CVEN 322 - Section 501
CIVIL ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
Course Syllabus - Fall 2015c (CRN 16956)
MWF 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm - CE 219

  Help for CVEN 322 is available from the people shown below, at the office hours listed only.
PLEASE NOTE: The homework problems and assignments are under constant revision during the semester. Please check the syllabus frequently for changes. 

Professor: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.

Office: Old CE Building, Room 139C
Phone: 845-4395 (Office), 775-5401 (Home)
e-mail: Lowery@tamu.edu
Office Hours

NOTE: Office hours listed below are suspended on the day before a major exam, giving me time to make it out.  Do not wait until the day before a major exam for help, unless the tutor has office hours on that day.

Half of my time is spent teaching CVEN 446, CVEN 322, and ENGR 485. During the remaining hours I am a departmental adviser and have limited time for tutoring. Please plan on assistance either during my office hours, or see the TA during their office hours. Please note that you won't find me available at other than the hours listed above.  Don't wait until just before class to get help or you likely won't get any.

 

The following graduate student is employed to help you with grading and CVEN 322 questions.  Please see them during their office hours listed below.

Teaching Associate: nabha

     Tutoring: CVLB Building - Room 301-D
    Hours: Tuesday 2:30 - 4:40 pm
                Wednesday 4:00 - 5:30 pm
                Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 am

   Email:  
   Phone:

Grader:

 Our Textbook

First Edition:

  Or Second Edition:

Textbook:

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 in my section. 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.  Either the first or second edition will work fine.  The 1st edition is what I use. I understand that using two editions causes some confusion, but being able to use an inexpensive previous edition which has the needed content is worth it.

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Catalog 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.

Course Objectives:

Learning Outcomes

Course Prerequisites:

To take CVEN 322, you MUST be enrolled in or have received a passing grade (no D's, F's or I's) in STAT 211 (statistics) and CVEN 302, or equivalent courses.

Course Assessment:

Resources available to the student:

A note on Online video help modules

The correct time (to the nanosecond)

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS INFORMATION:


Each day before you come to class you should look on the list below to see what will be covered that day and bring a copy of it to class with you. Please don't come to class without a copy of things that say "Print out the following page ."  Please take this course requirement seriously.

Topics Covered: 

Date

Class No.

Material in this column will be covered from the Revelle text, and other sources. Page numbers in "< >" refer to Revelle 1st edition.
Page numbers in "{ }" refer to the 2nd edition.
 See comments at bottom.

NOTE! Learning objectives for each day are listed on the pages below.

Note: Print out the material for each day listed below and bring it to class with you.

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 at eCampus in the 322 files.

All homework problems are to be handed in one week from the day assigned as a hard copy unless otherwise stated in the problem assignment.

Week 1
Mon
8/31

1

Introduction to 322
[Engineering Economics]
Introduction, transferring money in time, interest, cash flow tables and cash flow diagrams, early payoffs.
Online video help: Economics
*Revelle Pages <346-351>{377-382}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Help on interest

Click here to begin course

Next: 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:

Assignment 1
Either this <1st edition>: <Chap 13.1, 2, 5>
or this {2nd edition}:{Chap 14.1, 2, 5},
depending on which edition of the text you are using.

HELP VIDEO ON <13.2>{14.2}
MP4

Due one week from today

Wed
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.
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

2 homework problem from the text:

Assignment 2
<Chap 13.6, 9(3% rate only)>
or {Chap 14.6, 9(3% rate only)}

Due one week from today

Fri
9/4

3

[Engineering Economics]
Online video help: Economics
*Revelle Pages <351-355>{382-388}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

2 homework problem from the text:

Assignment 3
<Chap 13.11, 14>
or {Chap 14.11, 14}

Due one week from today

Week 2
Mon
9/7
4

[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: Economics
*Revelle Pages <356-361>{387-392}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 4
<Chap 13.15, 18>
or {Chap 14.15, 18}

