CVEN 302: Computer Applications in Engineering and Construction


Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,


Office Hours

Course Meeting Times

MW 8:00-8:50
F 8:00 to 10:50 in CVLB 421




Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky
Ph +1-979-845-4517
FAX +1-979-862-8162

Numerical simulation of the Sumatra Tsunami that occurred in December, 2004. Red and yellow show higher than average and blues show lower than average water surface elevation. Calculated by Dr. Lynett using the COULWAVE model. Click on the image to view an animation of the simulation results.  

Course Description

CVEN 302 Computer Application in Engineering and Construction. (2-2). Credit 3. Application of computers to solution of civil engineering problems using various numerical methods; structured computer programming; mathematical modeling and error analysis; solution of algebraic and differential equations; numerical differentiation and integration; curve-fitting; root-finding. Prerequisites: ENGR 112; MATH 308 or registration therein; admitted to major degree sequence in civil engineering.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to design and execute computer programming solutions to civil engineering problems using numerical methods.

To achieve this goal, students will learn to:

ABET Outcomes

This course also contributes to the following ABET-identified outcomes of the civil engineering curriculum:


Structured computer programming, Matlab, numerical methods, error analysis, root finding, arrays and matrices, regression, interpolation, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, ordinary differential equations, initial value problems, boundary value problems, eigenvalue problems, partial differential equations.