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Article 02 September 2023 | Open Access

Numerical study of ice loads on different interfaces based on cohesive element formulation

  • Wenqiang Xing
  • , Shengyi Cong
  •  &  Liang Tang

Article 31 August 2023 | Open Access

Evaluation of influences of forest cover change on landslides by comparing rainfall-induced landslides in Japanese artificial forests with different ages

  • Tadamichi Sato
  • , Yoh Katsuki
  •  &  Yasuhiro Shuin

Beyond tsunami fragility functions: experimental assessment for building damage estimation

  • Ruben Vescovo
  • , Bruno Adriano
  •  &  Shunichi Koshimura

Article 30 August 2023 | Open Access

Large-eddy simulation of vortex-excited force on a square cylinder with transverse wind fluctuations

  • Huanhuan Du
  • , Zikai Fan
  •  &  Zheguang Yang

Automated hand-marked semantic text recognition from photographs

  • Seungah Suh
  • , Ghang Lee
  •  &  Yonghan Kim

Biomediated control of colloidal silica grouting using microbial fermentation

  • Michael G. Gomez
  • , Samantha T. Muchongwe
  •  &  Charles M. R. Graddy

Vertical compressive bearing performance and optimization design method of large-diameter manually-excavated rock-socketed cast-in-place piles

  • Xiangmei Zhao
  •  &  Mingyi Zhang

Influence of different skew angles of the submerged vane on pressure flushing performance

  • Sepideh Beiramipour
  • , Sameh A. Kantoush
  •  &  Majid Rahimpour

Article 29 August 2023 | Open Access

Influence of external insert angle on structural deformation of long pipe shed with shallow hole

  • Chao Teng Jiang
  •  &  Liangfu Xie

HYFIS vs FMR, LWR and Least squares regression methods in estimating uniaxial compressive strength of evaporitic rocks

  • Mohamed Yusuf Hassan
  •  &  Hasan Arman

Article 26 August 2023 | Open Access

Experimental study on anisotropic unloading mechanical behavior of bedded sandstone

  • Jingcheng Fang
  • , Huafeng Deng
  •  &  Eleyas Assefa

Article 25 August 2023 | Open Access

A denoising method based on cyclegan with attention mechanisms for improving the hidden distress features of pavement

  • , Ligang Cao
  •  &  Lin Yang

Article 24 August 2023 | Open Access

Pure shear model for crack width analysis of reinforced concrete members

  • Karolis Sakalauskas
  •  &  Gintaris Kaklauskas

Article 23 August 2023 | Open Access

Study on the energy evolution mechanism of coal and rock with impact tendency under different strain rates

  • , Yichen Zhang
  •  &  Yuanquan Cui

Article 22 August 2023 | Open Access

Improvement of lateral property of unidirectional-strengthened CFRP laminates using recycled carbon fiber

  • Annisa Prita Melinda
  • , Rino Yamamoto
  •  &  Yukihiro Matsumoto

Article 21 August 2023 | Open Access

Comparison of the effects of use, protection, improper renovation and removal of asbestos products on the example of typical old office buildings in Poland

  • Andrzej Obmiński

Mechanical properties of rooted soil under freeze–thaw cycles and extended binary medium constitutive model

  •  &  Yunyong He

Identification of the blasting vibration characteristics of groundwater-sealed tunnel

  • Xiaokang Rao
  •  &  Shengxiang Huang

Predicting California bearing ratio of HARHA-treated expansive soils using Gaussian process regression

  • Mahmood Ahmad
  • , Mohammad A. Al-Zubi
  •  &  Bakht Zamin

Article 18 August 2023 | Open Access

Non-linear finite element modeling of damages in bridge piers subjected to lateral monotonic loading

  • Aizaz Ahmad
  • , Awais Ahmed
  •  &  Ahmed. M. Yosri

Sustainability analysis framework for on-demand public transit systems

  • Nael Alsaleh
  •  &  Bilal Farooq

Article 17 August 2023 | Open Access

Strength prediction model of fractured dolomite and analysis of mechanical properties based on PFC3D

  • , Junying Rao
  •  &  Quan Yin

Article 16 August 2023 | Open Access

A comparative study of workability classes using seven case studies of engineering-geological investigations of sewer systems in Northern Moravia

  • Marian Marschalko
  • , Zofia Zięba
  •  &  David Sysala

Article 15 August 2023 | Open Access

Review of calibration strategies for discrete element model in quasi-static elastic deformation

  • Xianyang Liu
  • , Qunwei Wang
  •  &  Qinxi Dong

Article 14 August 2023 | Open Access

Mechanical properties of sustainable concrete comprising various wastes

  • Ramy M. Reda
  • , Hoda S. E. Mahmoud
  •  &  Hossam El-Din M. Sallam

Automation of structural health monitoring (SHM) system of a bridge using BIMification approach and BIM-based finite element model development

  • Muhammad Fawad
  • , Marek Salamak
  •  &  Michael Gerges

Diffusion law of coal gangue slurry and the application of fluidized filling technology of gangue in caving area

  • Ji-qiang Zhang
  •  &  Jue-jing Fang

Stability evaluation of rock pillar between twin tunnels using the YAI

  • Huijian Zhang
  • , Gongning Liu
  •  &  Qiuyang Liu

Article 12 August 2023 | Open Access

Effect of temperature on the dynamic parameters of silty clay in a seasonally frozen region

  • Haotian Guo
  •  &  Jinfeng Li

Micro-mechanical and tribological behavior of Al/SiC/B 4 C/CNT hybrid nanocomposite

  •  &  Nadeem A Khan

Modeling strength characteristics of basalt fiber reinforced concrete using multiple explainable machine learning with a graphical user interface

  • W. K. V. J. B. Kulasooriya
  • , R. S. S. Ranasinghe
  •  &  D. P. P. Meddage

Article 11 August 2023 | Open Access

Study on Cynodon dactylon root system affecting dry–wet cracking behavior and shear strength characteristics of expansive soil

  • , Yanyan Guo
  •  &  Hong Tang

Article 10 August 2023 | Open Access

Effectiveness of various types of coating materials applied in reinforced concrete exposed to freeze–thaw cycles and chlorides

  • Ginneth Patricia Millán Ramírez
  • , Hubert Byliński
  •  &  Maciej Niedostatkiewicz

Study of the mechanical characteristics of coal-serial sandstone after high temperature treatment under true triaxial loading

  • , Lianguo Wang
  •  &  Jiaxing Guo

Article 09 August 2023 | Open Access

Inducing factors and deformation mechanism of the Zhangjiacitang landslide in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area

  • Hongyu Chen
  • , Jianhua Zou
  •  &  Qiang Wei

Article 07 August 2023 | Open Access

A data-driven reduced-order surrogate model for entire elastoplastic simulations applied to representative volume elements

  • S. Vijayaraghavan
  •  &  L. A. A. Beex

Wood sawdust waste-derived nano-cellulose as a versatile reinforcing agent for nano silica cement composites: a systematic study on its characterization and performance

  • Amr H. Badawy
  • , M. S. El-Feky
  •  &  Mohamed Kohail

Article 04 August 2023 | Open Access

Investigation of internal damage evolution in gneiss considering water softening

  • Changhai Sun
  • , Bingxin Xie
  •  &  Jin Wu

A new approach for evaluating continuous and discontinuous pipeline deformation induced by soil tunnel excavation

  •  &  Daxi Fu

Article 03 August 2023 | Open Access

Mechanical and thermal properties of mud dauber nests under atmospheric drying

  • Joon S. Park
  •  &  Hussein Alqrinawi

Article 02 August 2023 | Open Access

Similar simulation of overburden movement characteristics under paste filling mining conditions

  • , Jihe Zhao
  •  &  Jiaxu Jin

Article 01 August 2023 | Open Access

A serpent-type wave energy converter

  • Sebastian Sorek
  •  &  Wojciech Sulisz

Article 29 July 2023 | Open Access

Three-dimensional stability analysis of tunnel face based on unified strength theory

  • , Junjie Xu
  •  &  Yuanguo Wei

Article 28 July 2023 | Open Access

Quantum computing for transport network design problems

  • Vinayak V. Dixit
  •  &  Chence Niu

Safety risk assessment of loess tunnel construction under complex environment based on game theory-cloud model

  •  &  Mingjie Niu

Article 25 July 2023 | Open Access

The capillary pressure vs. saturation curve for a fractured rock mass: fracture and matrix contributions

  • Alejandro Cardona
  •  &  J. Carlos Santamarina

Article 24 July 2023 | Open Access

Research on surrogate model of dam numerical simulation with multiple outputs based on adaptive sampling

  • Jiaming Liang
  • , Zhanchao Li
  •  &  Weigang Lu

Article 20 July 2023 | Open Access

A quantitative method for the determination of rock fragmentation based on crack density and crack saturation

  •  &  Xingzhou Chen

Article 19 July 2023 | Open Access

Mechanical properties and crack evolution characteristics of fractured rock with hidden fissures

  • , Lihong Chen
  •  &  Xiang Fu

Article 17 July 2023 | Open Access

Experimental investigation on fracturing effects in hydraulic sand fracturing with acoustic emission and 3d laser scanning

