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  • Academic Title
    Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering
  • Course description
    The M.A.Sc. degree is awarded for a Master's degree by thesis and the M.Eng. degree is awarded for Master's degree by project and coursework. Civil Engineering degrees or offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Civil Engineering, which is jointly administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University and the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

    In Civil Engineering, students can specialize in Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering & Transportation Engineering. Students can also pursue graduate studies in Fire Safety Engineering within the general discipline of Structural Engineering.

    CIVE 5101 [0.5 credit](CVG 7120)
        Introductory Elasticity
        Stresses and strains in a continuum; transformations, invariants; equations of motion; constitutive relations, generalized Hooke's Law, bounds for elastic constant: strain energy, superposition, uniqueness; formulation of plane stress and plane strain problems in rectangular Cartesian and curvilinear coordinates, Airy-Mitchell stress functions and Fourier solutions.

    CIVE 5102 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7121)
        Advanced Elasticity
        Continuation of topics introduced in CIVE 5101. Complex variable solutions: torsional and thermal stresses; axially symmetric three-dimensional problems, Love's strain potential, Boussinesq-Galerkian stress functions; problems related to infinite and semi-infinite domains. Introduction to numerical methods of stress analysis, comparison of solutions.
        Prerequisite: CIVE 5101 or permission of the Department.

    CIVE 5103 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7122)
        Finite Element Analysis 1
        Stress-strain and strain-displacement relationships from elasticity. Plane stress and plane strain finite elements. Lagrange interpolation and Lagrange based element families. Theory of thin plates; overview of plate bending elements. Theory of shells; practical shell elements. Finite element methods formulation. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as CIVE 4201, for which additional credit is precluded.

    CIVE 5104 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7123)
        Earthquake Engineering
        Advanced vibration analysis techniques; Rayleigh-Ritz procedure; subspace iteration; derived Ritz coordinates; proportional and non-proportional damping; introduction to seismology; earthquake response analysis via time and frequency domain; response spectrum approach; multiple input excitations; design considerations and code requirements; other advanced topics in earthquake engineering.
        Prerequisite: CIVE 5106 or permission of the Department.

    CIVE 5105 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7124)
        Finite Element Analysis 2
        Variational and Galerkin formulations: assumed displacement, assumed stress and hybrid elements; plate bending: convergence, completeness and conformity, patch test, Kirchhoff and Mindlin plate theories, nonlinear elasticity and plasticity; geometric non-linearity, Eulerian and Lagrangian formulations; incremental and iterative schemes, finite elements in dynamics.
        Prerequisite: CIVE 5103 or permission of the Department.

    CIVE 5106 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7137)
        Dynamics of Structures
        Structural dynamics, single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems, formulation of equations of motion, methods of analytical mechanics, free and forced vibrations, normal mode analysis, numerical methods for the response analyses of single and multiple-degree-of-freedom systems.

    CIVE 5200 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7138)
        Masonry Behaviour and Design
        Properties of masonry materials and assemblages. Behaviour and design of walls, columns and lintels. Treatment of specialized design and construction topics. Design of lowrise and highrise structures. Discussion of masonry problems. Emphasis on a practice-oriented approach.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as CIVE 4403, for which additional credit is precluded.

    CIVE 5203 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7125)
        Theory of Structural Stability
        Elastic and inelastic behaviour of beam-columns; elastic and inelastic buckling of frames; application of energy methods to buckling problems; lateral-torsional buckling of columns and beams; buckling of plates; local buckling of columns and beams.
        Prerequisite: CIVE 5205 or equivalent.

    CIVE 5204 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7126)
        Advanced Steel Structures
        Limit states design philosophy; material behaviour; tension members; plate buckling; torsion; lateral torsional buckling; beams, axially loaded columns and beam-column behaviour; brittle fracture and fatigue; frame stability and second order effects.

    CIVE 5205 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7127)
        Advanced Structural Analysis
        Matrix structural analysis; force and displacement method of analysis for planar and space structures; symmetric and anti-symmetric structures; analysis of nonlinear structures: geometric and material nonlinearities; large displacement theory and iteration strategy.

    CIVE 5206 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7128)
        Prestressed Concrete
        Prestressed concrete materials; working stress design for flexure; ultimate strength design for flexure, shear, and torsion; prestress losses; deflection and camber; slabs; indeterminate beams and frames; introduction to prestressed bridges and circular tanks.

    CIVE 5208 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7130)
        Advanced Reinforced Concrete
        The research background, development, and limitations in current building code provisions for reinforced concrete; yield line theory of slabs; safety and limit state design; computer design of concrete structures.

    CIVE 5209 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7100)
        Geotechnical Case Studies
        The critical study of case histories relating to current procedures of design and construction in geotechnical engineering. The importance of instrumentation and monitoring field behaviour will be stressed. In-situ testing.

