Civil Engineering

Successfully engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.
Hnery Petroski

by Sriman K. Bhattacharyya

Civil Engineering

by J.W. Bosch

Civil Engineering

by Susan Steele Dunne

Civil Engineering



Hydrology of Catchments, Rivers and Deltas

by TU Delft

The course deals with the principles of hydrology of catchment areas, rivers and deltas. The students will learn: - to understand the relations between hydrological processes in catchment areas - to understand and to calculate the propagation of flood waves - to understand hydrological processes in deltas - to draft frequency analysis of extremes under different climatological conditions.

Spatial Tools in Water Resources Management

by TU Delft

The course discusses several Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) tools relevant for analysis of (problems in and aspects of) water systems. Within the course, several applications are introduced. These applications include GIS tools to determine mapping of surface water systems (catchment delineation, reservoirs and canal systems). The RS tools include determination of evaporation and soil moisture patterns, and measurement of water levels in surface water systems. In exercises and lectures, different tools and applications are offered. For each application, assignments are given to allow students to acquire relevant skills. The course structure combines assignments and introductory lectures. Each week participants work on one assignment. These assignments are discussed in the next lecture and graded. Each week a new assignment is introduced, together with supporting materials (an article discussing the relevant application) and lectures (introducing theoretical issues). The study material of the course consists of a study guide, assignments, lecture material and articles. The final mark is the average of the grades of the individual assignments. Unfortunately, lecture 3 was not recorded and therefore is missing from the lecture collection.

Traffic Flow Theory and Simulation

by TU Delft

This course discusses fundamental traffic flow characteristics and traffic flow variables. Their definitions are presented, and visualization/analysis techniques are discussed and empirical facts are presented. The empirical relation between the flow variables and the bottleneck capacity analysis are discussed. Shockwave analysis and a review of macroscopic traffic flow models are presented. Traffic flow stability issues are discussed as well as numerical solution approaches. The lectures also show how macroscopic models are derived from microscopic principles. This course provides an overview of human factors relevant for the behavior of drivers. The car-following model and other approaches to describe the lateral driving task will be discussed. The lectures also pertains to general gap acceptance modeling and lane changing. Microscopic models for pedestrian flow behavior are discussed and an in depth discussion of microscopic simulation models will be presented. The study goals of this course are to gain insight into theory and modeling of traffic flow operations, to learn to apply theory and mathematical models to solve practical problems and to gain experience with using simulation programs for ex-ante assessment studies.

Hydrological Measurements

by TU Delft

Introduction: Relation of purpose of data to data requirements. Relation of data to costs. Accuracy requirements of measurements and error propagation: Related to a problem the required accuracy of measurements and the consequences for accuracy in the final result are discussed. Different types of errors are handled. Propagation of errors; for dependent and independent measurements, from mathematical relations and regression is demonstrated. Recapitulated is the theory of regression and correlation. Interpretation of measurements, data completion: By standard statistical methods screening of measured data is performed; double mass analysis, residual mass, simple rainfall-runoff modelling. Detection of trends; split record tests, Spearman rank tests. Methods to fill data gaps and do filtering on data series for noise reduction. Methods of hydrological measurements and measuring equipment: To determine quantitatively the most important elements in the hydrological cycle an overview is presented of most common hydrological measurements, measuring equipment and indirect determination methods i.e. for precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, river discharge and groundwater tables. Use, purpose and measurement techniques for tracers in hydrology is discussed. Advantages and disadvantages and specific condition/application of methods are discussed. Equipment is demonstrated and discussed. Areal distributed observation: Areal interpolation techniques of point observations: inverse distance, Thiessen, contouring, Kriging. Comparison of interpolation techniques and estimation of errors. Correlation analysis of areal distributed observation of rainfall. Design of measuring networks: Based on correlation characteristics from point measurements (e.g. rainfall stations) and accuracy requirements the design of a network of stations is demonstrated. Computer Exercise: Theories on processing and screening of data are applied with data from actual river catchments. Exercises on stage-discharge relations and discharge measurements, hydrograph seperation and age dating from tracer observations. Evaporation from energy balance. Areal interpolation.

Water Management in Urban Areas

by TU Delft

Master course on design and planning of the urban water management system. It deals with fluxes and processes in water and soil. Furthermore, aspects of water management policy development are discussed. Study Goals: Knowledge of basic principles and overall relations in (design and planning of) urban water management systems. Three aspects of water management in urban areas are addressed. 1) relevant processes: Pathways and fluxes of water in the urban environment; urban water balances; urban climate; ground and surface water regimes; urban desiccation; consequences of urbanization for river basin and polder hydrology; interaction of urban and rural water systems. Quality of stormwater, groundwater and surface water; sources of pollution; behaviour and degradation of pollutants. Ecological quality and processes; relation with chemistry and hydromorphology of urban water courses. Land subsidence, land filling and interaction with water ground- and surface water management. 2)design: Functions of urban surface waters, groundwater and wastewater; functions of urban surfaces. Design standards and how to assess these for water quantity and quality; design loads, design storms and design series; statistics and risks; storage � design discharge frequency relations. Design procedures for stormwater, surface water and groundwater drainage, land filling, subsidence and its interactions. Operational control of surface water and groundwater. Design of water quality management in urban surface waters. Stormwater infiltration facilities and their design aspects. Building site preparation, constructive aspects, transport and accessibility of the terrain, working conditions for building. Maintenance and its effects on drainage design. 3) planning and management: Planning process management; target oriented planning; guiding principles and process oriented approach procedures; collaborative planning of urban drainage projects. Waterwise spatial and urban planning. Urban water management plans, spatial planning and urbanism.

