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Construction engineering

Construction engineering encompasses the design, production, operation and rehabilitation of engineering structures and civil infrastructures and construction project management.

The Master's program allows engineers and professionals to improve their execution of tasks related to the management, organization and improvement of construction works and project management initiatives and the resolution of technical problems related to carrying out construction projects.

Students fine-tune their expertise in the area of processes, methods and techniques related to the design, production, evaluation, management, maintenance and rehabilitation of civil infrastructures such as roads, buildings, dams, engineering structures, etc.

Study programs and admission requirements

45-credit master's degree:
  • Master's degree in construction engineering
    • with thesis (research) (in French or English)
    • with project (courses) (in French)
  • Master's degree in urban infrastructures management (in French)

30-credit specialized graduate degree (in French):
  • Specialized graduate degree in design and rehabilitation
  • Specialized graduate degree in construction project management
  • Specialized graduate degree in urban infrastructures management

15-credit short program (in French):
  • Short program in cost management and time management
  • Short program in regulations management
  • Short program in environmental hydraulics
  • Short program in engineering structures and urban infrastructures

An example of construction engineering

The lifespan of a roadway coated with bitumen or asphalt can reach 50 years if it is maintained on a regular basis. Experts refer to this as "perpetual pavement". In fact, the worn surface that is removed from a road is never discarded. It is carefully stored, processed and reused.

Few people are aware that, in general, 80% of bituminous surfacing materials are recycled. This is the most recycled material in North America by far – more than paper, plastic and steel combined. This is good news when we consider the fact that the vast majority of the road network in North America has reached the end of its useful life. Completely rebuilding the North American road network is out of the question for obvious cost reasons, and because of the impact on the environment. On the contrary, it must be maintained, renovated and recycled.

The major challenge facing Professor Alan Carter's team involves reducing the production or recycling costs associated with bituminous surfaces. Traditional production methods involve heat processing (approximately 160° C) in a surfacing plant. However, technological advancements have made it possible to lower this temperature.

Lowering the temperature also results in a reduced energy bill. For the road industry, this is the main item in the budget where it is still possible to economize. However, not all surfaces are suited to the same treatment, and not all roadwork involves the same techniques. More specifically, Professor Carter is working to develop maintenance and repair techniques that will help to keep the roadway in an acceptable condition virtually indefinitely when applied at the right time.

Construction engineering research at ÉTS
Canada Research Chair in Characterization of Contaminated Sites
Pomerleau Industrial Research Chair in the Integration of Construction Practices and Technologies
Research team specialized in Development and Research on Structures and Rehabilitation (DRSR)
Integration and Sustainable Development in Built Environment Research Group (GRIDD)
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory (LG2)
Pavements and Bituminous Materials Laboratory (LCMB)
Experimental Station of Pilot Processes in Environment (STEPPE)