  • Shuhui Zhang
  • , Chenghu Wang
  •  &  Hao Zhou


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  • Structural masonry of ceramic blocks
  • Prefab houses
  • How to design foundations considering underpressure
  • Comparison of containment projects for two subsoils with passive and active anchorages
  • Sizing of piled radiers and radiers using different numerical tools
  • Report for building inspections
  • Building maintenance
  • Bridge maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation
  • Urban reservoirs for rainwater storage
  • Bim technology in construction
  • Use of steel in construction
  • The construction of football stadiums
  • The importance of software in the elaboration of structural projects in the construction of residences
  • The importance of personal protective equipment in civil construction
  • The influence of the addition of polypropylene and expanded vermiculite fibers in mortars with nanoitania
  • The influence of adding nanoitania and polymeric fibers to mortars used in soil-cement brick walls
  • The influence of nano-TIO2 on geopolymer pastes
  • The influence of partial replacement of metakaolin by rice husk ash in geopolymer mortars
  • The influence of vermiculite in geopolymeric mortar with addition of nanoitania
  • Preparing the land for construction
  • The engineer's ethical responsibility to society
  • The engineer's ethical and civil responsibility towards the customer
  • Safety in Civil Construction
  • The use and construction techniques in dry wall
  • Accessibility of urban space for wheelchair users
  • Accessibility in public ways
  • Accessibility on public roads
  • Accessibility in
  • Accessibility in the structure and infrastructure of Joinville Airport Lauro Carneiro de Loyola, SC: a case study
  • Microalloyed Steels
  • Addition of wood ash to roller compacted concrete as a sub-base for rigid pavement
  • Addition of polypropylene fibers. Experimental study of physical characteristics and mechanical behavior of lightweight concrete for application in subfloors. Literary review on the efficiency of heating systems and water conservation using solar energy. alternatives for the use and reuse of water in residential buildings.”
  • Additives and contract deletions of the road work of the Contorno de São Miguel do Oeste – SC
  • Rainwater*Solid waste: from collection to final destination *municipal sanitation plan: from tr guidelines to joint implementation *urban parks: from implementation to appropriation of space*Urban afforestation: from conflicts to awareness*Road system: from urban mobility to public transport*Public safety: from housing adaptations to collective solutions*Urban violence: from social causes to urban consequences"
  • Alternatives for stabilizing a slope in the region of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Structural masonry with concrete blocks
  • Structural masonry: cost comparison and planning between construction processes in structural masonry in concrete and ceramic blocks for low-income housing construction in Manaus
  • Comparative analysis between conventional piles and piled radiator
  • Comparative analysis between own and outsourced labor: case study in construction
  • Analysis of the structural design of a reinforced concrete bridge in the municipality of Tubarão/SC
  • Analysis of the incorporation of fly and heavy ash in dosages of dense asphalt mixtures
  • Analysis of the tensile strength in bending of concrete reinforced with polyethylene fibers
  • Analysis of the transition from the use of CAD software to the BIM platform
  • Analysis of compressibility and permeability variation of bauxite mining tailings
  • Analysis of economic feasibility and sizing associated with the implementation of photovoltaic panels in a vertical building in Joinville
  • Analysis of the technical feasibility of using wood ash in compacted concrete with a roller in a subfloor of pavements
  • Analysis of the properties of permeable concrete with addition of fine aggregate and residue (wood ash)
  • Analysis of the physical and mechanical properties of ceramic tiles
  • Analysis of mechanical, physical and morphological properties of concrete with the addition of chopped carbon fiber
  • Accessibility analysis on sidewalks and public agencies in the city of Linhares-es
  • Analysis of change in the construction system applied in temporary emergency shelter
  • Structural performance analysisDevelopment of structural projects with software comparative between answers of structural analysis via softwareComparative between theoretical and practical answers of structural analysis"
  • Sizing analysis of metallic roofing profiles: case study
  • Stabilization analysis with cement of sedimentary clays from Joinville-SC
  • Analysis of horizontal drilling in concrete beams, structural problems arising from non-conformity of concrete (related to the area of reinforced concrete structures)
  • Analysis of reinforced concrete columns with a slenderness parameter between 90 and 140 (application of the normal process x moment x curvature
  • Analysis of proposals for crossing the Itajaí-açu river downstream of the bridge located at kilometer 111 of the BR-101
  • Analysis of stresses imposed by foundations in previously mined areas
  • Feasibility analysis and sizing of a photovoltaic solar parking for the UFSC campus in Joinville
  • Technical feasibility analysis for improving safety conditions and capacity in the highway segment: a case study on the BR-101/SC highway, municipality of Joinville/SC
  • Analysis of crack behavior in cementitious paste with biomineralization of Bacillus subtilis
  • Analysis of the mechanical performance of roller compacted concrete for pavements with added residue (ground wood ash)
  • Analysis of the concentration time in the basin of the UFSC Joinville campus
  • Analysis of the effects of compaction on the erodibility of a residual saprolitic gneiss soil using the MCT criterion
  • Analysis of settlements by primary densification: embankment on soft soils on the UFSC campus at Curva do Arroz
  • Energy and cost analysis of the photovoltaic potential connected to the electricity grid at the Joinville airport complex
  • Analyze between conventional masonry and concrete wall construction methods
  • Analyze between structural masonry and concrete wall construction methods
  • Global stability analysis of reinforced concrete structure
  • Structural analysisMetal structureConcrete structureMixed structureDynamic behavior of structures pathology of structures"
  • Structural analysis of the steel truss railway bridge damaged by oxidation in the Tereza Cristina Railway
  • Structural analysis using tqs software. studies of structural models. checking the limits of the instability parameters.
  • Hydrological analysis of the Piraí river
  • Numerical analysis of ribbed slabs using the finite element method.
  • Parametric analysis for a shallow radiator foundation
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the tensile bond strength of different mortar coating systems
  • Application of green infrastructure concepts in defining criteria for the cycling network
  • Application of quality tools in the precast industry
  • Application of deep tubular wells
  • Application of sensors for technological control in paving: strain gages and geogauge
  • Application of control and planning techniques in buildings
  • Application of the BIM system for a housing project
  • Applications of the performance standard in the project development processPerformance standard and performance and preventive maintenance
  • Use of rainwater pre-project tfc1
  • Geopolymer mortar using aluminum powder as a pore-forming agent
  • Difficulties faced by drywall in consolidating itself in the residential building market
  • The advantages of sustainable construction
  • rubber asphalt
  • Nitrate increase in artesian wells
  • Pneumatic Automation
  • Home automation
  • Comparative evaluation of dense asphalt mixtures formulated with limestone powder, hydrated lime and stone powder
  • Comparative evaluation of the impact of the variation of particle size curves on the level of sound absorption of very thin and dense draining alpha mixtures
  • Comparative evaluation of the dosage parameters of PMF and CBUQ asphalt mixtures
  • Evaluation of the addition of rediset and evotherm on the stability and fluency of asphalt mixtures in the laboratory
  • Evaluation of the hydraulic conductivity of base layers for sports turf
  • Evaluation of mechanical strength of laying mortar with replacement of fine aggregate by textile sludge
  • Evaluation of methodologies for estimating the carrying capacity of piles in sandy soil
  • Evaluation of the physical and mechanical properties of roller compacted concrete with partial replacement of wood ash
  • Evaluation of compressive strength and durability characteristics of a bauxite mining tailings with cementing agent insertion
  • Evaluation of physical and mechanical characteristics of roller compacted concrete (RCC) with addition of wood ash
  • Evaluation of piles subjected to horizontal and moment loads with different behavior prediction models
  • Logistics assessment at construction sites
  • Evaluation of mechanical and physical properties of concrete with the addition of crushed stone
  • Risk assessment applied to port infrastructure engineering: Itajaí port
  • Evaluation of concrete mixes with metakaolin to maintain its compressive strength.
  • Evaluation of the erosive potential of residual soils from Morro do Finder in the city of Joinville – SC
  • Evaluation of the use of digital photogrammetry in topographic surveys
  • Evaluation of the use of recycled glass in partial replacement of sand in geopolymeric mortars
  • Evaluation of design criteria for ship berthing structures: a case study applied to the public port terminal of Itajaí - SC
  • Bioconcrete and its ability to absorb cracks
  • Biogas as an energy source
  • Ceramic block and concrete block in structural masonry constructions
  • Supply chain in construction
  • Sustainable experimental site: a project for UFSC – Joinville Campus
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Reality capture by laser scanner and photogrammetry
  • Characterization of rocky materials from the north of Santa Catarina for application in paving works
  • Characterization and stability analysis of the rocky slopes of the access road to the municipality of Penha
  • Characterization and classification of soils in the Piraí river basin in the vicinity of the UFSC Joinville campus implantation area
  • Geotechnical characterization and assessment of settlements in an industrial condominium deployment area
  • House with rainwater catchment
  • zero energy house
  • ecological houses
  • Ecological houses what they are and how they are made
  • Popular houses
  • sustainable houses
  • Leed Certification for Sustainable Buildings
  • Disconnect Switches
  • Arch Bridge Scaffolds
  • Green roof on buildings
  • Green roofs on buildings
  • Solar collectors in buildings
  • Fighting fire and panic in the concert hall
  • How they are made and the advantages of sustainable construction
  • Comparison of performance of deep foundations load carrying capacity methods for a work case in Balneário Camboriú – SC
  • Comparison of pile block design methodologies
  • Comparison of productivity of own labor with outsourced labor, through the last planner system of production planning and control - case study
  • Behavior of a residual gneiss soil under edometric compression
  • Mechanical behavior of roller compacted concrete with addition of wood ash
  • Submerged Concrete
  • Reinforced concrete in fire situation
  • Self compacting concrete
  • Concrete incorporating sludge from a fresh water treatment plant as fine aggregate
  • Plant concrete and on-site produced concrete
  • Concrete in fire situation
  • Mass concrete, ultra-thin concrete, mortar for 3d printer, temperature influence on concrete,
  • Permeable concrete, concrete maturity, technological control, quality control, fiber study, building performance
  • Precast concrete
  • recycled concrete
  • Machined concrete and on-site concrete
  • Machined concrete and concrete produced on site
  • Special concretes, study of properties, self-performance, with submerged and self-compacting fibers. pathologies of constructions, geotechnics, budget and planning of works, construction processes and new materials for civil construction.
  • Environmental comfort and energy efficiency / social interest housing / construction techniques (vernacular, steel frame, bamboo, eps, etc) / property valuation / bim platform
  • Consequences of new masonry technologies in electrical and hydraulic projects
  • sustainable civil construction
  • Building construction in soft soil embankment
  • Construction of football stadiums
  • Construction of emergency exits
  • Construction on landfills in soft soils
  • Sustainable construction
  • Sustainable construction vs. lean construction​ ​
  • Construction, maintenance and pathologies of roads and pavements
  • Metallic constructions: the importance of the metallic structure in civil construction
  • Tremor Resistant Buildings
  • sustainable constructions
  • Build low-income 4-story building without elevator
  • Contribution of the integrated management system to the improvement of safety indices in works
  • Production control in commercial work
  • Natural currents in civil engineering works
  • Chromotherapy for disease treatment
  • infrastructure costs
  • Demonstrate and evaluate the advantages of applying carbon fibers in reinforced concrete structures in civil construction
  • Density and dynamic modulus of elasticity of cement slabs applied in civil construction
  • Concrete performance with carbon fiber mat reinforcement
  • Performance of roller compacted concrete with addition of ground wood ash
  • Development of mortars with the addition of expanded polystyrene
  • Development of mortars with porous additions
  • Development of geopolymer mortars using construction and demolition waste
  • Development of porous geopolymer mortars using fluorescent lamp powder and aluminum powder
  • Mortar development using different perlite particle sizes
  • Development of correlation between DCP and CBR tests: case study: test track, UFSC – Joinville
  • Geopolymer development using metakaolin
  • Geopolymer development using metakaolin and rice husk ash
  • Development of geopolymers with the incorporation of sludge from water treatment plants
  • Development of teaching material for self-learning of subjects related to reinforced concrete structures
  • Development of porous geopolymer pastes using oxygen peroxide
  • Diagnosis of the Joinville Airport Lauro Carneiro de Loyola on its compliance with RBAC 154 (June, 2012) – aerodrome project
  • Dimensioning of insulated shoes
  • Dimensioning of metallic structures
  • Dimensioning of steel sheds
  • Design of stringers for a reinforced concrete bridge: a case study
  • Retaining wall design
  • Dimensioning of a glued laminated wood roof
  • Preliminary design of an offline detention reservoir in the Cachoeira river basin in the municipality of Joinville-SC
  • Plasterboard divider
  • Plasterboard dividers
  • Urban drainage, solid waste, water treatment and supply
  • Dry Wall and construction techniques
  • Dry wall advantage and disadvantage
  • Drywall in construction
  • Water saving in buildings
  • Sustainable buildings: a feasibility study on the use of a rainwater harvesting system in popular housing condominiums.
  • sustainable buildings
  • Effect of particle size variation on the permeability of sand samples
  • Effects of adding nanoitania to a coating mortar
  • Elaboration and extrapolation of key curves at the monitoring points of the hydrographic basin of the UFSC campus in Joinville
  • Use of plaster in civil construction
  • Use of pets as an alternative for solving the concept in dividing wall
  • solar energy for homes
  • Energy: Generation and consumption
  • civil engineering sustainable construction
  • Civil engineering residential construction processes with an emphasis on conventional masonry
  • Constructive errors accused by builders in civil engineering
  • Slope stability
  • tunnel stability
  • Tunnel stability
  • Stability of the submerged slopes of the access channel to the port terminals of Itajaí and Navegantes
  • Slope stabilization located on Iririú Hill, in Joinville, through stapled soil with high-resistance metal mesh faceting
  • Shared Bike Stations
  • Estimate of suspended solid discharge in the hydrographic basin of the UFSC campus in Joinville
  • Unpaved roads, hydraulics, hydraulic installations, sanitation, hydrology, construction pathology, non-destructive paving processes
  • sustainable roads
  • Roof Structure
  • Subdivision structuring
  • Aluminum structures (stages)
  • Roof Structures
  • Study on the application of the LEED O+M seal at the Lauro Carneiro de Loyola airport terminal
  • Applied study of the solution for paving projects for a bus parking lot
  • Applied study of the adequacy of the School Accessibility Manual
  • Comparative study of the formulation of mineral skeletons in the dosage of dense asphalt concrete mixtures
  • Comparative study of the strength of simple concrete mixed with eps (styrofoam)
  • Comparative study of the strength of plain concrete mixed with eps (styrofoam)
  • Comparative study of the gradual replacement of coarse aggregate in lamellar form by cubic form in concrete properties
  • Comparative study of costs between a building made of structural masonry and reinforced concrete
  • Comparative study of light steel frame constructive systems and expanded polystyrene monolithic plates applied to the construction of social housing
  • Comparative study between two types of pavements, namely permeable pavement and asphalt pavement
  • Comparative study between two types of pavements: permeable pavement and asphalt pavement
  • Study of the stabilization of an expansive soil through the incorporation of residual cast green sand
  • Study of the implementation of the BIM methodology in the infrastructure engineering course at UFSC
  • Study of the influence of polyurethane addition in cement mortars
  • Study of the influence of steel fibers and polymeric macrofibers in concrete
  • Study of the use of discarded foundry sand (ADF) in the formulation and mechanical performance of asphalt concrete mixtures
  • Study of the mechanical properties of concrete with partial replacement of fine aggregate by fresh rice husk
  • Study of the requirements of the structural elements of a fan-type cable-stayed bridge
  • Study of the application of the Light Steel Frame constructive system to the construction of a Social Interest Housing
  • Walkability study applied to the connectivity of Max Colin and Timbó streets in Joinville – SC
  • Case study the use of drywall in the sealing of environments
  • Case study the use of drywall to seal environments
  • Case study: analysis of the stability of a retaining wall with pathologies
  • Case study: analysis of pathologies at UBS Costa e Silva
  • Study of the sizing and execution of a curtain-strapped containment work on the BR-116/SC highway
  • Study for the implementation of green coverage associated with rainwater harvesting
  • Study to verify the productivity of labor in activities related to the structure in a vertical building
  • Economic feasibility study for the construction of a sports complex
  • Feasibility study between rigid and flexible pavements
  • Feasibility study between rigid pavement and flexible pavement
  • Study of bioconcrete for self-healing cracks
  • Study of the behavior of cementitious and geopolymer mortars with the incorporation of ETA residue
  • Study of the effect of mineral additions on concrete
  • Study of the soil-structure interaction problem applied to the design of foundations for the bridge over the Anhanduí River on BR 262/MS
  • Study of material consumption rates, the structural cost of a building and the procedures in the preparation phase of a structural project
  • Study for the prevention and adequacy of the city of Rio do Sul to floods and floods
  • Study for the feasibility of individualizing water metering in a vertical building
  • Preliminary study of an emergency temporary shelter with a PVC construction system
  • Design study for the adaptation and expansion of the Ademar Cesar Cultural Institute
  • Design study in containers for student housing
  • Project study for the use of rainwater in a multifamily building in the municipality of Joinville - SC
  • Study on the influence of textile sludge generated by an industrial laundry, applied in filler-based Portland cement mortar
  • Studies of material consumption rates, the structural cost of a building and procedures in the preparation phase of a structural project
  • Execution of building foundations in the presence of soft soils
  • Flexible polyurethane foam manufacturing
  • glass facade
  • Communication Failure in Profibus Automation Network
  • Planning support tool focusing on resilient urban areas
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Building foundations in the presence of soft soils
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  • Quality management of the project process of integrator terminals and port terminals
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  • Urban infrastructure projects in a popular residential subdivision in the municipality of Araquari – SC
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  • PVC in construction
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  • I wanted a report as if I had an internship in some work
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  • Conventional plastering x plastering projection (anvijet machine)
  • Recycling civil construction
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  • Restoration of the structure of the Portuguese Language Museum
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  • Restructuring of the quality control procedure in the execution of the structural elements of a building
  • Reinforcement of embankments on soft soils
  • Land regularization: case study in “Praia do Lixo” located in the city of São Francisco do Sul/SC
  • Rainwater storage reservoirs
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • hazardous waste
  • Bridge restoration
  • Bridge restoration and rehabilitation
  • Feedback and evaluation of the executive process of construction subsystems.
  • Retro-analysis of hydrological conditions associated with slope instability using the finite element method
  • Retro-analysis of static load tests for evaluation of the foundation's elastic modulus
  • Retro-analysis and proposal for stabilization of a slope on the SC-435 highway
  • Ceramic coatings
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  • Basic sanitation or something easy
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  • Work safety in construction
  • Work Safety in Building Maintenance at Height: Perceptions of Management and Workers
  • Occupational safety for small and medium companies
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  • Building construction safety
  • Road safety for cyclists
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  • Three-dimensional numerical simulation of reinforced concrete beams using the finite element method
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  • sanitary sewage system
  • Ventilated facade system in buildings
  • Integrated Management System and its Contribution to the Improvement of Construction Safety Indexes
  • Control Systems and Noise and Vibration from Specific Sources
  • Software for sewage collection network
  • stapled soil
  • Paving project solution for a university bus terminal in Joinville-SC
  • Rigid pavement project solution – case study: Dr. João Colin and Blumenau streets binary bus corridor
  • Solution in Metallic Structures
  • Partial replacement of fine aggregate with wood ash in roller compacted concrete
  • Overbilling in public works
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability of residential condominiums
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  • Research Paper submerged concreting
  • BIM technology in construction
  • Technology in the construction of the Corinthians arena
  • Precast technologies in structural masonry buildings
  • Technovigilance
  • ecological roof
  • green roofs
  • Topics on asphalt pavements, drainage, erosion control, effluent treatments, reuse and use of wastewater or rainwater, recyclable materials from civil construction and pavements, studies on the application of safety and worker protection standards, transport systems and modes, topics about infra
  • I have a postgraduate degree in construction management and a master's degree in transport and urban infrastructure
  • Landscaping
  • Sewage treatment in riverside communities
  • Training for labor in civil construction
  • Cracks due to the absence of counter girth in popular houses
  • A proposal for a sustainable experimental site for the Mobility Engineering Center – UFSC
  • Urbanization
  • Use of floodgates and dredging in the jansen lake in são luís/ma
  • Use of floodgates to improve the bad smell of the jansen pond in são luís/ma
  • Use of waste in road paving
  • Use of stainless steel in civil construction
  • Use of machined concrete and on-site concrete
  • Use of recycled concrete for geopolymer production
  • Use of Dry Wall
  • Valorization of labor in civil construction
  • Verification of application of management tools in civil construction
  • Verification of urban infrastructure criteria according to NBR ISO 37120:2017 in a residential condominium
  • Reinforced concrete beams

