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Dawn E Lehman
CEE 442
Seattle Campus

Structural Geotechnical Capstone Design Project

Comprehensive team design project focusing on structural and geotechnical engineering. Requires design drawings, written reports, and oral presentations interfacing with related fields such as aesthetics and architecture, mechanical systems, traffic, environmental planning. Prerequisite: CEE 440; two courses from CEE 436, CEE 451, CEE 452, CEE 453, CEE 454, CEE 456, or CEE 457.

Class description

CEE 442 is intended to be a platform for students to bring together their prior course learning in codes, loads, analysis and design and apply this knowledge to a structural and geotechnical systems. Typically a bridge or building system will be designed by a group of 4-6 students. Each student is responsible for making a significant technical contribution to the project as well as the development of drawings, reports and presentations. The group will receive a grade but individual grade will be determined from the group grade based on the students competence and contribution as evaluated by the course instructor (i.e., not all students in the group will receive identical grades).

Student learning goals

(1) Qualify and quantify loads, load transfer systems, and load transfer mechanisms in a structural/geotechnical system (in contrast to a single component such as a beam or column).

(2) Apply knowledge from previous classes to develop a computational model of part or all of the system that is being designed.

(3) Conduct a demand analysis to quantify the demands on the system resulting from gravity, wind and seismic loading using applicable codes

(4) Design all components of the gravity load resisting system and present those designs using modern drawing tools and techniques.

(5) Understand and design components of the seismic resisting system of the building and present those designs using modern drawing tools and techniques.

(6) Present design ideas and engineering solutions using report writing, engineering drawings, and power point presentations.

General method of instruction

The class is run as a course-long project with approximately three weeks of lectures at the beginning of the quarter to cover material related to seismic demand analysis, seismic resisting systems, connection design, structural drawings, and presentation and writing techniques. The work will be done in a group but individual contributions will be highlighted. The students will meet with the instructor during the quarter. In addition, two one engineer on one group meetings will be used to provide feedback from a well experienced practicing engineer.

Recommended preparation

Students must have taken advanced structural analysis and at least one class in reinforced concrete or structural steel design. Simply taking a class in masonry or wood is not sufficient. A student may get permission of the instructor to do a "special" project related to geotechnical engineering as part of the project, but must have solicited help of one of the geotechnical engineering faculty.

Class assignments and grading

The assignments include two large reports and presentations.

Grades are assigned based on group and individual work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Dawn E Lehman
Date: 03/23/2013