Wed
9/9

5

[Engineering Economics]
Project comparisons, maximization of net benefits
*Revelle Pages <367-378>{403-413}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 5
Due on Class 10
<Chap 13.20, 23>
or {Chap 14.20, 23}

Fri
9/11

6

[Engineering Economics]
Equivalent time of projects, annual cash flow comparisons.
Online video help: Economics
*Revelle Pages <367-378>{403-413}

Assignment 6
Due on Class 11
<Chap 14.2, 4>
or {Chap 15.2, 4}
Due 1 week from today

Week 3
Mon
9/14

7

[Engineering Economics]
Minimum attractive rate of return, internal rate of return, payback period, break-even analysis.
Online video help: Economics

*Revelle Pages <379-387>{414-423}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 7
Due on Class 12
<Chap 14.6(a,b,c only), 8(a,b only)>
or {Click here for comment on Chap 15.6(a,b,c only), 8(a,b only)}
Wed
9/16
8 [Engineering Economics]
Straight line depreciation, declining balance.
Online video help:
Economics
*Revelle Pages <393-398>{433-438}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
Assignment 8
Due on Class 13
<Chap 14.10>
or {Chap 15.10}
Fri
9/18
9 [Engineering Economics]
When depreciation is allowed.
Online video help:
Economics
*Revelle Pages <393-398>{433-438}
Pure 200% double declining balance notes
Assignment 9
Due on Class 14
<Chap 14.12>
or {Chap 15.12}

 
Week 4
Mon
9/21

10

[Engineering Economics]
MACRS depreciation, changing from MACRS to straight line, corporate and personal taxes, effects of inflation.
Excel program for MACRS depreciation
Excel program for tax benefits of depreciation
Online video help: Economics
*Revelle Pages <399-420>{440-464}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 10
Due on Class 15
<Chap 15.1, 2, 3, 5, 6>
or {Chap 16.1, 2, 3, 5, 6}
Wed
9/23

11

[Engineering Economics]
Mortgages, amount required to pay a loan off early, interest paid.
Online video help: Economics
*Revelle Pages <421-436>{465-481}
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 11
Due on Class 16
<Chap 15.8, 16, 19>
or {Chap 16.8, 16(a, b only), 19}
Fri
9/25

12

[Engineering Economics]
Interest saved under various conditions, bonds.
Online video help: Economics
*Revelle Pages <421-436>{465-481}

Assignment 12
Due on Class 17
<Chap 15.29, 30>
or {Chap 16.29, 30}

 
Week 5
Mon
9/28
13

[Engineering System Optimization]
Use of Spreadsheets & EES
How to get EES
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

Assignment 13
Due on Class 18
Web Problem 4.1) Roof Pump problem to be solved using EES

RESUME
In the past, we used to require you to write a resume and post it on the web, because it was new and you didn't know how.  That's no longer the case so we no longer require it.  However, if you would like, you can post your resume at

http://civilgrads.tamu.edu

See instructions at http://tx.ag/CEResume

Wed
9/30

14

[Engineering System Optimization]
Use of EES to solve roof pump problem.

Online video help:
Solution to roof pump using Excel (brute force) & Excel Solver Add-in

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

**SEE FOOTNOTE BELOW
Revelle pages <1-14>
Learning to use advanced
features of Excel

Assignment 14
Due on Class 19
Web Problem 4.2: Roof Pump problem to be solved using Excel.  Notes on problem.

Comments on hand calculations, accuracy, etc.
Fri
10/2

15

[Engineering System Optimization]
Use of Excel to solve roof pump problem.

Online help:
Excel Tutorial (Read if you need help)
Learning to use advanced
features of Excel

Assignment 15
Due on Class 20
Web Problem 4.3: Modified Roof Pump problem to be solved using Excel.
 
Week 6
Mon
10/5

16

[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.

Please print out the following 4 sections and bring them to class with you:.  I will ask you to put your name on one of them and hand it in at the end of class as a pop quiz.

