University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (MB), Canada

Research Methods and Communications in Civil Engineering (CIVL 7990) - F2018
This course is co-taught by a team of instructors (course coordinator: Dr. Ahmed Shalaby)

Course Description and Learning Objectives: An important part of the education of graduate students is the development of critical thinking skills, acquisition of knowledge and advanced research skills, and honing of both oral and written communication skills such that they can communicate findings to the engineering community and general public.

This course will provide graduate students with valuable tools for planning, executing, and disseminating research their results. It is an interactive learning experience delivered through lectures, seminars, and presentations by guest speakers.

The course consists of eight teaching modules, each addressing a specific learning objective.

My Lectures: I will cover Module 3: Execute the Research Project including

Project Management/Professional Skills Development

  • How to plan a project? strategies, tools, and human resources.
  • How to define measurable and reasonable objectives?
  • How to align your energy and time schedule with your goals?
  • How to overcome bad habits during graduate studies? Expectations, time, professional behaviour.
  • Introduction to agile project management.
  • How to organize productive meetings? Basics of brainstorming and its importance in a project.
  • How to value your own thesis?
  • How to commercialize your research project?
  • Gender equity at work: myth or reality?

Career Options after Completing a PhD

  • How to prepare a good CV?
  • How to contact or deal with HR & VPs of companies and how to convince them your PhD has an industrial value?
  • How to get ready for a job interview with a PhD in your pocket?
  • Which career options meet better your dreams and expectations?

Continuum Mechanics and Constitutive Laws for Engineering Materials (CIVL 7430-T05) - W2016/W2018

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Geotechnical Earthquake Design (CIVL 7430-T06) - W2019

Course Description and Learning Objectives:  This course deals with the fundamental theory of continuum mechanics applied in engineering materials including solid deformation, fluid flow, and constitutive laws in a unified mathematical framework.

The main purpose of this course is to give an up-to-date account and to focus on the practical applications of the fundamental continuum mechanical principles pertinent to the theory of engineering materials and their constitutive modeling.

Topics include vectors and tensors, properties and basic operations, infinitesimal and finite strain, kinematics of deformation, conservation laws, and thermodynamics. Constitutive relations  applicable to engineering materials, including elastic, viscous, brittle, and plastic deformation are studied. Creep and relaxation are also studied.
Students are strongly encouraged to explore software applications and concepts relevant to the course. In particular, FlexPDE, FLAC (or COMSOL) and MATHEMATICA will be used in implementing course topics.

The student should be able to:

  • Understand the general analytic machinery of tensor calculus, variational principles and conservation laws to formulate governing equations;
  • Formulate governing equations for a variety of problems in continuum mechanics;
  • Be aware of exact, approximate and numerical methods to solve the resulting equations;
  • Solve simple problems in continuum mechanics analytically.
  • Apply the constitutive laws to model the engineering materials.


University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (MB), Canada

Solid Mechanics (CIVL 2800) - F2017/F2018

Course Description and Learning Objectives:  Solid Mechanics is a branch of mechanics that studies the internal effects of stress and strain in a solid body subjected to an external loading. This course explores the fundamental concepts and principles applied by engineers in the design of structures. Some of the important topics that students will learn during the course: properties of plane areas, stress and strain, axially-loaded members, torsion, shear force and bending moment diagrams, stresses due to bending, and stress and strain transformations. Students will get acquainted with several mechanical problems and case studies.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Determine internal resultant forces and stresses incurred from external loading.
  • Identify normal and shear stresses. 
  • Define normal and shear strains and determine them for various types of problems. 
  • Explain the mechanical properties of materials by interpreting experimental data and determine the stress-strain diagram. 
  • Determine the axial force and deformation of an axially loaded member. 
  • Analyse the effects of thermal stress. 
  • Calculate torsion and twisting of a bar subjected to a torsional loading. 
  • Construct shear force diagram (SFD) and bending moment diagram (BMD). 
  • Evaluate bending and shear stresses in a beam.
  • Predict the state of stress at different points of the structure due to combined loading.
  • Evaluate the principal stresses/strains, maximum shear stress/strain applying stress/strain transformation equation or Mohr’s circle. 

Geotechnical Materials and Analysis (CIVL 3730) - F2015/F2017

Course Description and Learning Objectives:  This course will introduce all Civil Engineering students to the properties of geotechnical materials used in Civil
Engineering construction, and the analyses that are commonly used for displacement and stability calculations of typical geotechnical problems. In this course, students will understand the basics of soils through hands-on experience in the geotechnical laboratory. Some of the important topics that students will learn during the course: soil formation and grain size; identification and classification of soils for engineering purposes; physical state and engineering properties of soils; compaction; stress distribution in soils; stress path; hydrostatic water and fluid flow in soils; consolidation; shear strength; and slope stability analysis. Students will get acquainted with several geotechnical problems and case studies.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify different types of soil and describe their main characteristics.
  • Determine the engineering properties of geotechnical materials using laboratory tests.
  • Explain the limitations by which properties are assessed.
  • Apply fundamentals of soil mechanics.
  • Apply the derived material properties for use in the analysis and design of simple earth-support systems, slopes, shallow foundations, and deep foundations.
  • Use common analytical and numerical tools in the analysis and design of simple earth-support systems, slopes, shallow foundations, and deep foundations. 

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (CIVL 4232) - W2019

Course Description and Learning Objectives:  This course is designed to provide an introduction to Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. The behavior and properties/response of soil subjected to various types of dynamic or cyclic time-dependent loadings and phenomena like liquefaction and lateral spreading of soil are discussed. Also, the behavior of various geotechnical structures such as shallow and deep foundations, retaining structures, slopes, and pavements due to various types of time-dependent dynamic loading are discussed here along
with the reference to design code provisions. These include an introduction to soil dynamics, wave propagation, dynamic soil properties and liquefaction, dynamic soil improvement techniques, dynamic soil-structure interaction. The following computer programs/packages will be used: SHAKE; NERA and EERA; DEEPSOIL.

The student are expected to learn:

  • Dynamics of a Continuous system (Wave Propagation).
  • Strong Ground Motion Characteristics.
  • Dynamic Response Analysis.
  • Effect of Local Site Conditions and Design Ground Motion.
  • Soil Liquefaction.
  • Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction.
  • Seismic Geotechnical Design (Bearing Capacity, Slope Stability, Retaining Wall and Pavement).
  • Soil Improvement Methods.