; Moore’s minimum path algorithm, minimum-risk route models, determination of safe truck routes and management; Federal and Quebec regulations; project and computer applications. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6641 Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering (4 credits)

    Physical and chemical principles underlying coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, sorption, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, ion exchange and sludge dewatering. Design and scale-up equations for clarifiers, absorption columns, filters, centrifuges, electrodialysis stacks, air components and demineralization units, lab demonstration. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6651 Water Pollution and Control (4 credits)

    Physical, chemical and biological characteristics of water, water quality standards, reaction kinetics and material balances, eutrophication. Containment of reactive contaminants. Natural purification processes in water system, adsorption, absorption; diffusion and dispersion, oxidation. Large-scale transport of contaminants, single and multiple source models; modeling of transport processes, computer simulation, introduction to groundwater pollution, sea-water intrusion. A case study and a project.

    CIVI 6661 Environmental Impact Assessment (*) (4 credits)

    Engineering activities and the environment; environmental ethics. Prediction and estimation, statistical analysis of impact on air, water, soil quality and biological, socio-economic, cultural environments. Water and air pollution law, solid and hazardous waste laws. Applications of GIS, Environmental inventories, assessment preparation and review. Federal and provincial laws and regulations on environmental assessment. Strategies for environmental compliance, resolution of environmental conflicts. Case studies and project.

    CIVI 6671 Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment (4 credits)

    Physical and chemical properties of organic and inorganic contaminants, air-soil-water-cycle and contaminant interactions, adsorption/desorption models, soil components in contaminant transport, influence of groundwater composition, advective flow, diffusion transport, diffusion and dispersion coefficients, partition coefficients, mechanisms and modelling of contaminant transport in soil and groundwater, environmental fate of contaminants Case studies concerning landfills, greenhouse effects, soil and groundwater interactions, nuclear waste disposal. A project.

    CIVI 691 Topics in Civil Engineering I (4 credits)

    Note: Subject matter will vary from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for these courses, providing that the course content has changed. Changes in content will be indicated by the letter following the course number. e.g. CIVI 691A, CIVI 691B, etc.

    CIVI 7001 Earthquake Engineering (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: ENGR 6581.
    Earthquake ground motion characteristics; behaviour of buildings, bridges, etc., methods and principles of structural dynamics; inelastic action and concept of energy absorption; evaluation of damage; soil structure interaction problems; design methods and code requirements; current research. A project.

    CIVI 7031 Dynamics of Foundations (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: ENGR 6581.
    Principles of soil dynamics; dynamic loads, theory of vibrations and design considerations for foundations of different types; shallow foundations, deep foundations, massive machine bases; problems of soil-structure interaction. A project.

    CIVI 7101 Theory and Design of Orthotropic Bridges (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: CIVI 6101.
    Natural and technical orthotropy; orthogonally stiffened plates; methods of bridge analysis and design; materials; specifications; analysis of existing orthotropic structures; numerical examples. A project.

    CIVI 7111 Theory and Design of Modern Bridge Systems (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: CIVI 6101.
    Hybrid, post-stressed and composite plate girders and trusses; delta type girders; orthotropic, shell types and tubular bridges, cable-stayed and stiffened cable bridges; optimization of bridge systems; vibrations and damping capacity; aerodynamics and seismic stability; concept of safety; fatigue and carrying capacity; use of models; application of computers. A project.

    CIVI 7121 Cable Stayed Bridges (4 credits)
    Prerequisite: CIVI 6101.
    Basic bridge systems; methods of structural analysis; aerodynamic stability; structural details; typical structures. A project.

    CIVI 7311 Groundwater Flow (4 credits)

    Prerequisite: ENCS 6021.
    Groundwater storage and supply; storage in confined aquifers; water table fluctuation; aquifers; steady groundwater hydraulics; aquifer tests and pumping. A project.

    CIVI 7401 Design of Transportation Terminals (4 credits)
    Prerequisite: CIVI 6401 or 6411.
    Functions of transportation terminals; airports, seaports, public transit terminals; systems approach to passenger and freight terminal design; criteria for evaluating the inter-modal transfer process and user requirements. Simulation models and analytical techniques for quality of service analysis and evaluation of terminal configurations; requirements of new systems; high capacity aircraft; V/STOL aircraft, LRT and HST systems. A project.

    CIVI 791 Topics in Civil Engineering II (4 credits)

    Note: Subject matter will vary from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for these courses, providing that the course content has changed. Changes in content will be indicated by the letter following the course number. e.g. CIVI 691A, CIVI 691B, etc.

    CIVI 8011 Doctoral Seminar in Civil Engineering

    Grading on a pass/fail basis only. No credit value.

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