ENGRCEE 121 Transportation Systems I: Analysis and Design (2015-2016)

ENGRCEE 121 Transportation Systems I: Analysis and Design

(Required for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 121 Transportation Systems I: Analysis and Design (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to analysis and design of fundamental transportation system components, basic elements of geometric and pavement design, vehicle flow and elementary traffic, basic foundations of transportation planning and forecasting. Laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: CEE11 and CEE81A. Civil Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1118120149.

Recommended Textbook:
None
References:

Handouts on design standards, as appropriate

Coordinator:
Stephen G. Ritchie
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC g, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply mathematical models and appropriate standards to analyze basic elements of driver-pedestrian-road-vehicle performance characteristics. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

2. Design and analyze basic horizontal alignment for 2-lane highways, according to accepted engineering design standards. (EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC g, EAC k)

3. Design and analyze basic vertical alignment for 2-lane highways, according to accepted engineering design standards. (EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC g, EAC k)

4. Design and analyze basic super-elevation transition for 2-lane highways, according to accepted engineering design standards. (EAC c, EAC d, EAC g, EAC k)

5. Design and analyze asphalt concrete highway pavements according to accepted engineering design standards. (EAC c, EAC d, EAC e, EAC g, EAC k)

6. Apply basic traffic stream mathematical models to analyze performance of uninterrupted flow highway facilities (EAC a, EAC e)

7. Apply basic deterministic queuing methods to analyze performance on highway and traffic facilities (EAC a, EAC e, EAC k)

8. Apply basic mathematical models to forecast passenger and traffic flows on highway facilities between transportation network origins and destinations. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic computer skills and programming skills (CEE 11)
  • Computer graphics and geomatics; Basic probability and statistics (CEE 81B)
Lecture Topics:
  • This course is organized as a series of distinct modules that build upon each other to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of the practice while giving the student a fundamental understanding of principles that can be used to extend and improve the practice.
  • Module 1: Introduction to Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis (1 week)
  • Module 2: Road User and Vehicle Characteristics (1 week)
  • Module 3: Roadways and Their Geometric Characteristics (4 weeks)
  • Module 4: Flexible Pavement Design (1 week)
  • Module 5: Traffic Stream Characteristics and Models (1 week)
  • Module 6: Queuing and Highway Bottleneck Analysis (1 week)
  • Module 7: Basics of Transportation Planning and Travel Forecasting (1 week)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of discussion and 1 hour of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

AutoCAD; Excel, MS Word

Laboratory Projects:
  • Lab 1-AutoCAD basics and Google Earth Surfaces. In this exercise students will refresh their AutoCAD skills and become familiar with AutoCAD Civil 3D. Students will prepare their topographical maps by importing Google Earth Surfaces and Images for the study site. (2 weeks)
  • Lab 2-Design of Horizontal Highway Curve. In this exercise, students use the AutoCAD software to design the horizontal alignment for a two-lane highway connecting two fixed points. (2 weeks)
  • Lab 3-Design of Vertical Highway Curve. In this exercise, students use the AutoCAD software to design the vertical alignment for a two-lane highway over specified terrain. (2 weeks)
  • Lab 4- Design of superelevation transition. In this exercise students will use AutoCAD to create section views along their alignment. Then superelevation transition diagrams will be created for each horizontal curve. (1 week)
  • Lab 5-Plan Production. In this exercise students will create plan sheet using AutoCAD. (1 week)
  • Lab 6-Final report preparation. In this lab, students will prepare and evaluate their written reports for their team's highway design. (1 week)
Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering major.

Design Content Description
Approach:

The approach taken in this course is to follow virtually every engineering principle, either discussed or derived in class, with concrete examples of how that principle is applied in the design of systems for traffic management. Each lecture includes or leads to an example of the design of an element for traffic management. The principal focus of laboratory exercises 1, 2, and 3 is the design of a particular highway segment.

Lectures: 25%
Laboratory Portion: 75%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 5%
  • Quizzes: 10%
  • Lab Projects: 30%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

Prepared:
August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr