Educational Labs

Geotechnical LabGeotechnical Lab description

The Geotechnical Laboratory at the University of Virginia supports research and education related to geotechnical engineering.  The geotechnical lab is fully equipped and can be used to perform a variety of geotechnical tests including: grain size analysis, specific gravity, Atterberg limits, compaction testing, direct shear, hydraulic conductivity, consolidation testing, and triaxial strength testing.

Available equipment:

  • Humboldt Direct Residual Shear Testing Apparatus
  • Humboldt Triaxial Load Frame and flow control panel
  • 2 Terraload S-450 Consolidation Machines
  • RAS 12 Sieve Shaker

Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Laboratory

Undergraduate LabThe University of Virginia recently renovated its undergraduate lab space to accommodate the larger incoming civil class sizes.  The space, which includes two separate rooms within the basement of Thornton Hall, houses multiple undergraduate labs and was designed to be multipurpose.  Tables within the space are on casters and can be configured as needed; plus, the amount of storage space and cabinetry was tripled from the previous lab.  The new undergraduate lab also features dual monitors through which presentations or lab data collection can be viewed.  The undergraduate laboratory classes utilizing this new space include: Intro to Environmental Engineering Lab, Materials Lab, Fluid Mechanics Lab, Geotechnical Engineering Lab, and Experimental Analyses in Environmental Engineering Lab.

Computing Laboratory Facilities

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering maintains an open access high performance computer lab equipped with a variety of engineering software including: ANSYS Teaching, Simulia (formerly Abaqus), SAP 2000, Visual Analysis, Bentley Suite, AUTODESK, and MatLab. The PI maintains a research license for ANSYS Research, which will be used for the numerical simulations described within the technical approach.

In addition, the University of Virginia maintains the UVa Hive, a virtual desktop service, for accessing specialized software hosted on a central server. This resource allows for computations to be performed remotely using shared computational resources.

Library and Support Facilities

Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library
The Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library, in Clark Hall, has extensive research collections (physical and online) that support students and faculty in the Engineering and Environmental Sciences programs. In addition, the Brown Library is also home to the UVA Scholar’s Lab, which supports research activities related to digital resources such as visualization and GIS based utilities.
University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (UVACSE)
UVACSE supports activities related to the transformation of computational research across Grounds. As the need for computational techniques in all disciplines increases, UVACSE serves researchers through education, consultation, and the management of shared computer resources. UVACSE is funded by the Office of the VP/CIO and UVa’s Board of Visitors through the Commission on the Future of the University.