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Experimental Research on Bearing Behaviors of Cement Mortar-Expanded Precast Piles

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The importance of civil engineering works in the modern world cannot be understated, thanks to the growing public and commercial infrastructure requirement. The main focus of civil engineering is to develop a sustainable society where businesses can flourish.

Civil engineers in today’s world are keen to develop sustainable buildings, and therefore sustainable construction research topics are frequently researched by civil engineering students. 

To help you get started with brainstorming for civil engineering topic ideas, we have developed a list of the latest topics that can be used for writing your civil engineering dissertation project.

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2022 Civil Engineering Research Topics

Topic 1: building demolition- analyse the efficacy of destroying and ruining big city structures and their impact on the traffic..

Research Aim: Many big cities around the world have demolished a vast number of buildings that were functional with new structures. It not only has an economic impact but also results in the loss of urban culture, harms the environment, cause pollution, and also worsen the traffic situation. This study will evaluate the merits of building demotion and will provide economic, technical and environmental input.

Topic 2: Rural housing at low cost- Improving Water Diversion, Electricity Grids, and other Infrastructure to reduce the expenses.

Research Aim: Water, sanitation, wastewater systems, electricity, and rural infrastructure all impact human development outcomes. This study will examine rural housing at a low cost focusing on the improvement of water diversion, electricity grids and infrastructure services. It will also look into the policies made to avoid certain problems and help us understand how these things have influenced life in rural regions.

Topic 3: Examining the use of Activated Flash as a Binder in pavement adjustments to allow acceptable tension reinforcing stresses in order to Control Cracking in concrete.

Research Aim: This study will examine the use of activated flash as a binder in pavement adjustments to allow acceptable tension reinforcing stresses to control cracking. Cracks usually emerge as a result of mechanical loads, adverse response and environmental impact, and the frequent cracking negatively impacts the performance of concrete. This study will focus on the appropriate measures that should be taken, designs, material and construction practices to extend the life without any loss.

Topic 4: Strengthening an existing structure to allow it to withstand climate change - An analysis.

Research Aim: Buildings are dependent on environmental conditions. This study will analyse the strengthening of the existing structure to protect it from the effects of climate change. Focusing on the material used for the protection, sustainability and strengthening of the building and the adaption of new construction standards. A milder temperature will lower the lifespan of building materials and impact the indoor climate of the building. More storms, snow or subsidence damage, water encroachment, and a bad indoor environment all contribute to a reduced building lifespan, raising the risk of collapse, worsening health, and significant loss of value in return.

Topic 5: An investigation of the use of Graphene-Fabricated nanoparticles for Water Purification- Comparison between Cost-Effectiveness and Benefits.

Research Aim: The main goal of this study is to conduct a unique investigation of the use of manufactured nanomaterials of graphene for water purification. The project intends to undertake a comparison of the benefits and cost-effectiveness of graphene processes. Furthermore, this study also intends to give an evaluation of graphene nanomaterial’s impact on water treatment and will analyse many futures and emerging perspectives.

Covid-19 Civil Engineering Research Topics

Topic 1: civil engineering after coronavirus: identify the consequences of covid-19 on civil engineering in the uk or any country of your choice..

Research Aim: This research will focus on identifying the impacts of coronavirus on civil engineering in the selected country.

Topic 2: Research to study the damage caused to the construction projects due to the lack of workers on site.

Research Aim: This study will focus on identifying the damage caused to construction projects as the workers are staying away from the sites. What measures are taken to complete these projects and recover the loss?

Topic 3: Contractors and Builders after Covid-19: business industry, tender opportunities, and planning to continue business

Research Aim: This research aims at identifying the conditions faced by contractors and builders. What is their plan to deal with the COVID-19 crisis? How did it affect the business industry and tender opportunities?

Topic 4: Cite Operating Procedures: research the various safety measures for workers, contractors, and engineers working on construction sites.

Research Aim: This research is conducted to know about various safety measures taken by the government and private organisations for workers, contractors, and engineers working on construction sites.

Topic 5: Investigate how civil engineers are working from home: Identify whether remote working can be a long-lasting solution to recover the loss caused by Covid-19.

Research Aim: Remote working has emerged as a ray of hope for mechanical engineers amid this pandemic. This research will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of remote working and also answer the question of whether it is a long-lasting solution or not.

Topic 6: Research to study the economic and labour crisis as a result of Coronavirus

Research Aim: This research will focus on the financial loss and labour crisis caused due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Topic 7: Research to study the disruption of the supply chain, shortage of contractors, workers, and material, cancellation of contracts due to COVID-19

Research Aim: This research will focus on identifying the disruption of the supply chain, shortage of contractors, workers, and material, cancellation of contracts as a result of Covid-19.

Topic 8: Research to throw the light on the future of the construction Industry after the Coronavirus pandemic.

Research Aim: This research will focus on predicting how the construction industry will transform after the COVID-19 pandemic. What challenges may it face, and what could be the possible ways to meet those challenges?

Civil Engineering Dissertation Topics for 2021

Topic 1: computational mechanics and modelling.

Research Aim: This research aims to study the role of computational mechanics and to model In civil engineering

Topic 2: Development in Rock Mechanics

Research Aim: This research aims to highlight the recent developments in Rock Mechanics

Topic 3: Assessment of the bridges with innovative ideas

Research Aim: This research aims to address the need to assess bridges and propose innovative ideas for bridge constructions and designs.

Topic 4: Efficiently managing the water resources

Research Aim: This research aims to focus on the effective management of water resources during constructions

Topic 5: Stability of high rise buildings

Research Aim: This research aims to address the issues of the instability of high-rise buildings and stress on ensuring their stability by highlighting the gaps in the literature review and providing a strong recommendation for researchers.

