Civil Engineering Capstone Overview
The capstone design course, Civil Engineering Design (1402), was developed to mimic the civil engineering experiences students will face when they enter the engineering workforce after graduation. The capstone design experience is essential to achieve educational outcomes, tie together the various subfields of Civil Engineering, and provide vital real world engineering project experience to all of our students.
The capstone project selection process includes the ability to locate real-world projects that can be successfully completed in the allotted single semester timeframe, availability of funds, faculty consideration of constituents and student feedback. Effort is made to have at least one project in each civil engineering subfield - structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and construction or multiple combinations of these depending on faculty interest and expertise. Students are organized in teams and have fourteen weeks to complete their project during the spring semester. Most projects are Coast Guard related. Non-Coast Guard projects are usually community based efforts.
Students are allowed to list their top project choices via a “dream sheet,” and those with similar interests are grouped together into teams. This is done in the fall semester as part of the Construction Project Management (1401) course where the project planning and execution principles to be applied are introduced. After receiving the team project, each cadet completes a research paper on an aspect of the capstone project as a part of the Construction Project Management course. Students work in teams of 3-5, and they are in charge of all aspect of the project. Course coordinator, faculty advisor, and sponsoring personnel serve as consultants to the team(s). Each project is divided into tasks, including a preliminary site visit to investigate the project, discussions with stakeholders, development of an acceptable solution, and a cost analysis.
Guidance is provided in several forms, including: weekly team meeting with project advisor; guidelines for technical reports and presentations; general and sub-discipline specific feedback from faculty; comments on progress reports and oral progress presentations; and lectures by the course coordinator, faculty or outside speakers.
Deliverables at the completion of the projects depend on the requirements of the client, but typically include: a technical report and presentation to the stakeholders, a project notebook that demonstrates progress throughout the semester, poster presentations, design drawings, cost estimates, and contract documents.
2013 Capstone Projects
COMMSTA Boston Multi-Purpose Building: The project team will design an equipment maintenance and storage facility for the COMMSTA’s grounds maintenance equipment. The design will also include phasing options to add office space, restrooms, and a fitness center.
Cadets: 1/c Bratman, 1/c Cooper, 1/c Sella, 1/c Vieira, 1/c Wadsworth
Advisors: Dr. K. Tarhini, LCDR B. Maggi
Rainwater Harvesting–Matagalpa, Nicaragua: The project team, working in conjunction with the New London Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, will design a water collection, storage, and distribution system to support family farmsteads in the San Ramon region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The project is limited to use of locally viable materials and technologies.
Cadets: 1/c Christensen, 1/c Konotopskiy, 1/c Schemel, 1/c Ward, 1/c Wright
Advisors: CAPT C. Hatfield, Dr. H. Jackson, Dr. W. Clarkson, LCDR D. Ursino
Recapitalization of Coast Guard Academy Main Pier: The project team will design a new home pier for CGC Eagle, two fast response cutters, and CGA training vessels. The new pier will be capable of berthing visiting Legend-class cutters. The design will also include a boathouse and shore support services, and be capable of supporting vehicular traffic.
Cadets: 1/c Acuna, 1/c Hinchman, 1/c Pereira, 1/c Taylor
Advisors: Dr. H. Jackson, Dr. K. Tarhini, LT C. Symansky
2012 Capstone Projects
Base Kodiak Biomass Fueled Central Steam Plant Conversion: Base Support Unit Kodiak's current annual heating oil demand exceeds 1 million gallons. This project explores the feasibility of conversion to a biomass pellet burning system in order to reduce energy costs and environmental impact through the study of life-cycle economics, supply-line logistics, and storage alternatives.
Cadets: 1/c Cost, 1/c Wowtschuk, 1/c Leclerc, 1/c Taylor
Advisors: CDR C. Hatfield, LCDR D. Ursino
Emergency Management Building Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina: The project team designed a centralized ‘Emergency Management Building’ for the purpose of co-locating the Base Fire Department, Base Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Dispatch. In addition, the facility was designed to meet the space requirements for existing firefighting apparatus and allow for a larger duty section, which is required to meet minimum personnel response standards.
