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The Graduate Program in Civil Engineering offers the following Areas of Specialization:

 

Environmental Engineering

The field of Environmental Engineering covers urban facilities, infrastructure and environment, environmental informatics, urban water and waste systems, environmental geomatics technologies including environmental remote sensing and GIS-based environmental decision support systems, monitoring, modelling and optimization of innovative stormwater management techniques.

Research Areas:

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biogas production
  • Bioaccumulations of toxins in aquatic space
  • Eco-hydrology and eco-hydraulic engineering
  • Green engineering
  • Industrial oil/chemical spill management
  • Innovative wastewater treatment technologies
  • Modelling of watershed and landfill design
  • Resources recovery from wastes
  • Urban storm water management practices
  • Urban water and waste systems
Research Facilities:
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Hydraulics Engineering Laboratory
  • Water Resources Engineering Laboratory

     
Geomatics Engineering
Geomatics Engineering research includes the areas of geospatial information and GIS, photogrammetry and digital mapping, remote sensing and image processing, satellite positioning and navigation, as well as in some new emerging directions such as mobile mapping, geospatial cloud computing, knowledge discovery, LiDAR, and innovative geomatics applications.


Research Areas:

  • 3D/4D city modeling, building information management and visualization
  • Big geospatial data analytics for smart cities
  • Multi-sensor integration for mobile mapping and intelligent transportation systems
  • Photogrammetry, 3D imaging, deformation monitoring and metrology
  • Real-time and collaborative geographical information systems
  • Remote sensing and image processing (e.g., automated object extraction and LiDAR data processing)
  • Satellite positioning and navigation
  • UAV sensor integration and real-time mapping

Research Facilities:

  • Digital Mapping Laboratory
  • GIS and Geo-Collaboration Laboratory
  • Satellite Navigation Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the specializations listed above, we also presently offer a limited number of courses within the following research area:
 

Construction and Infrastructure Management

A burgeoning research and practising field, Construction and Infrastructure Management focuses on the managerial aspects of issues arising during infrastructure planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance from a systematic viewpoint. Construction and Infrastructure Management researchers conduct multidisciplinary research across other areas of the department. By integrating systems thinking, project management skills, modelling and simulation, data analytics, risk and uncertainties, optimization, and decision making theories, researchers strive to provide holistic solutions for effective delivery and management of infrastructure systems.

Research Areas:

  • Competitive bidding
  • Construction innovation
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Risk, Reliability and Resilience
  • System optimization

 





Structural Engineering and Materials

This field focuses directly on the various civil engineering means by which the country can deal with the matter of deteriorating built infrastructure. The main components of the field are structural engineering, earthquake engineering, construction materials and pavements, geotechnical engineering, and construction project management.

Research Areas:

  • Aggregate reactions: Oxidation of sulphide minerals and alkali-aggregate reactions
  • Applications of advanced composite materials in bridges and structures
  • Behavior of structures and properties of concrete materials
  • Bridge design, construction, repair and rehabilitation
  • Deterioration and rehabilitation of infrastructures
  • Earthquake-resistant steel buildings with self-centering systems/materials
  • Evaluation and development of test methods for concrete durability under harsh environment
  • High-strength/performance concrete and reactive powder concrete
  • Offshore structures
  • Performance based design of concrete liquid containing structures including liquid-structure-soil interaction effects
  • Response of structures to wind actions using experimental wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics
  • Seismic analysis, design, and performance-based assessment of structures
  • Strength of steel and composite concrete-steel members
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Sustainable development of self-consolidating concrete
  • Tall building and long span bridge aerodynamics
  • Thunderstorm wind speeds suitable for structural design
  • Use of industrial by-products in concrete and asphalt

Research Facilities:

  • Advanced Asphalt Concrete Testing Facility
  • Advanced Cement-Based Materials Laboratory
  • Advanced Sustainable Construction Materials Laboratory
  • Concrete Laboratory
  • Strength of Materials Laboratory
  • Structures Laboratory


     

Transportation Engineering
Graduate study in transportation at Ryerson prepares students for a professional research career in road safety, highway design, urban transportation systems, planning, design and management of transportation systems with emphasis on the road and transit infrastructure.


Research Areas: 

  • Disruptive/transformative transportation technologies and services
  • Highway design
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Road Safety and Human Factors
  • Traffic operations/control/management
  • Transportation planning
  • Travel demand and behavior
  • Transportation informatics

Research Facilities:

  • Road Safety Research Laboratory
  • Toronto and Area Road Builders Association Highway
  • Materials Laboratory
  • Urban Transportation Laboratory

 

 

 

 



 

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering focuses directly on the engineering behaviour of earth materials. This discipline applies the knowledge of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to the design of foundations, tunnels, retaining walls, earth dams, etc.

Research Areas:

  • Reliability design of geo-structures
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Geotechnical characteristics of glacial deposits
  • Design and risk mitigations of urban tunneling

Research Facilities:

  • GeoOptical Lab