Title: Civil & coastal engineering newsletter
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Publication Date: Winter 2002
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Civil & Coastal


Message from the
Department Chair

Civil & Coastal Engineers at Florida are
responding to the challenges of renewing,
securing, and broadening the capabilities of
our nation's infrastructure. You will see in
this newsletter several examples of the work
our faculty, staff, and students are doing
that provide tangible benefits for residents
of Florida and the Nation. I am proud of
the many achievements of our faculty and
students in attracting sustained research
funding that places us among the top Civil
Engineering programs in the country. But
I am even more proud that we are able to
translate our research to practice, making a
difference for our sponsors and providing
relevant education to our students (who
remain among the most sought after
graduates in the College of Engineering!).
Please enjoy this newsletter. We invite
your participation in and support of our
As always, it is great to be a Florida
Joe Tedesco, Chair

Civil Engineers aid in
response to terrorist attacks

Civil & Coastal faculty, staff and students
are participating in a multi-agency
collaborative effort to precisely map
the damage done by the recent terrorist
attacks on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon. Using a combination of
airborne laser swath mapping (ALSM), and
ground based scanning laser technology,
the researchers are collecting and
analyzing hundreds of millions of laser
range measurements of the precise three
dimensional positions of points covering
the surface of the ground, buildings, and
rubble in and around ground zero. The
ALSM data points provide broad area
coverage with points spaced at one to two
feet. The ground based scanning laser
measurements provide high resolution
coverage, with points spaced at the one
to two inch level. When the airborne and
ground based observations are combined,
they will provide the information to
make three dimensional models of the
disaster sites far more detailed and accurate
than has ever before been available to
recovery workers and
planners. A preliminary
representation of the
WTC site, based on
ALSM data only, is
shown below. Additional
images are available for
viewing on the UF web
site: http://www.atsm.

CCE Faculty Activities

William Carter, Adjunct Professor, was
named Corresponding Editor for the History
of Geophysics for the American
Geophysical Union (AGU). Dr. Carter will
promote the publication of history articles in
AGU's publication Eos and raise awareness
of the history of geophysics in all of the
AGU's sections.

Kirk Hatfield, Associate Professor, and
co-inventors Mike Annable, Suresh Rao,
and Tim Campbell, were awarded a patent
for a device that measures fluid and solute
flux in porous flow systems, providing
critical contaminant data for assessing and
optimizing remediation activities.

Marc Hoit, Professor,
was appointed Interim
Associate Dean
for Research and
Administration in the
College of Engineering.

Zohar Herbsman,
Professor, was invited to become a member
of the Association Of
European Civil Engineering Faculties. He
is one of only five faculty members in the
United States that are members of this
prestigious organization.

JenniferJacobs, Assistant Professor, received
a NASA New Investigator Program Award.

William O'Brien, Assistant Professor,
was appointed Chair of the Supply
Chain & Scalable Enterprise Systems
Task Group of the ASCE Committee
on Intelligent Computing. He was also
appointed Champion for the Supply Chain
Management thrust area of the International
Group for Lean Construction.

Reynaldo Roque, Professor, was elected to
the Board of Directors of the Association of
Asphalt Paving Technologists. The
Association acts as the international focal
point for the dissemination of asphalt
pavement related research.

Charles Wallace, Director of the
Transportation Research Center, and Mr.
Burt Stephens, Adjunct Scientist with the
TRC, became Certified Instructors by the
National Highway Institute of the U.S.

Making a difference through
service to the professional

While you were at the University of
Florida, you probably were unaware of
the many services and outreach activities
undertaken by the Department of Civil
and Coastal Engineering. We profile three
service programs below.