Cadets: 1/c Bogden, 1/c Lassiter, 1/c Klakring, 1/c Noll
Advisors: Dr. K. Tarhini, LT N. Rumsey
Station Sand Key Rehabilitation: The project team set out to design the most cost effective way to repair the existing concrete bulkhead and pier, which contains significant concrete deterioration leading to sink holes, spalling, and a failed bolt connection to a gangway platform.
Cadets: 1/c Godiksen, 1/c McCarthy, 1/c Funke, 1/c Niemiec
Advisors: Dr. H. Jackson, LCDR B. Maggi
Wastewater Treatment for CG Cutters: The Coast Guard currently lacks the resources and equipment to meet and surpass existing and future standards for overboard wastewater discharge, which is hindering operational readiness. Based on input from Coast Guard operational units, the project team focused on treatment of graywater generated by a 65’ river tender and visited CGC Osage to obtain measurements and operational data. The team designed, built, and tested a prototype modified membrane bioreactor treatment system for deployment on board Coast Guard cutters. Preliminary results indicate the prototype is capable of meeting all present and anticipated treatment standards for oxygen demand, suspended solids, and nitrogen at a reasonable projected cost.
Cadets: 1/c Auth, 1/c Madden, 1/c Quinn, 1/c Schumacher
Advisors: Dr. S. Zelmanowitz, Dr. W. Clarkson
2011 Capstone Projects
ASCE Concrete Canoe: Design and build a concrete canoe to enter in the regional ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition. Concrete analysis and performance, admixtures, sustainable materials, forms, reinforcement, and finishing must all be perfected within acceptable parameters in order to construct a high performance canoe.
Cadets: 1/c Kelly, 1/c Crum, 1/c Fagan. 1/c Kent, 1/c Page, 1/c Redstone
Advisors: Dr. H. Jackson, LCDR B. Maggi
Hartford Low Impact Development: Develop implementable low impact development systems that will reduce the amount of nitrogen flowing into Hartford’s current storm water runoff collection system.
Cadets: 1/c Bobo, 1/c Coleman, 1/c Delgado, 1/c Maher. 1/c Murray, 1/c Shockey
Advisors: Dr. S. Zelmanowitz, LCDR C. Fleischmann
USCGA Green Guardian: Reduce negative impacts of high energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels using a three-pronged attack: installation of renewable energy sources onboard USCGA; development and implementation of sustainability curriculum through Cadet Training and Leadership Development Center; and recommend policy changes.
Cadets: 1/c Herndon, 1/c Proctor, 1/c Reguero, 1/c Synder, 1/c Tow, 2/c Schumacher
Advisors: CAPT J. Russell
USCG Station Cortez Pier Replacement: Determine the best renewal method that will meet the current and future needs of Station Cortez. Produce a readily executable design package including contract drawings and specifications for CEU Miami to retain and execute when funding is available.
Cadets: 1/c Kellam, 1/c Mayes, 1/c Schumacher, 1/c Tatara, 1/c Cremeans
Advisors: Dr. K. Tarhini, LCDR D. Ursino
USCG ATC Mobile Constructed Wetlands: Develop recommendations for the rehabilitation and construction of a self-filtering wetlands in place of the retention pond via estimating runoff from the drainage area into the current pond under several storm scenarios, determining the pollutants present in the storm water and their potential effects on the environment, and researching various alternative best management practices (BMPs) to minimize storm water pollution, which will include transforming the existing pond into a constructed wetland.
