Graduate Courses

CEE 535. Excavation and Tunneling
Prerequisite: CEE 345. II (3 credits)
Selection of methods of attack for excavation of tunnels and deep vertical-sided openings. Tunneling procedures based on behavioral characteristics of soil and rock. Study of tunnel boring machines, shielded and drill-and-blast operations, linings. Soil liner interaction. Deep excavation procedures related to support of excavation systems, methods of installation and dewatering.
CEE 541. Soil Sampling and Testing
Prerequisite: preceded or accompanied by CEE 345. I (3 credits)
Field and laboratory practice in sampling and testing of soils for engineering purposes. Field sampling and testing; standard split-spoon sampler, Dutch Cone penetrometer, field vane, Iowa borehole shear device. Lab tests; direct shear, unconfined compression, triaxial compression, consolidation. Laboratory and lecture.
CEE 542. Soil and Site Improvement
Prerequisite: CEE 345 or equivalent. I (3 credits)
Analysis of geotechnical problems affecting site use including weak, compressible soil; high shrink-swell potential; and liquefiable soils. Stabilization techniques including compaction, earth reinforcement, admixture stabilization, deep mixing, grouting, precompression, thermal and electrokinetic stabilization, and vibro-compaction.
CEE 543. Geosynthetics
Prerequisite: CEE 345 or equivalent. I (3 credits)
Physical, mechanical, chemical, biological, and endurance properties of geosynthetics (including geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, geopipes and geocomposites). Standard testing methods for geosynthetics. Application and design procedures for geosynthetics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: separation, reinforcement, stabilization, filtration, drainage and containment of solids and liquids.
CEE 544. Rock Mechanics 
Prerequisite: CEE 212 or equivalent. I (3 credits) 
Engineering properties and classification of rocks. Strength and deformability of intact and jointed rock; in situ stresses; lab and field test methods. Stereonets and structural geology. Rock slopes; stability and reinforcement. Foundations on rock.
CEE 545. Foundation Engineering
Prerequisite: CEE 345 or equivalent. I (3 credits)
Application of principles of soil mechanics to: determination of bearing capacity and settlement of spread footings, mats, single piles and pile groups; site investigation, evaluation of data from field and laboratory tests; estimation of stresses in soil masses; soil structure interaction.
CEE 546. Slopes, Dams and Retaining Structures
Prerequisite: CEE 345 or equivalent (3 credits) Winter Term
Slope stability analyses, seepage through soils, settlements and horizontal movements in embankments, earthen embankment design, landslide and embankment stabilization, earth pressures and retaining structure design.
CEE 547. Soils Engineering and Pavement Systems
Prerequisite: CEE 345 or equivalent. I (3 credits)
Soils engineering as applied to the design, construction and rehabilitation of pavement systems. The design, evaluation and rehabilitation of rigid, flexible and composite pavements.
CEE 548. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Prerequisite: CEE 345 or equivalent (3 credits) (Fall term)
Ground motion attenuation relationships, seismic site response analysis, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA), evaluation and modeling of dynamic soil properties, soil-structure interaction, evaluation and mitigation of soil liquefaction, seismic code provisions and practice, seismic earth pressures, slope stability and deformation analysis, safety of dams, levees and embankments, performance of pile foundations, and additional current topics.
CEE 549. Geoenvironmental Engineering
Recommended: CEE 345 or equivalent. I (3 credits)
Waste generation and disposal; regulations and siting of waste facilities; site characterization for geoenvironmental applications; types of waste and properties; fate and transport of contaminants in soil; soil-water-contaminant interactions; geosynthetic materials in waste containment applications; design, and construction of liner and leachate collection systems; landfill settlement and stability,introduction to bioreactor landfills and emerging technologies for waste disposal; review of technologies for site restoration and cleanup;
CEE 570 (Nat Res 569). Introduction to Geostatistics
Prerequisite: CEE 270 (statistics and probability) or equivalent. I (3 credits) 
Sampling design and data representativity. Univariate and bivariate data analysis: continuous and categorical environmental attributes. Description and modeling of spatial variability. Deterministic vs. stochastic models. Spatial interpolation of environmental attributes. Soil and water pollution data will be analyzed using geostatistical software.
CEE 611. Earthquake Engineering
Prerequisites: CEE 511, and CEE 512, or equivalent. II alternate years (3 credits)
This course is to serve as an introduction to the field of earthquake engineering, specifically the seismic behavior and design of structures. Topics include: tectonic theory; engineering characterization of earthquakes; probabilistic hazard analysis; structural modeling and analysis; response of structures during earthquakes; performance-based design; seismic detailing considerations; selected advanced topics.
CEE 625 (Nat Res 624). Geostatistical Modeling of Uncertainty
Prerequisite: CEE 570. II (3 credits)
Risk assessment: parametric and non-parametric approaches. Optimal estimates. Decision making in the face of uncertainty. Classification of categorical attributes. Stochastic spatial simulation: continuous and categorical environmental attributes. Propagation of uncertainty. Soil and water pollution data will be analyzed using geostatistical software.
CEE 638. Sensing for Civil Infrastructure Development
Prerequisite: none. II (3 credits)
Civil infrastructure sensors for spatial data acquisition and analysis. Introduction to multi-dimensional signal processing for pattern recognition in sensor data with a focus on constructions materials, personnel and equipment. Segmentation, clustering, and filtering techniques. 3D reconstruction of civil infrastructure elements. Defects detection and system health monitoring.
CEE 645. Theoretical Soil Mechanics
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (3 credits)
Stress conditions for failure of soils; earth pressures and retaining walls; arching in soils; theories for elastic and plastic deformations of soil masses; theory of bearing capacity; theories for stresses in semi-infinite and layered elastic solids; theory of elastic subgrade reaction.
CEE 646. Geophysical Techniques in Environmental Geotechnology
Prerequisite: CEE 345. II (3 credits)
Introduction to geophysical techniques currently available for use in environmental geotechnology. Principles on which methods are based. Site characterization, pore fluid identification, buried object location by these non-intrusive, non-destructive tests. AI programming for selection of appropriate methods. Case studies in use of geophysical methods.
CEE 648. Dynamics of Soils and Foundations
Prerequisite: CEE 345. II (3 credits)
Transient and steady state vibrations of foundations; phase plane analysis of foundations with one and two degrees of freedom; dynamic properties of soils; vibration transmission through soils.
CEE 649. Civil Engineering Vibrations Laboratory
Prerequisites: CEE 611, preceded or accompanied by CEE 648. II (2 credits)
Field and laboratory determination of dynamic material properties; measurement of vibration of structures and foundations; introduction to electronics for dynamic measurements; introduction to holographic interferometry.
CEE 840. Geotechnical Engineering Seminar
Prerequisite: Graduate standing (1 credit)
Presentation and discussion of selected topics relating to geotechnical engineering practice and research by invited lecturers.
CEE 946. Soil Mechanics Research (to be arranged)
Advanced problems in soil mechanics, foundations or underground construction, selected to provide the student with knowledge of recent application and development in engineering design and construction practice. Assigned problems must be carried to a stage of completion sufficient for a written report which will normally be required for credit.
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