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Construction Training/Qualification
Program Nearly fifty years after the
University of Florida helped the Florida
Department of Transportation (then
the State Road Department) develop its
engineering training program, FDOT
has engaged the University to provide
the training to support its new QC 2000
construction program. The Construction
Training/Qualification Program (CTQP)
trains technicians engaged in construction
of Florida's highways. This training
includes courses in earthwork, asphalt,
concrete, and aggregates. Approximately
5,000 students, employees of FDOT,
other agencies, and industry, participate
in these classes each year. Beginning in
2002, CTQP will expand to include
courses for the inspection of drilled shafts,
driven piles, and grouting of tendons in
prestressed concrete segmental bridges.
CTQP will also assume responsibility for
conducting FDOT's Project Engineers
School. Several of the courses meet the
continuing education requirements for
contractors' license renewal. CTQP
has also initiated the process to become
a Continuing Education Provider for
professional engineers. The CTQP web site
at http://ctqp.ufl.edu provides details about
the program.

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Florida Technology Transfer Center
The Florida Technology Transfer (T2)
Center is charged with hastening
professional acceptance and shortening
the implementation period of delivered
research. Established in 1984, the T2
Center, leveraging student and alumni
expertise, has earned an international

reputation as the benchmark program
for implementing training and research
related to all aspects of traffic safety, road
and bridge construction and maintenance,
and highway transportation. Since 1998,
Center programs are directly responsible
for the implementation of more than $50
million of new research in Florida. Our
extensive delivery formats range from
providing on-site training and technical
assistance to local public works agencies to
coordinating national High Performance
Concrete in Bridges Showcases. The T2
Center maintains a professional Media
Center containing more than 9,000
research reports and publications and over
900 videos, all available for loan. The T2
Center's quarterly newsletter, with an in-
state circulation of 19,957, is distributed
internationally by the Federal Highway
Administration and is an essential element
of our professional outreach. For more
information on specific programs or to
receive our newsletter visit our web site:
McTrans Center Did you know there

M ving Technology
is a resource at the University of Florida
that distributes and supports over 500
software packages for transportation
applications to a membership of over
25,000 worldwide? The McTrans Center
serves as an international resource for
computer software, expert technical advice,
information exchange, and training. The
Center distributes software in areas of
construction management, environment,
highway design, pavements, bridges and
hydraulics, maintenance, safety, surveying,
traffic engineering, transit, and urban
transportation planning. These programs
come from many sources, including the
Federal Highway Administration, state
DOTs, universities, local transportation
agencies and private individuals, as
well as many private and commercial
developers. The software is supported at
various levels of technical assistance, and
in some cases is maintained, ensuring
users of timely updates and user tips.
McTrans offer users a variety of services
including a comprehensive web site,
quarterly newsletters, periodic catalogs,
toll-free technical assistance hotline, on-
line ordering, and training courses. More
information can be found at the McTrans
web-site: http://mctrans.ce.uft.edu

UF research in
sustainable water

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The historic Suwannee River was made
famous nationally by Stephen Foster's
"Old Folks at Home". Dr. Jennifer Jacobs
is working hard to protect the treasured
Suwannee River and other precious Florida
water sources while providing for the needs
of a growing population. Dr. Jacobs and
graduate students Gerard Ripo and Jingjun
Luo are working with Suwannee River
Water Management District to develop a
minimum flows and level criteria for the
Suwannee River watershed. Their goal is to
optimize the amount of water available to a
thirsty and growing Florida while preventing
significant harm to the region's ecology. Dr.
Jacobs and students are using ecological
indicators such as the salinity transition
from the Gulf's salt water estuaries to the
upstream freshwater reaches, the amount of
woody debris available for fish habitat and
the riparian wetlands inundation to identify
the timing and quantity of streamflow
available for withdrawal.
Closer to the University of Florida, Dr.
Jacobs, graduate student Brent Whitfield,
and undergraduates Shannon Mergelsberg,
David Myers and Andres Lopera, have
been studying the Paynes Prairie Preserve's
hydrology. Alongside the Preserve's native
American bison, wild horses and alligators,
these UF gators are conducting a field
experiment to develop predictive models of
wetland communities' evapotranspiration.
Their approach of coupling atmospheric
turbulence measurements and remotely
sensed imagery provides information at

