The Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Laboratories are equipped with instrumentation and house a collection of flumes and modeling basins.
The Experimental Geomechanics Laboratory contains specialized equipment for measuring dynamic properties, shear strength, consolidation and hydraulic conductivity.
The Computational Geomechanics Laboratory contains computers and software necessary to perform analytical and computational research in braced excavation systems, liquefaction, slope stability, earth dams and pile foundations.
The Construction Computer Laboratory is equipped with software packages used within the construction industry.
The Concrete Materials Laboratory contains equipment for research in the area of Portland cements, concrete, aggregates and supplementary cementing materials.
The Asphalt Rubber Technology Service Facility contains asphalt testing equipment in an aggregate lab, a binder lab, a mix design lab and a performance-testing lab.
The Wind and Structural Engineering Research (WiSER) Facility is a premier laboratory for the study of wind effects on structures. Consisting of four distinct research areas—the boundary layer wind tunnel, the structures lab, the long span reaction platform and the outdoor slab—the facility tests the structural performance of buildings and bridges. The facility also supports hurricane field investigations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.
The Transportation Systems Laboratory has both mobile and stationary components with specialized traffic surveillance equipment and computing systems.
The majority of graduates from the civil engineering program seek employment in industry or government agencies. Recent graduates have gained employment with both national and regional agencies, including Kimley-Horn & Associates, Walter P. Moore, Black and Veatch, Metromont Prestress, Tindall Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Lin Consulting, URS Corporation, Highland Engineering, SCDoT and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The MS program has 72 students, while the PhD program has 28. Of the 100 students in the programs, 80 percent are male, 97 percent are full-time students, and 40 percent are international students. Lower-level graduate classes generally have an enrollment of no more than 30 students, and upper-level classes average 15-20 students.
The faculty and graduate students in each of the emphasis areas work closely together to form thrust areas of research in natural and man-made hazard mitigation and construction materials. Following is a listing of the primary interests of the different research areas.
Applied Fluid Mechanics
- Open Channels & Sediment Transport
- Turbulence & Turbulent Jets
- Hydrologic Modeling
- Contaminated Sediments & Flux
- Coastal processes and wave mechanics
- Asphalt & Portland Cement Concrete Materials
- Recycling & Reuse of Waste Materials
- Asphalt & Concrete Pavements
Construction Engineering & Management
- Infrastructure Maintenance Management
- Materials Management
- Process Control & Quality Assurance
- Project Delivery & Contract Strategies
- Structural Behavior, Analysis & Design of Buildings & Bridges
- Wind Engineering
- Earthquake Engineering
- Reliability & Risk Management
- Evaluation & Design of Geosystems
- Earthquake Engineering
- Fuzzy Analysis & Neural Networks
- Transportation safety and evaluation
- Facility Design
- Traffic Operations
- Intelligent Transportation Systems