Purpose of Collection:

The Civil & Environmental Engineering collection at MacOdrum Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Civil & Environmental Engineering is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Engineering and Design. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Engineering, Earth Sciences & Geomatics, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guide for Civil Engineering or Earth Sciences.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage


  • Construction Management
  • Project Management

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Bearing capacity and settlement
  • Design and analysis of pipelines in permafrost regions
  • Earth retaining structures
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Engineering statistics and probabilities
  • Foundation engineering
  • Geotechnical case studies
  • Geo-mechanics numerical methods
  • Performance of anchors
  • Reinforced soil systems
  • Soil – foundation interaction and seepage

Structural Engineering

  • Bridge engineering
  • Advanced computer applications in structural design
  • Introductory and Advanced Elasticity
  • Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP)
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Masonry behaviour and design
  • Materials durability- concrete, masonry FRP and reinforcing steel
  • Monitoring and evaluation of structures
  • Numerical modeling of buildings and bridges
  • Pre-stressed and reinforced concrete
  • Seismic analysis and design
  • Steel structures
  • Timber structures
  • Wood engineering
  • Fire behaviour of materials
  • Fire modeling, fire risk analysis, smoke movement
  • Fire resistance and occupant response and evacuation

Transportation Planning and Technology

  • Airport Planning
  • Geometric design
  • Intercity Transportation
  • Pavement and materials
  • Planning and design methodology
  • Railway transportation
  • Road Safety
  • Traffic engineering and safety
  • Transport policy
  • Transportation economics, terminals, supply
  • Urban transportation
  • Winter maintenance

Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering

  • Historic site recording and documentation
  • Historic site restoration; materials restoration
  • Building Information Models (BIM)
  • Energy efficient building design and simulation
  • Building retrofits
  • Architectural conservation

Environmental Engineering

  • Air pollution – emission control, traffic related issues, air quality modelling, indoor air, aerosols
  • Biofilm processes
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geo-environmental engineering
  • Groundwater resources management
  • Hazardous and radioactive waste, containment fate mechanisms
  • Hydrogeology
  • Sludge treatment and disposal
  • Water and wastewater treatment

Infrastructure Protection and International Security

  • Asset protection and security
  • Blast Load effects on structures
  • Critical Infrastructure engineering, management and protection
  • Disarmament, proliferation and arms control
  • Intelligence and statecraft, national security, policy and operations
  • International Security after Cold War
  • Fire safety engineering, modelling, design and resistance
  • Geo-hazards, Natural Disasters
  • Terrorism and international security
  • Transportation and Aviation Security

Selection Guidelines




Global coverage with emphasis on Canada


English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in other languages are purchased selectively, and at the specific request of faculty.

Material Types

  • Monographs, journals, handbooks and government documents, in both print with digital format preferred.


  • Items not collected: biographies, dissertations, popular press items, audiovisual material, working papers, pamphlets, newsletters.

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