  1. How to solve linear programming problems

    One sheet summary

  2. Differences between L.P. and normal equations

  3. Water distribution problem

  4. Solving L.P. problems by plotting

Excel Linear Programming Template
Excel River/Well water problem on Template

Computer programs:

How to download and run MOR.
Read: MOR User's Manual

Online video help:

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <15-30>

Learning to use MOR

Assignment 16
Due on Class 21
Web Problem 4.4: Spread Footing problem to be solved using EES

 

Wed
10/7
17 [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming
Graphical solutions
Integer solutions
Cut and fill problem,

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <31-45>
Assignment 17
Due on Class 22
Web Problem 4.5: Spread Footing problem to be solved using Excel.
 
Fri
10/9
18 [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Time independent production model I
Time independent production model II

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <31-45>
Solve using MOR:
Assignment 18
Due on Class 23
Web Problem: 5.0 (water distribution),
Web Problem: 5.1 (balanced haul)
 
Week 7
Mon
10/12

19

[Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming
 Waste disposal for large combined area.
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <46-60>
Web Problems:
Assignment 19
Due on class 24
5.2
(waste transport)
5.3 (% gravel hauling)
5.4 (dirt haul)
 
Wed
10/14
20

[Engineering System Optimization]
Balanced vs. unbalanced transportation/supply & demand problems

Balanced supplies and demands

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <60-70>

Web Problems:
Assignment 20
Due on Class 25
5.5 (apartments)
5.6 (concrete haul)
5.10 (balanced shipping)
 

Fri
10/16
21

[Engineering System Optimization]
Balanced vs. unbalanced transportation/supply & demand problems

Unbalanced supplies and demands, assignments

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <60-70>

Web Problems:
Assignment 21
Due on Class 26
5.13 (gravel for road)
5.14 (graphic solution)
5.16 (regional wastewater plants)

Week 8
Mon
10/19

22

Quiz A - Covers Engineering Economics, EES, & Excel Spreadsheets, through Class #16.  Linear programming is not covered on Quiz A.  Exam A will be held today during regular class hours, in our regular classroom. 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.

Your homework assigned earlier is still due today.  However I don't want to delay the quiz, so you can hand it in with your next homework set.  That doesn't mean it isn't due, only that you are going to hand in two sets next class.
Wed
10/21
23

[Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Print out a copy of each of the following problems:
Subcontractor Bids

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <71-80>

Web Problems:
 Assignment 22
Due on Class 27
5.11 (regional refuse haul)
5.17 (lay binding with paver)
Fri
10/23
24

[Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Print out a copy of each of the following problems:
Traffic Networks
 

Web Problems:
Assignment 23
Due on Class 28
5.21 (rapid transport system)
5.33 (assign machines)
 
Week 9
Mon
10/26
25 [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <81-95>
Web Problems:
Assignment 24
Due on Class 29
5.18 (make paper)
5.62 (power line)
Wed
10/28
26 [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Time dependent production models

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <129-136>
Web Problems:
Due on Class 30
5.63 (Skycon)
Fri
10/30
27 [Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Bus driver allocation
Web Problems:
Assignment 26
Due on Class 30
5.65 (bus shift times)
Week 10
Mon
11/2
28

[Engineering System Optimization]
Linear Programming

Open pit mining
Ambulance siting
Siteing hamburger shoppes

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
**Revelle pages <137-147>

Web Problems:
Assignment 27
Due on Class 31
5.64 (contractor)
5.72 (unbalanced supplies)
 
Wed
11/4
29

Quiz B - Covers Engineering System Optimization (linear programming) and Engineering Economics, through Class #26, with some emphasis on Linear Programming.  All LP problem types covered in class are on the quiz.   Engineering Simulation is not covered.

Exam B will be held during regular class hours in our classroom. The only material allowed in the exam is the F.E. exam reference manual on Economics (click here for a copy). Bring a copy with you to the exam unless you have memorized the interest rate tables, and all equations.

Your homework assigned earlier is still due today.  However I don't want to delay the quiz, so you can hand it in with your next homework set.  That doesn't mean it isn't due, only that you are going to hand in two sets next class.


