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The Civil and Environmental Engineering department located in Kaufman Hall, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia operates a number of research/instructional facilities and laboratories in high-performance computing, environmental, hydraulics/water resources, geotechnical/soil dynamics, structures/earthquake, and coastal engineering areas.

Please contact a faculty who in charge of the facility/laboratory to get more details or for any specific inquiry.

Biofuels Laboratory

Dr. Sandeep Kumar

The facilities at Old Dominion University (ODU) occupied by S. Kumar is in the Kaufman Hall Room 243D (Civil and Environmental Engineering) where he occupies a laboratory space of approximately 1000 square feet equipped with fume hoods and small equipment. In addition, common laboratory space shared with other civil/environmental engineering faculty totals an additional 3000 square feet. The laboratory houses high temperature and high pressure reactors for conducting experimental studies using sub- and supercritical water (hydrothermal) technology for biofuels and biochar production from lignocellulosic biomass / microalgae.



Coastal Laboratory

Dr. David R. Basco

The Coastal Laboratory houses the Old Dominion University Coastal Engineering Centre and equipped with a two-dimensional random wave basin (60 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.), a dedicated PC-based wave maker control, and a data acquisition and storage system. Coastal engineering activities also make use of the surrounding field environment for field measurements including a nearshore, directional wave gauge at Virginia Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.

Environmental Laboratories

Dr. Gary C. Schafran

The Environmental Laboratories are equipped with a gas chromatograph, carbon analyzer, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, an ion chromatograph, an autoanalyzer, spectrophotometers, particle size analyzer, scanning electron microscope and many smaller analytical instruments. Field monitoring and collection equipment for sampling of surface waters, ground water, and sediments are also available.

Geotechnical/Soil dynamics Laboratory

Dr. Isao Ishibashi

The Geotechnical/Soil dynamics Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art routine geotechnical testing devices and a variety of unique research equipment. These include a resonant column/torsional triaxial shear device, cyclic torsional simple shear device, cubic triaxial shear device with acoustic wave gauges, and a high speed data acquisition system.

Hydraulics/Water Resources Laboratory

Dr. Xixi Wang

The Hydraulics/Water Resources Laboratory has a channel flow experiment station, a rainfall-runoff-ground water hydrology apparatus, and basic hydraulics equipment to perform experiments relating to pipe flow, weirs, pump characteristics, orifice flow, jet impact, etc.

Structures/Earthquake Engineering Laboratory

Dr. Zia Razzaq

The Structures/Earthquake Engineering Laboratory has a 5' x 4' shaking table, a reaction floor, a servo controlled MTS dynamic testing system with actuator capacities varying from 500 lbs. to 100 kips, vibration shakers, long column and structural model testing frames, compression-tension testing machines, and high speed data acquisition systems.

Transportation Research Institute

Dr. Asad Khattak

The Transportation Research Institute (TRI) in the ODU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is focused on addressing critical issues in the surface transportation system. The Institute actively supports formation on multi-disciplinary research teams to go after external funding and provides various types of research services to clients. TRI research activities are focused in the following areas:

  • Transportation operations, including intelligent transportation systems
  • Transportation safety
  • Transportation planning
  • Freight
  • Environment, energy and sustainable transport

CEE Computing Laboratory (CEECL)

Dr. Jaewan Yoon

CEECL is a state of art computing facility, networked in a 100TX (100 mbps) speed through local fiber-optic intelligent switch hubs, OC12(564 mbps)/OC3(153 mbps), equipped with 17 computers. Primary 14 workstations are Pentium 4 2.2GHz machines with 512MB DDR Non-ECC memory, 80 GB hard disk storage space, Writable CD-ROM drive and 17 inch flat panel display monitor, running Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional OS. Two machines are server-class computers with Pentium 3 dual-SMP/733MHz with 1 GB ECC memory, and allocated for computing intensive tasks and application developments related to various projects. One computer is Sun Unix SPARCstation 20 server with hyperSPARC-II 200 MHz Ross Quad-CPU SMP with 224 MB SPRAM memory for core server functionalities. Supporting peripherals including overhead computer projector, three networked postscript laser printers (HP4500N/color and HP1200 & HP4P/BW), scanner and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) are accessible to all CEECL users. All CEECL computers are capable of accessing the ODU Sun StarFire E-10000 Parallel Supercomputer, an Intel Paragon vector SuperComputer, as well as other core servers in the campus, the computing facilities at NASA Langley Research Center, and other computing facilities around the country.

Main research foci include developments of parallel processing algorithms for computational structural mechanics, and spatial/temporal distributed parameter modeling using geographical information systems (ESRI ARC/Info & ERDAS Imagine) in environmental engineering and water resources, 3-D coastal wave modeling and coastal structure design, CADD, OORDBMS, and general programming and code developments for various engineering problems (C/C++/Fortran 95 & 77/Pascal/Assembly).

For additional information, please contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.