Geography 471 (Engineering II)

Spring Term, 1996
Dr. Craig Caupp


2206.471, Basic engineering techniques used in designing landforms, drainage systems, and roadways for land development projects. An overview of project development, equipment and management strategies. Spring only

Course Objectives

  1. To learn fundamentals of site design (grading for level sites, drainage, and circulation). Learn to prepare and read a grading project plan in view.
  2. Learn three methods of calculating the amount of soil moved for grading projects (cut & fill calculations). Learn which calculation method is appropriate for different grading projects.
  3. Learn to lay out a road from points A to B. Learn how to align a road considering horizontal and vertical curves, minimum and maximum grades and cut/fill balance. Learn how to station a road alignment and prepare a plan/profile sheet.
  4. Review and strengthen skills in mathematics necessary for land development calculations.
  5. Learn environmental factors which influence land planning, land development and land reclamation.
  6. Learn computer skills useful for analyzing and planning land modifications. (Once road alignment, calculations, and preparation of plan/profile are learned by traditional methods, computer programs will be used to automate the planing of a road alignment).


  Basic mathematic used in land development (math review in Brewer)

  Grading (Grade Easy)

       Level sites

       Drainage ways


  Earth works; cut and fill 

  Soil Erosion

  Drainage consideration

  Computer tools; spreadsheet, COGO, AUTOCAD, DEM, Eagle Point Software

  Topics from text (Brewer and Alter)



       Property Descriptions and Deeds


       Pavement Alignment

          Horizontal Curves

          Vertical Curves

       Alignment of road, horizontal, vertical, grading, plan/profile view

       Pavement Design Considerations

       Economics-Project Cost Feasibility


  Grading Projects

       Several small projects

       Large scale project (integrate drainage, level site, cut and fill calculations)

  Cut and Fill Calculations

  Erosion Estimation

  Exercises from Brewer

  Road Alignment Project, layout road meeting specifications, horizontal and vertical curves, grading, stationing, plan/profile view.


  Use of GIS package in Land Development

  Engineering Economics

  Project Management

  Stormwater Drainage

  Sanitary Sewer Considerations

  Use of Eagle Point Software for

       Road layout, profiles, plan view


       Site Design


Grade Easy by Richard Untermann

The Complete Manual of Land Planning and Development by William Brewer and Charles Alter, 1988, Prentice Hall.


The exams include questions from your text readings, lecture notes, and lab exercises. Types of questions include multiple choice, matching, fill-in-blank, short answer essay, and design problems.

Three exams will be given. The first exam will occur in the fifth or sixth week, the second in approximately the tenth week and the last during the scheduled final exam period. Make-up exams will be given only if the student is ill or a personal emergency occurs and the absence is reported to the instructor prior to the examination period and supported by proper written documentation.

Grades -- determined by total points accumulated:
Exam 1 100 A = 450 or more
2 100 B = 400 to 449
Final 150 C = 350 to 399
Projects, exercises, quizzes 150 D = 300 to 349
Total points 500 F = 299 and below

Attendance Policy

Attendance will not be taken. Students assume responsibility for information and handouts missed due to absence. Lab exercises are expected to be done on time. Lab exercises missed due to absence will not be accepted.

Office DH 314 (ext. 4755) Hours MW 5:00-6:00 PM, T 1:45 PM 3:00 PM, T, H 11:30 - 12:30.

Academic Dishonesty is defined to include giving or receiving aid on exams, any form of cheating, or plagiarism. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive an automatic course grade of "F" and will be referred to the Campus Judicial System. For a discussion of Academic Dishonesty refer to statement in the PATHFINDER.

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