Civil & Architectural Engineering


The three instructional laboratories include:

ET 227 – This lab is used for basic computer graphics and intermediate computer graphics and design. This lab is equipped with 20 Pentium IV computers for student use and one Pentium IV for the instructor. Printing is supported by three networked printers, one plotter, and a print copier. The software used in this lab is ACES (AutoCAD education package). This lab is used for ENGR 1151, AREN 1111, AREN 3021, AREN 3121, and AREN 3501.

ET 248 – This manual graphics lab is used for the introductory architectural design course AREN 3011. This lab is intended to provide instruction and practice in manual graphics and small model making. This lab consists of 12 drafting tables. The student is responsible for equipment and supplies such as straight edge, triangles, paper, drafting supplies, etc. This lab is scheduled to undergo an upgrade during the fall 2003.

ET 225 - The senior design lab is considered a non-instruction lab and is used exclusively for seniors engaged in senior projects and other design work. The lab is divided into 12 workstation cubicles. The equipment in this lab consists of computers, printer/plotters, and a scanner. In addition, each workstation is equipped with a layout / drafting table. Software packages include; ACES (AutoCAD education package), RAM Advance Structural program, Factory CAD 7.0, and VisualDOE3, ArcGIS, and MicroStation.



The Environmental Laboratory is primarily focused on chemical analysis of surface and groundwater samples. The students will gain a basic understanding of the chemical, physical and biological principles associated with environmental analysis. They develop hands-on competency with equipment, apparatus, and instrumentation used for water analysis in the field and environmental laboratory. Students help collect samples and then run various analysis (specific conductance, pH, temperature, alkalinity, hardness, metals, BOD, COD, bacteria, volatile organic compounds). During this process, they also learn about lab safety and QA/QC procedures. The Good Lab Practices (GLP) the students learn in this course transfer to all other types of lab procedures, such as air monitoring or wastewater analysis. Students that pass this course are more competent and confident in the field of environmental engineering.



The fluids laboratory is equipped to test and verify some of the principles of fluid flow. In engineering applications, fluids either flow in open passages (channels) or closed passages (pipes). Hence fluid laboratory tests incorporate open channel models as well as pipe models. Besides verification of certain theoretical relations, tests are also used to determine characteristic coefficients associated with measuring instruments. Major equipments in the fluids laboratory include two hydraulic benches, a full size hydraulic demonstration channel and an airflow testing system.

Room: ET 104. Area: 1000 Sq. Ft.
PURPOSE: Teaching lab for course CVEN 3100 – Fluid Mechanics



The Mechanics of Material Laboratory is equipped with the Universal Testing Machines by Instron, Baldwin and Clockhouse. Each of these machines can be used to measure the change in length of a specimen verses the applied force. The measurements would be used to calculate the variation of strains verses stresses. Consequently, the Hook’s law would be verified. The Instron Machine is also equipped with digital readouts and automatic plotting. The Lab is also equipped with a concrete mixing machine to make the standard cylinders, which would be tested to measure the compression strength at different stages of curing. Furthermore, the Lab is also equipped with torsion, hardness, impact and truss testing machines. Lab Manual

Room ET 105. Area: 1200 Sq. Ft.
PURPOSE: Teaching Lab for courses CVEN 312l – Soil Mechanics Lab and ENGR 3300 –Materials Science



The Surveying Lab is used to introduce students to the concepts and practices of basic land surveying. Students are required to perform calculations, measure, and layout points in the field for horizontal and vertical linear displacement, horizontal and vertical angular displacement, directional and positional determinations, profile elevations, contour mapping, traverse computations, horizontal and vertical curve determination, earthwork computations, and roadway alignment. Both traditional and GPS applications are presented. Equipment and computer application usage includes terrain navigator, rangefinder, zeiss total station, and trimble GPS.



Soil Mechanics is the branch of engineering mechanics that deals with the study of the physical properties of soil in various natural and artificial environments and the behavior of soil masses subjected to various types of forces. The Soil Mechanics Lab is equipped with commercial equipment typically found in industrial soils labs in order to reinforce classroom lectures and provide hands-on-training in fundamental soil testing techniques and procedures. Essential to soil mechanics is the ability to classify soils and to determine the fundamental engineering properties. The test equipment is designed to determine such properties as grain-size, plasticity, moisture content, specific gravity, consolidation properties, void ratio, shear strength, and permeability.

Room: ET 103 Area: 1,000 Sq. Ft.
PURPOSE: Teaching Lab for course CVEN 3131 – Soil Mechanics Lab



NAME: Circuits I Laboratory
Room: ET 203. Area: 980 Sq.Ft.
PURPOSE: Teaching lab for ENGR 2000 - Circuits I. The purpose of the Circuits I Laboratory (ENGR 2001) is; (1) to introduce the student to the use of electrical test equipment, familiarize with the safety requirements, laboratory procedures and laboratory report format requirements; (2) to provide the student laboratory experiences that serve as a bridge between theory and practice; and (3) to provide experiences in the use of computer for circuit analysis, data acquisition and data analysis, (4) to provide experiences in data analysis, written communication and teaming. It has about 10 stations for experiments.

NAME: Thermo and Fluid System Lab
Room: ET 144 Area: 960 SQ. FT.
PURPOSE: Teaching Lab for course MEEN 4200 – Heating and Air Conditioning. The following testing procedures are done in this lab; Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Air conditioning and heating, and solar testing.



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