    CIVE 5300 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7101)
        Advanced Soil Mechanics
        Effective stress, pore pressure parameters, saturated and partially saturated soils; seepage; permeability tensor, solutions of the Laplace equation; elastic equilibrium; anisotropy, non-homogeneity, consolidation theories; shear strength of cohesive and cohesionless soils; failure and yield criteria.

    CIVE 5303 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7103)
        Pavements and Materials
        An analysis of the interaction of materials, traffic, and climate in the planning, design construction, evaluation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of highway and airport pavements.

    CIVE 5304 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7150)
        Intercity Transportation
        Current modal and intermodal issues, including energy. Framework and process of intercity transport planning and management. Recent trends and system development. Passenger and freight demand and service characteristics. Future prospects and possibilities.

    CIVE 5305 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7151)
        Traffic Engineering
        Introduction to principles of traffic engineering. Basic characteristics of drivers, vehicles, and traffic. Volume, speed, and delay studies. Traffic stream characteristics and queuing theory. Capacity analysis of roads and intersections. Safety.

    CIVE 5306 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7152)
        Highway Materials
        Materials characterization and strength evaluation of soils, stabilized soils, aggregates, and asphalt concrete. Effects of low temperatures and frost on materials behaviour.

    CIVE 5307 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7153)
        Urban Transportation
        Urban transportation systems, planning and management. Urban development models, an introduction. Urban transportation policy.

    CIVE 5308 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7154)
        Highway Geometric Design
        Principles of highway geometric design. Components of the highway system, their interrelationships, abilities, limitations, and their relations with the design elements. Safety and human factors, and their interaction with the highway elements. New and evolving concepts.

    CIVE 5309 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7155)
        Transportation Supply
        Advanced treatment of transportation planning and management concepts and techniques: transport supply issues, capacity and costs, evaluation of system improvements and extensions, transportation and development, policy impact analysis.

    CIVE 5401 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7156)
        Transportation Economics
        Transportation, economic analysis framework. Transport industry output. Carrier operations. Issue of resource utilization, measurement, economics, supply of infrastructure, pricing; subsidies, externalities. Transport policy in Canada.

    CIVE 5402 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7159)
        Transportation Terminals
        Framework for passenger terminal planning and design. Theory: the transfer function and network modeling; pedestrian flow characteristics; capacity of corridors, stairs, escalators, and elevators; layout planning. Practical applications: air, rail, metro, bus, ferry, and multi-modal terminals.

    CIVE 5403 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7158)
        Airport Planning
        Framework for airport planning and design. Aircraft characteristics; demand forecasting; airport site selection; noise, airside capacity; geometric design; the passenger terminal complex; cargo area; general aviation; ground transportation; land use planning.

    CIVE 5500 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7104)
        Earth Retaining Structures
        Approaches to the theoretical and semi-empirical analysis of earth retaining structures. Review of the earth pressure theories. Analysis and design methods for rigid and flexible retaining walls, braced excavations, and tunnels. Instrumentation and performance studies.

    CIVE 5501 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7105)
        Foundation Engineering
        Review of methods of estimating compression and shear strength of soils. Bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations. Foundations in slopes. Pile groups. Use of in-situ testing for design purposes.

    CIVE 5502 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7106)
        In-Situ Geotechnique
        Subsurface exploration program. Soil and rock sampling. Geo-physical methods. Mechanical and hydraulic properties of soil and rock. Determination of strength and deformability. Critical evaluation of vane, pressuremeter, screw plate, dilatometer, borehole shear and plate load tests. Pumping, recharge and packer tests. In-situ stress measurements.

    CIVE 5503 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7107)
        Numerical Methods in Geomechanics
        Advanced theories of soil and rock behaviour. Plasticity models. Generalized failure criteria. Critical state and cap models. Dilatancy effects. Associative and non-associative flow rules. Hardening rules. Consolidation, visco-elasticity, creep behaviour. Finite element formulation. Iterative schemes. Time marching schemes. Solution of typical boundary value problems.
        Prerequisite: CIVE 5101, CIVE 5103, or permission of the Department.

    CIVE 5504 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7108)
        Seepage through Soils
        Surface-subsurface water relations. Steady flow. Flownet techniques. Numerical techniques. Seepage analogy models. Anisotropic and layered soils. Water retaining structures. Safety against erosion and piping. Filter design. Steady and non-steady flow towards wells. Multiple well systems. Subsidence due to ground water pumping.
        Precludes additional credit for ENVE 5301.

    CIVE 5505 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7109)
        Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
        Seismic hazards, earthquakes and ground motion, wave propagation, ground response analysis, soil properties for dynamic analysis: laboratory tests, in-situ tests, modulus and damping curves, liquefaction susceptibility, post liquefaction response, seismic effects on slope stability, retaining structures.
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5801 (2001-2003).