Civil Engineering Dissertation Topics for 2020

Topic 1: reliability of foundation performance and implications for structural design.

Research Aim: The main purpose of the research will be to use a reliability-based approach to performance by using two complementary approaches; macroscopic and action-oriented approach and microscopic and analysis-oriented approach to evaluate major risks and strategies that can be used to implement in complicated structural systems and designs.

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Topic 2: Behavior of steelwork connection at large deflection in a fire

Research Aim: This research study will explore the behaviour of steelworks at large deflection in a fire. The researcher will use a unified computing model to simulate the behaviour of steelworks and their impacts on the deflection in the fire. Several other factors will also be identified in the study, such as limiting temperature criteria, loading and unloading effects, and explosion load ratios.

Topic 3: User-friendly model of degrading groundwater pollution plume

Research Aim: Groundwater pollution plumes consist of degradable compounds and materials, which results in declining the overall natural processes and their effectiveness to marine life. There have been studies that aimed to explore the slow degradation processes of pollution plumes in groundwater. However, this is particular research will aim to explore different factors that cause groundwater pollution plumes and contributes to its slow degradation process. Finally, the study will propose a user-friendly model to degrade the groundwater pollution plume.

Topic 4: Examination of advanced solution strategies for non-linear FE analysis

Research Aim: This research is aimed to explore the role of advanced solution strategies that help the engineers and builders to carry out Non-linear FE analysis. In this study, the researcher will demonstrate the static and dynamic problems related to the non-linear effects of solid structures and systems.

Topic 5: Strength, stiffness, non-linearity, and the volumetric response of concrete under triaxial compression

Research Aim: In this study, the researcher will demonstrate the behaviour of concrete under the situation of triaxial compression. The researcher aims to understand the stiffness, volumetric and compressive behaviour of concrete which may cause the deformation in concrete when pressure is applied.

  • Research to Set up Remote Sensing Applications to Assist in the Development of Sustainable Enterprise
  • Research to Study and Develop Water Treatment Processes
  • Research to Study Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies
  • Research to Study Sustainable Engineering: New Objectives for Construction Projects
  • Research Regarding Micromechanics of Granular Materials.
  • Research to Transform a Manufacturing Plant to a Sustainable Enterprise.
  • Research to Study the Relationship Between Sustainability and Learning Organisation.
  • Research to Study the Impact of Sustainability Concepts on Organisational Growth and Development.
  • Research to Ensure Sustainable Heat Conservation Generated from Compressors within a Manufacturing Site.
  • Research to Study and Develop Waste Reduction Strategy to Achieve Sustainable Concepts
  • Research to Study Properties of Concrete to Achieve Sustainability.
  • Research to Study the Relationship between Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Manufacturing.
  • Research to Study Sustainability and its Impact on Learning Organisation.
  • Development of Sustainable Homes with the Help of Renewable Energy Sources.
  • Seismic Design of Cold Formed Steel Structures in Residential Applications
  • Living Tree Buildings

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  • Application of Ultra High Strength Concrete in LNG Terminals
  • Mechanical Behaviour of Bridge Bearings of Concrete Bridges
  • Winter Damage of Porous Asphalt
  • Human Induced Lateral Vibration of Bridges
  • The Optimization of Tripod Substructure and its Application to Two Different Topsides
  • Traffic Induced Bearing Loads and Movements of a Steel Plate-girder Bridge
  • Snap through of Large Shield Driven Tunnels
  • A Timber Bearing Structure for ‘Concept House
  • The Sustainable Refurbishment of BK City
  • The Elevated Metro Structure in Concrete, UHPC, and Composite
  • Covering A28 Highway at Amersfoort
  • Numerical Modelling of Turbidity Currents in Submarine Channels
  • Post-trenching with a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge
  • Morphological Impact of Coastal Structures
  • Modelling Nearshore Currents Driven by Waves and Set-up Gradients
  • Gaining New Insights Regarding Traffic Congestion, by Explicitly Considering the Variability in Traffic
  • Dynamic Behaviour of Tunnel Elements 38 During the Immersion process
  • Long-term Morphological M0delling of the Mouth of the Columbia River
  • “Feasibility Study of a Climate Dike”
  • Conditioning of Aggressive Water
  • Swale Filter Drain System: The Inflow – Discharge Relation.
  • Low Cost Disdrometer
  • Observing Tidal Slack in the Scheldt Estuary
  • Clogging of Permeable Pavements 53 in Semi-arid Areas
  • Analyzing the Effects of Large-scale Green Roof Implementation in Singapore
  • Accelerating the Introduction of Electric Bicycles
  • A Critical Reappraisal of Some Problems in Engineering Seismology
  • Systems and Sustainability: Sustainable development, Civil engineering and the Formation of the Civil Engineer
  • Sustainable Engineering: The Future of Structural Design
  • Environmentally Sustainable Construction Products and Materials – Assessment of release

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Important Notes:

As a civil engineering student looking to get good grades, it is essential to develop new ideas and experiment on existing civil engineering theories – i.e., to add value and interest in your research topic.

The field of civil engineering is vast and interrelated to so many other academic disciplines like  construction ,  law , engineering management , healthcare , mental health , artificial intelligence , tourism , physiotherapy , sociology , management , marketing and nursing . That is why it is imperative to create a project management dissertation topic that is articular, sound, and actually solves a practical problem that may be rampant in the field.

We can’t stress how important it is to develop a logical research topic; it is the basis of your entire research. There are several significant downfalls to getting your topic wrong; your supervisor may not be interested in working on it, the topic has no academic creditability, the research may not make logical sense, there is a possibility that the study is not viable.

This impacts your time and efforts in  writing your dissertation  as you may end up in the cycle of rejection at the very initial stage of the dissertation. That is why we recommend reviewing existing research to develop a topic, taking advice from your supervisor, and even asking for help in this particular stage of your dissertation.

While developing a research topic, keeping our advice in mind will allow you to pick one of the best civil engineering dissertation topics that fulfil your requirement of writing a research paper and add to the body of knowledge.

Therefore, it is recommended that when finalizing your dissertation topic, you read recently published literature to identify gaps in the research that you may help fill.

Remember- dissertation topics need to be unique, solve an identified problem, be logical, and be practically implemented. Please take a look at some of our sample civil engineering dissertation topics to get an idea for your dissertation.

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  • Abstract: A summary of the research completed
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction : This chapter includes the project rationale, research background, key research aims and objectives, and the research problems to be addressed. An outline of the structure of a dissertation  can also be added to this chapter.
  • Literature Review :  This chapter presents relevant theories and frameworks by analysing published and unpublished literature available on the chosen research topic, in light of  research questions  to be addressed. The purpose is to highlight and discuss the relative weaknesses and strengths of the selected research area whilst identifying any research gaps. Break down of the topic, and key terms can have a positive impact on your dissertation and your tutor.
  • Methodology:  The  data collection  and  analysis  methods and techniques employed by the researcher are presented in the Methodology chapter which usually includes  research design, research philosophy, research limitations, code of conduct, ethical consideration, data collection methods, and  data analysis strategy .
  • Findings and Analysis:  Findings of the research are analysed in detail under the Findings and Analysis chapter. All key findings/results are outlined in this chapter without interpreting the data or drawing any conclusions. It can be useful to include  graphs , charts, and   tables in this chapter to identify meaningful trends and relationships.
  • Discussion  and  Conclusion: The researcher presents his interpretation of results in this chapter, and states whether the research hypothesis has been verified or not. An essential aspect of this section of the paper is to draw a linkage between the results and evidence from the literature. Recommendations with regards to implications of the findings and directions for the future may also be provided. Finally, a summary of the overall research, along with final judgments, opinions, and comments, must be included in the form of suggestions for improvement.
  • References: This should be completed in accordance with your University’s requirements
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices:  Any additional information, diagrams, graphs that were used to  complete the  dissertation  but not part of the dissertation should be included in the Appendices chapter. Essentially, the purpose is to expand the information/data.

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Most Popular Civil Engineering Research Topics

Civil engineering is one of the most important spheres in our life. It designs and constructs the environments in which we live. All the buildings, monuments, bridges, and similar constructions were created by civil engineers. Many youngsters prefer this job and want to leave some memory about themselves with help of the constructions they create. Before they become certified specialists, they’ll have to study hard. Students will have to write heaps of academic assignments and sometimes the choice of a good research topic may spoil everything.

Civil Engineering Research Topics

Professional academic writers from AdvancedWriters – research paper writing service (which provides students with custom research papers of any complexity) know a lot about the problem of choosing an appropriate topic. If it’s not popular and meaningful, such a project is doomed to fail. Every topic should focus on the current problem in the chosen sphere. It’s supposed to be unsolved and the task of the researcher is to provide an effective solution. If your topic is relevant and problem-solving, you have a high chance to enjoy success and earn the highest grades. If you lack topic ideas for civil engineering, use our list.

  • Strategies for engineering water-stress tolerance in plants.
  • The most urgent problems in civil engineering and how to solve them.
  • A lack of certified experts endangers the quality of buildings.
  • The importance of transport engineering economics.
  • Safety at the construction sites.
  • The latest inventions in civil engineering.
  • How to implement entropy theory for practical uses?
  • Is civil engineering fairly paid and how to find a good job offer?
  • How to overcome problems in seismically active regions?
  • What are the perspectives of civil engineering?

You’re welcome to choose any of these suggestions. Besides, you can easily create similar concepts using our list. Thus, you’ll be 100% confident that the topic of your civil engineering research is appropriate.

Useful Recommendations to Write Flawless Papers on Civil Engineering

Once you have selected the topic, you know what direction to hit. Of course, you’ll have to pass certain stages before you submit the accomplished version. We’d like to provide you with useful recommendations.

Conduct In-Depth Research

After you decide what topic to disclose, research it from different angles. You ought to act professionally and simply have no right to use unverified information sources. Every scientifically-based assignment should operate with approved facts of different studies, experiments, surveys, and something of the kind.

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The Internet proposes almost unrestricted possibilities to study. You’ll find a lot of relevant facts that can support your theories with practical examples. Simply verify the websites you visit. The most trustworthy websites are the ones ending with .edu, gov., and org. They stand for educational, governmental, and non-profit organizations respectively. They provide verified facts and offer free access to their databases. Study them carefully and bookmark the most suitable ones to have them close at hand.

Obtain the Experience of Others

It’s of huge importance to become experienced in writing and the chosen discipline. You may find open-access projects of other students or already working civil engineers and learn from their successful experiences. Therefore, you should read a lot of samples written by successful students, professors, experienced engineers, and other people related to engineering writing. Don’t forget about informative and educational websites. They provide all kinds of guides, manuals, tutorials, etc.

Analyze Your Researches Early

Many students tend to linger until the last minute with different parts of their academic assignments. One of the typical delays is the analysis and sorting of the research methods. We understand that they are difficult and it’s not possible to manage them quickly. Nevertheless, you make a big mistake postponing the analysis.

Don’t forget that different spheres of human activity rapidly develop. Almost every day we receive updates, innovations, changes, etc. Many students appoint certain analysis methods and postpone them for many months or even years. When they return to that stage, their methods may be out-of-date. You’ll have to conduct many experiments and some data may get lost in time. It’s better to describe your methodologies as quickly as possible.

Maintain Quality

Oftentimes, students prefer quantity to quality. It’s a serious mistake that leads to undesired consequences. They write as if the hounds of hell are right behind them. Youngsters want to write multiple papers as quickly as they can. However, a great hurry leads to potential mistakes. Students simply omit mistakes because they work too fast. It’s better to take some time and set reasonable time limits. Focus on the quality of your research.

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When you prepare your projects, state the purpose of your research. Add relevant data that supports and explains your findings. Always describe the methodologies you’ve used to carry out the experiment. Be straight to the point and don’t overload your projects with irrelevant facts. Otherwise, you’ll simply confuse your readers.

