Course Information
Course Number: CVEN 322
Course Title: Civil Engineering Systems II
Section: 501
Time: TR 09:35 am-10:50 am
Location: HEB Room 110
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor Details
Instructor: Lee L. Lowery, Jr. P.E., PhD
Office: DLEB Room
Phone: 979 775 5401
E-Mail: Lowery@tamu.edu
Office Hours: Call 979 775 5491 and LEAVE A MESSAGE. If am there and not talking with some other student I will answer when I hear you leaving a message. I get 20 to 30 spam calls a day and hearing a real person leaving a message is the ONLY way I have of telling when to pick up. LEAVE A CLEAR message and return number or I have NO WAY of returning your call to set up a Zoom call. I will then meet you on Zoom
Course Description
Civil Engineering Systems (3-0) Credit 3. I, II, S. Application of systems analysis to civil engineering design, systems synthesis and optimization techniques. Economic analysis and evaluation of engineering projects. Assignments apply engineering economics, statistical theory and optimization techniques to civil engineering problems.
CVEN 322 Civil Engineering Systems
Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.
Economic analysis and evaluation of engineering projects; application of systems analysis to civil engineering design; systems synthesis and optimization techniques; assignments apply engineering economics, statistical methods and optimization techniques to civil engineering problems.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in STAT 211 or concurrent enrollment; grade of C or better in CVEN 302 or concurrent enrollment; admitted to major degree sequence in civil engineering.
Course Prerequisites
To take CVEN 322, you MUST have received a passing grade (no D’s, F’s or I’s) in STAT211, or an equivalent statistics and probability course, and have completed your CBK courses.
Special Course Designation
None
Course Learning Outcomes
Course Objectives:
- To introduce the student to the principles of engineering economics and economic evaluation techniques.
- To introduce the student to engineering optimization models, including Excel, EES, and Linear Programming, useful in optimizing engineering systems.
- To introduce the student to engineering system simulation methods using computer-aided block oriented system simulation.
- To demonstrate how system simulation, optimization techniques, and engineering economics are used for decision support in civil engineering.
Learning Outcomes
- (a) Ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science, and engineering.
- (b) Ability to analyze and interpret data.
- (c) Ability to design a civil and/or ocean engineering system to meet desired needs.
- (e) Ability to formulate and solve civil and/or ocean engineering problems.
- (l) Ability to use computers to solve civil and/or ocean engineering problems.
- (m) Ability to apply probability, simulation, and economics to civil/ocean engineering decisions.
Course Prerequisites:
To take CVEN 322, you MUST have received a passing grade (no D’s, F’s or I’s) in STAT211, or an equivalent statistics and probability course, and have completed your CBK courses.
Textbook and/or Resource Materials
The textbook is excellent, but over the years we have developed class notes which might enable you to do without a book. At over $100, I am willing to try anything. Only the economics part of this course requires some kind of a formal text, and any old used engineering economics textbook will work fine. I will supply notes for everything else needed in the class
The text for this class, should you choose to buy it is: Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering, by Charles S. Revelle, Earl Whitlach, and Jeff Wright; Prentice-Hall. You can use either the 1st or 2nd edition, but the homework comes from the 2nd edition.
A paperback international edition is also available at many on line bookstores. See
Hardback:
Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering
Revelle, Charles S.
ISBN 10: 0130478229 / ISBN 13: 9780130478221
Published by Pearson Education, 2003
PAPERBACK SOFT COVER INERNATIONAL EDITION
Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering
Revelle, Charles S.
ISBN 10: 9332575754 ISBN 13: 9789332575752
Publisher: Pearson India, 2016
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Grading Policy
- Graded in-class major exams (Quiz A, Quiz B, Final Exam = 3 tests @ 30% each)
- Graded homework assignments and Readiness Assessment Tests (RATs, or Pop Quizzes) = 10%
- Deductions in final grade may be made as specified in Grading below.
