Past Senior Design Projects - CEOE

Past Senior Design Projects

Environmental Brownfield Development
Sponsor: O’Brien & Gere Companies
Design Group: Sevag Mouradian, Vanessa Panzarino, Jason Pitingaro, Zhaojia Yan

The project is about continuing the remediation process started by O'Brien & Gere during the mid-1990's on the Brownfield project in Plainville, CT. This project will include the design and installation of a containment wall, site prep and environmental controls for a Brownfield project.

The study components include:
Sheet Pile Design and Installation
Environmental Data into GIS program for data management
Soil and Groundwater data
Clean-up criteria 500 ppm
Development component will include a site plan

History of the Site:

A former industrial site was purchased by the consulting firm O'Brian & Gere for $1, consisting of two parcels. Parcel B (175 Woodford Avenue) is 5.54 acres, and Parcel C (185 Woodford Avenue) is 5.4 acres. On this overall site an unlined waste lagoon was located that had been used for the disposal of spent oils and lubricants from on-site manufacturing operations years beforehand. Manufacturing operations had ceased in the last 1980's, and a major site remediation effort was completed by O'Brian & Gere in the mid-1990's. The lagoon's contents and the surrounding impacted soils were excavated and disposed . This effort reduced chemicals in site soils to the soil clean-up standard at that time. Following completion of the lagoon remediation, a site ground water pumping system was installed to facilitate removal of residual chemicals from site ground water, which has remained in operation until present day.
Today, the site is a largely grass-covered open field in the former lagoon's vicinity, and a surrounding perimeter of wooded area. A series of three treatment sheds are located on-site, which house the ground water pumping system equipment that remains in use.

Chesterfield Bridge Reconstruction

Sponsor: The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

Design Group: Andrew Larsen, Brad Miller, Noah Romanoski, Steve Sauser

Louis Berger Inc., has been selected to provide consulting engineering work for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on a $1.3 billion widening project between exits 6 and 8A. Currently, the inner and outer roadways of the Turnpike merge near exit 8A, reducing five lanes of separated traffic to two lanes and creating a major bottleneck during peak hours. The senior design group has been assigned a portion of the project that includes the reconstruction of the Bordentown-Chesterfield Road Bridge that spans the New Jersey Turnpike. This bridge presents a number of challenges, including staging and roadway realignment.

The students explored both the roadway and structural considerations for modifying or relocating the local road bridges to accommodate the dualized widening scheme for the Turnpike. The students used record drawings of existing structures and the aerial photography and topographic mapping compiled for the widening project. After studying and comparing the various alternatives, the students presented their findings and recommendations in a report.

Rehabilitation of Macombs Dam Bridge over Harlem River
Manhattan and Bronx, New York City

The Macombs Bridge spans the Harlem River in New York City and was built in 1895. It is a major crossing between Manhattan and the Bronx and also is a popular route to Yankee Stadium between April and October.

The entire Macombs Dam Bridge structure consists of 52 spans including a THROUGH-TRUSS SWING SPAN, which physically crosses the Harlem River. This Swing Span consists of steel stringers, floor beams, pin-connected trusses, trolley stringers, curb stringers as well as a concrete-filled steel grid floor. The pin-connected trusses include many two-EYEBAR TRUSS ELEMENTS, which are considered structurally non-redundant in that the failure of a single eyebar could precipitate the collapse of the bridge.

This project entails the design and procedure for retrofitting the entire Swing Span, including all the two-eyebar truss elements based upon an available rating of the structural condition of the existing bridge elements. The design should include the development of the computer model with a detailed design of the “added” strengthening material.

Critical to this project is a procedure to perform the retrofit work, which must consider how and in what configuration existing vehicular and pedestrian bridge traffic is maintained during the construction period to install the retrofit material.

The spring semester project should entail an alternate design approach, which addresses the issues outlined above. This approach should include the development of the computer model with a detailed design of the support structure.

The following project is sponsored by:
Louis Berger & Associates, Inc.,
East Orange, NJ 07019

Description of Structure:

  • Secaucus Interchange Project, Section No. 3 – Ramp TW-WT Viaduct in Jersey City
  • The viaduct consists of two independent superstructures separated by a longitudinal open joint with separate pier structures supported with a common footing.
  • The exception to the common footing is the footing splits for Piers 9 and 10 in Unit 3 to reduce the spans as they traverse the railroad.
  • High profile is provided to accommodate for future extension toward the Bergen Arches Project.
  • The overall structure constructed of a total of 5 continuous superstructure units.
  • Girders to be fabricated of steel plated girders are continuous over each structure unit.
  • The girders will be connected to the substructures using elastomeric bearing pads.

