Stephen T Muench
Basic concepts of large transportation infrastructure construction projects including planning, scheduling, life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), construction cost, logistics, productivity and, where applicable, traffic impacts. Uses currents and prototype industry software and involves direct contact with agency and contractor personnel involved in infrastructure projects. Prerequisite: CEE 307.
Covers basic concepts of large infrastructure construction projects including planning, scheduling, life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), construction cost, logistics and productivity. The bulk of the class explores these concepts in detail through a 7-week group project that plans a major repaving of an I-5 section in the urban Seattle area. This effort will use state-of-the-art software including CA4PRS, HIPERPAV III and the FHWA’s probabilistic LCCA to plan construction and investigate traffic impact and overall cost. Each group will submit a project report and give a 15-minute presentation on their proposed approach.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, guest speakers, computer laboratories, homework, group project
Get really amped up about construction and transportation. Also, make sure you do the readings on time; it will help a lot in your understanding of concepts covered in class.
Class assignments and grading
Good and useful (as opposed to bad and irrelevant).
Grades assigned based on 5 homework assignments, 1 group project and 1 final exam. There is no midterm but there may be short, unannounced quizzes at the beginning of class that will count towards your final grade.