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UF Civil Engineering
Program Now in the
Top Ten*

University of California Berkeley 1
University of Illinois 2
Georgia Institute of Technology 3
University of Texas 4
Purdue University 5
University of Michigan 6
Texas A&M University 7
Virginia Tech 8
Pennsylvania State University 9
University of Florida 10

*The University of Florida's
Undergraduate Civil Engineering
Program Moved from #16 Nationally
in 2004 to #10 in 2005 Among Public

Source: U.S. News & World Report 2006
Guide to America's Best Colleges

Message from the Chair
Greetings Gator Nation! It is once again my most envious
duty to update you on the many activities of the Department of
Civil and Coastal Engineering. I would like to begin with the
very exciting news that the recently released U.S. News & World
Report (USNWR) 2006 Guide to America's Best Colleges has
ranked the University of Florida CCE Department no. 10 in
the nation among all undergraduate civil engineering programs
at public institutions, and no. 17 overall (public and private
institutions). This is a resounding testament to the high quality
of our student body and our faculty. The UF CCE program is
indeed imposing in both its size and quality. The undergraduate
enrollment of the CCE program is in excess of 600, and the department graduates more
than 110 B.S. students annually. Our ASCE Student Chapter Steel Bridge and Concrete
Canoe Teams placed 2nd and 7th respectively, in the national competitions held this past
spring (see p.10). Moreover, the pass rate for our students on the mandatory Fundamental of
Engineering (FE) Exam averages almost 95 percent annually. It makes me extremely proud
to be associated with this outstanding program. Go Gators!
Our research and graduate programs are equally impressive. For the third consecutive
year, research expenditures by the CCE Department have exceeded $15 million. This
places the CCE Department among the top civil programs nationally in that category.
Furthermore, new research awards to the CCE Department during fiscal year 2004-2005
amounted to nearly $12 million. Graduate degree productivity is also on the rise. This past
academic year, the CCE Department graduated 70 M.S. students and 17 Ph.D. students.
These impressive graduation statistics place the CCE Department among the top Civil
Engineering graduate programs nation-wide in both those categories.
To keep pace with the robust growth of our academic and research programs, the CCE
Department is proud to announce the appointment of five new tenure track faculty for the
2005-2006 academic year (please refer to p. 3 for details). Two of the new faculty members
are in the transportation program, two are in the coastal and oceanographic program and
one is in the water resources program. Additionally, the CCE Department has recently
completed a national search for a Director of the Center for Infrastructure Protection and
Physical Security (CIPPS). Negotiations with an internationally renowned researcher in
the field of protective technology are in the final stages, and the announcement of the new
director is anticipated to be made public in the very near future.
To enhance the research capabilities of our faculty and students, the CCE Department
and the University of Florida are investing heavily in major facility development. The
Powell Structures Lab (see p.6) is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy in
mid-December 2005. This structure will significantly bolster our capability to conduct
both static and dynamic testing of large scale structural systems. At the same time,
renovations are currently underway on a 16,000 square ft. facility on the East Gainesville
Campus. This building will house CIPPS, and serve as a focal point for
homeland security related research activities.
In closing, I would like to reiterate the deep sense of appreciation and
pride I hold for this outstanding department, and also remind you that
in order to maintain the extremely high quality of the academic
and research programs to which you have grown accustomed,
we desperately need your continued support. ...... It's so
great ... to be ... A FLORIDA GATOR!
__ __ 'q

Joseph W. Tedesco



Faculty Activities Fall 2005

Dr. Robert Dean,
Professor Emeritus,
co-authored a paper in
1969 which was selected
for the prestigious
American Society of
SCivil Engineers Offshore
I Technology Conference
(OTC) Hall of Fame Award. ASCE
initiated the Hall of Fame for OTC papers
in 2005 to recognize those technical papers,
presented in the early years of OTC, which
provided the civil engineering industry with
innovation, vision, direction and lasting
impact on the design, construction or
installation of the offshore infrastructure.
As a founding member of the OTC Hall of
Fame, Dr. Dean's award carries the extra
merit and privilege of being amongst the
first papers chosen to be inducted. ASCE
will present the award to Dr. Dean at a
banquet in May 2006 attended by national
ASCE and other dignitaries.
Dr. Dean was also asked to serve on
the University of South Florida, Civil and
Environmental Engineering Advisory
Board. In July of this year, he presented
a one week short course to 46 students
on "Beach Nourishment: Principles and
Applications" in Itajai, Brazil.

Dr. Duane Scott
Ellifritt, Professor
Emeritus, has been
named to the West
Virginia University's
(WVU) Charter Class
of the Academy of
Civil Engineers. The
prestigious Academy of Civil Engineers
was founded by the WVU Civil and
Environmental Engineering Department
to recognize those graduates who have had
distinguished professional careers and/or
who have been of outstanding service to the
state of West Virginia. Dr. Ellifrit received
his Ph.D. in civil engineering from WVU
in 1970 and is an internationally recognized
expert in the design of steel buildings. He
has lectured on related subjects around the

Dr. Zohar Herbsman,
Professor, was selected to
be on the International
Advisory Board of
the Civil Engineering
Department, at the
Ben-Gurion University,
Beer Sheba, Israel. In
this capacity, Dr. Herbsman will assist
the university develop their Construction
Management Program. His term on the
board began in June and continues for three
years. Dr. Herbsman was also invited to
spend part of his Sabbatical at BGU.

Dr. Ralph Ellis, Associate Professor,
and Dr. Edward Minchin, Assistant
Professor, were recently honored by the
international construction council, Counseil
International du Batiment (cib) at their
annual meeting. Their paper, entitled
"CM-at-Risk Delivery System and The
Miami Intermodal Center" was adjudged
best paper among the 218 papers presented
at the conference. Dr. Minchin presented
the paper at the meeting, held June 13-16 in
Helsinki, Finland.

Dr. Thomas Sputo was
promoted to the rank
of senior lecturer in
August. In addition, Dr.
Sputo recently received
S notification that he was
Among the initial group
of 587 structural engineers nationwide to
be "certified" in the practice of structural
engineering by the Structural Engineering
Certification Board (SECB). Headquartered
in Chicago, the SECB was established in
September 2004 by the National Council of
Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)
to identify those professional engineers
with the necessary additional education,
experience and skills that are particular to
the practice of structural engineering.
As the ASCE Student Section Faculty
Advisor, Dr. Sputo was recently awarded
a "2005 Faculty Advisor Certificate of
Commendation" by the ASCE Committee
on Student Activities for his work as the
faculty advisor the UF ASCE Student
Chapter. This recognition was awarded to
less than 10 percent of the ASCE faculty
advisors nationwide.
Dr. Sputo has also assumed chairmanship
of the ASCE Committee on Cold-Formed
Steel for a three year term.

Dr. Rey Roque,
Professor, was recently
selected as a University
of Florida Research
Professor for the 2004-
2005 academic year for
his extensive research
in transportation
infrastructure. Specifically, Dr. Roque
has focused his research on studying the
continuing problem of constructing and
maintaining asphalt roads and in advancing
the use of technologies that have allowed for
giant leaps in the methodology of studying

Dr. Scott Washburn
has been promoted to
the rank of associate
professor with tenure.
His areas of research
include, traffic analysis,
Dr. Washburn joined
A the UF in 1999
and is affiliated with the Department's
Transportation Research Center. During
this time, he has made significant
contributions to the academic and research
programs in the CCE Department. His
areas of interest include the development
of level of service computational
methodologies and software engines;
application of statistical and econometric
analysis to highway capacity and level of
service; traffic operations, simulation and
optimization modeling; development,
testing, and application of advanced
technologies for traffic operations data
collection and analysis.

Dr. Robert Thieke,
Assistant Professor, has
been selected as Teacher
of the Year by the
University of Florida for
the second time. Over
the course of his career,
Thieke has taught more
than 2,500 students across the College of
Engineering. This award is a wonderful
testament to the skill and dedication he has
brought to their education.

New Faculty Fall 2005

Dr. Arnold
Civil and Coastal
welcomes Dr.
.. Arnoldo Valle
Levinson as
associate professor.
DC Valle-Levinson
earned his B.S.
in oceanology from the University of Baja
California, Mexico, and his M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in coastal oceanography from the
State University of New York at Stony
Brook. He began his academic career in
1996 at Old Dominion University. Valle-
Levinson's research interests concentrate on
estuarine and coastal hydrodynamics. He is
a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and
of the 1998 Editors' Citation for Excellence
in Refereeing for the Journal of Geophysical
Research-Oceans. He is serving as co-chair
of the scientific program for the 2005
Estuarine Research Federation meeting.