Fri
11/6
30

[Engineering System Simulation]
Simulation of engineering systems
Click here for NSF's Opinion on Simulation

How to compute interarrival times - Uniform, Normal, Exponential Distributions, Z tables, Record the time you come into class, Summary of how to compute interarrival times.

Excel calculator for interarrival times

 Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 28
5.8 (where supply < demand)
Web Problem 6.0: 
Determine interarrival times.
Due on Class 33
Week 11
Mon
11/9
31

[Engineering System Simulation]
Simulation of engineering systems

 How dynamic systems are simulated.

Simulation hand solution form.

Assignment 29
Web Problem 6.1:
Trucking simulation by hand, using
Due on Class 34
Wed
11/11
32

[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

Assignment 30
Economics Web Problem 6.11:
Holtzapple
Due on Class 35
Fri
11/13
NOTE: Last day for dropping class, check date on University Academic Calendar here
33 [Engineering System Simulation]

Short list of BOSS commands (READ!)

Full set of BOSS commands (READ!)

BOSS help file

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
Assignment 31
Web Problem 6.10:
Practice with interarrival time distributions
Due on Class 36
Week 12
Mon
11/16
34 [Engineering System Simulation]

More typical BOSS commands (READ AGAIN!)
 
Assignment 32
Solve using MOR/BOSS:
Web Problem 6.3:
Dirt hauling simulation I
All homework from now on due 7 days hence.
Wed
11/18
35 [Engineering System Simulation]
Simulation of hauling dirt using BOSS - 2 trucks of same size
Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 33
Solve using MOR/BOSS:
Web Problem 6.4:
MacDondald's hamburger simulation
 

Fri
11/20

36 [Engineering System Simulation]
Simulation of hauling dirt using BOSS - Multiple trucks of various size

How to do in Simulink what we do in 10 lines of code in BOSS.
Assignment 34
Solve using MOR/BOSS:
Web Problem 6.5:
Classroom simulation
Week 13
Mon
11/23
37 [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 sizes

Burgers

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems

Assignment 35
Solve using MOR/BOSS:
Web Problem 6.6:
Dirt hauling simulation II

Wed
11/25
  No Class - Reading Day  
Fri
11/27
  Thanksgiving  
Week 14
Mon
11/30
38 [Engineering System Simulation]

City intersection figure
City intersection study

Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems
Assignment 36
Web Problem 6.7:
Tanker/tank farm simulation
Wed
12/2
39

[Engineering System Simulation]

Intercoastal canal waterway study


Learning objectives, topics covered, example problems


Assignment 37
Web Problem 6.8:
Dredging simulation

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.

Fri
12/4
40 [Engineering System Simulation]

Tanker/tank farm/storm simulation

BOSS exam practice problems
Solutions to BOSS practice problems
Assignment
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.

    Week 15  
Mon
12/7
41 [Engineering System Simulation]
Racing crew simulation

Saving simulation results to disk with histograms and distributions
Assignment
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.

Wed
12/9
42 Thinning of arriving entities
EXITLOGIC (simple example)
EXITLOGIC

BOSS exam practice problems
Solutions to BOSS practice problems

Assignment
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.

   

Final Exam held in our classroom on Tuesday December 15th, 2015
10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Covers everything in the course, with emphasis on BOSS (simulation).

CHECK THIS TIME AND DATE FOR ACCURACY AT:

University Final Exam Schedules

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 for Economics.

* Revelle text - this is required reading, either from the Revelle text or from an equivalent text. If you do not have the Revelle text, but have some other engineering economics textbook, that will suffice. Just study the same material as listed in our book, as specified above
** Revelle text - reading materials used to supplement class lectures only. NOT REQUIRED READING.
*** A complete BOSS user's manual is available as a .pdf file by clicking here.

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All syllabi shall contain a section that states the Aggie Honor Code and refers the student to the Honor Council Rules and Procedures on the web: http://www.tamu.edu/aggiehonor

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