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Practical Concepts for Capstone Design Engineering

Practical Concepts for Capstone Design Engineering

By Frederick Bloetscher, Ph.D., P.E., LEED-AP and Daniel Meeroff, Ph.D., E.I.
Hardcover, 7x10, 424 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-114-0
July 2015

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“Until now, there has not been a textbook for civil, construction, and environmental engineering capstone design courses that is as complete as Practical Concepts for Capstone Design Engineering. This book offers great value for professors and students.”
Sharon C. Long, Professor, University of Wisconsin

“Finding an acceptable design engineering textbook is an incredible challenge; Practical Concepts for Capstone Design Engineering is the text you have been looking for—it will provide students with the applied design knowledge required in today's civil and construction fields.”Dr. Steven J. Duranceau, PE, Assoc Professor of Environmental Engineering; Dir. of Environmental Systems Engineering Institute, University of Central Florida

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Practical Concepts for Capstone Design Engineering is the first and only comprehensive senior-level college textbook that provides the essential information needed to complete a successful capstone project in civil, construction, or environmental engineering.  The concept for the book is based on replication of the steps commonly used by practicing engineers to complete design projects, from site selection, investigation, and site planning, through the preliminary design calculations and drawing preparation.  Students will gain valuable insight and preparation for civil and construction engineering professional practice, and will learn how to smoothly transition from strictly academic work to solving real-world problems in the context of their capstone projects. The authors provide professional quality work examples, case studies, helpful hints, and assignments at the end of each chapter that further enhance comprehension. In addition to providing students with the key skills necessary to successfully enter the profession, they will also be well prepared for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam upon graduation.

Key Features
  • Replicates the steps commonly used by practicing engineers to complete design projects, from site selection, investigation, and site planning, through the preliminary design calculations and drawing preparation
  • Offers valuable insight and preparation for civil and construction engineering professional practice
  • Transitions students from strictly academic work to solving real-world problems in the context of their capstone projects
  • Offers an approach for integrating students, faculty, design professionals, clients, consultants and regulators—bridging the gap between the classroom and the profession
  • Students will be well prepared for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam upon graduation
  • WAV™ offers a variety of professor materials including a capstone syllabus, final exam, and instructional slides reviewing concepts presented in the text —available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com
  • About the Author(s)

    Frederick Bloetscher, Ph.D., P.E., LEED-AP, is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, focusing on management of water resources from a holistic perspective.  Specific areas of concentration include: surface water, groundwater, stormwater, wastewater and reclaimed sources, and appropriate methods for disposal of wastewater products, including concentrate from membrane treatment plants, the fate of ocean outfall flows, and the concept of sustainable water supplies for communities.  Dr. Bloetscher teaches the two-semester capstone design course at FAU, and leads the second semester in which the conceptual design of green building construction is turned into preliminary plans, specifications and basis-of-design reports. In 2012, Dr. Bloetscher, serving as the LEED administrator for the project, along with fellow author and capstone design course professor Dr. Daniel Meeroff, received the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. They were presented with this award in recognition for their work on the Dania Beach Nanofiltration Facility, the first LEED-Gold water treatment facility in the world. Prior to teaching at FAU, Dr. Bloetscher was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Throughout his years as a professor, Dr. Bloetscher has been nominated a number of times by his students for Teacher of the Year Award, and has received two University-wide leadership awards.

    In addition to his role as an educator, Frederick Bloetscher, a LEED-AP with professional engineering licenses in 9 states, is the President of Public Utility Management and Planning Services, Inc. (PUMPS), a consulting firm dedicated to the comprehensive evaluation of utility systems. Previously he served as Chair for the Water Resource Division Trustees, Groundwater Resource Committee and Education Committee for the American Water Works Association (AWWA), wrote for them several manuals on water and wastewater, and was awarded two national leadership awards from the AWWA. In addition to his work with the AWWA, Mr. Bloetscher also served as the utility director and deputy director for several large water and sewer systems.