Faculty Activities Fall 2005

Dr. Clint Slatton, Assistant Professor,
was selected as a member of the Technical
Program Committee and session organizer
for the IEEE International Geoscience and
Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
in Seoul, Korea, 2005 and as a member of
the Technical Program Committee for the
IEEE International Conference on Image
Processing (ICIP), Genova, Italy, 2005.

Drs. David Bloomquist, Associate
Professor and Michael McVay, Professor,
were notified that their technology,
"Autonomous Highway Traffic Modules",
was patented by the United States Patent

Dr. Kurt Gurley, Associate Professor, was
notified by the UF Office of Technology
and Licensing that his technology, entitled
"Temporary Low Profile Concrete Barrier
for Roadside Work Zones", was licensed for

Dr. Siva
Civil and Coastal
welcomes Dr.
(Siva) Srinivasan as
assistant professor.
SSrinivasan earned
his B.Tech.
degree in civil engineering from the
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras,
and his M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in
civil engineering from The University
of Texas at Austin. He has also worked
as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center
for Transportation Research at UT
Austin. Srinivasan's research interests are
transportation engineering, with specific
focus on transportation planning and policy
evaluation; travel-demand modeling and
travel behavior analysis. He is also interested
in the application of advanced econometric
methods to transport and other problems.
Srinivasan was recently appointed a member
of the Transportation Research Board
(TRB) Committee on Traveler Behavior
and Values.

Dr. Alex
Fs Civil and Coastal
welcomes Dr.
Sheremet as
assistant professor.
S Sheremet earned
his B.Sc. in physics
from the University of Bucharest, Romania,
and his M. Sc. and D. Sc. in technology
from Technion, Israel. He began his
academic career in 2001 at Louisiana State
University. Sheremet's research interests
include nonlinear dynamical systems,
nearshore ocean wave dynamics and wave
sediment interaction.

Dr. Yafeng Yin
Civil and Coastal
welcomes Dr.
Yafeng Yin as
assistant professor.
SYin earned his
Ph.D. degree in
4 civil engineering
from the University
of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to his appointment
at the University of Florida, he was an
assistant research engineer at California
PATH, University of California at Berkeley,
where he joined in July 2002 initially as a
visiting postdoctoral researcher. Between
1996 and 1999, he served as a lecturer at
Tsinghua University, China. Yin's research
interests focus on transportation systems
engineering and analysis, with applications
ranging from transportation network
modeling, transit planning and operations,
highway traffic operations, infrastructure
asset management, to assessments and
evaluations of Intelligent Transportation
Systems technologies.

Dr. Tian-Jian
Civil and Coastal
welcomes Dr.
Tian-Jian Hsu
(Tom) as assistant
professor. He was
previously an
assistant scientist
at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Hsu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees
in civil and environmental engineering
from Cornell University and B.S. degree
in Ocean Engineering from National
Taiwan University. After graduated from
Cornell on 2002, Hsu conducted his
postdoctoral research at the Center for
Applied Coastal Research, University of
Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution. Hsu's research interests are in
the area of environmental fluid mechanics
and coastal engineering, with specific
focus on sediment transport, multi-phase
and sediment-laden flow. His currently
funded research involve studying sediment
transport dynamics and beach morphology
under breaking waves and developing
multi-scale numerical models for coastal
prediction and management. Dr. Hsu will
join the department in January 2006.


