Civil Engineering is one of five departments in the Engineering Laboratories Building (also known as Building 17). This 117,000 square foot, $52 million structure was completed in 2001, and houses all of our instructional laboratories, the department office, and all of the full-time faculty offices. Many of our lecture courses meet classrooms located nearby in Building 9.
The second floor of Building 17 contains facilities that focus on imagination of solutions, while the first floor facilities focus on realization of design. These facilities are primarily intended for instructional purposes, and are designed to support the laboratory sessions associated with many of our courses.
Global positioning system (GPS) recievers are used to locate horizontal and vertical positions using signals from GPS satellites. This laboratory houses survey-grade GPS receivers that can locate positions to a precision of less than 1 cm.
Students using survey-grade GPS equipment to find the horizontal and vertical coordinates of a survey monument.