Title: Civil & coastal engineering newsletter
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Title: Civil & coastal engineering newsletter
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Language: English
Creator: Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida
Publisher: Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Fall 2002
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ICivil & Coastal

Message from the Chair
This is a year of celebration at the University ofFlorida. The 2002 2003 academic year
represents the University' Sesquicentennial birthday (150 years). It is a time oflooking back
to see what we've accomplished, of looking forward to where we're going, and of assessing how
our current state can be used to get where we want to be.
It is, therefore, my pleasure to share with you once again noteworthy activities of the
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Offoremost importance is the recently
unveiled new strategicplan for the University. The goal of the strategicplan, as set forth
by President Young, is to raise the University ofFlorida into the ranks of the nation' great
universities. To achieve this goal, the University will concentrate its resources in four core
colleges: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of Medicine, The College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences and The College ofEngineering. The Department of Civil
and Coastal Engineering has responded to the cldlleling by restructuring its curriculum and
focusing its research activities.
Beginning in Fall Semester 2003, the Civil and Coastal Engineering Department will
offer a revised curriculum for the BSCE Degree (see pg. 3). The new curriculum will afford
our students the opportunity to select fom six elective tracks: geotechnical, construction,
structures, transportation, water resources and general civil engineering. The new curriculum
was initiated for several reasons: 1) to be consistent with programs at our peer institutions, 2)
to better satisfy the needs ofthe profession and 3) to complement our 3- 2 BS/MS program.
The response fom our students has been overwhelming in favor of the new curriculum and
we anxiously look forward to its implementation next Fall Semester.
In the future, civil engineers will face ,":'...' c/adillengcs to sustain our nation'
infrastructure and water supplies in order to serve the demands of a growingpopulation.
New technologies must be developed to protect our constructed infrastructure and water
supplies fom both environmental and man-made hazards. With 45 tenure-track faculty
augmented by 85 support staff the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering is uniquely
comprehensive in its ability to address these vital research needs. In response to these needs,
the Civil and Coastal Engineering Department has focused its research thrusts into four basic
areas: 1) constructed infJastructure systems, 2) high performance infrastructure materials,
3) water resources monitoring, assessment and rehabilitation, and 4) coastal resources
monitoring, assessment and rehabilitation.
Civil and Coastal F ;'' .. '. ; f...'.- are leaders in research in each of these areas,
consistently attracting competitively awarded state and federally sponsored research. Research
expenditures for the past fiscal year exceeded the previous year' total by more than 30%,
to ".'.-'i more than $13.5 million. This ranked the Civil and Coastal Engineering
Department in the top ten in research among all civil engineeringprograms in the nation...
F I would like to thank all our loyal alumni and fiends for theirfinancial support
of ourprogram. In these times ofdiminishing support fom the state, your support is essential
to maintain the high quality of our educational and research programs you are accustomed to.
It is indeed great to be a Florida Gator!!

Dr. Joseph Tedesco

CCE Faculty Activities

Bjorn Birgisson, Assistant Professor, was
an invited panelist for the 2002 Annual
Meeting of the Association of Asphalt Paving
Technologists and for the technical session
entitled "Simple Performance Testing for
Cracking of Asphalt Mixtures."

Ronald A. Cook,
Professor, was
awarded the position
of Fellow in American
Concrete Institute
and nominated for
the Internationa[
Association of
Bridge and Structural
Engineers (IABSE)
Working Commission on Concrete Structures.

Dr. Ahmet Dogan, Visiting Assistant
Professor, and Louis Motz, Associate
Professor, presented a paper "Regional
Steady-State Groundwater FLow Model With
an Active Water Table" at the American
Water Resources Conference in Philadelphia,
November 3-7, 2002. Dr. Motz also served
on a scientific peer-review panet for the
Southwest FLorida Water Management District
to review the methodology the District
has developed for the establishment of a
minimum aquifer Level to timit saltwater
intrusion in the Tampa Bay area.

David Hale, Researcher, upgraded University
of FLorida transportation engineering software
programs TRANSYT-7F and Highway Capacity
Software to become the first-ever commercial
software packages in the world to offer
genetic algorithm optimization of traffic
signal timing.

