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History

The Department of Civil Engineering at Tamkang University was established in 1960. At first, it was a five-year program of Geomatics. In 1967, it was renamed to the Department of Civil Engineering. In 1981, the master programs including the Divisions of Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering were found. In 1991, the Division of Transportation Engineering was also included. In 1996, the Ph.D. program was established. In 1997, a two-year program of Civil Engineering was launched. Presently, the courses provided by the Department cover structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering and construction management and environmental engineering embracing the traditional knowledge and the latest technology of civil engineering. In addition, the application of computer and information in Civil Engineering is one of the unique features of the Department.

The Department of Civil Engineering and affiliated laboratories were located in the Old Engineering Building and Ching-sheng Memorial Hall. Since 1993, the Department has moved to the New Engineering Building. With consistent efforts and the great supports from school, the Department flourishes constantly over the years.

The key affiliated research center and laboratories of the Department and the corresponding facilities are:

1. Wind Engineering Research Center: Boundary layer wind tunnels for wind pressure and wind environment measurements of buildings and bridges.

2. Materials Laboratory: Concrete non-destructive testing machine, dynamic automatic viscosity meter, total shock meter concrete, asphalt pavement rutting tester wheel tracks, rolling thin film oven tester, anti-slide meter pavement, asphalt toughness and tensile tester, data acquisition system.

3. Geotechnical Laboratory: Computer-controlled automatic soil tri-axial tester, direct shear tester, Geotextiles tester, tri-axial tester, dynamic tri-axial systems, multifunction stiffening tester, constant temperature and humidity cabinet, three axis shear force tester, geosynthetics filter tester.

4. Rock Mechanics Laboratory: Fifty-ton slow presses, five-ton repeated direct shear tester, ten-ton repeated direct shear tester, tilt tester, profilers, point load tester.

5. Geomatics Laboratory: Laser level, electronic theodolite, flat light rangefinder.

 

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