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1st Edition

Fundamentals of Sustainability in Civil Engineering

ISBN 9781498775120
Published April 5, 2017 by CRC Press
178 Pages 100 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book will provide a foundation to understand the development of sustainability in civil engineering, and tools to address the three pillars of sustainability: economics, environment, and society. It will also include case studies in the four major areas of civil engineering: environmental, structural, geotechnical, and transportation, and utilize the concepts found on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. It is intended for upper-level civil engineering sustainability courses. In addition, practical report writing and presentation giving will be proposed as evaluation metrics versus standard numerical questions and exam-based evaluations found in most civil engineering courses.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Sustainability. Economic Sustainability. Environmental Sustainability. Social Sustainability. Environmental Sustainability. Structural Sustainability. Geotechnical Sustainability. Transportation Sustainability. Tomorrow’s Sustainability.

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Dr. Andrew Braham graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in May 2000 and Master’s of Science Degree in May 2002. From June 2002 through December 2004, Dr. Braham worked with Koch Materials Company as a field engineering and a research engineer. In June 2005, Dr. Braham returned to school to obtain his Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois. He graduated in December 2008. For the next two years, from February 2009 to November 2010, Dr. Braham was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. In November 2010, Dr. Braham began work as an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas, where he has continued to study transportation materials, while expanding into sustainability. A major component of Dr. Braham’s laboratory deals with pavement maintenance and rehabilitation products and advanced pavement materials characterization. During his four years in academia, Dr. Braham has graduated six MS students in the area of transportation engineering. He has performed studies for the National Science Foundation, private industry, Hebei Province (China), Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, and Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center. He has seventeen peer reviewed journal publications and has given over 85 presentations around the world. He was awarded the 2012 and 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award and received a New Faculty Teaching Commendation in 2012 from the University of Arkansas. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in transportation engineering, pavement design, and sustainability.


"Fundamentals of Sustainability in Civil Engineering provides a broad overview of sustainability in specific terms that make the concept more approachable to students and Civil Engineers. These concepts are reinforced with practical examples from everyday engineering that demonstrate how sustainability currently serves as a cornerstone to Civil Engineering and will continue to drive innovation in this field for many years to come."
— Shane Underwood, Arizona State University, USA

"A simple and easy to understand approach to the subject. The book is stripped down to the basics so allowing rapid assimilation of each topic."
—Peter Braithwaite, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

"Fundamentals of Sustainability in Civil Engineering is written in down-to-earth language, suitable for those for whom sustainability is a new or unknown area of knowledge. Concepts are illustrated with practical examples to enable students to get a ‘real-world’ understanding of complex issues in the field."
— Zola K. Moon, University of Arkansas, USA