Graded Class Participation – None
Graded Attendance – None
Grades for Stacked Course (UG/GR) – Not applicable
Grading Policy Changes – Faculty must provide grading policies to students by the first class period. As such, faculty cannot change the course grading policy after the second class session.
Late Work Policy
- Indicate whether or not the faculty member will accept late work. Acceptable if approved as justified by email to student from professor
- Late work over one week -50% off if not approved.
Course Schedule
Date | Class No. |
Material in this column will be covered from the Revelle text, and other sources. . NOTE! Learning objectives for each day are listed on the pages below. |
Homework Problems, Assignments, and Hints Each problem listed in a set is worth 10 points per problem, unless otherwise noted. Note that the homework problems which are listed in carets “< >” are from the 1st Edition of Revelle, and those listed within braces “{ }” are from the 2nd Edition.Problem hints, if any, and any other relevant information are hyperlinked. For students awaiting a book ordered over the web, a copy of these problems can be found in the CVEN 322 folder of cenotes.tamu.eduLinks to an external site., Student Menu, Browse Files, Homework.pdf.All homework problems are to be handed in as a hard copy unless otherwise stated in the problem assignment. |
Tue 8/31 |
1 | Introduction to 322 [Engineering Economics] Introduction, transferring money in time, interest, cash flow tables and diagrams, early payoffs. Revelle Pages 343-351 |
Read all hyperlinked syllabus material at the top of this page.Hints on homework problems are hyperlinked on the problems below. 3 homework problems from the textbook: Chap 12.1, 12.2, 12.5 Corrected Due class 3 |
Thur 9/2 |
2 | [Engineering Economics]
Investment, rule of 72, equivalence, sub-compounding, continuous compounding, use of standard economics equations. Derive F = A(F/A , i , n), others. Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. *Revelle Pages <351-355>{382-388} Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
4 homework problems from the text: Chap 12.6, 12.9 (3% rate only), 12.11, 12.14 corrected |
Tue 9/7 |
3 | [Engineering Economics]
Arithmetic gradient cash flows, geometric gradient cash flows, capitalized costs, nominal vs. true interest rates, finding unknown interest rate (internal rate of return), finding unknown number of compounding periods.Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. *Revelle Pages <356-361>{387-392} Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
4 homework problems from the text: Chap 12.15, 12.18, 12.20, 12.23 Due class 5
Corrected |
Thur 9/9 |
4 | [Engineering Economics]
Project comparisons, maximization of net benefits, equivalent time of projects, annual cash flow comparisons. Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. *Revelle Pages <367-378>{403-413} Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
2 homework problems from the text: Chap 13.2, 13.4 Due class 6 corrected and Web Resume (50 points) |
Tue 9/14 |
5 | [Engineering Economics]
Minimum attractive rate of return, internal rate of return, payback period, break-even analysis. Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. Online video help: How to set up your computer account for your “Web Resume”, and then FTP files to it (Note that this file is getting outdated and may no longer work for WinSCP) *Revelle Pages <379-387>{414-423} Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
2 homework problems from the text: Chap 13.6 (a,b,c only), 13.8 (a,b only) corrected |
Thur 9/16 |
6 | [Engineering Economics]
Straight line depreciation, declining balance, when depreciation is allowed. Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. *Revelle Pages <393-398>{433-438} Pure 200% double declining balance notes Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
2 homework problems from the text: Chap 13.10, 13.12 Due class 8 corrected |
Tue 9/21 |
7 | [Engineering Economics]
MACRS depreciation, changing from MACRS to straight line, corporate and personal taxes, effects of inflation. MACRS depreciation Tax benefits of depreciation Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. *Revelle Pages <399-420>{440-464} Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
5 problems from the text: Chap 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.5, 14.6 corrected Due class 9 |
Thur 9/23 |
8 | [Engineering Economics]
