CIE laboratories

The following are the laboratories available to the CIE program in meeting its educational objectives and outcomes:

  • Construction Materials Laboratory
  • Pavement Design Laboratory
  • Hydraulics Laboratory
  • Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • Wastewater Engineering Laboratory
  • Surveying Laboratory
  • Strength of Material Lab


All laboratories are located in one building under name “Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Laboratories Construction” at the university campus. Computer laboratory, Engineering Drawing laboratory, Engineering Workshops, and the Strength of Materials Laboratory are related to other departments in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. All these laboratories are used extensively for instructional purposes.

Furthermore, all the laboratory facilities also provide support for ongoing student projects activities of the Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Department. The CIE curriculum is designed such that students extensively utilize the services of the departmental laboratory facilities.

These laboratories have been established in 2010, and have equipped with up to date technology. Two computer laboratories equipped with 20 computer screens each were established last year for program and students uses.

The following presents a description of laboratory facilities to support the program educational objectives and outcomes.

Construction Materials Laboratory (Supervisor: Eng. Farah L. Alhusseini)

Construction materials equipment is used in Construction Materials Laboratory course (0908223). The laboratory is devoted to the investigation of the constituents and proportioning of concrete and concrete mixtures, the mechanical properties of fresh and hardened concrete and the load and deformation behavior of nearly full-size, reinforced concrete members. The fabrication equipment includes various forms and molds and a bin and batch unit for sand and gravel, a concrete mixer and vibrator.

This laboratory contains a computer controlled universal testing machines, electric vibrating table, standard electronic extensometer, measuring base 50 to 200 mm, 4 machines of coaxial electronic extensometer for round specimens, two gang prism molds to produce cement prisms (expansion of Portland cement), length comparator complete, sieve shaker for sieves up to 450 mm diameter, mechanical strain gauge, compression testing machine, flexure frame, a 100Kn capacity of complete mold for testing standard concrete beams. Besides, the building materials laboratory houses a Los Angeles abrasion machine, Vicamatic, 4 sets of slump cone, stainless steel, shrinkage limit test set, including carrying case, Autoclave weight 108 kg, tilting drum concrete mixer 120/90L, vibro consistometer, large curing tank with circulating pump heater/thermostat unit and lower rack, different sizes of stainless steel sieve, digital balances, oven, length compactor used for measuring length changes, cylindrical and cube molds, riffle box, concrete test hammer, pocket ultrasonic pulse velocity tester, aggregate impact value apparatus, and other equipment and tools essential to conduct the materials testing.

The construction materials laboratory also provided with software providing the data acquisition in real time throughout the test execution up to the specimen failure. All readings are displayed both as graphical and numerical format and stress vs time plot is traced out in real time.

Pavement Design Laboratory (Supervisor: Eng. Mahmoud M. Azzam)

Pavement laboratory course, (0908543). The laboratory is devoted to the investigation of the constituents and proportioning of asphalt and asphalt mixtures, all aspects of testing related to pavement design are giving in this laboratory. The equipment housed in this laboratory are a complete set of Marshall and CBP mechanical 50 kN load frame machine, Automatic Marshall compactor, Automatic Soil compactor, Centrifuge extractor, Automatic ductilometer, Automatic dial penetrometer set, Automatic digital ring and ball apparatus, Saybolt viscometer, Mobile core drilling machine, large capacity sample splitter 12mm opening, British Portable Pendulum skid resistance tester, besides other tools to conduct pavements testing , like mold, oven, water bath, sieves, etc.

Hydraulics Laboratory (Supervisors: Eng. Wafa M. Obeid and Eng. Osama MK Ammous )

Hydraulic laboratory course (0908351). This course is designed to review and practice the concepts of hydraulics. The student will practice the fundamentals of fluid flow by identifying variables and parameters, and performing calculations related to the subject. The student will be taught the procedures and methods for the measurement of flow rates in pipes, orifices and open channel flow, pressures, minor and friction losses in pipes, among others.

The laboratory housed the following major equipment; 2.5-metre flow channel, volumetric hydraulic bench, losses in piping systems, hydrostatics and properties of fluids, permeability tank, flow measurement device, impact of a jet, series/parallel pump test set, Reynold apparatus, besides other tools and apparatus essential for fluid testing.

Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (Supervisor: Eng. Muath H. Razzaq)

Geotechnical engineering laboratory course (0908362). The equipment used in this laboratory enable students to conduct all testing of soil, such as Edometer, automatic compactors, Electromechanical sieve for sieves up to 315 mm diameter, Heavy duty triaxial cells for advanced applications 70 mm, Bladder air/water pressure cylinder, 6.5″ sand density cone apparatus, laboratory air compressor, 8 bar max. pressure, Triaxial load frame 50 KN, Liquid limit device Casagrande method, Riffle boxes, water baths, Shearmatic, digital automatic direct/residual shear machine with programmable pneumatic loading, MS Excel Effective Stress (CU-CD) Triaxial Testing Geo-Analysis Template conforming to ASTM D4767 software, thermostatic ovens, besides other tools like molds, sieves, etc.

Wastewater Engineering Laboratory (Supervisor: Eng. Wafa M. Obeid)

Wastewater engineering laboratory is used in (0908454). This is intended to practice basic water quality analyses. Gravimetric, volumetric and spectrophotometric analytical methods are used to determine quality parameters of raw water, finished water and wastewater. Parameters tested include pH, acidity, alkalinity, hardness, conductivity, salinity and solids, BOD, DO, and COD among others. The laboratory housed the following equipment; pH Meters, portable dissolved oxygen meter, chloride field test system, universal mount for shakers, turbidimeter for turbidity testing, flocculator or jar test, thermostatically controlled incubators, UV/VIS Scanning Spectrophotometer and other tools for wastewater testing like flasks, oven, measuring beaker, etc.

Surveying Laboratory (Supervisor: Eng. Mohammad A. Alaraj)

This laboratory shares the space with pavement laboratory, and has a surveying equipment room, surveying equipment is used in (0908342) Surveying Laboratory. This laboratory equipped with modern instruments, with sufficient number of instruments for students uses. The major equipment are Total Station, Topcon auto level AT- G2, Electronic Digital Levels DL-500, Digital theodolite Topcon DT-200, Laser theodolite Topcon DT-200, Mirror stereoscope Topcon, Digital Planimeter Placom Topcon KP-90N, along with small tools like measuring tapes, etc.

Strength of Materials Laboratory

This laboratory serves mainly the measuring and/or determination of some material properties (strain and stress, yield stress, ultimate stress, fracture stress). Nondestructive testing of materials (NDT), micro and macro examination of materials and phase diagrams for steel. It is equipped with machines for conducting tests, such as: Tension, impact fatigue, bending, creep, hardness, and photo elasticity tests.