CCE Hurricane Research Team Ready for Active Season

Hurricane Dennis arrived in the Panhandle
as a major storm on July 10, bringing an
early start to the hurricane season. The
Florida Coastal Monitoring Program
(FCMP) hurricane research team deployed
to the impact region two days before the
storm to set up instrumentation in its path.
The collected data includes high resolution
3-dimensional wind velocity at 5 and 10
meter elevations using portable towers,
as well as dynamic uplift pressure on the
roofs of residential structures. This year
the fleet of four towers is being expanded
to six. Five were ready for field deployment
during Dennis. Dr. Kurt Gurley leads the
UF team, and Dr. Forrest Masters (a recent
UF graduate and now Assistant Professor at
Florida International University) leads his
student team in this joint effort.
The wind data is transmitted in real-
time during landfall to a public access Web
site (www.ce.ufl.edu/-fcmp). Atmospheric
scientists at NOAA's Hurricane Research
Division (HRD) and the National
Hurricane Center (NHC) use the data
to test their remote sensing capabilities.
For Dennis the NHC predicted winds
matched up closely with the FCMP ground
instruments. The wind data is also used
by risk modelers to forecast economic loss
for insurance companies. Recently, Risk
Management Solutions donated money to
the project to help improve the real-time
data relay system. The portable wind towers
will soon be using the NOAA GOES
satellite to transmit the data, providing a
redundancy to the current cellular system.

The FCMP consortium (UF, FIU,
Clemson, FIT) capture this data to
provide a direct measured link between
the turbulent ground level wind behavior,
structural loading and resultant damage.
The FCMP data collection in the 2004
season resulted in the only known source
of directly measured full-scale loading of
an occupied structure during sustained
hurricane force winds (Frances, Ivan and
Jeanne). The data captured from the roofs of
the instrumented homes will be compared
with wind tunnel studies of those houses,
and ultimately with the ASCE wind load
This past spring, the FCMP teams also
conducted a detailed quantitative study of
the performance of the Florida Building
Code (FBC) for the Florida Building
Commission. The study compared homes
built to the FBC specifications with those
build after Andrew but before the FBC.
More than 200 randomly selected homes
were inspected in the highest wind zones
of hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne and
Ivan. The study shows an improvement
in wind resistance for the FBC homes,
and highlights the portions of the code
that require further enhancements. The
Florida Building Commission is currently
considering a range of code improvements,
based in part on the study findings. The
report will be made public in late summer
Major funding has been provided by
the Florida Department of Community
Affairs and NOAA. Dr. Tim Reinhold,
Vice President
of Engineering
Research at the
Institute for
Business and
. Home Safety
has donated
EW considerable time
and expertise to
the program. The
engineering firm
Ward Edwards,
Inc. in South
Carolina has
also contributed
professional staff
i time to the project.

(Top) Tower deployed at the north end of the
Navarre Beach Causeway. (Middle) Outer rain
bands of Dennis approach as tower setup is
completed. (Bottom) Instrumented house being
prepared with pressure sensors 24 hours before
Dennis. (Bottom Left) FCMP instrumentation
deployment map for Dennis.

.................. ........ E,


Development of a New Sensor to

Measure Cumulative Water and Solute Mass Flows in Surface Waters

Faculty from the Departments of Civil
Engineering (Kirk Hatfield and Mark
Newman), Soil and Water Sciences (Jim
Jawitz) and Environmental Engineering
Sciences (Mike Annable) are working
with faculty from the Federal University
of Bahia, Brazil (Harald Klammler) to
develop a Passive Surface Water Flux Sensor
(PSWFS) that provides simultaneous point
measures of fluid flow and contaminant
mass flow in natural and engineered
flow systems. Decision makers currently
use measured water flows and estimated
contaminant mass flows to manage
watersheds. For example, inorganic/organic
contaminants mass flows in streams are
used to assess the discharge of contaminants
from contiguous land use activities, to
evaluate aquatic system restoration efforts,
and to characterize 'in stream' contaminant
fate and transport. For engineered systems
(i.e., wetland treatment facilities), solute
mass flows are estimated to quantifying
and control system performance. Numerous
methods exist to measure water flow,
however, prior to the advent of PSWFS,
contaminant mass flows were always
calculated from point measurements
of water velocity and contaminant
concentrations. PSWFS represents the first
of a new class of monitoring devices that
provides simultaneous direct measures of
contaminant mass flow and water flow.
The sensor is essentially a hydrofoil
that is vertically inserted into the stream
flow (see Figure 1). Installed in its interior
is a hydraulically permeable sorbent
column. The extremes of the column are
connected to the outside flow field around
the hydrofoil at equal depths by two little
openings in the hydrofoil surface. The
known non-uniform distribution of the flow
velocity around the hydrofoil contour causes
a pressure difference between the locations
of two openings, thus generating a pressure
gradient over the column (see Figure 2); as
a result water flows passively into the device
at opening (1) and exits through opening
(2). The sorptive column initially contains
a known amount of a resident tracer, which
is gradually eluted by the flow through the
column due to the pressure gradient. By
detecting the amount of tracer remaining

