CIVL - Civil Engineering Technology

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course will give the student the basic skills necessary to complete dimensioned drawings in AutoCAD. Topics include: setting up a drawing, basic lines and coordinates, geometric shapes, layering, editing commands, dimensioning, creating text, hatching and plotting to scale.

  • This course is an introduction to aggregates and concrete as construction materials. Standard techniques of measurements and computation are presented, and then applied to testing materials. Portland Cement Concrete is studied with emphasis on quality control in the field and preparing the student to reach the level of Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1, by the American Concrete Institute. Concrete masonry block is also reviewed as a product of cement.

  • This course is designed to introduce the student to construction materials commonly used in the construction of commercial and residential structures. The emphasis will be on wood, masonry, concrete, soils and structural steel. Students will study the physical properties of the materials as well as how the materials are manufactured to produce a satisfactory product for the construction process.

  • An introduction course in construction/civil/surveying graphics. The student will be introduced to scales, dimensioning, surveying maps, house plans, building codes, and construction terminology. Contour maps, wall sections, foundation plans, floor plans, and house elevations will be drawn and plotted using AutoCAD.

  • A study of the fundamentals of plane surveying. Emphasis is on the use and care of the Theodolite, level, tape and leveling rod, note keeping and basic surveying calculations and adjustments of data. The course is designed to introduce measurement and stakeout techniques through applications in an outdoor laboratory environment.

  • This course equips the student with entry level skills as a quality control technician in Soil and Asphaltic Concrete. Students will design and test asphaltic concrete mixes using industrial procedures and standards. Soil classification, permeability, sampling, and composition are studied and applied in laboratory.

  • This is the second course of a two semester sequence emphasizing plane and route surveying theory and techniques. Emphasis will be on circular curves, vertical curves, profiling, cross-sectioning, realignment of circular curves, the spiral, earthwork calculations, construction stakeout procedures and an introduction to electronic distance measurement.

  • In this course students will develop an understanding of the professional land surveyor's role in society, the professional land surveyor's legal responsibility to the public, systems used to describe real property, types of transfer of real property, techniques of record research, and locating sequential and simultaneous real property conveyances.

  • Course emphasizing the techniques of precise horizontal and vertical control surveying used by government or private surveyors and engineering consultants. Use of directional theodolites, precise levels and total station measurement equipment are stressed. Projects are used to present underlying theory of field work, standards, specifications and adjustment of horizontal and vertical data.

  • This course is a study of materials and methods of construction employed in commercial building construction. This course will be used to extend the students' graphics skills as well as their knowledge of the building construction process. Approximately equal emphasis will be placed on foundation, steel frame and reinforced concrete construction. Throughout the course, attention will be given to sustainability of construction materials and methods.

  • This course provides the student with a quantitative understanding of the effects of loads on structural elements in a building. Principles of structural mechanics are covered from forces and stresses, to properties of sections, and finally to shear and bending moments on beams. The designs of basic timber and steel beams and columns are also presented.

  • This course is a study of contracts and specifications governing contractors in the construction phase of a project. Practice is given in the estimating of earthwork, masonry, concrete, steel, and wood. Students progress through manual takeoffs to electronic spreadsheets. At the completion of this course the student will be able to create an estimate for a construction project.

  • This course is a study of the business organizations, contracts, personnel and ethics used in construction projects. Topics include the stakeholders, contracts, cost accounting, construction documentation, planning and scheduling, bonding, insurance, labor relations and ethics as specifically experienced in the construction industry.

  • A basic study of fluid statics and fluid flow emphasizing applications in civil engineering technology. Topics include pressure forces on submerged surfaces, closed conduit incompressible flow, centrifugal pump performance, open channel flow, rainfall and run-off estimates. The laboratory sessions involve the use of equipment to measure pressure and flow.

  • This course is an introduction to the U.S. Public Lands Survey System, the laws of simultaneous conveyances, and subdivision of lands. Governmental regulations and environmental considerations will be addressed. Industry standard software will be utilized in the laboratory.

  • This course is a series of field and office problems for fourth semester AAS Surveying Engineering Technology majors only. Topics include research, field reconnaissance, data collection, deed interpretation, and mapping. Students are responsible for the execution of a comprehensive surveying project.

  • This class is an introduction to the concepts of field to office automation, the use of coordinate geometry (COGO) software programs and computer aided drafting (CAD) software programs. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the computer in the solution of problems and projects that stress data analysis, data adjustment, mapping calculations and the application of computer graphics.

  • This course will introduce the advantages of photogrammetry as a mapping and planning tool. The types of photography, photo scale, flight planning techniques and specifications, displacement calculations and stereoscopic measurement are covered.

  • This course introduces students to transportation systems in the U.S. and Canada, transportation planning and economics, surveys and plans, rights-of-way, traffic engineering, highway drainage, and the development of roadsides, highway subgrades, base courses, stabilization, as well as the fundamentals of maintenance.