Explain the Theory Behind the Data

If you want to enjoy success in academic writing, make sure you can explain the theory. Many students “apply” research, but don’t “explain” the theory. Don’t repeat that mistake and provide the necessary explanations. You’ll need the knowledge to ensure that objective.

Read current literature on the topic. Refer the facts you learn to the theories in your project. Implement your main concept and substantiate it. Obligatorily discuss the most crucial points of your research, mention possible drawbacks, propose solutions in new projects, etc.

Quote Fresh Information Sources

Some students tend to use supporting evidence without checking its relevance and updates. It’s very important to use up-to-date facts. Otherwise, your research will be irrelevant and useless. Your supervisor may tell you to rewrite the entire project. It’s another reason to submit all research projects early. If you delay for a year or more, new methods will become relevant and you’ll have to restart using them.

These were universal and effective recommendations to accomplish research papers in civil engineering. They will suit whatever topic you choose. In case you cannot choose a relevant topic, utilize our list of most popular topics to write flawless projects on civil engineering.

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Top 50 Research Ideas in Civil Engineering

Top 100 Research and Project Ideas in Civil Engineering

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Top 50 research and project ideas in civil engineering.

Civil engineering is a broad field that requires constant research to improve infrastructure and environmental sustainability. Research ideas in civil engineering can help civil engineers optimize their websites to rank higher on search engine results pages (SERPs) and increase visibility to potential clients. In this article, ilovephd listed the top 50 project and research ideas in civil engineering

Here are the top 100 Research ideas in civil engineering:

  • Optimization of building information modeling (BIM) for search engines
  • Analyzing the effects of traffic on urban air quality
  • Evaluating the feasibility of green infrastructure for stormwater management
  • Developing sustainable construction techniques for high-rise buildings
  • Investigating the effects of climate change on transportation infrastructure
  • Analyzing the impacts of natural disasters on infrastructure and the environment
  • Developing strategies for recycling construction waste
  • Studying the effects of urbanization on biodiversity
  • Investigating the role of geotechnical engineering in infrastructure development
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of public transportation systems in reducing carbon emissions
  • Developing sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment
  • Analyzing the effects of water scarcity on infrastructure and the environment
  • Investigating the use of renewable energy sources in construction
  • Developing methods for reducing noise pollution from infrastructure
  • Studying the effects of soil erosion on infrastructure and the environment
  • Investigating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the feasibility of using drones in construction
  • Developing sustainable solutions for pavement design and maintenance
  • Analyzing the effects of natural disasters on transportation infrastructure
  • Investigating the effects of climate change on water resources
  • Developing strategies for improving public perception of civil engineering
  • Studying the effects of green roofs on energy efficiency and air quality
  • Investigating the use of nanotechnology in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of bridge maintenance strategies
  • Developing sustainable solutions for coastal infrastructure
  • Analyzing the impacts of construction on nearby communities
  • Investigating the use of virtual reality (VR) in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the feasibility of using robots in construction
  • Developing sustainable solutions for road construction and maintenance
  • Studying the effects of land use on transportation infrastructure
  • Investigating the effects of land subsidence on infrastructure and the environment
  • Developing strategies for improving infrastructure resilience to natural disasters
  • Analyzing the effects of climate change on infrastructure materials
  • Investigating the use of big data in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)
  • Developing sustainable solutions for landfill design and management
  • Studying the effects of water quality on infrastructure and the environment
  • Investigating the Use of blockchain technology in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the feasibility of using 3D printing in construction
  • Developing sustainable solutions for airport design and management
  • Analyzing the effects of seismic activity on infrastructure and the environment
  • Investigating the use of augmented reality (AR) in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of sustainable transportation infrastructure
  • Developing strategies for improving infrastructure cybersecurity
  • Studying the effects of noise barriers on nearby communities
  • Investigating the Effects of climate change on coastal infrastructure
  • Developing sustainable solutions for railway design and management
  • Analyzing the impacts of infrastructure on local economies
  • Investigating the use of machine learning (ML) in civil engineering
  • Evaluating the feasibility of using prefabrication in construction

In conclusion, The top 50 research ideas in civil engineering cover a broad range of topics, including sustainable construction, green infrastructure, and the use of technology in civil engineering. By incorporating these research ideas into their digital marketing strategy, civil engineers can improve their website’s search engine rankings and reach a wider audience.

Ultimately, the research ideas in civil engineering can help drive innovation and progress in the field toward a more sustainable and resilient future.

Hope, this article would help you know about the research and project ideas and topics in civil engieering. Happy Researching!

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Theses from 2023 2023.

The Current State of Practice of Building Information Modeling , Kevin P. Brooks, Civil Engineering

Comparison Of Scaling Performance Between Sidewalks Placed Using Hot and Cold Weather Concreting Procedures , Likhitha Rudraraju, Civil Engineering


The Effects of Hurricane Wind Field Characteristics on Wind Blade Loads , Michael S. Tsai, Civil Engineering

Post-Fire Damage Inspection of Concrete Tunnel Structures , James Viglas, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2022 2022

Measuring Accessibility to Food Services to Improve Public Health , Efthymia Kostopoulou, Civil Engineering

Euplectella Aspergillum’s Natural Lattice Structure for Structural Design & Stability Landscape of Thin Cylindrical Shells with Dimple Imperfections , Zoe Y. Sloane, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2021 2021

Post-Fire Assessment of Concrete Tunnel Structures , Nicholas C. Menz, Civil Engineering

Utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the Estimation of Beam Corrosion of Steel Bridge Girders , Gabrielle Pryor, Civil Engineering

Parametric Study of Integral Abutment Bridge Using Finite Element Model , Asako Takeuchi, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2020 2020

School Bus Routing To Allow Later School Start Times , Rana Eslamifard, Civil Engineering


Theses from 2019 2019

Sustainable Travel Incentives Optimization in Multimodal Networks , Hossein Ghafourian, Civil Engineering

High Fidelity Modeling of Cold-Formed Steel Single Lap Shear Screw Fastened Connections , Rita Kalo, Civil Engineering

Modeling the Effect of New Commuter Bus Service on Demand and the Impact on GHG Emissions: Application to Greater Boston , Christopher Lyman, Civil Engineering

Performance of Concrete Tunnel Systems Subject to Fault Displacement , Michael Morano, Civil Engineering

Behavior of Prestressed Concrete Bridges with Closure Pour Connections and Diaphragms , Gercelino Ramos, Civil Engineering

Analysis of Adhesive Anchorage Systems Under Extreme In-Service Temperature Conditions , Rachel Wang, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2018 2018

Driver Understanding of the Flashing Yellow Arrow and Dynamic No Turn on Red Sign for Right Turn Applications , Elizabeth Casola, Civil Engineering

Evaluating the Impact of Double-Parked Freight Deliveries on Signalized Arterial Control Delay Using Analytical Models and Simulation , Aaron J. Keegan, Civil Engineering

Reward Allocation For Maximizing Energy Savings In A Transportation System , Adewale O. Oduwole, Civil Engineering

Impact of S-Curve on Speed in a Modern Roundabout , Akshaey Sabhanayagam, Civil Engineering

All-Red Clearance Intervals for Use in the Left-Turn Application of Flashing Yellow Arrows , Francis Tainter, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2017 2017

Evaluation of New England Bridges for Bat Roosting Including Methodology and Case Studies , Angela Berthaume, Civil Engineering

Evaluating Variances Between Departments of Transportation in New England to Create a Strategic Transportation Workforce , Chelsea Bouchard, Civil Engineering

Development of High Early-Strength Concrete for Accelerated Bridge Construction Closure Pour Connections , Stephanie Castine, Civil Engineering


Performance of Adhesive and Cementitious Anchorage Systems , Mirna Mendoza, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2016 2016

Integrated Solar Technologies with Outdoor Pedestrian Bridge Superstructure Decking , Richard K. Racz, Civil Engineering


Theses from 2015 2015

Bonded Anchors in Concrete Under Sustained Loading , Douglas Droesch, Civil Engineering

An Observational Evaluation of Safety Resulting from Driver Distraction , Christina M. Dube, Civil Engineering

Measuring the Resilience of Transportation Networks Subject to Seismic Risk , Mark N. Furtado, Civil Engineering

Nano-Scale Investigation of Mechanical Characteristics of Main Phases of Hydrated Cement Paste , Shahin Hajilar, Civil Engineering

Driver Behavior Evaluation of Variable Speed Limits and a Conceptual Framework for Optimal VSL Location Identification , Curt P. Harrington, Civil Engineering

A Real-time Signal Control System to Minimize Emissions at Isolated Intersections , Farnoush Khalighi, Civil Engineering

Structural Vulnerability Assessment of Bridge Piers in the Event of Barge Collision , David A. Ribbans, Civil Engineering

Towards Sustainable Roundabouts: An Evaluation of Driver Behavior, Emissions, and Safety , Derek Roach, Civil Engineering

Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure Systems to Climatic Extreme Events , Alexandra C. Testa, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2014 2014

Short and Long-term Performance of a Skewed Integral Abutment Prestressed Concrete Bridge , Rami Bahjat, Civil Engineering

Performance of Circular Reinforced Concrete Bridge Piers Subjected to Vehicular Collisions , Nevin L. Gomez, Civil Engineering

Field and Analytical Studies of the First Folded Plate Girder Bridge , Man Hou Sit, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2013 2013

The Effect of Roadside Elements on Driver Behavior and Run-Off-the-Road Crash Severity , Cole D. Fitzpatrick, Civil Engineering

Evaluating At-Grade Rail Crossing Safety along the Knowledge Corridor in Massachusetts , Timothy P. Horan, Civil Engineering

An Evaluation of Alternative Technologies to Estimate Travel Time on Rural Interstates , Qiao Li, Civil Engineering

Operational and Safety-based Analyses of Varied Toll Lane Configurations , Ian A. Mckinnon, Civil Engineering

Preferred Sensor Selection for Damage Estimation in Civil Structures , Matthew Styckiewicz, Civil Engineering

An Evaluation of Drivers’ Cell Phone Use Prevalence and Safety Related Impacts , Keith E. Wenners, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2012 2012

Probabilistic Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbine Soil-Structure Interaction , Wystan Carswell, Civil Engineering

Vehicle Miles Traveled (vmt) Fee Financing Alternatives: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities , Ashley L. Costa, Civil Engineering

Evaluating and Modeling Traveler Response to Real-Time Information in the Pioneer Valley , Tyler De Ruiter, Civil Engineering

An Optimal Adaptive Routing Algorithm for Large-scale Stochastic Time-Dependent Networks , Jing Ding, Civil Engineering

A Quantitative Analysis of the Impacts from Selected Climate Variables Upon Traffic Safety in Massachusetts , Katrina M. Hecimovic, Civil Engineering

Automated Enforcement Using Dedicated Short Range Communication , Gilbert Kim, Civil Engineering

New Technologies in Short Span Bridges: A Study of Three Innovative Systems , Andrew Lahovich, Civil Engineering

Driver Dynamics and the Longitudinal Control Model , Gabriel G. Leiner, Civil Engineering

Interfacial Strength Between Prestressed Hollow Core Slabs and Cast-in-Place Concrete Toppings , Ryan M. Mones, Civil Engineering

User Equilibrium in a Disrupted Network with Real-Time Information and Heterogeneous Risk Attitude , Ryan J. Pothering, Civil Engineering

Spatial and Temporal Correlations of Freeway Link Speeds: An Empirical Study , Piotr J. Rachtan, Civil Engineering

Evaluation of Live-Load Distribution Factors (LLDFs) of Next Beam Bridges , Abhijeet Kumar Singh, Civil Engineering

Material Characterization and Computational Simulation of Steel Foam for Use in Structural Applications , Brooks H. Smith, Civil Engineering

