Undergraduate laboratory facilities include:

  • Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (Latrobe 14), and the
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory (Latrobe 18).

Also, departmental research laboratories, sometimes used for education, include:

  • Smart Structures and Hybrid Testing Laboratory (Latrobe 15),
  • Thin-walled Structures Laboratory (Latrobe 16), and the
  • Sensor Technology and Infrastructure Risk Mitigation Lab (Latrobe 13).

In addition, the department maintains its own fabrication equipment to support the educational and research laboratories.

Details of the undergraduate laboratory facilities are provided below.

Faculty Laboratory Safety Officer: Prof. Ben Schafer

Access/Safety: Students interested in using any facility beyond the computer laboratory must review the Laboratory Manual before being provided access. Lab Technician Nickolay Logvinovsky is in charge of laboratory safety and can answer any questions or assist in training as needed. In addition, Prof. Ben Schafer is the faculty point of contact regarding laboratory safety. Students are always encouraged to ask questions and should never use equipment that they have not been instructed to use.

Obtaining Keycard Access: Keycard access to laboratories (including the computing lab) can be obtained in the main office (Latrobe 205).

Computers/General: See the Senior Design Computing Laboratory (below). This facility is open to all civil engineering undergraduates. In addition, Macs and PCs are available at the Krieger Academic Computing Lab located at 161 Krieger Hall. For faster wireless connections, try using the Hopkins network.

Details of the undergraduate laboratory facilities follow.

Senior Design Computing Laboratory (Latrobe 8): The department maintains a small computing laboratory in Latrobe Hall. Professors Guest and Schafer currently maintain this laboratory. The facility includes 6 Windows workstations. New machines are purchased periodically. Private philanthropy has aided this lab, specifically the financial and in-kind contributions from Bentley Systems, Inc. and the financial contributions from Vice President of Research at Bentley Systems, Inc.: alumnus Buddy Cleveland. The machines have Bentley Systems’ full suite of software, most notably: Microstation for CAD, and STAAD for structural analysis. In addition to standard Office productivity software, the workstations also have Matlab and ABAQUS installed for mathematical and high-level finite element analysis, respectively. Other engineering-specific software needed for undergraduate education is installed on these machines. Students have 24/7 use of this lab once keycard access is obtained.

Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (Latrobe 14): The undergraduate teaching laboratory is a multi-purpose space for all undergraduate laboratories in the department. This laboratory is maintained by Lab Technician Nickolay Logvinovsky and consists of a 50 kN MTS Criterion Series 40 Electromechanical Universal Testing Machine with a dedicated PC workstation, an upright environmental chamber, whiteboards, overhead projector, reel-fed power lines from the ceiling, and tables and chairs on wheels for easy configuration. For the undergraduate curriculum, this space is used in Freshman Experiences in Civil Engineering (560.101), Statics & Mechanics of Materials (560.201), Dynamics (560.202), and Civil Engineering Design I and II (560.451/452). Labs are setup and knocked down by Mr. Logvinovsky and typically administered by Professors with aid from Teaching Assistants. The laboratory equipment for supporting the labs is stored in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory as well as in the vestibule office storage area (Latrobe 11) maintained by Mr. Logvinovsky. Access for students is provided during regular laboratory times, with after hours keycard access available to students performing independent research.

Soil mechanics laboratory (Latrobe 18): The undergraduate soil mechanics laboratory is a dedicated lab providing facilities for students to perform their weekly experiments as part of Soil Mechanics (560.305). This laboratory is maintained by Dr. Lucas DeMelo. This laboratory includes equipment required for soil classification, including manual triaxial test equipment, a permeameter, an unconfined compression testing device, a seepage tank, a quicksand tank, a bearing capacity tank, and a consolidation setup. In addition, this lab may be used for mixing concrete as part of Structural Design I (560.320). Access for students is provided during regular laboratory times, with after-hours access available to students performing independent research.

Departmental research laboratories are also used for education. Examples include direct use in classes as well as undergraduate research. As an example of direct use: Professor Schafer’s Thin-walled Structures Laboratory contains a 100 kip MTS universal testing machine that is used for testing concrete cylinders in Structural Design I (560.320). Undergraduate researchers are active in all of the laboratories.