Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

E-Days

 

Engineering Days: Project presentations

The engineering students at Colorado State University hold an annual Engineering Days celebration, “E-Days,” to showcase student design projects. E-Days draws visitors from the community and industry, as well prospective students interested in exploring engineering.

Our senior design projects cover a wealth of fascinating engineering and science research. Each project features information about the research, a poster presentation, and a video.

Projects

ASCE Concrete Canoe

Project ID: 19

Students:

Michelle Vang, Jack Hays, Jonah Heintzleman, Jennilinn Watson, Kyle Swiggum, Jason Black
To understand the different uses of concrete, our team will design and construct a canoe made out of concrete. Design aspects completed by the team include the structural design, mix design, form design and aesthetic design. The canoe must span between 18 - 22 feet. It must also be able to float and carry a maximum load of four paddlers for the racing portion of our competition.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Arcosa Lightweight, Forta, JUB Engineering, PCI Mountain States, and the Northern Colorado Branch of ASCE
Advisors:
Rebecca Atadero

Berthoud Water Treatment Taste and Odor Mitigation

Project ID: 2

Students:

Casey Corbin, Natalie Oliveira, Cathelyne Powers, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zakri Siegel, Ben Sinnett, Sean Sullivan
During warm weather months, many reservoirs including Berthoud Reservoir experience a large increase in the growth of algae and bacteria. This increase in both algae and bacteria can lead to the formation of unwanted taste and odor causing compounds. Although these compounds are not harmful to human health, if the water is left untreated it will have an unpleasant taste and smell, so the Town of Berthoud has requested a solution to control and eliminate taste and odor issues. 
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Jonathan Reed, CDM Smith
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Booster Station/WMF Design

Project ID: 25

Students:

Dixie Poteet, Jack Marvel, Ryan Hunt, Dylan Lektorich, Harrison McKittrick, Troy Montague
ColoState Gas Processing, Inc. has been approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to drill four new wells in the Piceance Basin, located in the Western Slope of Colorado. In preparation for this new project, Colorado Greens Engineering was tasked with preparing an air permit application and designing a water management facility and booster and gas station on behalf of ColoState Gas Processing, Inc. An air permit application must be prepared in accordance with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) guidelines prior to construction beginning. The booster station will compress natural gas produced by the wells for transportation while the water management facility will upgrade the produced water for reuse in hydraulic fracturing operations. Additional project efforts include researching water treatment technologies for use in the water management facility, developing a process simulation model for the booster station, sizing conveyance lines, and calculating the cost estimate over a thirty-year design life. Colorado Greens Engineering is committed to delivering safe and economically feasible designs for this oil and gas project.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Ms. Elie Chavez CDPHE Permit Engineer, Ms. Rachel Frisz CPHE Permit Engineer
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Brumadinho What if Design

Project ID: 14

Students:

Janelle Erickson, Layne Perry, Ben Van Wagoner, Justin Carlson, Pierce Montilla, Sabrina Leggiero, Riley McCullough
The Brumadinho Tailings Dam What-If design project involves analyzing the failed Feijão Dam I, and proposing engineered alternatives to prevent such failure if given one year notice prior to failure. The “What-If” design allows for lessons to be learned from the already failed system and be applied to future dams facing similar or even identical structural, geotechnical, and stability problems. Three alternatives, including concrete piles, stabilization berms, and a drainage system were proposed to the sponsors. A long term remedy was also proposed to add to any of the alternatives, which was a cover system. The project was proposed in a two-tier fashion regarding depth and technical concepts in information to target both the project sponsors and certified engineers, as well as the general public in a more broad sense to help gain public acceptance for the work to be complete.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
N/A
Advisors:
Joe Scalia IV, Chris Bareither

CDOT Bridge Replacement

Project ID: 15

Students:

Jared Taylor, Ryan Schnelbach, Dylan Gonzales, Cory Harland, Jake Huselton, Keren Quinteros
TrussTech is a Civil Design firm specializing in structural analysis, hydraulic modeling, foundation design, and bridge design. TrussTech has been contracted by the Colorado Department of Transportation to redesign and replace Structure B-72-A, a bridge lying along Highway 6 in Holyoke, Colorado. TrussTech will handle the entire redesign of the structure, including hydraulic modeling of the waterway beneath, structural analysis and design, and foundation and scour design. TrussTech will also provide 3 structure options as well as a cost analysis of proposed solutions.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Steven Griffin, Colorado Department of Transportation
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Claymore Dam Hazard Classification and Design

Project ID: 32

Students:

Reed Featherstone, Cassidy McCarthy, Brenna Allison, Mateo Rivera, Matt Bullock, Matthew Blumenshein
RamDamSolutions has been working on Claymore Dam to assess the integrity of the lake as a whole. There has been a significant passage of time since Claymore Dam was last analyzed, and new hazard classification guidelines were produced by Colorado Dam Safety in 2019. The project scope includes dam remediation and a hazard classification. The hazard classification was completed and assisted the development of alternative design elements used in the dam remediation. The dam elements studied for alternative design included the spillway, inlet structure, and dam embankment.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Kallie Bauer, Colorado Dam Safety
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

Corporate Headquarters Structural Design

Project ID: 31

Students:

Noah Koury, Katie Pepper, Jared Ramsay, Brendan Mauer, Colton Hochevar, Carlos Arellano
The proposed design for Raker Rhodes' corporate headquarters is a two-story office space with multiple glass openings, a patio, and complex roof architectural elements. Additional amenities requested for the final construction include a gym, training room for new staff, open-office space, conference rooms of differing sizes, a wellness room, and active storage space. A full building construction plan for lateral and gravitational resistance has been completed to optimize the building's life span allowing for the referenced amenities. A full 3D render of the completed structural design is available in video format for an immersive visual experience.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Raker Rhodes Engineering, Contact: Mickey Halverson
Advisors:
Chsitropher Thornton, Chris Michalos

CSU Foothills Campus Stormwater Master Plan

Project ID: 28

Students:

Tom Anderson, Stephen Driscoll, Michael Perez, Cameron Salz, Taylor Schulze, Palen Stream
The CSU Foothills Campus Stormwater Master Plan was last updated in 2002. As of 2021, campus development has led to increased stormwater runoff from the site and raised the need to update the current master plan. The purpose of the update is to address present and future stormwater conditions by designing improvements for detention, drainage, water quality, and erosion control infrastructure on the CSU Foothills Campus. Accordingly, the objective of the update is to develop design solutions grounded in stormwater management best practices that can be effectively incorporated into the existing stormwater management plan. Updating the plan will benefit stakeholders within the CSU community and throughout the City of Fort Collins by helping to manage stormwater runoff, mitigate flood risk, improve erosion control, protect campus infrastructure, preserve habitat value, and minimize impacts to water quality.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
CSU Facilities Management, Susanne Cordery, Fred Haberecht
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

CSU Levee Test Facility Building Design

Project ID: 3

Students:

Aidan Arroyo, Trenton Cooper, Sam Zummach, Matt Westfield, Austin Branscum, kolt ferguson
CSU wants to upgrade its flume height to allow for a more dynamic range of tests. After upgrading its northern walls, the ERC needs a structure to shield its facility from the elements. Colorado winters can be very cold, making outdoor testing a miserable undertaking. Enclosing this testing facility inside will allow for longer testing periods and protect fragile models.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
CSU Hydraulics Laboratory located at the foothills campus with Christopher Thornton are the sponsors for this project.
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

CSU Mountain Campus Fire Protection System

Project ID: 18

Students:

Stephen Agenbroad, Paige Genaula, Trey Seyers, Lukas Garcia, Timothy Osborn, Allison Maddocks
The Colorado State University mountain campus is a remote satellite facility of the main Fort Collins campus. The campus is host to students, researchers and tourists. Recently, the campus was a host to a string of wildland firefighters. The Cameron peak fire started August 13th, 2020 in the northern region of Colorado. It spread over 208,913 acres over the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. The CSU mountain campus was located in the fire path. Thankfully the firefighters were able to protect the campus, and prevent it from being burnt down. The goal of our project is to develop a Fire Support System for the campus. This fire support system will provide temporary sprinkler systems, and will also allow the firefighters to integrate with the system. A plan of action will also be drafted, so that firefighters can understand and integrate with the system. The plan will also detail how the campus will prepare for the fire such as fuel reduction, temporary sprinkler set up, and many other safety measures.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Susanne Cordery, Environmental Engineer
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

CSU Mountain Campus Microturbine

Project ID: 17

Students:

Jeff Ellis, Abigail Haneke, Mason kiefer, Brianna Lopez,Trevor Smith, Troy Garner, Victor Sainz
Colorado State University (CSU) has expressed interest in using renewable energy to power their Mountain Campus. CSU Mountain Campus is embedded in the Pingree Valley 50 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado, at an elevation of roughly 9,000 ft. The campus is a site for student learning, workshops, retreats, conferences, and meetings. Colorado State University prides itself on being sustainable and not harming the environment. Providing Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus with a source of renewable energy through hydropower is the objective of this project. Hydropower is a clean source of energy that can provide CSU with renewable energy for years to come.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Susanne Cordery
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

Dixon Canal Trail

Project ID: 6

Students:

Connor Freeman, Ellie Jensen, Tara Shadowen, Ed Weschler, Connor Williams, Jake Wilson
The Dixon Canal trail is being redesigned to develop a safe and enjoyable multipurpose trail along the poorly maintained section between Spruce St. and the ERC. The trail will be able to accommodate a wide variety of trail users, with an advanced single track option for mountain bikes and a wheelchair accessible main trail. This will set a strong foundation for a more connected engineering campus and expand the growing versatility of trails in the Fort Collins area.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Aaron Fodge, Alternative Transportation Manager, Parking and Transportation Services
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

L'Avenir Residential Building

Project ID: 30

Students:

Michael Beddingfield, Chase Bellon, Brian McCaffrey, Ted Dhanes, Michael Payne, Muamar Al Bahari
As Fort Collins becomes more populated the need for new residential buildings has grown proportionally. Around the Horn Structures has been tasked with creating a primary building frame design for the new L'Avenir residential building in downtown Fort Collins. This exciting new building, spearheaded by the architects, was planned and designed following the "Living-Building-Challenge" guidelines to be a sustainable net zero building. If these types of buildings become the norm in Fort Collins, the city will be ahead of the curve in the coming decades.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Patrick McManus
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Larimer County Floodplain

Project ID: 12

Students:

Katie Ascough, Theresa Centola, Keian Freshwater, Billy Joel, Justin Rychlick, Kayla Schultz, Brett Van Alstine
The Northern Colorado region is well-familiarized with past severe flooding events; as such, Larimer County makes an active effort to consider flood planning and infrastructure. The county follows U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines to accurately map and assess the risk of flooding for homeowner insurance purposes. However, in many rural parts of Larimer County, existing floodplain maps are not reliable. Using up-to-date hydrological, streamflow, and mapping software, our team will model two county streams: Dry Creek, and a segment of Boxelder Creek. In order to ensure FEMA compliance, areas for improvement will also be identified within each floodplain. Overall, the aim of this project is to create reference documents to be used in future county-related flood planning involving these rural streams.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Larimer County, CO
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Meridian and Pitkin Roundabout

Project ID: 10

Students:

Dillan Feuerstein, Garrett Anderson, George Kiraly, Ivan Barrios, Kelley McKinney, Ahmed Al-Harthi
CSU has been increasing in size rapidly, and with this expansion traffic around campus has also increased. The intersection located at Pitkin and Meridian, to the northeast of Canvas Stadium has become very busy and congested at peak times. Bikes, pedestrians, and vehicles all navigate through the intersection every day, increasing the possibility for an accident. BTE has been tasked with redesigning the intersection to manage traffic flow and increase overall safety. A roundabout has been decided to replace the intersection, and BTE has spent numerous hours planning, designing, and communicating to ensure the final roundabout is worthy of being used at CSU.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Aaron Fodge, Parking and Transportation Services; Fred Haberecht, Facilities Management; Tim Kemp, Assistant Director of Engineering for CSU; David Hansen, Facilities Management
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