in the column after the measurement, the
local cumulative water flow in the stream
can be estimated. Furthermore, the sorptive
media in the column retains dissolved
contaminants in the water intercepted by
the sensor. After exposing the sensor to
stream flow for some specified period of
time, the contaminant mass retained on the
column is measured to permit calculation of
the cumulative contaminant mass flow. The
working principle of the sorptive column
in the PSWFS is thus based on the same
principles as the Passive Fluxmeter (PFM)
for porous aquifers developed by Hatfield et
al. (2004).
In general, accurate estimates of water
flow and contaminant mass flow are
difficult to obtain in natural systems.
This is because fluid velocities and solute
concentrations vary significantly in time
and over a stream cross-section. These
variations are problematic if the goal is to
quantify the total fluid
flow and solute mass
flows, from integrating
a network of point
measurements over
a transect (such as a
stream cross-section).
For example, current
methods of estimating 4
solute mass flows
rely on independent
instantaneous point
measurements of
flow and solute
concentration in Joukowsky
sampled fluids profile
(i.e., water). These
measurements have
to be combined
(multiplied) to
arrive at estimates of
instantaneous solute
mass flows. In general,
water velocity and
solute concentration
data are not obtained
coincident points Figure 1. Passive sur
at coincident points .
Stream, showing devi
in time or space, thus flow, the internal sorF
calculated solute mass where water passive)
flows are not likely (at location 2). At ratio
to represent the true are sampled at (1) an

and unmeasured solute fluxes at sampled
locations. Furthermore, cumulative solute
mass fluxes are only obtained from a
temporal interpolation and integration of
the data at a point. When the best sampling
protocols are used in natural systems, the
standard error of annual solute mass flows
is between 10 to 30 percent of the total
estimate and for shorter sampling periods
the errors are much higher. From both
systems management and environmental
perspectives, these estimation errors are
comparable to year-to-year variability in
natural systems; and as a result challenge
our ability to recognize long-term trends,
to evaluate the effectiveness of best
management practices and to target areas
for corrective management and remediation.
A second serious problem associated with
current methods of measuring water and
contaminant mass flows is that detailed
continued on page 6

face water flux sensor (PSWFS) submerged in a
ce orientation with respect to the direction of stream
ptive column, openings on surface of the sensor
renters the device (at location 1) and exits the device
es proportional to the stream velocity, contaminants
d tracers are released at location (2).


monitoring over a transect is often cost
prohibitive; this is because large numbers
of measurements are often needed of
both fluid velocity and concentration
to characterized temporal variations in
integrated fluid flow and solute mass
flow. Inexpensive chemical sensor could
be deployed in large numbers to reduce
monitoring costs; however, measurements
of solute concentrations in the absence of
local velocity measurements are not likely
to enhance integrated solute mass flow
estimates. What would be more appropriate
is to deploy an inexpensive sensor that
directly measures solute flux or provides
simultaneous measures of fluid velocity and
solute concentration at coincident points in
space and time.
It is believed PSWFS can resolve the
above described measurement concerns at
a lower cost than current stream sampling
methods. Several PSWFS's with a number
of columns at different depths can be

CCE Hosting
NSF Workshop on Nanomodifica-
tion of Cementitious Materials

The Department of Civil and Coastal
Engineering will be hosting an International
NSF Workshop on Nanomodification of
Cementitious Materials in spring 2006. The
workshop is being co-chaired by Professors
Bjorn Birgisson and Reynaldo Roque,
who have been leading a major thrust in
the use ofnanotechnology to enhance and
optimize the behavior and performance of
construction materials. The objective of the
workshop is to bring together international
researchers and practitioners dealing
with nanomodification of cementitious
construction materials. The focus of the
workshop will be on the identification of
the key issues facing civil infrastructure that
can be greatly affected by nano-engineering
at the materials level. The scope of the
workshop will include the nano-engineering
of cementitious materials, characterization
and multi-scale modeling of nano- modified
cementitious materials, and processing of
nano-modified cementitious materials.
Besides the presentation of fundamental
research findings, applications to civil
infrastructure will be emphasized. For
more information, please contact Dr. Bjorn
Birgisson at bbirg@ce.ufl.edu.