Mortgages, amount required to pay a loan off early, interest paid, interest saved under various conditions, bonds. Online video help: EconomicsLinks to an external site. *Revelle Pages <421-436>{465-481} Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
5 problems from the text: Chap 14.8, 14.16, 14.19, 14.29, 14.30 corrected Due class 10 |
Tue 9/28 |
9 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Use of Spreadsheets & EES (Links to an external site.) EES User’s Manual Excel bolted plate example EES bolted plate example EES manhole example How to download: EES & EES Tutorial Online video help: Use of EES Online video help: Solution to roof pump using EES Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Learning to use EES Web Problem 4.1) Roof Pump problem to be solved using EES Due class 11 |
Thur 9/30 |
10 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Use of EES and Excel to solve roof pump problem.Online video help: Solution to roof pump using Excel (brute force) & Excel Solver Add-inExcel Tutorial (Links to an external site.)(Read if you need help)Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems **SEE FOOTNOTE BELOW |
Learning to use advanced features of ExcelWeb Problem 4.2: Roof Pump problem to be solved using Excel. CommentsDue class 12 |
Tue 10/5 |
11 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Use of EES and Excel to solve footing problem. Optimization of engineering problems using Linear Programming. Use of the MOR Program. Binary and integer vs. floating point numeric solutions.How to solve linear programming problemsDifferences between L.P. and normal equationsWater distribution problem Solving L.P. problems by plotting Excel Linear Programming Template Computer programs: How to download and run MOR.
· How to add Solver into Excel · How to use Excel for L.P. problems (I) · How to use Excel for L.P. problems (II) · MOR Installation and use · Using EES to solve the Spread Footing problem · Using Excel to solve the Spread Footing problem
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Learning to use MOR Web Problem 4.3: Spread Footing problem to be solved using EES Due class 13 |
Thur 10/7 |
12 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming Graphical solutions Integer solutions Cut and fill problem,Time independent production model I Time independent production model IILearning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <31-45> |
Web Problem 4.4: Spread Footing problem to be solved using Excel. Solve using MOR: |
Tue 10/12 |
13 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming Waste disposal for large combined area. Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <46-60> |
5 Web Problems: 5.2 (waste transport) 5.3 (% gravel hauling) 5.4 (dirt haul) 5.5 (apartments) 5.6 (concrete haul) Due class 16 |
Thur 10/14 |
14 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Balanced vs. unbalanced transportation/supply & demand problemsBalanced and unbalanced supplies and demands Balanced and unbalanced assignmentsLearning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <60-70> |
4 Web Problems: 5.10 (balanced shipping) 5.13 (gravel for road) 5.14 (graphic solution) 5.16 (regional wastewater plants), Due class 17 |
Tue 10/19 |
15 | Quiz A – Covers Engineering Economics, EES, & Excel Spreadsheets, through Class #12. Linear programming is not covered. | Exam A will be held on Tuesday 10/19/10 during regular class hours, in CE Room 110. The only material allowed in the exam is the F.E. Exam Reference Manual (click here for a copy.)Bring a copy with you to the exam unless you have memorized the interest rate tables, and all equations.If you need material that is not in the reference manual, I will give it to you on the exam. Reference Manuals will be available for lease from the professor during the exam, at a cost of $1 per minute. |
Thur 10/21 |
16 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear ProgrammingPrint out a copy of each of the following problems: Subcontractor Bids Traffic NetworksLearning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <71-80> |
4 Web Problems: 5.11 (regional refuse haul) 5.17 (lay binding with paver) 5.21 (rapid transport system) 5.33 (assign machines) Due class 18 |
Tue 10/26 |
17 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear ProgrammingLearning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <81-95> |
3 Web Problems: 5.18 (paper) 5.62 (power line) 5.63 (Skycon) Due class 19 |