RNMP Intersection Improvement

Project ID: 22

Students:

Sarah Dieker, Nathan Stock, Austin Lobsinger, Ben Alexander, Steven Laudan, Zach Brown, Madison Younker
The intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 36 in Rocky Mountain National Park is heavily used and dangerous for cars and pedestrians. A full redesign of the intersection has been completed to optimize traffic flow and improve pedestrian safety. A parking lot was added to increase available parking for the popular trailheads near this intersection.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Erin Jessee, P.E., Federal Highway Association, Federal Lands Division
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Shambhala Rural Housing

Project ID: 4

Students:

Nicholas Raley, Quinn Liebbe, Delaney Galvan, Kevin Salgado, Julia Kemper, Larry Walter
Shambhala Mountain Center is a peaceful, restful place for all those that come to visit, with cozy cabins to stay in and a mess hall for dining. However, the permanent staff that works and lives at Shambhala Mountain Center have less than adequate residential accommodations. As a result, the Shambhala Mountain Center requires a comprehensive multi-phase plan for twenty new small homes in an employee village community that includes development of infrastructure, road map, and maintains integrity of style in regard to environment, affordability, and culture. The purpose is to create homes for long term staff, and it is important to build safe, efficient, and economical homes in a village that will be a welcome respite for employees. Shambhala Mountain Center is at its heart dedicated to the well-being of its residents and guests; the village for long term employees will cement these core principles of care and well-being, building continuity in the most essential element of success, the Shambhala Staff.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Mac McGoldrick
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

Water Reclamation Facility Upgrade

Project ID: 24

Students:

Tayne Andrade, Jeffery Welsh, Yuwei Zhao, Youngcheng Cao, Lin Jiao, Zijun Meng
The Parker Water & Sanitation District is expanding their North Water Reclamation Facility to meet growing demands due to population growth in Parker, CO. The South Water Reclamation Facility was due to be shut down during this expansion, however its discharge permits are linked to the North facilities, so upgrades and expansions to the South Facility must be considered. The primary goal is to justify keeping the South facility open by either improving its treatment efficiency and/or capacity.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Parker Water and Sanitation District, WEF Student Conference
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton

WSS Cameron Peak Fire

Project ID: 27

Students:

Benton Hayes, Kiley Dindinger, Noah Wooldridge, Andrew Forsyth, Sophie Hinnen, Spencer Jordan
Evaluating the costs and benefits of rehabilitating the Skyline Ditch in the wake of a series of landslides and a wildfire. Includes water yield analysis and slope stability assessment.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Don Frick, Water Storage and Supply Company
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos

WSS Jackson Ditch Rehabilitation

Project ID: 26

Students:

Katy Rodriguez, Sami Fischer, Dillon Gauser, Hannah Gridley, Hunter Ward, Jack Chambers
Originally constructed in 1861, the Jackson Ditch is one of the oldest irrigation ditches in Colorado. It pulls its water from the Poudre River to supply water to 1,700 acres of irrigated farmland. The Jackson can currently hold about 25 cfs while the legal decree is 52 cfs. Many of the issues along the ditch are caused from overgrown trees and elevation changes at the bottom of the ditch. Flowgistics will design a bridge to put over the Little Cache to access a weir, research and perform the appropriate dye test to determine large points of seepage and explore how to minimize that seepage, survey the locations of headgates and elevation change throughout the ditch to create typical cross section plans, grades, excavation and shaping of the ditch to carry 52 cfs, develop a GIS database of existing structures along the ditch, and utilize a LIDAR survey of the ditch to complete a hydraulic model of existing conditions using HEC-RAS.
Department:
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Video presentation:
Link to project video
Sponsors:
Donald Frick, Levi Stockton
Advisors:
Christopher Thornton, Chris Michalos