Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Resources

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is committed to the success of our students.  We have invested in renovations, new equipment, and other specialized resources to provide a high quality environment for student learning.


  • Civil Commons (Thornton D-204) provides a space designed to facilitate and encourage student, faculty, and staff interaction. Civil Commons provides a place for group work, impromptu meetings, seminar receptions, lunch, and mid-day breaks. There are electric receptacles installed in the floor beneath the tables to allow you to plug in electronic devices.  You are welcome to use this space at any time – whether during normal work hours or nights and weekends.  We do ask for everyone’s help in maintaining this space.  For example, if you make use of the kitchen area, please do so neatly and keep the area clean.
  • Eichenthal Room (Thornton B-228A) – This space was renovated in 2014 to provide a state-of-the-art facility to support group meetings, collaborative learning, and distance education. This room is typically heavily used during normal business hours.  When not in use, and on evenings and the weekend, students may use the Eichenthal Room for group projects or study groups.
  • Group Project Rooms (Thornton B220A and B220D) – When not hosting graduate student office hours, these rooms are available on a first come/first served basis for students to use as study space, or to work on small group projects (capacity of 5 students per room). The rooms are also equipped with a computer and large-screen monitor.

Computing in Civil Engineering

The department and university provides a number of spaces that are equipped with computers loaded with key course-related software installed to support group projects.  These spaces are:  Thornton B220D, Thornton B220A, Civil Commons (computer station available at the “back” table), and the Eichenthal Room.  The department also maintains a plotter that is available for your use.  This plotter is located in the project team room in Thornton B220D.

Students should also be aware that all SEAS classroom computers provide access to key software such as AutoCAD Civil 3D and ArcGIS.  Students have found MEC 213, MEC 214, and MEC 215 – with a combined total of 86 computers – to be particularly useful.  Finally, computers in the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library also provide access to key software.

We are committed to incorporating the latest civil engineering software in our educational program.  We have chosen to use software that is readily available for installation on your personal computer.  In some cases, this software is available from the company directly (such as Autodesk), and in some cases you can obtain the software from the UVA Software Gateway – (such as Ansys) or other UVA resources, such as the Scholar’s Lab in Alderman Library (for example, ArcGIS).  The instructor in the class that uses a particular software program will give you detailed guidance on accessing a copy for your personal computer.

As a backup, the majority of the specialized software that we will use is available on UVA’s “Hive”

Laboratory Resources

The department’s research laboratories and equipment allows our students to pursue cutting edge research.  Typically, these resources are used in conjunction with projects led by our faculty.  To learn more about these resources, please contact:

Tony Singh   Environmental Laboratory Manager

Keegan GumbsInfrastructure Laboratory Manager


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