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Our faculty and graduate students are involved in a wide variety of research areas because civil engineering is an incredibly broad discipline. Current research activities in the Department of Civil Engineering can be described in terms of discipline areas grouped as follows: Computational Mechanics; Environmental and Water Resources; and Structures and Earthquake Engineering.

Through strong ties to industry, government, and other centres of excellence, our researchers work with others around the world to create knowledge and find engineering solutions to many of society's problems and challenges. Research groups with ties to the Civil Engineering department are studying a wide range of topics, including: sustainable communities, water resources/environmental informations systems, effective design of structures, and solid waste management .

Dedicated research facilities are available in the following three areas:
Structures and Earthquake Engineering;
Geotechnical and Construction Materials;
Environmental and Water Resources.

The University's large scale structural testing facility - the Applied Dynamics Laboratory - has recently been modified thanks to funding provided by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.