larger spatial scales
and smaller time
scales than previously
Dr. Jacobs'
goal is to parlay .
technical theories
and synthesize
large resources of
data into information accessible to policy
makers. A prevalent aspect of her projects is
that they include links between theory and
practicality. For the Suwannee River project,
she's developing a user-friendly software
program to simulate the relationships among
ecological indicators and streamflow changes.
Jacobs and graduate student Sudheer Satti
are also linking hydrological sciences and
policy. Their ongoing St. Johns River WMD
project links a crop water use model to a
Geographical Information System (GIS) and
ultimately a population growth model. The
model will predict the region's future water
demand during drought conditions and
be used in WMD water supply planning.
NASA has also recognized Dr. Jacobs' ability
to facilitate access to emerging technologies.
Jacobs was awarded a 2001 NASA New
Investigator Program grant to study the
application of remotely surface soil moisture
hydrologic fields to rainfall-runoff processes.
The remotely sensed data will be assimilated
in a landsurface model to quantify the land
surface wetness conditions prior to a storm
event and improve flood predictions.

CCE develops leading computer facilities

The department has recently installed a parallel-architecture
computer system from Silicon Graphics, Inc. worth $460,000.
(Thanks to SGI for their matching donation.) The system consists
of two linked components: a primary computational server having
sixteen high-performance processors simultaneously operating in
parallel, and a smaller two-processor interactive system for handling
software development and job scheduling. By exploiting the parallel
computing capabilities of the system, researchers will be able to
conduct very large-scale numeric simulations that require prohibitive
amounts of time on single processor systems. Applications currently
being run include the simulation of barge impacts on bridge
structures, vehicle impact simulation, and large-scale simulations of
coastal processes.

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Byron Spangler Professorship

Thanks to the many Civil & Coastal
Alumni and friends who made possible the
Byron Spangler Professorship, a rotating
professorship open to Associate and Full
Professors in the Department.
As the first holder of the Spangler
Professorship, Dr. Frank Townsend has
endeavored to uphold the tradition of team
spirit and service to the ASCE and Civil
Engineering community demonstrated
by Byron Spangler during his time at the
University. Dr. Townsend's activities as
Spangler Professor include:
Confered two "Spangler Leadership
Awards" in recognition of the long
hours put in by student leaders. Last
year recipients were: the ASCE student
chapter president, (Sergio Quevedo) and
ASCE steel bridge team leader (Sonya
The First Spangler Lecture, given by Dr.
Dan Turner, University of Alabama, and
former National President of ASCE.
Organization of a "Faculty / Staff New
Member Buffet" using the "olde" Peggy
and Jim Schaub model to welcome new

members of the CCE community and
to praise the accomplishments of our
faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Townsend sends his personal thanks to
all who contributed to the Spangler fund. It
has made a difference, as Byron would have

Faculty Endowment Plan
Continues to Attract Strong

The Civil & Coastal Engineering
Department Faculty Endowment Plan has
gotten off to a fast start towards meeting
its goal of 15 endowed professorships. The
first four endowments of $100,000 each
have been established through the Barbara
Goldsby Memorial Fund. Once the state
contributions of $50,000 per endowment
are awarded, the 4 professorships will
become effective. A fifth endowment
initiated by Kimely-Horn and Associates is
in the early maturation stage. Deliberations
for the establishment of two more
endowments are currently underway.
The Faculty Endowment Plan is crucial
to the CCE Department for the realization
of its newly defined vision of excellence.

We invite all interested friends and alumni
to support this program and join the
department as we progress toward a top ten
ranking. For more information on how
to participate in this exciting opportunity,
contact Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, PE., CCE
Department Chairman: jtede@ce.ufl.edu.

CCE Needs Your Support
In this time of receding support from the State Government, we need the help of our
loyal alumni and friends. Any donations you can make to the Department will help
to sustain the vitality and quality of our education programs. Thank you in advance,
Joseph Tedesco!

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Coastal Engineering
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