Varied Applications of Work Zone Safety Analysis through the Investigation of Crash Data, Design, and Field Studies , Erica Swansen, Civil Engineering

Using Micro-Simulation Modeling to Evaluate Transit Signal Priority in Small-to-Medium Sized Urban Areas; Comparative Review of Vissim and S-Paramics Burlington, Vermont Case Study , Joseph C. Tyros, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2011 2011

Evaluating Alternative Toll-Based Financing Approaches: A Case Study of the Boston Metropolitan Area , Rosaria M. Berliner, Civil Engineering

Analysis of Measurement Errors Influence on the Quantitative and Qualitative Results of Car-Following Model Calibration , Mariya A. Maslova, Civil Engineering

Development of Anchorage System for Frp Strengthening Applications Using Integrated Frp Composite Anchors , Geoffrey N. Mcguirk, Civil Engineering

An Application of Spatially Based Crash Analyses and Road Safety Investigations to Increase Older Driver Safety , Deanna A. Peabody, Civil Engineering

Safety and Operational Assessment of Gap Acceptance Through Large-Scale Field Evaluation , Steven Maxwell Tupper, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2010 2010

Historic Bridge Evaluation Using Finite Element Techniques , Helena M. Charron, Civil Engineering

A Quantitative Analysis of the Impacts from Selected Variables Upon Safety Belt Usage in Massachusetts , Samuel W. Gregorio, Civil Engineering

Analysis of Curved Integral Abutment Bridges , Emre Kalayci, Civil Engineering

Material Characterization and Structural Response of Historic Truss Bridges , Sean L. Kelton, Civil Engineering

Earthquake Engineering Simulation with Flexible Cladding System , Jun Jie Li, Civil Engineering

Route Choice Behavior in Risky Networks with Real-Time Information , Michael D. Razo, Civil Engineering

Route Choice Behavior in a Driving Simulator With Real-time Information , Hengliang Tian, Civil Engineering

Investigation of the Behavior of Open Cell Aluminum Foam , Patrick J. Veale, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2009 2009

Computer-Assisted Emergency Evacuation Planning Using TransCAD: Case Studies in Western Massachusetts , Steven P. Andrews, Civil Engineering

Value of Traveler Information for Adaptive Routing in Stochastic Time-Dependent Networks , He Huang, Civil Engineering

Analytical Modeling of Tree Vibration Generated during Cutting Process , Payman Karvanirabori, Civil Engineering

Optimal Adaptive Departure Time Choices with Real-Time Traveler Information Considering Arrival Reliability , Xuan Lu, Civil Engineering

Seismic Energy Dissipation of Steel Buildings Using Engineered Cladding Systems , Quan Viet Nguyen, Civil Engineering

Developing an Evaluation Approach to Assess Large Scale Its Infrastructure Improvements: I-91 Project , Melissa Paciulli, Civil Engineering

Enhancing Concrete Barrier Reflectivity With A Focus On Recycled Glass Aggregate Replacement , Regina Shklyan, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2008 2008

Performance Evaluation Of Existing Steel And Concrete Girder Bridges Through Non-destructive Live-load Testing , Andrew E. Jeffrey, Civil Engineering

Evaluation of Traffic Simulation Models for Work Zones in the New England Area , Pothu Raju Khanta, Civil Engineering

The Application of Traffic Calming and Related Strategies in an Urban Environment , Stacy A. Metzger, Civil Engineering

Terrazzo Cracking: Causes and Remedies , Michael J. Mitchell III, Civil Engineering

Anchorage of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers to Reinforced Concrete in Shear Applications , Carl W. Niemitz, Civil Engineering

Measurement and Computational Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Parallel Strand Lumber , Russell S. Winans, Civil Engineering

An Evaluation of Simulation Models To Assess Travel Delay In Work Zones , Fan Wu, Civil Engineering

Theses from 2007 2007

An Analysis Of The Saftey Effects Of Crosswalks With In-pavement Warning Lights , George Gadiel, Civil Engineering

The Development of a Dynamic-Interactive-Vehicle Model for Modeling Traffic Beyond the Microscopic Level , Dwayne A. Henclewood, Civil Engineering

A Comparative Evaluation of Crash Data Quality Identification Methods , Arianna M. Mickee, Civil Engineering

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150+ Best Engineering Research Topics for Students To Consider

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Engineering is a wide field of study that is divided into various branches such as Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics, Chemical, etc. Basically, each branch has thousands of engineering research topics to focus on. Hence, when you are asked to prepare an engineering research paper or dissertation for your final year assignments, you might experience difficulties with identifying a perfect topic. But hereafter, you need not worry about topic selection because to make the topic selection process easier for you, here we have suggested some tips for choosing a good engineering research topic. Additionally, we have also shared a list of the best 150+ engineering research paper topics on various specializations. Continue reading this blog to get exclusive ideas for engineering research paper writing.

Engineering Research Paper Topic Selection Tips

When it comes to research in the field of engineering, identifying the best engineering research topic is the first step. So, during that process, in order to identify the right topic, consider the following tips.

  • Choose a topic from the research area matching your interest.
  • Give preference to a topic that has a large scope to conduct research activities.
  • Pick a topic that has several reference materials and evidence supporting your analysis.
  • Avoid choosing an already or frequently discussed topic. If the topic is popular, discuss it from a different perspective.
  • Never choose a larger topic that is tough to complete before the deadline.
  • Finalize the topic only if it satisfies your academic requirements.

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List of the Best Engineering Research Topics

Are you searching for the top engineering project ideas? Would you have to complete your academic paper on the best engineering research topic? If yes, then take a look below. Here, we have suggested a few interesting engineering topics in various disciplines that you can consider for your research or dissertation.

Top Engineering Research Topics

Mechanical Engineering Research Topics

  • How does the study of robotics benefit from a mechanical engineering background?
  • How can a new composite substitute reduce costs in large heat exchangers?
  • Which will become the predominant energy technology this century?
  • Why structural analysis is considered the foundation of mechanical engineering?
  • Why is cast iron used in the engines of large ships?
  • What is the finite element approach and why is it essential?
  • Why is the flow of fluids important in mechanical engineering?
  • What impact does mechanical engineering have in the medical field?
  • How do sports incorporate mechanical engineering theories?
  • What is the process of thermal heat transfer in machines?
  • How can solar panels reduce energy costs in developing countries?
  • In what ways is mechanical engineering at the forefront of the field?
  • How do various elements interact differently with energy?
  • How can companies improve manufacturing through new mechanical theories?

Additional Research Paper Topics on Mechanical Engineering

  • Power generation: Extremely low emission technology.
  •   Rail and wheel wear during the presence of third-body materials.
  •  Studying the impact of athletic shoe properties on running performance and injuries
  • Evaluating teeth decay using patient-specific tools
  •   Nanotechnology.
  • Describe the newly developed methods and applications in Vibration Systems
  • Perspective or general Commentaries on the methods and protocols relevant to the research relating to Vibration Systems
  • Software-related technology for Visibility of end-to-end operations for employee and management efficiencies
  • What should be the best strategies to apply in the planning for consumer demand and responsiveness using data analytics
  • Analysis of the monitoring of manufacturing processes using IOT/AI
  • Critical analysis of the advancing digital manufacturing with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) Data Analytics
  • Pyrolysis and Oxidation for Production and Consumption of Strongly Oxygenated Hydrocarbons as Chemical Energy Carriers: Explain
  • Explore the most effective strategies for fatigue-fracture and failure prevention of automotive engines and the importance of such prevention
  • Explore the turbomachinery performance and stability enhancement by means of end-wall flow modification
  • Production optimization, engine performance, and tribological characteristics of biofuels and their blends in internal combustion engines as alternative fuels: Explain

Civil Engineering Research Topics

  • The use of sustainable materials for construction: design and delivery methods.
  • State-of-the-art practice for recycling in the construction industry.
  • In-depth research on the wastewater treatment process
  • Building Information Modelling in the construction industry
  • Research to study the impact of sustainability concepts on organizational growth and development.
  • The use of warm-mix asphalt in road construction
  • Development of sustainable homes making use of renewable energy sources.
  • The role of environmental assessment tools in sustainable construction
  • Research to study the properties of concrete to achieve sustainability.
  • A high-level review of the barriers and drivers for sustainable buildings in developing countries
  • Sustainable technologies for the building construction industry
  • Research regarding micromechanics of granular materials.
  • Research to set up remote sensing applications to assist in the development of sustainable construction techniques.
  • Key factors and risk factors associated with the construction of high-rise buildings.
  • Use of a single-phase bridge rectifier
  • Hydraulic Engineering: A Brief Overview
  • Application of GIS techniques for planetary and space exploration
  •   Reengineering the manufacturing systems for the future.
  • Production Planning and Control.
  •   Project Management.
  •   Quality Control and Management.
  •   Reliability and Maintenance Engineering.

Environmental Engineering Research Paper Topics

  • Design and development of a system for measuring the carbon index of energy-intensive companies.
  • Improving processes to reduce kWh usage.
  • How can water conductivity probes help determine water quality and how can water be reused?
  • A study of compressor operations on a forging site and mapping operations to identify and remove energy waste.
  • A project to set up ways to measure natural gas flow ultrasonically and identify waste areas.
  • Developing a compact device to measure energy use for a household.
  • What are carbon credits and how can organizations generate them?
  • Production of biogas is from organic coral waste.
  • Analyzing the impact of the aviation industry on the environment and the potential ways to reduce it.
  • How can voltage reduction devices help organizations achieve efficiency in electricity usage?
  • What technologies exist to minimize the waste caused by offshore drilling?
  • Identify the ways by which efficient control systems using information systems can be introduced to study the energy usage in a machining factory.
  • The process mapping techniques to identify bottlenecks for the supply chain industry.
  • Process improvement techniques to identify and remove waste in the automotive industry.
  • In what ways do green buildings improve the quality of life?
  • Discussion on the need to develop green cities to ensure environmental sustainability
  • Process of carbon dioxide sequestration, separation, and utilization
  • Development of facilities for wastewater treatment

Environmental Engineering Research Topics

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Electrical Engineering Research Topics

  • Research to study transformer losses and reduce energy loss.
  • How does an ultra-low-power integrated circuit work?
  • Setting up a control system to monitor the process usage of compressors.
  • Integration of smart metering pulsed outputs with wireless area networks and access to real-time data.
  • What are the problems of using semiconductor topology?
  • Developing effective strategies and methodical systems for paying as-you-go charging for electric vehicles.
  • A detailed review and investigation into the key issues and challenges facing rechargeable lithium batteries.
  • Trends and challenges in electric vehicles technologies
  • Research to investigate, develop and introduce schemes to ensure efficient energy consumption by electrical machines.
  • What is meant by regenerative braking?
  • Smart charging of electric vehicles on the motorway
  • Research to study metering techniques to control and improve efficiency.
  • Develop a scheme to normalize compressor output to kWh.
  • Research to introduce smart metering concepts to ensure efficient use of electricity.
  • What is the most accurate method of forecasting electric loads?
  • Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
  • Use of DC-to-DC converter in DC (Direct Current) power grid
  • Development of Microgrid Integration

Electronics and Communications Engineering Research Topics

  • Developing the embedded communication system for the national grid to optimize energy usage.
  • Improvement of inter-symbol interference in optical communications.
  • Defining the boundaries of electrical signals for current electronics systems.
  • The limitation of fiber optic communication systems and the possibility of improving their efficiency.
  • Gaussian pulse analysis and the improvement of this pulse to reduce errors.
  • A study of the various forms of errors and the development of an equalization technique to reduce the error rates in data.
  • Realizing the potential of RFID in the improvement of the supply chain.
  • Design of high-speed communication circuits that effectively cut down signal noise.
  • Radiation in integrated circuits and electronic devices.
  • Spectral sensing research for water monitoring applications and frontier science and technology for chemical, biological, and radiological defense.