deployed along a stream
transect resulting in a point
matrix of cumulative water
and contaminant mass flow
measurements that can be
interpolated and integrated
over the transect area to arrive
at estimates of the global
water and contaminant mass
discharges. Deployment
durations can range from
weeks to months giving long-
term cumulative measures.
Given the engineering and
the environmental import of
knowing solute mass flows
and the current problems in monitoring
natural systems, several sensor prototypes
are being tested in the flume facilities
of the Department of Civil and Coastal
Engineering. Field tests are planned for
summer 2006. Faculty from the various
departments involved have submitted a
patent application.

Figure 2. Cross-section of the passive
surface water flux sensor (PSWFS), showing
the internal sorptive column and outside
the body of the sensor, streamlines of the
nonuniform flow field. Vo is the ambient
velocity of the stream (the quantify being
measured), d is the width of the sensor, c is
the chord length of the sensor.

Powell Structures Lab Well Underway
Construction of the Powell Structures Lab located at the U F Eastside Campus off Waldo Road
is progressing well. The Lab will be a one-story enclosed building with approximately 8,565
GSF and will house a 50-ft. x 120-ft. strong floor along with an instrumentation room, several
offices, necessary support spaces and a storage area. The strong floor is constructed of heavily
reinforced 4-ft. thick concrete and will support the testing of large scale structural elements
as well as a strong wall for lateral load testing. The strong floor will be housed in a high-bay
structural steel building with an inside clear height of 36 feet. The strong floor will be served
by tandem 25-ton cranes for moving specimens and equipment. The building has been sited to
easily receive deliveries of approximately40 foot long beams that will be brought in by tractor-
trailer. The concrete for the strong floor was recently placed and erection of the structural steel
is currently underway. Construction is scheduled to be complete this December. The new lab
will support the new Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS).

Geosensing Engineering Systems News
UF Gets NCALM Renewal

Ramesh Shrestha

Bill Carter

Clint Slatton

The National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal, Collaborative Research:
Facility Support to Renew Operation of the National Center for Airborne
Laser Mapping (NCALM) was awarded in August. This is a 3-year renewal
of the initial 2-year NCALM project, and thus represents an important
endorsement by NSF and the Earth Science community. This $2.4M effort
will be led by CCE faculty Ramesh Shrestha, Bill Carter and Clint Slatton,
in collaboration with Bill Dietrich of the University of California at Berkeley
and Keqi Zhang of Florida International University. For more information,
please visit http://www.ncalm.ufl.edu/

CATS Update
Subsystem assembly for the Coastal Area Tactical-mapping System (CATS)
project is proceeding at Sigma Space, Inc. and Fibertek, Inc. under the
supervision of CCE faculty Bill Carter, Ramesh Shrestha, and Clint Slatton.
Integration of laser, receiver, and opto-mechanical subsystems will take place
in fall 2005. For more information, please visit http://www.aspl.ece.ufl.edu/

Kisinger Campo & Associates Corp.
Term Professorship Award

The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
is pleased to announce the award of the Kisinger
Campo & Associates Corp. Term Professorship in
Transportation to Dr. Ageliki (Lily) Elefteriadou,
Director of the Transportation Research Center.

The Professorship was established for a
Civil & Coastal Engineering Professor at the
University of Florida who specializes in the area
of transportation and has achieved national and
international recognition for his or her teaching,
research and professional outreach efforts.

Spangler Professorship
The Department is pleased
to announce the award of the
Byron D. Spangler Professor
of Civil Engineering to Dr.
David Bloomquist, Associate
Professor. The professorship is
awarded for three years.

The professorship was created
to honor the memory of Byron
Spangler, a professor in the
Department of Civil Engineering form 1949 to 1993.
Professor Spangler was called "Mr. Civil Engineering"
for his endless dedication to the profession of civil
engineering. The recipient of the Spangler Professorship
is chosen every three years for outstanding effort in both
service to the profession and exemplary activities to the
civil engineering community. The faculty member's
efforts must also demonstrate a current and continued
strong commitment and dedication to the university and
the Department of Civil Engineering.