William Heitman, Associate In, was
appointed Director of Administrative Services
for the Department of Civil & Coastal

We are Moving!

The department moves back to a newly
renovated Wei[ Ha[[ in January 2003.

Our new address wi[[ be:

Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
365 Wei[ Ha[[
P.O. Box 116580
Gainesville, FL 32611-6580

Phone numbers will remain the same.
Come visit our new offices!

Dr. Gary Consolazio and a team
of graduate students are actively
involved in a combined analytical
and experimental research program at the
University of Florida aimed at improving
the vessel impact resistance of bridge
structures. Current national bridge design
specifications provide engineers with
procedures for computing static design
loads that are intended to represent the
impact forces generated during accidental
vessel collisions. Events such as the collapse
of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa,
Florida in 1980 (a ship collision event)
and the collapse of bridges in both Texas
and Oklahoma in 2001 and 2002 (barge
collision events) demonstrate the potential
for catastrophic failure when vessels collide
with bridge piers. The UF team-consisting
of Drs. Gary Consolazio, Ronald Cook, and
Michael McVay and graduate students Ben
Lehr, David Cowan, Alex Biggs, and Bibo
Zhang-is focusing on developing a better
understanding of the dynamic loads imparted
to bridge piers during barge collisions. The
team is using both state-of-the-art numerical
modeling techniques and full-scale physical
crash testing to accomplish their goals.
Under Florida DOT funding, they have
been conducting
dynamic finite
element computer
simulations of
numerous barge
impact scenarios
to gain insight
into the dynamic
interactions and
forces that arise
between barges
and piers during
impacts. These

supercomputer-based simulations are used
to predict forces and structural responses
during the collision event. Simulation results
are not only being used to study collisions
numerically, but are also being used to set
the parameters of full-scale experimental
barge impact tests that the team will conduct
in 2003. A new bridge is presently being
constructed between Eastpoint, Florida and
St. George Island to replace the existing
bridge structure. Once the replacement
bridge has been opened to traffic, the UF
team will conduct full-scale impact tests on
piers of the old bridge prior to its demolition.
A full size hopper barge (195 feet in length)
will be used to strike selected piers at various
impact speeds. In each case, an array of
instrumentation will be used to measure
dynamic forces and barge, pier, and soil
response parameters. Combining the physical
crash test data with computer simulation
results, the UF team will then develop
improved methodologies for computing
design loads corresponding to barge impacts.
Such methodologies not only have the
potential to produce safer bridge designs, but
may also to lead to more economical designs
as well.

Selected as
Byron D.

The Byron D.
Spangler Professorship was established on
behalf of the many friends, former students and
colleagues who wanted to honor the memory
of this legendary University of Florida Civil
Engineering Professor. Civil Engineering is
a people-serving profession, and throughout
the profession, Professor Spangler was known
as "Mr. Civil Engineer" because he was the
embodiment of the very essence of what our
profession is about. His service to people,
both within and outside of our profession, was
exemplary and his legacy lives on by way of this
Professorship, as well as in the thoughts and
prayers of the countless numbers of us whose
lives were positively affected by him.
Dr. Frank Townsend, Professor of Civil
Engineering, was the first holder of the Byron
D. Spangler Chair from July 1999 through
June 2002. As those of you who know him are
well aware, Professor Townsend is an eminent
professor and civil engineer. The second
faculty member to be distinguished with the
Spangler Professorship is Dr. Reynaldo Roque.
Dr. Roque is Professor and Associate Chair
for Research in the Department of Civil and
Coastal Engineering (CCE). He is a three-time
graduate of the University of Florida, obtaining
his BS and ME degrees in 1978 and 1979,
respectively then after spending time in industry,
he returned for his Ph.D., which he received
in 1986. After completing post-doctoral
work in Norway, he accepted his first full-
time faculty position at Penn State University
where he served until July 1994. At that time,
he returned to his alma mater, this time as a
member of the faculty in civil engineering,
where he has served for the past eight years.
His primary areas of focus in both teaching
and research are infrastructure materials and
Dr. Roque intends to use the discretionary
funds associated with the Professorship to
promote enhanced interaction between our
students and the professional community
by supporting their participation in major
professional conferences and meetings. The
funds will also be used to host a banquet for
CCE faculty and staff in honor of Professor