Thur 10/28 |
18 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear ProgrammingTime dependent production models Bus driver allocationLearning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <129-136> |
2 Web Problems: 5.65 (bus shift times) Due class 20 |
Tue 11/2 |
19 | [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear ProgrammingOpen pit mining Ambulance siting Siting hamburger shops Hauling when several cities generate wasteLearning objectives, topics covered, example problems **Revelle pages <137-147> |
3 Web Problems: 5.64 (contractor) 5.72 (unbalanced supplies) 5.8 (where supply < demand) Due class 21 |
Thur 11/4 |
20 | [Engineering System Simulation]
Simulation of engineering systemsHow to compute interarrival times – Uniform, Normal, Exponential Distributions, Z tables, How dynamic systems are simulated. Pop Quiz Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Web Problem 6.0: Determine interarrival times. Web Problem 6.1: Trucking simulation by hand, using Simulation hand solution form. Due class 22 |
Tue 11/9 |
21 | [Engineering System Simulation]
Introduction to simulation of engineering systems using Block Oriented System Simulation, (BOSS***)NOTE: The best book on earth on simulation is available here. Use of the MOR/DS program, Discuss economic impact from using 1 truck, 2 trucks, 100 trucks. Pop Quiz Hand solution simulation form. Hauling dirt simulation by hand, Solution to problem Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Economics Web Problem 6.11: Holtzapple Web Problem 6.2: Web information search and presentation Web Problem 6.10: Practice with interarrival time distributions Due class 24 |
Thur 11/11 |
22 |
[Engineering System Simulation]
Typical BOSS commands (READ!) |
Solve using MOR/BOSS: Web Problem 6.3: Dirt hauling simulation I Due class 25 |
Tue 11/16 |
23 | Quiz B – Covers Engineering System Optimization and Engineering Economics, through Class #19, with emphasis on Linear Programming. Engineering Simulation is not covered. | Exam B will be held on Tuesday 11/16/10 during regular class hours in CE Room 110. The only material allowed in the exam is the F.E. exam reference manual (click here for a copy.) Bring a copy with you to the exam unless you have memorized the interest rate tables, and all equations. Reference Manuals will be available for lease from the professor during the exam. |
Thur 11/18 |
24 | [Engineering System Simulation]
Simulation of hauling dirt using BOSS – 2 trucks of same size Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Solve using MOR/BOSS: Web Problem 6.4: MacDondald’s hamburger simulation Due class 26 |
Tue 11/23 |
25 | [Engineering System Simulation]
Show how to interpret BOSS output. Why it is necessary to run each case several times Zero time loops, and other illegal statements. Hauling dirt using BOSS – 2 trucks of different sizesBurgersLearning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Solve using MOR/BOSS: Web Problem 6.5: Classroom simulation Due class 27 |
Tue 11/30 |
26 |
[Engineering System Simulation]
City intersection study Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Web Problem 6.6: Dirt hauling simulation II Due class 28 |
Thur 12/2 |
27 |
[Engineering System Simulation]
Intercoastal canal waterway study Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems |
Web Problem 6.7: Tanker/tank farm simulation Web Problem 6.8: Dredging simulation Due class 28 (Yep, class 28)Homework: Thoroughly understand what we did in class today and be ready to answer similar questions on the final exam.Pick up any unreturned homework in front of my office door next Monday morning, or later. |
Tue 12/7 |
28 |
[Engineering System Simulation]
Racing crew simulation BOSS exam practice problems |
Homework: Thoroughly understand what we did in class today and be ready to answer similar questions on the final exam. Pick up any unreturned homework in front of my office door next Monday morning, or later. |
CVEN 322 Sec 502 Final Exam held in CE Room 110 on Friday December 10th, 2010, 3:00-5:00 pm. Covers everything in the course, with emphasis on BOSS. CHECK THIS DATE AND TIME FOR ACCURACY AT: |
The Final Exam covers everything in the course with emphasis on BOSS. You are permitted to bring the following materials only: Typical BOSS Commands hand-out sheets including the example problems that are printed in that set of notes, and your FE Engineering Exam Review Manual. |