Geography 471 (Engineering II)

Spring Term, 2000

Dr. Craig Caupp

Description  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 Handout)
Level sites
Drainage ways
Earth works; cut and fill
Soil Erosion
Drainage consideration
Computer tools; spreadsheet, COGO, AUTOCAD, DEM, Eagle Point Software and AutoCad Land Development package

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 Handouts
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

Final Exam

Text  Grade Easy by Richard Untermann

Optional reference Land Development Handbook by Dewberry and Davis 1996. McGraw-Hill.

COURSE EXAMINATIONS: 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
Exam 2 100  B = 400 to 449


150  C = 350 to 399
Projects, exercises, quizzes  150  D = 300 to 349
    F = 299 and below
Total 500  

Format of the of the final exam will be decided in the last month of the semester. The possible formats are, during exam period (open and closed book sections of test), one hour closed book final combined with take open notes test, during final period all open notes, or entirely take home.

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) I have an open door office policy, stop by with your question at any time. Office hours: M W 2:OO-3:OO PM, TR 11:00-12: AM, F 9:00 - 10:00 AM

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.