The New and Improved Civil Engineering BSCE Curriculum

The department is changing its Civil
Engineering curriculum to increase flexibility
for undergraduate students so they may
specialize in a specific area of their choice.
This change was in response to student
complaints and the results of a comparative
study of curricula at nationally top-ranked
Civil Engineering departments.
Students had often complained of
uneven exposure to the various areas of
Civil Engineering, with too much emphasis
in some areas and not enough in others.
Also, in comparison to other top-ranked
CE departments, it was found that our CE
curriculum was the most rigid since it only
allowed two elective courses.
The current curriculum consists of 131
credits made up of 51 credits of math, science
and general education courses; 11 credits of
engineering fundamentals (statics, dynamics,
thermo, and strength); 63 credits of required
Civil Engineering courses; and 6 credits of
The primary change in the new curriculum
is a reduction in the number of required Civil
Engineering credits from 63 to 54. This
allows an increase in elective credits, from 6
to 15, while maintaining the overall degree
requirements at 131 credits.
In making this reduction,
the curriculum committee
believes it has maintained
the body of core material
necessary for all Civil
Engineering graduates. The
final program was based
on the experiences of the
committee members and on
a study of material covered
in the Civil Engineering
Fundamentals examination, -
which was presumed to be
the material deemed essential
by the profession. .
The curriculum
committee felt that specific
"track" or "emphasis" areas
should be developed giving -
students with an interest
in a particular area of Civil
Engineering an opportunity
to study that specialty in
greater depth, while avoiding
the situation of students
picking random, unrelated
courses. For those students
with no particular area of

interest, a broad track, essentially equivalent
to the current curriculum, would be available.
Six tracks have been proposed:
Construction, Geotech, Hydrology/Water
Resources, Structures, Transportation and the
broad CE track. More tracks may be added
later, perhaps in Geomatics, Geo-sensing,
Materials and Coastal Engineering.
The new curriculum officially comes into
effect with the 2003-2004 University of
Florida Under-graduate Catalog-i.e., starting
Fall Semester 2003.
If a student is graduating Fall 2002, Spring
2003 or Summer 2003, he/she will essentially
be unaffected.
A student entering the CE Department
as a freshman or transfer in Fall 2003 will
automatically be on the new curriculum.
Everyone else will have the option of either
remaining on the old curriculum or switching
to the new.
The new curriculum change received
overwhelming approval by the department
faculty, and by students at a recent
Student Chapter meeting ofASCE. The
department looks forward to producing
diverse undergraduate professionals equipped
with a more focused and rich educational

UF ASCE Student Chapter
Brad Choi

The ASCE Student Chapter has been very
busy in 2002. In April, we competed
in the Southeast Regional Student
Conference against 24 other universities
in 12 competitions. We placed in the
top five in 10 of the events including first
place in both the concrete canoe and steel
bridge competition. This achievement not
only gave us our seventh overall Southeast
championship in the past nine years, but also
qualified both the concrete canoe and steel
bridge teams to the national competition in
Wisconsin this June.
Over 1200 students from 112
universities attended the National Student
Conference in Madison, Wisconsin this
summer. The UF chapter brought 54
registered participants, the largest contingent
among all the schools, and our chants were
heard throughout the four-day event. We
competed well overall. The concrete canoe
team placed 6th out of 25 schools, the
highest in team history. The steel bridge
team suffered a heavy penalty due to a 0.05-
in. undersized member and dropped from a
potential 2nd place to 13th out of 44 teams.
Needless to say, we will be careful not to
commit the same mistakes again.

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CCE Needs Your Support
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Department will help to sustain the vitalir, ini.. diir, tr, ... .l,., ir. ..n
programs. Thank you in advance, Josepi T.I !. .:

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Depal tment of CI\IIl &
Coastal Enginee iing
124 Yon Hall PO Box 116580
Gaines\ Ille. FL 32611-6580

352-392-9537 (main)
352-392-3394 (fax)
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