Congratulations Dave!

Florida T2 Hosts National Workshop

Civil and Coastal Engineering's service center, the
Florida Transportation Technology Transfer (T2)
Center, which houses the Local Technical Assistance
Program (LTAP), hosted a unique, national workshop.
The workshop showcased low cost roadway treatments
that resulted in a sustained 42 percent reduction in
highway crashes over a six year period. The project was
featured in Federal Highway Administration's Jan/Feb
publication of Public Roads. For more information,
please visit www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/05jan/08.htm

Congratulations Lily!


Moving Technology R

McTrans has spent the last four years developing new features
for the Highway Capacity Software toward this release of HCS+.
This new version adds many significant improvements for more
efficient data coding, more comprehensive analyses, and better
output options, as well as improving existing computational

McTrans is a full service software
development and support center
serving the transportation engineer-
ing and planning profession. McTrans
has a professional staff of faculty,
programmers, technical support and
administrative personnel to offer us-
ers a variety of services.

Impact on the Transportation
The Highway Capacity Software is the most
widely used transportation engineering
program in the world, currently with
over 10,000 users. This major upgrade
will provide significantly improved
analysis capabilities in using this tool for
site development impact studies, project
planning decisions, traffic operations
management, roadway design alternatives,
and many other applications spanning the
transportation engineering and planning
profession for both the consulting and public

From the Florida Department of
LOSPLAN: Three programs from the
Florida Department of Transportation
(thanks to Mr. Doug McLeod) have been
added for planning level analysis ofArterials,
Freeways and Highways. These programs
expand on the HCM 2000 methods to
include additional capabilities:

From the Department of Civil and
Coastal Engineering
DAITA: This program has been added
(courtesy Dr. Scott Washburn) to allow
collecting intersection turning movement
counts directly from within HCS+. The
Signals module will also now read data from
Jamar count boards.

HCS+ New Features

CORSIM Animation: With the push of
a button, HCS+ data are converted for
display using TSIS/CORSIM. automatically
generating the animation views for the
Signals, Unsignal, Freeways, Weaving and
Ramps modules.

Multiple-Period Analysis: This feature
allows coding of multiple time periods
to automatically pass the residual queue
from one period to the initial queue for the
subsequent period. The summary shows
building and dissipating of queuing over
entire analysis.

Preset Phasing: The most likely phasing
options are presented in a pull-down list
based on coded lane configuration. Options
for pretimed, actuated of semi-actuated
operations are available as well as selecting
protected or permitted left-turn phases.

Advice: This feature monitors data coding
relationships for potential errors, becoming
available when data combinations exist
that raise particular questions for the
user. Several data fields are monitored for
potentially conflicting situations.

Warrants: This new module automates the
procedures in the 2003 Manual on Uniform
Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) for the
eight prescribed signal warrants producing
a concise report summarizing the status of
each warrant and sub-warrant.

HCS+ is now available from the McTrans
Center at: mctrans.ce.ufl.edu, mctrans@
ce.ufl.edu or 1-800-226-1013.

Alumni News

Cooper River Bridge (Photo courtesy of SCDOT/Rob Thompson)

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CCE Alumni to be
FDOT's Chief Engineer
Ananth Prasad, P.E. has recently
been promoted to the position of Chief
Engineer for the Florida Department of
Transportation. Ananth received his master
of engineering degree in 1990 with our
Construction Engineering division. In his
new position he will serve as the agency's
chief technical officer and will provide
oversight over a number of key areas.

Congratulations Ananth!

Charles T. Dwyer, P.E. is an avid Gator fan and proud to be an alumni of UF.
UF is also proud of Charles. Charles graduated from UF with a Bachelor of
Science in Civil Engineering in 1990. In 2000, Charles began work as the South
Carolina DOT (SCDOT) Project Manager for the $700 million Cooper River
Bridge Replacement Project. Now that the $540 million design-build contract is
complete, the new Cooper River Bridge stands as the longest cable stay bridge in
North America. With the recent opening of the bridge, Charles will continue his
role as project manager for the $60 million contract to remove the two existing
truss bridges, the 1929 Grace Bridge and the 1966 Pearman Bridge. They will be
dismantled and the concrete used to create artificial reefs off the coast of South
Carolina. For more information on these projects visit:

The Official SCDOT project site
Foundation Design Criteria and Quality Control for the Cooper River Bridge
America's Largest Cable-Stayed Bridge

Get Ready for the CCE
Homecoming BBQ!

