Arpad Horvath

CE268E Civil Systems and the Environment

Fall 2022

Description: Methods and tools for economic and environmental analysis of civil systems. Life-cycle planning, design, costing, financing, and environmental assessment. Industrial ecology, design for environment, pollution prevention, external costs. Models and software tools for life-cycle economic and environmental inventory, impact, and improvement analysis of engineered systems. Focus on manufacturing, construction, transportation, operation and maintenance, and end of life.


  • To develop knowledge of the economic and environmental implications of engineered systems. Examples focus on products, processes, and services, with particular emphasis on infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing, and the service industries.
  • To educate “tomorrow’s civil systems engineers and master integrators” about the concepts, methods, and tools of environmentally-conscious construction, transportation, and infrastructure.
  • To teach practical methods and tools needed to reduce the environmental footprint of engineered systems, thus contributing to sustainable development.
  • To initiate research on the interactions of engineered systems and the environment.
  • To gain hands-on experience with the latest environmental assessment methods and software.

After taking this course, students will be able to analyze the environmental impacts of engineered systems.

Class Schedule: The class is scheduled to meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:10 to 10:00 am in 502 Davis Hall. The lecture and assignment schedule is below.

Text and Readings.  There will be a printed course Reader (for purchase) with about 40 readings.

Course project. The course will provide an opportunity for the development of an original research report/paper that analyzes current environmental issues and presents alternative solutions. The goal is to make an original contribution to the environmental systems analysis or policy discourse, and if possible, literature.

A course project should be completed in groups of 5-6 students on a topic of your choosing, mutually agreed upon with the instructor. The instructor will review the abstract of the project, and approve it or suggest changes if appropriate. The project should be written up in a midterm and a final report of professional quality, addressing the relevant issues and actual or possible solutions, with references to the literature. A final presentation of the course project will be scheduled in the last two weeks of the semester.

Assignments, Examinations and Grading.  Contributions to the course grade are:

3 homeworks @8% (24%)

Midterm project report (20%)

Final project presentation (5%) and final project report (31%)

Take-home final exam (20%)



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