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Engr 210. Air Base Design and Performance. 3(1). Broad principles of engineering design (including technical, ethical, economic and socio-political consideration) applied to the environment, infrastructure, and combat support requirements for air bases during peacetime, humanitarian relief, small scale contingency, and combat operations. Guided by an integrated decision-making and system-design approach, cadets solve projects based on real AF problems to integrate the course material and their personal experience. Topics covered were validated based on survey of engineers, educators and operational AF officers. The topics include: environmental impact analysis (land use planning, environmental quality, and airspace issues), infrastructure (airfields, utilities, and facilities) and combat support with emphasis on beddown, force protection planning, and host nation support consideration. Three projects required. Prereq: Engr 100 and upperclass standing. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Civ Engr 215. Computer Applications for Civil Engineers. 3(1). Application of commercially available computer-based tools for solving common types of Civil Engineering problems. Mechanical drawing, using state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) software, including presentation and working drawings. Use of spreadsheet and relational database software for the solution of simultaneous equations and linear programming with an emphasis on information input, data handling, and professional output. Project management concepts and project planning using MS Project software. Introduction to GeoBase and geospatial mapping capabilities using GIS technologies. Final project. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Civ Engr 330. Elementary Structural Analysis. 3(1). Static analysis of determinate structures. Stresses and deformations in beams, trusses, and frames. Final exam. Prereq: Engr Mech 120 and completed or enrolled in Math 245. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Civ Engr 351. Civil Engineering Practices - Field Engineering. 3(0). This two-phase course includes Operation Civil Engineering Air Force (OpsCEAF) and a three week field experience at the USAFA Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL). Secondclass cadets spend first period at a government facility working on a project in the civil engineering field. Participants will be scheduled for a second or third summer period leadership program. The three week field experience introduces surveying, construction materials, design of concrete mixes, and hands-on construction using metal, timber, asphalt and concrete, and working knowledge of environmental systems. Cadets will construct various projects that they will design in later civil and environmental engineering courses. OpsCEAF is in lieu of Operation Air Force (Mil Tng 301). OpsCEAF credit is Pass/Fail. Civ Engr 351 is graded. Prereq: Engr Mech 120 and department permission required for non-Civ Engr majors. Sem hrs: 3 summer (5 week course beginning after final exams).

Civ Engr 372. Behavior and Analysis of Structures. 3(1). Behavior and analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate beams, frames and trusses. Displacement calculations using virtual work. Analysis of indeterminate structures by consistent displacements and moment distribution. Introduction to general stiffness method. Computer analysis projects. Final exam. Prereq: Civ Engr 330; Civ Engr 351 or department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Civ Engr 373. Behavior and Design of Steel Members. 3(1). Behavior of structural steel beams, columns, and connections, and frames; using the Load and Resistance Factor Design method. Design for tension, flexure, shear, compression, and combined loads. Design of bolted and welded steel connections. Design project. Final exam. Prereq: completed or enrolled in Civ Engr 372. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Civ Engr 390. Introduction to Soil Mechanics. 3(2). Engineering properties of soils, soil classification, permeability, consolidation, compaction, shear strength and applications to engineering design. Soils laboratories and reports. Final exam or project. Prereq: Civ Engr 351 or department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Civ Engr 405. First-Class Seminar. 0(1). A course designed to give Civil Engineering majors the opportunity to synthesize and apply the concepts they have learned throughout their undergraduate education. Topics discussed include engineering ethics and those that cadets may encounter in the Air Force after graduation. The course meets once per week. Open only to 1° Civil Engineering majors. Sem hrs: 0 spring. Pass/fail, no final.

Civ Engr 464. Architectural Design. 3(2). Design of a single-family residence. Uses computer-aided-design and drafting (CADD) software in developing design: site plan, functional layout, framing, energy and electrical planning, aesthetic design, landscaping, and mechanical planning. Produces set of design working drawings by end of course. Final project. Prereq: Civ Engr 215, Civ Engr 351 or department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall and spring.

Civ Engr 473. Structural Design. 3(2). Design of a multi-story steel and reinforced concrete building, including structural frame, floor and roof system, and foundation. Computer-aided analysis and design. Final report. Prereq: Civ Engr 373 and Civ Engr 474. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Civ Engr 474. Behavior and Design of Concrete Members. 3(1). Properties of reinforced concrete. Behavior and ultimate strength design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, columns, and footings. Design for flexure, shear, compression, bond, and anchorage. Design project. Final exam. Prereq: Completed or enrolled in Civ Engr 372. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Civ Engr 480. Project Management and Contract Administration. 3(1). This is the final course in the civil and environmental engineering capstone sequence. First-class students integrate discipline-specific design work from previous courses through a semester project. Cadets take an owner’s project requirements through stages of scope definition, budgeting and planning, conceptual design, scheduling and construction contract administration. Cadets apply engineering standards and consider realistic issues including engineering economics, constructability, environmental requirements, sustainability, and safety. The course concludes with a project competition involving construction industry professionals. Final project. Prereq: Mgt 200 and one of the following: Civ Engr 468, Civ Engr 474, Civ Engr 485, Civ Engr 491, or department permission. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Civ Engr 485. Construction Project Management. 3(1). This course emphasizes the methods and materials of construction as well as the management practices required to run a successful construction project. Topics include construction materials, project planning, scheduling, cost estimating, and field engineering. A semester project, in the form of a detailed study of a major construction project, complements the classroom experience. Final project. Prereq: Mgt 200 or department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Civ Engr 488. Pavement Design and Transportation. 3(1). Fundamental theory and design principles of both flexible and rigid pavements. Theory and practice in transportation systems to include airfield and highway design, traffic analyses, horizontal and vertical roadway alignment, pavement evaluation and maintenance, strengthening techniques, and repair. Final exam or project. Prereq: Civ Engr 390. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Civ Engr 491. Foundation Engineering. 3(1). Site investigation, analyses of excavation support, dewatering, bearing capacity and settlement, design of shallow and deep foundations. Final report. Prereq: Civ Engr 390. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

Civ Engr 492. Earth Structures: Embankments, Slopes, and Buried Structures. 3(1). Analyses of lateral earth pressures, slope stability, and stresses on buried structures, design of cantilever retaining walls, mechanically stabilized earth walls, sheet piling, and slurry walls. Final report. Prereq: Civ Engr 390. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

Civ Engr 495. Special Topics. 1-3(1). Selected topics in civil engineering. Final exam or final report. Prereq: department permission. Sem hrs and offering time determined by department (not more than 3 sem hrs).

Civ Engr 499. Independent Study. 3(0). Individual study and research in an advanced civil engineering topic approved by the department head. Final report. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.
• Civ Engr 499A. Independent Study. 2(0). Sem hrs: 2 fall or spring.
• Civ Engr 499B. Independent Study. 1.5(0). Sem hrs: 1.5 fall or spring.
• Civ Engr 499C. Independent Study. 1(0). Sem hrs: 1 fall or spring.


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