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Unformatted text preview: The Pennsylvania State University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering CE 321: Highway Engineering Lecture 1: Introduction Fall 2007 Outline Course Introduction Policies & Procedures Introduction to Transportation Laboratory Administration Instructor Information Instructor Dr. Martin T. Pietrucha 221 Sackett Building mtp5@engr.psu.edu Phone: 863-7306 (CEE) 863-3954 (PTI) Office Hours: M: 10:00 11:00 AM 3:00 4:00 PM W: 10:00 11:00 AM Appointment Teaching Assistant Mr. Michael Keller Phone, email, office, office hours will be announced in lab Course Objectives Significance and role of transportation in civil engineering. Develop skills necessary to solve highway engineering problems (FE & PE). Use highway engineering software to develop solutions. Required Text Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis (3rd ed) by Mannering, Kilareski, & Washburn Grading Policy Semester Exams (2 @ 20%) Final Exam Assignments Laboratory Exercises = 40% = 20% = 20% = 20% Other Policies Exams No late assignments All assignments are individual efforts Class participation encouraged Bring textbook to class Civil Engineering Civil engineers plan, design, build, operate, maintain, and manage the infrastructure. This includes buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, highways, ports, and water supply, and sewage systems. What is Transportation? Definition of Transportation Transportation is the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in an environmentally responsible manner. Importance of Transportation "Transportation is key to generating and enabling economic growth, determining the patterns of that growth, and determining the competitiveness of our businesses in the world economy." "Transportation is thus key to both our economic success and to our quality of life." -- Norman Y. Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation, US DOT Transportation Modes Highways and Streets Air Fixed Guideway Systems Waterborne Pipelines Transportation System Facts 3.9 million miles of public roads 2 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines 120,000 miles of major railroads Over 25,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways Over 5,000 public use airports Over 500 major urban public transit operators Over 300 ports on coasts, great lakes, and inland waterways Transportation System Facts (con't) In 2000, the system carried: 2.7 trillion miles of travel by cars and trucks More than 9 billion trips on public transit More than 639 million passenger boardings on airplanes 21 million trips on Amtrack Nearly 700 million rail freight train miles The Evolution of "Highway Engineering" What does a highway engineer do in the industry today? Where does CE 321 at Penn State fit in? Current Undergraduate Course Offerings at Penn State ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course C E 321 taught by Professor Pietrucha,martinkeller,michaelwi during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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