Project Description Part I:

  • Develop a step-by-step procedure on how to develop a site-specific response spectra. How do you apply the spectra for a spread footing versus a pile foundation? Identify any differences.
  • Site specific seismic evaluation; use web references that were distributed.
  • How do you develop a site specific response spectra?
  • Determine if there is a NJ Turnpike standard response spectra (design earthquake).
  • Lamont Dougherty, Columbia Lab may be a good reference.
  • NYCDOT – Seismic Study, uses NY State Design Manual.
  • Investigate for reference regarding a Seismic Hazard Study performed for the NYCDOT that may be applicable to this project.

Project Description Part II:

  • Evaluate various bridge models to ascertain the most practical model to be used in the design of such a complex structure. This model should address the need for design the substructure elements including the pier cap, pier columns, footing and pile foundation for both non-seismic (AASHTO Groups I-VI) as well as seismic loads.
  • Bridge modeling, the following list was provided by John.

    Each unit individually:
  • Single line superstructure, single line substructure.
  • Single line superstructure, pier column and cap lines.
  • Girder and diaphragm line superstructure, pier column and cap lines.
  • How do you model the common pier footings?
  • Fixity at column base. Fixed versus spring to represent the flexibility of the foundation?
  • How to model bearings and abutments?

    Entire structure.
  • Single line superstructure, single line substructure.
  • Single line superstructure, pier column and cap lines.
  • Girder and diaphragm line superstructure, pier column and cap line substructure.
  • Is there a better alternative to the models described above?
  • Given the plan geometry, profile, and footing elevation.
  • Discuss and research which is the most practical and reasonable for this design in terms of accuracy and time.
  • What is the best model for the best numbers, 5-10% of actual numbers?
  • With the model, apply all design loads, seismic and non-seismic. Estimate section properties. Model the foundations as springs or spring matrices?
  • Observe the movement with the loads, is it rational or irrational?
  • For the design loads use Group I-VI Loads in AASHTO with all combinations.
  • Discussion report, which can be qualitative, create model and test. Include the recommended model and discuss its benefits and reasons for the selection.
  • How do you model pier cap, footing, column, and piles? What loads do you use?

The following project is sponsored by:
Medina Consultants, P.C.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

City of Paterson Redevelopment:

This project deals with the redevelopment of the City of Paterson. The city has a new mayor who is anxious to revitalize and rebuild. There will be several upcoming tasks, which we will be required to perform and deliver on. The tasks will vary from a feasibility assessment to concept planning for future site development. The students will assist in obtaining backup information, data and plans and preparing alongside us concept plans.

The four main tasks are:

  1. The creation of a soccer showcase at an existing park. .
  2. The redevelopment of an existing residential area into a residential community consisting of two-family homes.
  3. The design of a transit friendly village near the Paterson train station. This village will include retail space and parking at and near the existing train stations.
  4. The design of a transfer station for construction debris to bring trucks in loaded with debris; place it on rail cars in order to move it out of the area.

The following project is sponsored by:
Lynch, Giuliano & Associates, Inc.
Brick Town, NJ 08723

Site Development Project:

The site is a 960-acre, mixed use development located in Jackson Township, New Jersey. We are in the process of getting zoning approvals for up to 4800 residential units, and 2.5 million square feet of retail/commercial space. Within this area is a 14-acre sub-area with a utility easement passing through it and a substantial amount of wetlands. The students are to examine this sub-area for maximum residential use within the local and state regulations. Once the proposed residential layout it developed, a complete site plan is to be prepared. This will include the following tasks:

  • Roadway and lot layout
  • Earth work and grading.
  • Storm drainage design including detention basin and infiltration systems if necessary.
  • Sanitary sewer and potable water layout.
  • Preliminary Engineering Plans and specifications

The following project is sponsored by:
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit, NJ 07901

Planning a “Woodland Walkway” on the grounds of the arboretum. The Walkway will be located in the lower woodland area, which is reached by trails and is located in a glacial bowl. This area is a wetland swamp and the walkway would be a raised path going out to a platform on which visitors could stand and view the wetlands, classes could inspect the area, etc. The area has been surveyed and a “plan” has been envisioned.

The students are responsible to design this Walkway using the appropriate codes and design standards in order to meet the needs of the Arboretum.

The following project is sponsored by:
Hatch Mott MacDonald, Millburn, NJ:

Title: Membrane Treatment Evaluation for the City of New Brunswick Water Treatment Facility

Hatch Mott MacDonald is evaluating the feasibility of micro/ultra-filtration membranes for treatment of up to 24 MGD of settled water at the City of New Brunswick’s Water Treatment Facility. The senior design effort will encompass the following activities:

  • Review of the existing facilities
  • Review of membrane treatment processes
  • Review and evaluation of existing water quality data
  • Assistance in the development of a pilot plant protocol and procedures
  • Weekly on-site data gathering and sampling of the membrane pilot plants for a period of between 8 and 12 weeks depending on scheduling of pilot plants. Laboratory analysis at the Stevens lab for parameters such as alkalinity, TOC, THM and HAAs, UV254 would be helpful but is not mandatory.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the membrane pilot plant data
  • Assistance in the preparation of a summary report