Fall is here and we are finalizing plans to hold our 14th Annual Civil
and Coastal Engineering Alumni BBQ gathering on Saturday, October
8, 2005 (Homecoming). The reunion will take place in the Weil Hall
Structures Lab (the Pit) two hours prior to kick-off time (TBA) when
the Gators take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Students News

UF-ASCE Student Chapter Excels in National Competition
Wins Overall National Championship

The UF American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter showed
once again why it is a power to be reckoned
with at the 2005 National Student Steel
Bridge Competition and the 2005 National
Concrete Canoe Competition.
Lead by captain Andre Tousignant,
the always strong Steel Bridge Team took
home 2nd Place overall in the national
competition, held in Orlando in May. The
team competed with their usual Fighting
Gator spirit, assembling the bridge in their

best ever time of 4:53. By placing 2nd, the
UF team regained their place as the most
successful steel bridge team since 2000 and
since the national competition began in
1992. Each year over 200 individual schools
in the U.S., Canada and Mexico compete
in regional competitions for the right to
compete in the national competition.
Victorious over perennial national
powerhouse University of Alabama
- Huntsville in the Southeast Region, the
Gator Concrete Canoe Team, led by captain

Rachel Conn, traveled to Clemson, SC, in
June to face the best of the nation, placing
7th in the spirited competition. The 24
schools in the national competition were the
survivors of more than 200 competitors that
competed in 20 regional competitions to
advance to the nationals.
With combined 2nd and 7th place
finishes, the UF ASCE Student Chapter
claims the mythical 2005 "Civil
Engineering Student Championship".

2000 2005 National Steel Bridge
Competition Standings
Total School
154 University of Florida
141 North Dakota State University
121 Southern Polytechnic State University
111 University of Michigan
107 Clemson University

1992 2005 National Steel Bridge
Competition Standings
Total School

University of Florida
Southern Polytechnic State University
North Dakota State University
University of Alaska- Fairbanks

2005 UF ASCE Steel Bridge Team
2005 UF ASCE Concrete Canoe Team


AbSLt students enjoy the day at the ZUU bSoutheast Kegion Lonterence.

UF-ASCE Student Chapter Excels Nationally

The UF American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and its members
continue to represent the department and the Civil Engineering profession through their
activities. With 250 members, UF-ASCE Student Chapter is one of the largest and most
active student organizations at UF, and one of the largest ASCE student chapters in the
The chapter continues to excel on all fronts. At the 2005 Southeast Region Student
Conference in Tuscaloosa, Ala. the chapter brought home winning performances in Steel
Bridge, Concrete Canoe, Technical paper and Concrete Horseshoe competitions. The Steel
Bridge Team and Concrete Canoe Team performed admirably at their respective national
competitions, placing 2nd and 7th respectively. Additionally, the chapter was awarded a
"Certificate of Commendation" in July in recognition of being rated in the top 10 percent
nationally by the ASCE National Committee on Student Activities.
Individual members also received recognition. UF students Bonnie Serina, Jennifer
Wiewiora and Rachel Conn ran the board at the 2005 ASCE Florida Section Annual
Meeting, winning the "Student of the Year", "Student Service Award" and "Graduate
Student of the Year" awards.
One of the biggest challenges on the horizon for the chapter is hosting the 2006 ASCE
Southeast Region Student Conference on March 29, 30 and April 1, 2006. More than 20
schools and 800 students will converge on Gainesville to compete in the regional qualifying
for the National Concrete Canoe Competition and the National Student Steel Bridge
Competition, along with ten other events. The chapter is looking for volunteers and judges
to assist in this undertaking, and sponsorship opportunities are available.
The chapter looks forward to the challenges of the future. If you would like to recruit a
UF ASCE student member for employment or graduate study, or would like information
on how you can assist the Chapter in its activities, please contact the chapter advisor, Dr.
Thomas Sputo at sputo@ufl.edu.

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Winning concrete horseshoe toss.



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