    CIVE 5600 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7131)
        Project Management
        Managing building development, design, and construction including interrelationships among owners, developers, financing sources, designers, contractors, and users; project manager role and tasks; project objectives; feasibility analyses; budgets and financing; government regulations; environmental and social constraints; cost, time, and content quality controls and processes; human factors.

    CIVE 5601 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7140)
        Engineering, Statistics, and Probabilities
        Review of basic concepts in statistics and probabilities. Bayes' Theorem. Distributions. Parameter estimation. Goodness-of-fit. Regression and correlation. OC curves. Monte Carlo simulation. ANOVA. Probability-based design criteria. System reliability. Selected applications in structures, transportation and geomechanics. Use of computer software. Emphasis on problem solving.

    CIVE 5602 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7141)
        Advanced Computer-Aided Design
        Representation and processing of design constraints (such as building codes and other design rules); decision tables; constraint satisfaction. Automatic integrity and consistency maintenance of design databases; integrated CAD systems. Introduction to geometric modeling. Introduction to artificial intelligence. Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as CIVE 4500, for which additional credit is precluded.

    CIVE 5605 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7143)
        Design of Steel Bridges
        Basic features of steel bridges, design of slab-on-girder, box girder and truss bridges. Composite and non-composite design. Introduction to long span suspension and cable-stayed bridges. Discussion of relevant codes and specifications.

    CIVE 5606 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7144)
        Design of Concrete Bridges
        Concrete and reinforcing steel properties, basic features of concrete bridges, design of superstructure in reinforced concrete slab, slab-on-girder and box girder bridges, an introduction to prestressed concrete bridges, design of bridge piers and abutments. In all cases the relevant provisions of Canadian bridge codes are discussed.

    CIVE 5607 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7145)
        Introduction to Bridge Design
        Limit states design of highway bridges; methods of analysis, design and evaluation procedures of superstructure components; design codes; design loads and load factors; concrete deck design; load distributions; computer analysis; impact and dynamics; fatigue and brittle fracture; construction bracing; load capacity rating of existing bridges.

    CIVE 5609 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7170)
        Fundamentals of Fire Safety Engineering
        The fire safety system, including social, economic and environmental issues; description of the fire safety regulatory system and the governing building codes and standards. This includes the global fire safety system in a facility and active fire protection systems; detection, suppression, smoke management. Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5707 (2001-2002).

    CIVE 5610 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7171)
        Fire Dynamics I
        Fundamentals of combustion including material and energy balances, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, premixed and diffusive burning. Advanced topics in the theory of combustion, flame propagation, efficiency of combustion, and the physico-chemical properties of combustible material.
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5705 (2001-2003).

    CIVE 5611 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7173)
        People in Fires
        Review of the work presented by the founders in the field of human behaviour in fire. Introduction to the basic notions of perception, cognition, information processing, decision-making and problem solving. Behavioural concepts such as panic, commitment, affiliation, familiarity and role are discussed.
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5708 (2001-2003).

    CIVE 5612 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7174)
        Fire Modeling
        Fire modeling and its role in fire safety engineering. Review of the main modeling techniques used in Fire Safety Engineering: network, zone and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5802 (2002-2003).

    CIVE 5613 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7172)
        Fire Dynamics II
        Fire dynamics from ignition through heat transfer to growth and spread of fires and their suppression. Factors such as containment and its role in the dynamics of fires and explosions are covered.
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5803 (2002-2003).
        Prerequisite: CIVE 5610 Fire Dynamics I.

    CIVE 5614 [0.5 credit] (CVG 7175)
        Design for Fire Resistance
        Behaviour of materials and structures at elevated temperatures; fire-resistance tests; fire-resistance ratings; building code requirements; real-world fires; assessing the fire resistance of steel, concrete and wood building assemblies.
        Precludes additional credit for CIVE 5709 (2001-2003).

    CIVE 5705-CIVE 5709 [0.5 credit]
    (CVG 7300-7304)
        Topics in Structures
        Courses in special topics related to building design and construction, not covered by other graduate courses; details will be available some months prior to registration.

    CIVE 5800-CIVE 5804 [0.5 credit]
    (CVG 7305-7309)
        Topics in Geotechnique
        Courses in special topics in geotechnical engineering, not covered by other graduate courses; details will be available some months prior to registration.

    CIVE 5805-CIVE 5809 [0.5 credit]
    (CVG 7310 - 7314)
        Topics in Transportation
        Courses in special topics in transportation engineering, not covered by other graduate courses; details will be available some months prior to registration.

    CIVE 5900 [1.5 credit]
        Civil Engineering Project
        Students enrolled in the M.Eng. program by course work will conduct an engineering study, analysis, or design project under the general supervision of a member of the Department.

    CIVE 5906 [0.5 credit]
        Directed Studies 1

    CIVE 5907 [0.5 credit]
        Directed Studies 2

    CIVE 5909 [3.0 credits]
        M.A.Sc. Thesis

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