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This course introduces fundamental principles of highway and road design to include safety, speed, terrain, and operating volumes as they apply to roadway width, side slopes curvature, and gradient. Design problems include horizontal curves, compound curves; cross-section areas and volumes; vertical curves and alignments.
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Surveying field book for data entry, Civil Engineers Scale
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- Solve fundamental problems dealing with superelevation, friction, sight distance, stopping distance, and response-initiation time. (CCC 2, 3, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1
- Calculate volumes of earthwork related to route design and construction. (CCC 2, 6; PGC: CET 1, 3; SET 1, 3)
- Interpret field data associated with preliminary route location and slope staking. (CCC 2, 6; PGC: CET 1, 4; SET 1, 5)
- Perform a preliminary route survey and slope staking calculation. (CCC 2, 3, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1, 5)
- Calculate the principal lengths of parts of a circular curve along with the field book data for laying out the curve. (CCC 2, 3, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1)
- Plan and produce a circular curve in the field. (CCC 1, 2, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1, 5)
- Solve route surveying and design problems using a computer and software. (CCC 3, 6; PGC: CET 1, 3, 4; SET 1)
- Calculate tangent and offset elevations on vertical curves. (CCC 2, 3, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1)
- Plan and produce a compound or reverse curve. (CCC 3, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1, 5)
- Demonstrate vertical and compound curve design. (CCC 3, 6; PGC: CET 1, 4; SET 1)
- Solve fundamental problems dealing with highway drainage. (CCC: 2, 3, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1; SET 1)
- Identify the standard design elements of a railroad track. (CCC 6, PGC: CET 1; SET 1)
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct, as expected in industry. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC: CET 5; SET 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Solve fundamental problems dealing with superelevation, friction, sight distance, stopping distance, and response-initiation time.
- Define sight distance and braking distance, skid resistance, curvature, superelevation, and side friction.
- Interpret and use various charts associated with fundamental highway design problems.
- Use various fundamental highway design formulas in solving a series of design problems.
- Calculate volumes of earthwork related to route design and construction.
- List two formulas for cross section area calculations, determine when each should be used, and define the variables in each.
- List two formulas for highway earth volume calculations, determine when each should be used, and define the variables in each.
- Solve various problems using the one point area, three point area, average-end area, and prismoidal volume formulas.
- Interpret profile and slope staking notes in computing area and volume of earth work.
- Calculate the volume of excavation using the borrow pit method.
- Interpret field data associated with preliminary route location and slope staking.
- Define cut, fill, grade rod, side slope, cross section, and profile.
- Use the drafting techniques and scales to create profiles and cross sections.
- Formulate a proposed profile to minimize cut and fill.
- Perform a preliminary route survey and slope staking calculation.
- Set up a field book to record data associated with a preliminary route survey problem and a slope staking problem.
- Establish a base line and lay out full and half stations.
- Use a total station to obtain data for a preliminary route survey and slope staking problem.
- Calculate the principal lengths of parts of a circular curve along with the field book data for laying out the curve.
- List and define the principal parts of a simple curve.
- List the formulas associated with the design of a simple curve, and define the variables of each.
- Draw and label the parts of a circular curve.
- Describe the factors affecting the length and sharpness of circular curves.
- Solve sample problems dealing with simple curves.
- Plan and produce a circular curve in the field.
- List the field procedures required in laying out a circular curve in the field.
- Solve for a circular curve and set up and complete the field book data.
- Layout a circular curve in the field.
- Solve route surveying and design problems using a computer and software.
- Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to reduce survey field data in route designs.
- Use CAD software to calculate cut-and-fills for earthwork design problems.
- Integrate the use of data recorders and the procedures used to download to a computer data file.
- Access specific software programs, and enter required data.
- Draft a plan and profile.
- Calculate tangent and offset elevations on vertical curves.
- Correctly define vertical curve, sag, and crest.
- List the major parts of a vertical curve.
- List the major design considerations associated with vertical curves.
- List methods and explain the difference between each in solving for vertical curve offset elevations.
- Draw examples of both sag and crest curves.
- Review and compute sample calculations in class.
- Calculate tangent offset elevations in any one of three ways when given G1, G2, point of vertical intersection (PVI), and proposed length of curve.
- Plan and produce a compound or reverse curve.
- List the field procedures for laying out a compound or reverse curve.
- Calculate the required field information when given design data, and set up a completed field book format (including deflection angles) for a compound or reverse curve.
- Demonstrate vertical and compound curve design.
- Draw a vertical and compound curve.
- List the design characteristics of a vertical and compound curve.
- Solve fundamental problems dealing with highway drainage.
- Define terms commonly associated with highway drainage.
- List the factors to consider when designing a drainage system for a section of a highway.
- Interpret and use common charts and data tables associated with highway drainage calculations.
- Develop and stakeout a pipeline profile.
- Identify the standard design elements of a railroad track.
- Identify local railroads in operation in Delaware.
- Recognize when route survey projects may impact a railroad.
- Identify and describe the function of standard railroad track components.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct as expected in industry.
- Identify the need for self-discipline and time management in technical industries.
- Communicate and function effectively as a member of a team.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
90 | – | 100 | = | A |
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80 | – | 89 | = | B |
70 | – | 79 | = | C |
0 | – | 69 | = | F |
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Evaluation Measure |
Grade Break-out |
Formative: Assignments (equally weighted) |
20% |
Summative: Labs (2-4) (equally weighted) |
20% |
Summative: Tests (4) (equally weighted) |
60% |
Final Course Grade |
100% |
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
CETAASCET
- Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and applicable tools of the discipline to engineering activities, including but not limited to site development, hydraulics and hydrology, grading, and structural systems.
- Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering project materials.
- Select appropriate materials and estimate material quantities for technical projects.
- Use graphic techniques and productivity software to produce engineering documents.
- Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, professional development, and continuous improvement.
CETAASSET
- Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and applicable tools of the discipline to engineering and surveying activities, including but not limited to site development, hydraulics and hydrology, grading, and structural systems.
- Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering project materials.
- Select appropriate materials and estimate material quantities for technical projects.
- Use graphic techniques and productivity software to produce engineering documents.
- Integrate appropriate surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout and the acquisition of spatial data in accordance with the laws and regulations pertaining to Professional Land Surveying.
- Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, professional development, and continuous improvement.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.