Computer and Software Engineering Research Topics

  • How do businesses benefit from the use of data mining technologies?
  • What are the risks of implementing radio-controlled home locks?
  • To what extent should humans interact with computer technologies?
  • Are financial trading systems operating over the web putting clients at risk?
  • What challenges do organizations face with supply chain traceability?
  • Do chatbot technologies negatively impact customer service?
  • What does the future of computer engineering look like?
  • What are the major concepts of software engineering?
  • Are fingerprint-based money machines safe to use?
  • What are the biggest challenges of using different programming languages?
  • The role of risk management in information technology systems of organizations.
  • In what ways does MOOD enhancement help software reliability?
  • Are fingerprint-based voting systems the way of the future?
  • How can one use an AES algorithm for the encryption of images?
  • How can biological techniques be applied to software fault detection?

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Network and Cybersecurity Engineering Research Topics

  • Write about Cybersecurity and malware connection.
  • How to detect mobile phone hacking.
  • Discuss Network intrusion detection and remedies.
  • How to improve network security using attack graph models.
  • Explain Modern virus encryption technology.
  • Investigate the importance of algorithm encryption.
  • Discuss the role of a firewall in securing networks.
  • Write about the global cybersecurity strategy.
  • Discuss the Privacy and security issues in chatbots.
  • Write about Cloud security engineering specifics

Industrial Engineering Research Paper Topics

  • The application of lean or Six Sigma in hospitals and services-related industries.
  • The use of operation research techniques to reduce cost or improve efficiency.
  • Advanced manufacturing techniques like additive manufacturing.
  • Innovation as a Complex Adaptive System.
  • CAD-based optimization in any manufacturing environment.
  • Gap analysis in any manufacturing firm.
  • The impact of 3D printing in the manufacturing sector.
  • Simulating a real-life manufacturing environment into simulating software
  • The rise of design and its use in the developing world.
  • Building a network-based methodology to model supply chain systems.
  • Risk optimization With P-order comic constraint
  • Technology and its impact on mass customization
  • How project management becomes more complex with disparate teams and outsourced functions?
  • Scheduling problem for health care patients.

Biomedical Engineering Research Ideas

  • How does the use of medical imaging help patients with higher risks?
  • How can rehabilitation techniques be used to improve a patient’s quality of life?
  • In what ways can biomaterials be used to deliver medications more efficiently?
  • What impact does medical virtual reality have on a patient’s care?
  • What advancements have been made in the field of neural technology?
  • How does nanotechnology pave the way for further advancements in this field?
  • What is computational biology and how does it impact our lives?
  • How accurate are early diagnosis systems in detecting heart diseases?
  • What does the future hold for technology-fueled medications?
  • What are the guiding principles of biomedical engineering research?

Read more: Top Biology Research Topics for Academic Writing

Chemical Engineering Research Topics

  • How can epoxy resins withstand the force generated by a firing gun?
  • The use of software affected design aspects in chemical engineering.
  • What challenges are there for biochemical engineering to support health?
  • The advancements of plastic technology in the last half-century.
  • How can chemical technologies be used to diagnose diseases?
  • What are the most efficient pathways to the development of biofuels?
  • How can charcoal particles be used to filter water in developing countries?
  • Increased production of pharmacy drugs in many countries.
  • How do complex fluids and polymers create more sustainable machinery?

Miscellaneous Engineering Research Ideas

  • Sensing and controlling the intensity of light in LEDs.
  • Design and development of a pressure sensor for a solar thermal panel.
  • Development of microsensors to measure oil flow rate in tanks.
  • How can organizations achieve success by reducing bottlenecks in the supply chain?
  • Research to identify efficient logistics operations within a supply chain.
  • Developing frameworks for sustainable assessments taking into account eco-engineering measures.
  • Research to identify process improvement plans to support business strategies.
  • What can engineers do to address the problems with climate change?
  • The impact of training on knowledge performance index within the supply chain industry.
  • Research to introduce efficiency within information systems and support the timely transfer of knowledge and information.

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Civil engineering faculty are actively engaged in a wide range of research areas including construction management, geotechnical engineering, materials, structures, transportation and water resources. Geotechnical research pertains to in situ testing of soils, fiber-optic sensors in soils and evaluation of pavements. Research in materials is being conducted in the areas of concrete materials at a fundamental level using nanotechnology to characterize their mechanical properties, fiber-reinforced concrete and nondestructive testing technologies, and stabilization of waste materials for beneficial uses. Structural engineering research is in the areas of wind and seismic engineering, control of vibrations, catastrophe risk modeling and wireless instrumentation development. Transportation research combines mathematical programming, network science and behavioral modeling to develop new transportation paradigms. Research activities include integration of novel truck datasets and analytics into enhanced models, development of business strategies for sustainable transportation, resilience in global interdependent systems and technological opportunities for freight transportation. Water resources research includes numerical groundwater modeling, design and performance of stormwater management systems, and physical modeling of unstable saltwater systems in groundwater.

Laboratories for research and instructional activities are available in the areas of materials and structures and soil mechanics. The materials and structures laboratory is equipped with several universal testing machines for physical testing, and equipment and instrumentation for experimental stress analysis. The soil mechanics laboratory contains commercial equipment for evaluating the engineering properties of soils.

Faculty research has been supported through several grants from the federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Research Council of Canada, Florida Department of Energy, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Energy Management, Florida Department of Community Affairs/FEMA etc.

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Dr. Pandit  and  Dr. Heck  have worked together in several projects. While Dr. Pandit is an expert modeler, Dr. Heck’s expertise lies in laboratory and field data collection. Dr. Pandit has developed two finite-element ground water models, GROSEEP (Groundwater Seepage) and SOLTRA (Solute Transport), and two non-point source models CALSIM (Continuous Annual Load Simulation Model) and WEANES (Wet Pond Annual Efficiency Simulation). The research areas of interest of the faculty members in the Water Resources/Environmental Engineering area are listed below.

Numerical modeling of contaminant transport in subsurface media : We have recently conducted field, laboratory and numerical experiments to estimate the transport of groundwater seepages and nutrient loadings into a coastal estuary known as the Indian River lagoon from the adjacent watershed. Two of the numerical models used for this study are MODFLOW and SEAWAT. This research is part of a more comprehensive effort to determine nutrient loads into the Indian River Lagoon from various sources such as surface water flowing through canals, septic tanks and “muck”. Links to our recent publications and presentations are provided below: (Links 1 to 4)

Unstable flows using physical models : There are many real-world situations where a mass of relatively heavier fluid overlies a porous media containing a lighter fluid. For example, this is fairly common at landfills and waste dump sites, saline disposal basins, seawater inundation along coastal aquifers, and in estuaries. We have conducted laboratory and numerical experiments to study the transport mechanisms of overlying, heavier saltwater into underlying freshwater under various conditions. Links to a presentation we recently made is provided below. (Link 5)

Stormwater management : Our main areas of interest in Stormwater Management are in predicting non-point source nutrient loads from watersheds and in understanding the removal efficiencies of best management practices used to remove pollutants generated by non-point sources. Links to our publications are provided below. (Link 6)

Numerical modeling to understand the effect of seawater rise on saltwater intrusion

Geotechnical Engineering

Dr. Paul Cosentino’s  research areas includes projects funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Research includes miniaturization of the PENCEL Pressuremeter for evaluating unbound pavement layers, standard penetration testing to evaluate high pile rebound in Florida soils and quantifying pile rebound with LASER measuring systems best suited for Florida.

Structural Engineering

Dr. Nakin Suksawang’s  areas of focus include analyzing and designing of fiber reinforced concrete structure, use of fiber reinforcement concrete in thin overlay and closure pours,  development of a resistivity based concrete service life model, assessment of resistance factors and reliability index for existing structures and non-conventional materials, development of textile-reinforced concrete for structural applications and service-life prediction based on real-time structural health monitoring data.

Dr. Jean Paul Pinelli ’s areas of focus include development of catastrophe risk models with special emphasis on the vulnerability of the built environment to typhoons, disaster risk management and risk mapping, evaluation of the benefit and cost of wind, surge, and flood mitigation measure, development of cyber-infrastructure for natural hazard engineering research, measurement & characterization of typhoon wind loads on structures using a wireless sensing networking system and wind mitigation and performance-based design of tall buildings with semi-active dampers.

Transportation Engineering

Dr. Rodrigo Mesa Arango  research in transportation engineering includes the   identification of hierarchical value-chains encompassing freight transportation and logistics sectors in the United States with network-analysis approaches. Other research areas of focus include simulation and analysis of the impacts of automated truck platoons on travel time and reliability at freeway diverge areas.

Development of bidding advisory models for carriers in trucking combinatorial auctions. Three related papers published in Transportation Research Part E ( Paper 1 ,  Paper 2 ,  Paper 3 ), and one in Transportation Research Record. Several presentations in the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, International Symposium of Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT), and INFORMS. Examples:  Presentation 1 .  Presentation 2  among others.

Application of complex network analysis tools to describe the evolution of international trade networks. One related publication in the International Trade Working Paper series (Commonwealth Secretariat). One related presentation in the  94 th  Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board .

Incorporation of freight transportation models in travel demand forecasting and transportation planning applications. One related publication in the  Journal of Transportation Safety & Security , and another publication in  Transportation Research Record . One project is sponsored by Nextrans . One related presentation in the 92 nd  Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

Development of multiclass dynamic traffic assignment paradigms to model the car-truck interaction. Research published in the  Journal of Intelligent Transportation System .

Construction of behavioral models to understand the decisions of evacuees during hurricane evacuations. Three related papers published in  Transportation Research Part C ,  Natural Hazards Review , and  ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering .

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The goals of this assignment are to (1) Introduce you to the basics of configuration testing (Ctest) which can help to select your course project. (2) Encourage you to reflect on and describe some difficulties you've faced in your development to inspire potential course projects.

Please complete this MP individually  – if you have any questions, please ask on Campuswire, preferably as private posts.

You should have already accessed your  VM  in MP1; if you still have issues, please ask on Campuswire.  Reminder:  Access to the VMs is restricted to the university network, so please follow instructions from  Online Information .

The university-provided VM ensures that we all have the same platform. (We can offer some help for debugging on this platform but not on other platforms.)

Part 1: Configuration Tests

Your task is to work with so-called "configuration tests", or "Ctests" in short. Configuration tests are software tests that exercise software code under different configuration values. They can be used to test the safety of configuration changes – one of the dominant causes of system failures and service outages.

Deliverables (p lace these in the root path of your 'cs527' repository, next to '' and '') : 

  • mp2.patch (optional)

Step 1.1: Read the Ctest research paper

First, read/skim the Ctest research paper before doing the task – understanding the basic concepts of Ctest and configuration testing will make the technical work much easier.

Step 1.2: Run Ctest examples

To understand the Ctest better, let’s first run some existing Ctests. We will use Hadoop as the software project in this task. Hadoop is a large-scale distributed data analytic framework. Like any mature software project, Hadoop includes a lot of tests.

Setting up the Environment:

Check out the IDoCT repo.

Check out the Hadoop repo (commit:  a3b9c37a397ad4188041dd80621bdeefc46885f2 , corresponding to " rel/release-3.3.1 ").

(optional)  run all the Hadoop common tests (and note how long it takes for you).

run the specific test which we will use later.

Apply the Ctest patch which intercepts the configuration values read by the tests.

Apply the coverage patch which updates the version of Clover to 4.4.1 which does not require  a license key:

Play with Ctest:

Run a Ctest with a “good” configuration value, which is string “ AES/CTR/NoPadding ”, for configuration parameter “ ”. The value is the default value . By definition, the Ctest should pass for any good values. So the Ctest run should pass.

The test coverage information of step #1 is stored in the folder $hadoop_dir/hadoop-common-project/hadoop-common/target/clover. You can use the following command to get the key information, and you can read this page to know the meaning of each metric.