    Dr. Bloetscher received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, his Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Miami.

    Daniel E. Meeroff, Ph.D., is associate chair and professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatics Engineering at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  Dr. Meeroff specializes in environmental engineering, with a focus on water and wastewater engineering, water chemistry, solid/hazardous waste management, sustainable building strategies, and pollution prevention.  Since joining the staff at FAU, Dr. Meeroff has won numerous awards recognizing his teaching abilities, and was also instrumental in developing their innovative and well recognized capstone design program.

    Dr. Meeroff co-teaches the capstone design course at FAU, a two-semester, senior-level sequence focused on the planning and conceptual design of green building construction.  He also founded and serves as director of the Laboratories for Engineered Environmental Solutions at FAU. In 2014, the Engineer’s Council awarded Dr. Meeroff the Engineering Educator of the Year, and the student body at FAU selected him as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year, the highest teaching honor at the university.  In 2011, Dr. Meeroff was selected by the students for the Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award at FAU, and has been nominated for the Teacher of the Year award numerous times by his students. Daniel Meeroff has also written several substantial laboratory manuals for engineering students on environmental engineering and science, as well as chemistry.

    Dr. Meeroff earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Florida Institute of Technology and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Miami. 

    Table of Contents


    About the Authors

    Chapter 1:  Introduction to Capstone Design       

    1.1—The Capstone Design Process

    1.2—Course Objectives         

    1.3—Project Selection           

    1.4—Cours Management Structure   

    1.5—Group Selection

    1.6Course Delivery Structure        

    1.7Getting Started 



    1.10Last Words     


    Chapter 2:  Career Opportunities and Leadership


    2.2—Types of Job Opportunities


    2.4—Create the Group Design Firm

    2.5—Teaming Skills



    Chapter 3:  The Profession and Ethical Conduct

    3.1—Engineering Ethics

    3.1.1Where Do Ethics Come From?

    3.1.2The Philosophers Weigh In

    3.1.3Creeds, Codes and Canons

    3.2Ethical Issues in Engineering

    3.2.1Case Study 1: Licensure in Multiple States

    3.2.2Case Study 2: Practicing Without a License

    3.2.3Case Study 3: Design Defect

    3.2.4Case Study 4: Failing to Seal the Documents

    3.2.5Case Study 5: Sealing Documents That Are Not Final

    3.2.6Case Study 6: Misleading Testimony about a Design




    Chapter 4:  Getting the Design Contract

    4.1—Building the Capital Project

    4.2—What Owners (Should) Look For from Consulting Engineers

    4.3—What Consultants Do Not Need

    4.4—The Typical Public Sector Proposal Process

    4.4.1—Scope of the Project

    4.4.2—Requirements of Proposers

    4.4.3—Evaluation of Proposals

    4.5—The Typical Private Sector Proposal Process

    4.6—Stages in the Design Process

    4.6.1—Conceptual Design

    4.6.2—Construction Documents

    4.6.3—Scheduling and Project Delivery



    Chapter 5: The Art of Communication Skills for Engineers

    5.1—The Engineering Writing Style


    5.3—Good Grammar

    5.4—Citing References

    5.4.1—Journal References

    5.4.2—Conference Proceedings and Symposiums



    5.4.5—Unpublished Material

    5.4.6—Web Pages

    5.4.7—Theses and Dissertations

    5.5—Writing Persuasively

    5.6—Engineering Graphics

    5.6.1—Numerical Tables


    5.7—Proofreading Strategies



    5.10—Typical Engineering Documents

    5.10.1—Meeting Minutes

    5.10.2—Emails and Informal Notes



    5.11—Typical Engineering Deliverables

    5.11.1—Progress Reports

    5.11.2—The Basis of Design Report

    5.11.3—Technical Memos

    5.11.4—Interim and Final Technical Reports

    5.12—Public Speaking

    5.12.1—Visual Aids

    5.12.2—Questions and Answers

    5.12.3—Evaluating Presentations







    5.15.4—Common Spelling Errors

    5.15.5—Misused Words



    5.15.8—Figurative Language Use


    5.15.10—Gender Issues

    5.15.11—Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

    Chapter 6:  Alternative Analysis

    6.1—Application to Design Projects

    6.2—Selection Criteria

    6.3—Scoring System

    6.4—Alternative Selection Matrix

    6.5—Sensitivity Analysis



    Chapter 7:  High Performance Construction

    7.1—Why Build Green?