  • Special course organized to enable students to elect independent study of engineering problems. Course may entail laboratory or analytical solution of problems or application of principles to engineering problems.

  • This course is a first course in geology with applications to engineering projects. Topics include the origin of rocks with their general characteristics, structural features of rocks, surface and subsurface waters, wave actions and shore currents, lakes, oceans and glaciers.

  • This course is a study of licensure requirements, professional liability and ethics in land surveying. The legal concepts of the rules of evidence are presented and applied to written and unwritten transfers of land ownership. Riparian rights, fractional conveyances, reversionary rights, problems of apportionment, procedures, both field and office, for locating written title boundaries and the writing of deed descriptions are discussed in both a theoretical and applied sense.

  • Coverage includes basic design principles of reinforced concrete structural members such as beams, slabs and walls. Topics will include bending of single and doubly reinforced beams, T-beams, and slabs, as well as shear design of these members. The design of development length and splicing of reinforcing bars in the members will be included as well. Methods and materials used in concrete work will be discussed with attention given to the materials and methods of formwork construction.
  • Upper division independent study.

  • This course is an introductory treatment of the adjustment of survey data incorporating the use of the computer and matrix algebra. Error propagation, least-squares adjustment methods and the analysis of survey measurements are covered. A final project will consist of adjusting survey data.

  • This course focuses on environmental technology systems. Topics covered in the course include: basic environmental concepts, water quality, water pollution, drinking water, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste, hazardous waste, air pollution, noise pollution, erosion control and environmental assessments. The student will analyze a site plan to determine the "best practice" solutions to storm water management challenges using industry standards.

  • An introduction to building equipment for single and multi-story projects including domestic water, sewer, heating and ventilating systems. Students will design these systems for a residence or small office building. Students will review blueprints and analyze systems for a large commercial building.

  • This course is a comprehensive study of the requirements of an effective safety program that focuses on worker safety, improved productivity and accident risk management. The course will also provide students with an understanding of the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) standards and their application to the construction industry.

  • The foundation of this course is the development of an estimating database. Students will use data base estimating software in construction estimating. Students will gain experience in estimating commercial building projects and heavy civil projects, as well as lump sum and unit price contract estimating. The course will involve several project based learning experiences.

  • This course is an overview of how green building will impact contracts and building in the construction industry. As the nature of green building is continually emerging and evolving, field research will be required of students. Topics in LEED, leadership in energy efficient design, and their impact on contractors will be presented.

  • This course is the first of a two-semester sequence required for all Land Surveying Engineering Technology Bachelor seniors. Students design and implement a technical project for completion of BSET 8003. Project proposal and oral reports are presented for initial approval by department faculty. Weekly seminar encompasses professional licensure examination preparation, aspects of post-graduation professional employment, review of initial project proposal and consultation on project progress.

  • This course is intended to give the Civil Engineering Technology student an understanding of the issues related to site development and drainage issues for land development. Students will study the preparation of land development plans including drainage calculations, street and road design, water distribution, and sewer design. Issues related to sustainable development will be integrated into the topics to provide the student with an appreciation of concerns related to energy, as well as material and land conservation.
  • This course is a broad-based introduction to GIS, especially the application of spatial analysis and modeling. Applications will cover hardware and software considerations, map overlays, automation in thematic and topographic mapping, raster/vector devices, data acquisition, and related database storage and algorithms. Advanced topics will include error modeling, data uncertainty, and new directions and impacts of GIS.

  • This course examines how people and machines interact to build efficient systems that improve productivity in the construction industry. This course will document existing and emerging construction systems and will delve extensively into the production capacity and uses of construction equipment. This course culminates with a project to design equipment spreads for an earthwork project.

  • Students will develop a construction project management logic diagram for large multi-phased projects. The students will use software for scheduling, monitoring, and "crashing" projects to evaluate alternatives to reduce time to completion and to ensure cost effectiveness and safety considerations.

  • In this course students implement a capstone technical project proposed and designed in CIVL 7001. Each student must do research, prepare a plat/map, conduct a formal oral presentation and submit a comprehensive written report.

  • This course will introduce, and/or review the main concepts of a number of advanced subjects from the surveyor's perspective - for example: geodesy, geodetic surveying, map projections, global positioning systems, hydrographics surveying, mine and mineral surveying, deformation studies, total station/data collector interfaces to computer, as well as a projection of future trends. Pertinent activities from the professional associations will also be addressed.

  • This course is an in depth study of the documents and processes for construction project administration, including submittals, subcontracting, expediting, pay procedures, closeout, and reporting. This course culminates in a simulated construction project where students assume various stakeholder roles.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study or project. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the progress of the study.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study or project. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the progress of the study.