About Civil and Architectural Engineering & Construction Management

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) immerses students in all aspects of infrastructure development and the built environment, from visualization to engineering design. 

From bridge projects to highway improvements, CAECM students develop professionally and gain the interpersonal and creative skills required to succeed.

UC’s nationally ranked cooperative education (co-op) program gives civil and architectural engineering and construction management students real-world experience at firms and research like Helix Electric, Turner Construction and Duke Energy, to name a few. Our graduates have satisfying careers in municipal governments, state agencies, research sponsors and construction, architecture and engineering firms. 

Disciplines

This program takes the form of a civil degree with a structural background. Majors learn about the links between design and construction.  Course work covers building materials and construction methods, teaching students how to design heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems for buildings, while making sure the building structure is still pleasing to the eye.

Architectural engineering students learn to apply engineering principles to the design, planning and construction of buildings. Students learn to utilize problem-solving skills to form alternative solutions for structural systems; heating and air conditioning systems; plumbing and fire protection systems; and electrical and lighting systems. Design efforts may also focus on how buildings use energy and how to optimize construction of the building.

Building Systems

Building Systems Engineering encompasses the design of systems necessary for building function and habitability. Building system engineering students may focus on the design of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and/or electrical systems. For more complicated projects, building systems engineers coordinate their work with electrical and mechanical engineers to ensure building function and efficiency.

Structures

Structural Engineering focuses on the analysis and design of structures to resist loads. Structural engineers are involved in the design of everything from airplanes to skyscrapers. The design process balances structural integrity, cost, and servicability while satisfying safety criteria. Structural engineers are also involved in the design of specialized machinery and equipment.

The CE program has two main research thrust areas. One is infrastructure design, which covers basic analysis and design of infrastructure elements. The other thrust area is infrastructure systems, which covers basic analysis and design of systems which support the infrastructure. 

Civil engineering students learn to design, develop and maintain structures and infrastructures necessary to support civilization like bridges, highways, railways, tunnels, airports, dams, water treatment systems and buildings. Civil engineering addresses the conception, design and construction of large public and private projects.

Transportation

The transportation discipline of civil and architectural engineeing and construction management covers the movements of people and goods across the built environment. Specifically, those speciallizing in transportation will learn how to design roads, operate traffic signals, model traffic growth and distribution, and understand network operations and characteristics. This field is undergoing rapid change in response to the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles and the increasing ubiquity of sensors.

Structures

Structural Engineering focuses on the analysis and design of structures to resist loads. Structural engineers are involved in the design of everything from airplanes to skyscrapers. The design process balances structural integrity, cost, and servicability while satisfying safety criteria. Structural engineers are also involved in the design of specialized machinery and equipment.

Geotechnical

Geotechnical engineering encompasses the evaluation of soil properties and the design of structures in, on and with soil and rock. These include foundations, earth retention systems, earth dams, and pavements. Additional focuses of geotechnical engineering include caps and liners for landfills, soil and rock seismic response, consolidation and settlement of structures, and slope stability.

Water Resources

The Water Resources discipline within civil engineering is primarily devoted to studying how water is used and the integrity of aquatic systems, such as aquifers, watershed, rivers and bodies of water. This discipline has a strong overlap with environmental engineering.

Pavements

Pavement engineering is a branch of civil engineering specializing in the analysis, design, construction and maintainance of street, highway and airfield riding surfaces, for rubber tired vehicles. A pavement is treated as a complex engineering system, whose response and performance results from the interaction of three equally important components:

  1. The man-made layers;
  2. The natural supporting layers
  3. The geometry of the applied loads. 

Consequently, pavement engineering relies on expertise derived from structural, geotechnical, transportation and construction engineering. Coursework in pavement engineering exposes students to a variety of pavement design methodologies, including those by AASHTO (empirical and mechanistic), the Asphalt Institute and the Portland Cement Association. It also builds on their undestanding of 2 and 3-D analytical procedures, soil and aggregate material behavior, and traffic prediction. Research activities focus on  three cardinal issues, namely the development of improved: (i) Failure models; (ii) Material characterization procedures; and (iii) Techniques to account for the stochastic nature of the pavement problem. UC investigators explore advanced concepts of fracture mechanics, reliability processes and dimensional analysis. 

The Construction Management (CM) Program leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree. It is a comprehensive five year cooperative education program aimed at developing managers who have strong understanding of technical and management principles and their application to today's complexconstruction projects. The curriculum is based on a DESIGN-CONSTRUCT-MAINTAIN continuum. The program is accredited by the American Council on Construction Education. 

Construction management students learn the engineering concepts and construction practices and develop the business, legal, and management proficiency necessary to execute a construction project. Construction managers problem solve and think creatively to ensure projects are completed in a cost-effective and timely manner.

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0071
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