    7.2—Agencies That Valuate Green Building Performance

    7.2.1—International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

    7.2.2—United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

    7.2.3—United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

    7.3—LEED® Certification

    7.3.1— Requirements—Sustainable Sites—Water Efficiency—Energy and Atmosphere—Materials and Resources—Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)—Innovation and Design Process

    7.4—Triple Bottom Line



    Chapter 8:  Environmental Site Assessment

    8.1— Scope

    8.2—The Environmental Professional

    8.3—Site Reconnaissance

    8.3.1—Exterior Reconnaissance

    8.3.2—Interior Reconnaissance

    8.4—Records Review


    8.6—Evaluation and Report

    8.7—Non-Scope Considerations

    8.8—Phase II and III



    Chapter 9:  The Site Plan Development Process

    9.1—Community Plans and Codes

    9.2—Site Development

    9.3—Easements, Rights of Way, and Setbacks

    9.4—Utilities, Parking Requirements and Roadwork

    9.5—Building Code Requirements and Functionality


    Chapter 10:  The Floor Plan Development Process

    10.1—Building Program

    10.2—Floor Planning

    Chapter 11:  Engineering Economics

    11.1—Interest Rates

    11.2—Single Payment Present Worth

    11.3—Future Value or Single Payment Compound Amount

    11.4—Annual Worth

    11.5—Future Worth Given an Annuity


    11.7—Shifted Annuities

    11.8—More About Interest Rates

    11.9—Dealing with More Complex Cash Flow Diagrams

    11.10—Comparing Options

    11.10.1—Break Even Analysis

    11.10.2—Annual Worth Analysis

    11.11— Inflation Adjustment


    11.13—A Word of Caution



    Chapter 12:  Preliminary Site Design and Non-Structural Concepts

    12.1—Roof Systems

    12.2—Onsite Stormwater Drainage

    12.3—Potable Water Systems

    12.4—Sanitary Sewer Systems

    12.5—Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    12.6—Parking Considerations




    Chapter 13:  Structural Design Concepts

    13.1—Load and Resistance Factor Design (LFRD)

    13.2—Types of Loads

    13.2.1—Dead Loads

    13.2.2—Live Loads

    13.2.3—Wind Loads

    13.2.4—Roof Loads

    13.2.5—Rain Loads

    13.2.6—Snow Loads

    13.2.7—Earthquake Loads

    13.2.8—Other Loads

    13.3—Structural Design Concepts

    13.3.1—Concept of Tributary Area

    13.3.2—One-Way and Two-Way Slabs

    Example 1: One-Way Slab Design of Flexure Reinforcement

    13.3.3—Beams and Girders

    Example 2: Design of Continuous Steel Beam for Flexure by LRFD


    Example 3: Design of Steel Columns


    Example 4: Concrete shear wall design

    13.3.6—Lateral Load Analysis


    13.3.8—Structural Detailing

    13.4—Foundation Design Concepts

    13.4.1—Shallow Foundations

    13.4.2—Strip Footer Foundations

    13.4.3—Shallow Footer Foundations

    13.4.4—Pile Foundations


    Chapter 14:  Cost Estimating

    14.1—Purpose and Process

    14.2—Stages of Cost Estimating

    14.3—Bidding Process

    14.4—Asset Management

    14.5—Life Cycle Analysis



    Chapter 15:  Conclusion

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