Integrated Water Management

by TU Delft

The course Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) consists of the following elements:1)A series of lectures; 2)Supervised computer lab exercises; 3)Unsupervised modeling exercise; 4)A role-play; 5)Group presentations. The lectures introduce a number of topics that are important for IWRM and the modeling exercise. The lectures introduce water management issues in the Netherlands, Rhine Basin, and Volta Basin. The role-play is meant to experience some of the social processes that, together with technical knowledge, determine water management. For the modeling exercise, the class will be divided in several groups of 5 to 6 persons. Each group will model a set of integrated water resources management issues and simulate possible development scenario's. Two of the problem sets are: 1)Heating up of the Rhine due to climate change; 2)The effects of small reservoirs for irrigation in the Volta basin. In addition, there is room for different cases, to be discussed during the first lecture. The simulation exercise and the reporting should incorporate the concerns of the groups that are mostly affected by the issue and the groups that can contribute most to its resolution. The report on the modeling exercise should contain concrete recommendations. The main modeling software to be used is WEAP, which has been developed by SEI-Boston. Students of CT4450 can use this software for the duration of one year.

Wastewater Treatment

by TU Delft

The course deals with background and application of various wastewater treatment technologies. Both high-tech and low-tech systems are discussed, which are applicable in industrialized and developing countries. Anaerobic treatment systems, focusing on resource recovery are extensively discussed. Modern technologies for (extensive) nutrient removal / recovery are dealt with as well as membrane techniques for wastewater treatment.

Dredging Processes

by TU Delft

The course focuses on 3 main dredging processes: the cutting of sand, clay and rock; the sedimentation process in hopper dredges; the breaching process. Study Goals: Understand and reproduce the Mohr circle; Understand and reproduce the theory of passive and active soil failure; Understanding the soil mechanical parameters important for cutting processes; Understanding and make calculations regarding the 2-D cutting theory in water-saturated sand; Understanding and make calculations regarding the 2-D theory in clay; Understanding and reproduce the settling of grains in water; Understanding and reproduce the loading cycle of a hopper dredge; Being able to determine the loading cycle of a hopper dredge, base on the modified Camp model by Miedema and Vlasblom; Understanding and reproduce the basic cutting theory of rock cutting; Understanding and reproduce the breaching process..

Use of Underground Space

by TU Delft

Students obtain basic knowledge of the multidisciplinary aspects of the use of undergrounds space. Based on knowledge about the characteristics of several construction technologies they are able to asses their applicability in different situations. This may be different geological or physical conditions. They are able to analyze and structure the complex decision making process that is related to the use of underground space and define an integral approach.

Sanitary Engineering

by TU Delft

This course deals with the basic principles and design aspects of sanitary engineering infrastructure. This comprises: drinking water supply and treatment, sewerage and wastewater treatment. Study goals: Insight in technological aspects of the urban water infrastructures.

Petroleum Geology

by TU Delft

The goal of this course is to obtain knowledge of the origins of petroleum and gas. An overview is given on the conditions that are needed for oil and gas to accumulate in reservoirs. Moreover, techniques to find and exploit these reservoirs are highlighted. The focus always is on the task of the petroleum geologist during the different phases of oil and gas exploration and production. After an introduction to the course including typical numbers and hystorical developments, essential terms and concepts like biomolecules and the carbon cycle are explained. A start is made with the geology with explaining source rocks and their maturation when forming oil and gas. After that, the composition of oil and gas and its application is eludicated on. How the oil travels from the source rock to the oil reservoir, where it is explored, is explained in the fourth lecture on migration. This lecture is followed by discussing the reservoir rock properties, like permeability and porosity. Moreover, it is explained how the oil or gas can be trapped inside the reservoir rock. Finally the exploration and production of different types of basins is discussed. In several of the lectures, non fictive case studies are presented in order to clarify the theory presented. In order to properly understand the course, prior knowledge in general geology and fluid flow in rocks is preferred.


by IIT Guwahati

Lecture Series on Hydraulics by Dr.Arup Kumar Sarma, Department of Civil Engineering,IIT Guwahati.

Strength of Materials

by IIT Kharagpur

This course is about stress, strain, torsion, bending and deflection of beams, stresses in beams, column stability and springs.This course is taught by professor S. K. Bhattacharyya of the IIT Kharagpur.

Mechanics of Solids

by IIT Madras

Dynamics and Mechanics of Solids by Professor M.S. Sivakumar, IIT Madras.

Water Resources Engineering

by IIT Kanpur

Professor Rajesh Srivastava talks about Water Resources Engineering, IIT Kanpur.