Run a Ctest with a “bad” configuration value “ AES/CTR/Padding ” for the same configuration parameter. The value is incorrect. This Ctest run should fail.

The test coverage of step #3 should differ from the test coverage of step #1 due to the test failure. You can use the following command to check the diff.

Review the test code with your preferred editor:

Note : The test failed at Line 62 , throwing an IllegalArgumentException .

The Ctest may not always fail with the BAD value. But the coverage will potentially change. In this example, we want you to find how much the coverage changes even when the BAD value does not fail the test. Run these two commands (and some more but we are intentionally not telling you which exact more) to obtain the coverage for the test  TestSFTPContractSeek#testReadAtExactEOF with two different configuration values.

SMALL TASK:   Please refer to the clover report(s) and p ut the value of 'coveredmethods' of command1 and command2 to the first line  of, in the form of "command1: {coveredmethods of command1}, command2: {coveredmethods of command2}".

Step 1.3:  (optional)  instrument the configuration interface.

Note:   This step is optional. You can directly check the  results in the IDoCT repo.

To understand which parameters are exercised by a given test, we need to instrument the configuration interface, which is often abstracted as GET and SET methods (the former reads the value of a configuration parameter, and the latter (re)sets a value of a configuration parameter). In this way, we can know for each test what configuration parameters are exercised during the test run (e.g., the parameter values are read by the GET call) and what parameters are reset during the test run (e.g., the parameter values are reset by the SET call). The final result is a mapping file, which maps each test to the parameters that are read by GET, excluding the parameters that are reset by SET.

Step 1.4:  Create New Ctests

Let's now dive into the heart of your assignment - the creation of the Ctests (mostly creation of configuration values for the Ctests, with some potential test revisions).

Many software tests can be directly used as Ctest as exemplified in Step 1.2. However, not all software tests can be effortlessly transformed into Ctests due to hard-coded logic and oracles specific to a configuration value.

1) Test Selection :

In this task, you need to create 2 Ctests . Substitute "marinov" with your NetID in the command below, and select the tests  sequentially :

2) Ctest Validation:

For each chosen test, c heck whether the test has hard-coded logic and oracles specific to a configuration value. 

  • To check it, y ou need to check  all the parameters  for this test in the mapping ( You can find here  the mapping file  that would be generated in a previous step).
  • For each parameter, try a few different values with  the same type  as the default values  to see whether the test will pass or fail. You probably want to  automate some of this work as it can be rather tedious to do it all manually. 
  • If the test cannot be directly used as a Ctest, because it fails for many/all GOOD values besides the default value, then revise the test as per "3) Test Revision", or simple skip this test and go to the next chosen test.
  • For each test that you make a Ctest, a dd your results to the  mp2.csv file following the format of ctest_metadata.tsv   and push it to your repo .

              Note1:  Your file should have the following columns (but separated with TAB not comma, because some values may have a comma):                             REPO, SHA, CONFIG_PARAMETER, TEST_NAME, VALUE, TYPE(GOOD|BAD), RESULT(PASS|FAIL), COVERAGE_CHANGE(YES|NO)                    ,  a3b9c37a397ad4188041dd80621bdeefc46885f2,  Parameter you choose , org.apache.hadoop.TestClass#testMethod, CS527, GOOD, PASS, YES                             .....................                  Note2: Reminder that a GOOD value is one for which the test is expected to pass, and a BAD value is one for which the test is expected to fail.                          But a test may not behave as expected:

  • 1)  A "GOOD" value might cause a test failure due to hard-coded logics or oracles.
  • 2)  A test might pass even with a "BAD" value, often because the test can't detect this incorrect value.

             Note3:  The COVERAGE column refers to the 'coveredmethods' metric in the Clover report. The 'coveredmethods' might fluctuate even with the same value, without any change (in other wods, the coverage can be non-deterministic or "flaky", even for the same code and same configuration). Therefore, we want a difference of at least 10 covered methods to signify a coverage change.

            TASK 1 : (Correctness):  For  each  parameter, list in mp2.csv a minimum of three distinct GOOD values (excluding default ones) that result in a  Ctest  pass .  If a parameter's value is boolean (or if it offers fewer than three possible values), it suffices to list only two values, e.g., true and false.  For some parameters, it can be difficult to find the values (e.g., mostly due to poor documentation or the default value being empty so it’s hard for you to mutate), so you would need to check how the parameters are used in the code.

             TASK2 :   (Effectiveness): For each Ctest ,  list in mp2.csv at least one instance where the Ctest fails due to at least one BAD value (should be the same type as the default value) associated with a parameter. If you can list more than one, it's even better. :)

             TASK3 : (False Negative or Inconsistency):  For each Ctest, list in mp2.csv  at least one instance where, regardless of whether a value is GOOD or BAD, the Ctest passes but the coverage differs ( which means the metric  coveredstatements   has diff > 10 compared with the default value) .  If you can list more than one, it's even better. :)

             TASK4 : (Analysis of False Negative or Inconsistency ):  For  each  instance found in TASK3, document the detailed explanation in .

  • If the value is GOOD, explain  why there's a disparity in coverage compared to the default value and cite the relevant sections of the Hadoop code that justify your observations .
  • If the value is BAD , explain  why there's a disparity in coverage compared to the default value and cite the relevant sections of the Hadoop code.  Moreover, clarify why the Ctest does not fail despite the BAD value and the coverage difference.

3) Test Revision:

Optionally, if one of your chosen tests in the previous step cannot be easily turned into a Ctest, then you can rewrite the test (or proceed to the next chosen test). Rewrite the test so that it can be used as a Ctest for the parameters it exercises (excluding the parameters that the test resets). Sections 4.3 and 5.4 from the  Ctest paper  present examples of rewriting tests into Ctests. If you revise the test code, generate the patch named mp2.patch (if you don't know how to generate the patch file, please follow the instruction  online ) and push it to your repo.  If you believe the test cannot be rewritten into a Ctest, choose another test. If you modify two (or more) tests, add all the changes into just one mp2.patch .

Step 1.5:  Report your results

Git add+commit+push mp2.csv, , and optionally mp2.patch  to the root path of your cs527 repo (i.e., the location should be "" but replace "lian7" with your NetID).

  • mp2.csv : Your result should satisfy correctness and effectiveness . Please add your results to mp2.csv file following the format of  ctest_metadata.csv .
  • : You should put the result of the small tasks (step 1.2) to the first line and document the analysis (task4) subsequently.
  • optional mp2.patch : If you revise the original test, please generate the patch named mp2.patch . Examples can be found here . Please base your work on a3b9c37a397ad4188041dd80621bdeefc46885f2 .
  • Can I use the latest SHA for Hadoop? No, please use the SHA for rel/release-3.3.1 (a3b9c37a397ad4188041dd80621bdeefc46885f2) .

How can I find the default value of a configuration parameter? You can refer to the file to search the default value.

If you want to learn more about configuration tests, you may want to read/skim some research papers. First, you may check these resources for how to read research papers in general, and how to write papers in software engineering or systems:

[1] How to Read an Engineering Research Paper by William G. Griswold

[2] Writing Good Software Engineering Research Papers by Mary Shaw (ICSE 2003)

[3] How (and How Not) to Write a Good Systems Paper by Roy Levin and David D. Redell ( ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review, 1983)

You may also read/skim papers more related to your task:

[1] Testing Configuration Changes in Context to Prevent Production Failures by Xudong Sun, Runxiang Cheng, Jianyan Chen, Elaine Ang, Owolabi Legunsen, and Tianyin Xu (OSDI 2020)

[2] Test-Case Prioritization for Configuration Testing by Runxiang Cheng, Lingming Zhang, Darko Marinov, and Tianyin Xu (ISSTA 2021)

[3]  Test Selection for Unified Regression Testing  by  Shuai Wang, Xinyu Lian, Darko Marinov, and Tianyin Xu (ICSE 2023)

Part 2: Bonus Points for discussing difficulties in Your Software Development and Testing

Deliverable:  in your cs527 repo

In , list at least  two  difficulties that you often encounter during software development – design, implementation, documentation, building, testing, debugging, maintenance, or otherwise.  At least one of the difficulties should be related to building and testing software.  For each such difficulty, discuss the underlying cause. Is there some way that automated tools could help? If applicable, describe your own experience on how you alleviated/solved this problem, especially if you use some automated tool for your solution.

Below are some examples. You should come up with your own. Your list need not be nearly this long, but each item should be  more substantial . Discuss the problem: motivate why people should care about it, explain why it is not easy to solve or work around, and brainstorm some possible solutions.

  • ((Flaky tests are already covered in MP1 in 2023)) Some test failures are not due to the bugs in the code under test but due to bugs in the test code or build infrastructure. Such tests are often called "flaky tests". (For one study of flaky tests and one tool that finds some kind of flaky tests, you can skim through these papers:  An Empirical Analysis of Flaky Tests  or  Detecting Assumptions on Deterministic Implementations of Non-deterministic Specifications .)
  • Large, comprehensive test suites tend to take a long time to execute. That may discourage developers from using them as frequently as they ought to, or may slow them down waiting for tests to complete when they could be moving on to other tasks. (For some example ideas on speeding up test execution, you can skim through these papers:  An Extensive Study of Static Regression Test Selection in Modern Software Evolution  or  Optimizing Test Placement for Module-Level Regression Testing .) 
  • Test suites are crucial for preventing bugs and improving confidence in programs, but are difficult and tedious to create and maintain. (For an example older project in helping with test maintenance, see  ReAssert: Suggesting Repairs for Broken Unit Tests .)
  • Some program analyses produce so much output that it is difficult or time-consuming to separate the useful information from spurious reports, lengthy/redundant information, or even false alarms that do not point to real bugs but stem from the imprecision of the tool. (For an example evaluation of one kind of analysis, you can skim through this paper:  How Good are the Specs? A Study of the Bug-Finding Effectiveness of Existing Java API Specifications .)
  • Setting up a consistent build environment can be rather hard as it needs to ensure that the right platform is used (the right OS, the right libraries, the right versions, the right dependencies). Containers and virtual machines help, but even they require some set up.
  • Reusing code requires an understanding of its behavior. Most code is not documented, however. This lack of specifications and documentation makes it difficult to use the code and difficult to know its assumptions or operational parameters (the values over which it has been tested and is known to work).
  • In dynamically-typed languages, it is easy to apply illegal operations to data, and for such errors to be latent for long periods until some input exposes them. Even if easily reproducible, they might be exposed only after other long-running computations, making them difficult to detect. This sort of error is particularly frequent when accessing deeply-nested data structures: it is easy to forget one level of dereference.
  • Large components are often more worth reusing than small ones. However, they are also more likely to make assumptions (such as that they control execution of the program, that there is no need for thread safety, or that batch processing is acceptable) that may not be acceptable to an integrator who wishes to use these large components.

Avoid discussing implementation annoyances unless you can identify an underlying principle. (Example: "Windows (or GNU/Linux) lacks this feature that GNU/Linux (or Windows) has.") Avoid mentioning difficulties in performing tasks that don't matter. (Example: "I can't determine the cyclomatic complexity of my Tcl code." Not many people care about cyclomatic complexity or Tcl.) Avoid problems that are extremely minor or that can be solved easily. (Example: "I often fail to balance delimiters before attempting to compile a file." This costs only a few moments of compile time, and a few lines of Emacs Lisp or another modern IDE can detect this when you write a file to disk, saving even more time.)

1 bonus point will be awarded for the qualified answer ( Note:   you need to list at least TWO difficulties). If you submit careful thought about very interesting problems and issues, you will get 2 bonus points. In particular, if you discuss good ideas here, they could lead to identifying your course project.


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    Configuration tests are software tests that exercise software code under different configuration values. They can be used to test the safety of configuration changes - one of the dominant causes of system failures and service outages. Deliverables (place these in the root path of your 'cs527' repository, next to '' and ''): mp2.csv.