Cadets: 1/c Ballard, 1/c Becker, 1/c Rathburn, 1/c Sherman, 1/c Zehringer
Advisors: Dr. S. Zelmanowitz, LCDR C. Fleischmann
2010 Capstone Projects
TRACEN Cape May Bulkhead Design: United States Coast Guard Training Center (TRACEN) Cape May is the nation’s only Coast Guard Recruit Training Center and home port to a variety of cutters, soon to include Deepwater cutters. A study conducted in 2009 found many of the training center’s waterfront assets including piers and the bulkhead to be in critical condition. The goal of this project is to provide a full redesign of the bulkhead and a replacement strategy that will ensure mooring needs are met over the next 15 years as the rollout of Deepwater progresses.
Cadets: 1/c Constantino, 1/c Lagdon, 1/c McHenry, 1/c Robison
Advisors: Dr. H. Jackson
ATC Mobile IRM and Comptroller Space Renovations: The Information Resource Management (IRM) and Comptroller Offices at ATC Mobile are housed in spaces that are insufficient for current and projected operations. IRM storage and work spaces are housed in different buildings while Comptroller work spaces do not provide adequate office space for assigned personnel, both of which create significant inefficiencies. The goal of this project is to design the renovation of these spaces, allowing users to operate efficiently while introducing energy efficiency and sustainable building methods and materials to the spaces.
Cadets: 1/c Bratman, 1/c Goodglass, 1/c Knight, 1/c Taylor, 1/c Yoder
Advisors: CDR N. Podoll
Coast Guard Green Ranking Assessment Standardization System: The CG has completed many detailed energy audits of shore units resulting in reports that are inches thick. While these documents provide large amounts of detailed information, there exists no standardized way of comparing the state of "Green" among various CG shore units so that scarce Green-up-the-CG resources can be put to best use. The goal of this project is to create and test an assessment system that results in a very brief but standardized sustainability and energy assessment summary – the ultimate goal is to use the results to create a top ten project list “Where the CG can best invest go-green money.”
Cadets: 1/c Arnold, 1/c Sillman, 1/c Weston, 1/c Yen
Advisors: CAPT J. Russell
Expansion and Renovation of Roland Hall at USCGA: Roland Hall is an early 1970s era five story multipurpose gymnasium that houses the indoor track, main basketball court, main swimming pool and athletic offices. For the past decade, the building has not met CGA needs and because it compares so unfavorably with equivalent facilities at our cohort institutions it is a significant recruiting liability. The goal of this project is to draft a Planning Proposal that creates a standard 200 meter track, adds a new pool facility and renovates the rest of the building.
Cadets: 1/c Bratman, 1/c Abruzzese, 1/c Jones, 1/c Libner, 1/c Shirey
Advisors: Dr. K. Tarhini
Green Technology Implementation at USCGA: President Obama’s Executive Order 13514 states “… that Federal Agencies shall increase energy efficiency … reduce their greenhouse gas emissions … design, construct, maintain, and operate high performance sustainable buildings …” The goal of this project is to identify, design, and where possible, implement sustainable technologies at CGA. For example, McAllister Hall room 224 is scheduled to be renovated within the next several years – a goal of this project is to design the renovation of that space to turn it into a show place of sustainability that could be cost effectively duplicated throughout CGA and the CG.
Cadets: 1/c Brantley, 1/c Haas, 1/c Sweeney, 1/c Telesco
Advisors: LCDR C. Fleishmann, LT B. Maggi
Fast Response Cutter Allocation to Panama City, Florida: Current shore facilities at Station Panama City, Florida are not adequate to support two Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) that are scheduled to arrive in 2015. The anticipated cutter berths have adequate water depth, but the waterfront is in disrepair, it lacks adequate cutter hotel services and lacks spaces for the Maintenance Augmentation Team. The goal of this project is to create a Planning Proposal to prepare the waterfront and associated support buildings for the FRC arrival.
Cadets: 1/c Bratman, 1/c Clark, 1/c Manore, 1/c Marquis, 1/c Mayotte
Advisors: LT N. Rumsey