Building a Better Tomorrow: Concordia University’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department's Environmental Laboratory offers a stunning view of downtown Montreal. Photos by Dr. Kinh H. Ha, Professor in the Department of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Concordia University’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) is an important pillar of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science of Concordia University. Founded in 1997 through the merger of Concordia’s Centre for Building Studies and its Department of Civil Engineering, BCEE has established itself as a leader in its field.

In Canada, the accredited Building Engineering program is unique to Concordia University. The interdisciplinary program integrates pertinent knowledge from different disciplines: civil engineering for building structures and foundation;  mechanical engineering for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems;  electrical engineering for power distribution, control, and electrical systems; physics for building science, lighting, and acoustics; chemistry and biology for indoor air quality and building materials; architecture for form, function, building codes, and specifications; project management for project estimating, planning, and scheduling.

Our accredited Civil Engineering program provides students with a balanced blend of practical and theoretical instruction and is geared towards helping students establish themselves as professionals in the areas of civil infrastructure and environmental engineering. The responsibility of civil engineers for design ranges from foundations and superstructures to common structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels, etc.  In addition, civil engineers are concerned with water resources, rivers, harbours, irrigation, and drainage; with the disposal of wastes and the control of the quality of air and water; with the mitigation and remediation of environmental problems; with transportation facilities, such as highways, railroads, and airports; with planning of metropolitan areas, as well as constructing and managing their public facilities.

BCEE's advanced labs are housed in Concordia's state-of-the-art Engineering and Visual Arts Pavilion.

Concordia’s Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering is well-recognized both nationally and internationally for its state-of-the-art laboratories in the building and civil infrastructure and environmental engineering areas. These labs include:

  • Soil Mechanics – students learn to appreciate the complexity of soil as a material by preparing samples and performing Atterberg’s Limits, compaction, consolidation, permeability, unconfined compression, and direct shear tests.
  • Mechanics of Materials – students acquire skills to verify fundamental principles governing the behavior and design of structural elements.
  • Engineering Materials – gives undergraduate students experience with building materials such as aggregates, cement, concrete, mortars, timber, polymers, and adhesives.
  • Water Resources – demonstrations of hydraulic phenomena allow students to study water flow through open channels, closed conduits, and interaction of water/hydraulic structures (dams, gates, weirs).
  • Geotechnical –graduate students study such problems as foundation piles in sand, shallow foundations, and soil-structure interaction. The large electronically-instrumented sand tank is the main feature in this lab.
  • Structures – a strong frame equipped with three servo-hydraulic actuators, an MTS digital servo-controller, two hydraulic service manifolds and a high capacity hydraulic power unit mean excellent test qualities facilitate large-scale static and dynamic structural simulation and the horizontal and vertical application of precise, variable loads.
  • Boundary-Layer Wind Tunnel – this open-circuit, blowdown tunnel (12 metres long, 1.8 metres wide, and 1.8 metres high) features a maximum air speed of 12.2 metres per second. Wind profiles over urban, suburban, and open terrains can be simulated at a geometric scale of 1/400 ~ 1/500.

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