Facilities - Department of Civil Engineering

Facilities available to the department are second to none - from the many extensive laboratories, state of the art survey equipment, ADP support services to one of the best staff to student ratios found at any post-secondary educational institution. The department is equipped with twenty standalone Pentium 90 PCs, and is connected to the College's network with numerous Hewlett Packard UNIX computers.

The teaching laboratories provide equipment to permit groups of three or four students to conduct experiments in structural engineering, soil mechanics, pavement materials, asphalt technology, hydrology, water supply, wastewater treatment, and environmental engineering; and to conduct exercises in surveying, photogrammetry and traffic engineering.

The department's equipment includes:

Structural Engineering

Structures Technologist and Undergraduate Students pouring Concrete test cylinders/Technologue en structures et étudiants de premier cycle coulant des cylindres d'essai en béton

The Department’s Structures and Concrete Laboratory contains the following apparatus:

  • Eight (8) HBM computerized/electronic data acquisition systems;
  • MTS Structural loading system with 1 @ 500 kN, 2 @ 250 kN, 1 @ 100 kN and 2 @t 50 kN capacity pistons;
  • MTS Material Testing System with 1000 kN capacity;
  • MTS Material Testing System with 500kN capacity; 
  • MTS Material Testing System with 250 kN capacity;
  • Numerous universal testing machines of 900 kN, 550 kN, and 135 kN capacities;
  • 10 Ton dynamic scale;
  • Two (2) bench torsion testing instruments;
  • Three (3) bench tension testing instruments;
  • Electric concrete mixer;
  • Screening plant;
  • Vibrating table;
  • Large drop test apparatus;
  • High Speed Digital Imaging Correlation;
  • 1350 kN concrete cylinder testing machine;
  • Various LVDT’s, pressure and load measuring devices;
  • Concrete stone saw;
  • Large capacity furnace; cales (platform and hanging);
  • Two (2) high speed cameras;
  • Three (3) MREL and 3 genesis high speed data acquisition systems for blast testing;
  • Various blast pressure probes, accelerometers and piezoelectric load cells;
  • Concrete field testing equipment including half-cell potential device, ultrasonic tester; rebar locator and ground penetrating radar;
  • 10 ton overhead crane;
  • Freezer capable of -80F;
  • Humidity control room;
  • Fiber optics splicer and Luna optic sensing machine.

Geotechnical Engineering

The Department’s Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory contains the following apparatus:

  • Soil testing drive rods and sampling spoons; Atterberg limit testing devices;
  • Dry/wet sieving;
  • Hydrometers, and specific gravity apparatus;
  • Standard and modified Proctor compaction apparatus;
  • Harvard miniature compaction apparatus;
  • CBR equipment;
  • Nuclear moisture-density gauge;
  • Consolidometers;
  • Unconfined, direct shear and triaxial test apparatus;
  • Computerized/electronic data acquisition system;
  • Constant temperature and humidity environmental chamber;
  • Drying ovens;
  • 50 000 kg shaking table for earthquake simulation;
  • Two (2) GDS standard triaxial cells with control system;
  • GDS Unsaturated soil Triaxial Cell with control system; Two(2) standard and one dynamic load frames;
  • Two (2) GDS automated Oedometers and one Constant Rate of Strain;
  • Two (2) high-pressure triaxial cells;
  • Wille Plane-Strain loading system;
  • 1.5m diameter Broadbent geotechnical centrifuge.

Transportation Engineering

The Department’s Asphalt and Transportation laboratory contains the following apparatus:

  • Traffic counters and associated equipment;
  • radar gun;
  • Marshall triple compactor and test machine;
  • LA abrasion machine;
  • ductility machine;
  • Benkleman Beam.

Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate Civil Engineering students in Environmental Lab

The Department’s Environmental and Water Resources laboratory contains the following apparatus:

  • Temperature control bath, ovens, muffle furnace, incubator and autoclave;
  • Instruments to determine water pH, turbidity, conductivity, specific ion concentrations, and dissolved oxygen.
  • IDEXX quanti-tray for bacteria analysis.
  • Spectrophotometer.
  • Jar testing and filtration apparatus.
  • EXO Sonde for long term water quality analysis.
  • Apparatus for wastewater analysis including BOD and COD;
  • Sontek Argonaut water velocity meter
  • Field water and soil sampling equipment
  • Hydrology and rainfall apparatus
  • Hydraulic flume
  • Class A fume hoods


GeoMatics and Photogrammetry

Civil Engineering Students with Total Station

The Department’s Geomatics and Photogrammetry laboratory contains the following apparatus:

  • Leica TS16 robotic total station With long range blue tooth X10;
  • Leica CS 30 Data collectors X10;
  • Leica GS 14 GNSS  RTK rover  X2;
  • Leica GS 16 GNSS  RTK rover ;
  • Leica GS 18 GNSS RTK rover with tilt compensation;
  • Leica CS 20 data collectors to go with the GNSS equipment;
  • Leica P40 Lidar scanner with Cyclone scanning software; 
  • Leica Ts10 total station;
  • Leica NA730 automatic level X4;
  • Leica NA03 Digital level X2;
  • Leica captivate survey field software;
  • DJI Phantome Drone;
  • GIS, LIDAR and CAD software;
  • Photogrammetry software; and,
  • Height finders and parallax measurement equipment;


RMC Green Team – Canadian Military GeoWorks Lab

The Department’s RMC Green Team – Canadian Military GeoWorks Lab contains the following equipment and mobile lab capabilities:

  • LUNA ODiSl-B Analyzer – 1 Channel Unit x 2;
  • LUNA ODiSI 6000 Series Interigator – 4 Channel Unit;
  • LUNA ODiSI 6000 Series Interigator – 8 Channel Unit;
  • Fiber Optic Arc Fusion Splicing Unit;
  • Leica TM60 1" (0.3mgon), automatic total station with reflectorless EDM x 3;
  • TS16 robotic total station with CS 20 data collector (for tunnels);
  • MX1615B QuantumX Amplifier DAS Devices x 10;
  • Multiple HACK test kits : Colorimeter, Sample Cell, Lead, Turbidimeter
  • Kemio Heavy Metal Units;
  • Water and Wastewater monitoring units;
  • Structural Health Monitoring units;
  • Energy Monitoring units;
  • FORBEST 3188S Series Pipe & Wall Video Inspection System (Cable Reel, monitor, battery case, camera, camera protection ball, power adapter, video soft cable)
  • HAWTHORN CORPORATION Magnum DVR USB Recording System
  • Kingsway Instruments Fluke TiS55 Thermal Imager
  • Geneinno T1 Underwater Drone
  • DJI Phantom 3 Drone;
  • Mobile Power Units: Generac 7500 Generators and Solar Panel / Lithium Battery set-ups;


Cold Regions Lab

The Department’s Geotechincal Cold Regions research laboratory contains the following apparatus:

  • 3D sand Printer;
  • Soil Water Characteristic Curve apparatus;
  • KD2 Pro thermal properties instrument;
  • PANDA dynamic cone penetrometer;
  • Weather Station;
  • Terratest Deflectometer;
  • MakerBot 3D Printer;
  • Hoskin Scientific Water Bath;
  • Tempos Thermal Analyzer x 2;
  • LUNA Fibre Optics; and,
  • 3D Scanner.

Computer Resources

The Department has two computer labs equipped with 42 Dell workstations. In addition, every resident Graduate Student is provided with either a standard desktop PC or an HP workstation.

A list of engineering software available to Civil Engineering students is presented below:


  • Autodesk Revit, Robot, Civil3D, Infraworks;
  • S-Frame suite;
  • Concise 4.5.9g;
  • Computers and Structures Inc. SAP2000, ETABS, CSiBridge, SAFE;
  • NATO MLC Suite: Launcher CORVMLCMLC, RFBMLC, CABMLC, NAVMLC (Developed at RMC for the CAF and NATO);
  • Response2000;
  • Structure Point SP academic-structure first network; and,
  • ANSYS/AUTODYN (managed by Mech Eng Dept.).


  • Esri ArcGIS 10.82  Suite;
  • QGIS Suite;
  • GeoMOS Monitor for Total Stations;
  • Leica LiDAR survey Studio;
  • Leica Captivate; and,
  • AutoCAD.


  • Geo5;
  • GeoStudio (Bentley);
  • RSView32 RT;
  • RSLINKX Classic;
  • MicroSurvey CAD;
  • RocScience Canadian  Edition; and,
  • Itasca FLAC3D.

Environmental and Water Resources

  • USGS/USACE Water Resources;
  • Environmental Simulations, Inc. GW- Vistas; and,

Other Software

  • DosBOX;
  • Matlab R2021b ;
  • PRC MathCAD;
  • Sigma Plot;
  • Systat;
  • Maple;
  • MS Project; and,
  • Solidworks.

In addition to these programs, instructors may purchase or maintain licensing on other programs that may be specifically required for their field of research or graduate course offerings.

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