Geomatics engineers, also known as land surveyors and mappers, design, develop, and operate systems for collecting and analyzing spatial information about the land, the oceans, natural resources, and man made features. The tasks more closely related to civil engineering include the design and layout of public infrastructure and urban subdivisions, as well as mapping and controlling surveys for construction projects. Undergraduate students will utilize a wide range of technologically advanced tools like digital total stations, Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, and computer-based geographic information systems (GIS).

    Surveying- Covered Topics
    -Linear Measurements
    -Theodolite Traverse
    -Off Setting Methods
    -Electromagnetic Distance Measurements
    -Simple Leveling
    -Precise Leveling
    -Setting Out Technique
    -Land Surveying
    -Surveying-Laboratory Instruments
    -Total Station Set
    -Digital Theodolites
    -Levels and Auto Levels
    -Digital Planimeters
    -Tapes and Ranging Rods


Technician: Walid Arnaout
Extension:   4312

Concrete is the most widely used construction material. Its quality depends on the quality of its ingredients, the mixture proportioning and its manufacture process. 
The construction materials laboratory enables to determine the properties the different components of the concrete: cementitious materials, fine and coarse aggregates as well as the properties of fresh and hardened concrete according to ASTM and AASHTO standards.
Tests on cementitious materials are performed to avoid any abnormal behavior such as early stiffening, delayed setting, or low strengths in concrete.

Tests of aggregates have two major purposes:
(1) to determine the suitability of the material itself for use in concrete, including tests for abrasion and soundness against saturated freeze-thaw cycles;
(2) to assure uniformity, such as tests for moisture control, relative density (specific gravity), and absorption.
Tests of concrete are made to evaluate the performance of available materials, to establish mixture proportions, and to control concrete quality during construction. These tests include slump, air content, temperature, density (unit weight), and strength.

Covered topics
-Cement testing: 
Soundness, Specific Gravity, Density, Normal consistency, initial and final set, Compressive strength.
-Fine and coarse aggregates testing: 
Specific Gravity, Absorption, Bulk Unit Weight and voids.
-Concrete testing: 
- Tests on fresh concrete: Slump, VEBE, Compacting factor, air content.
- Tests on hardened concrete: Compression test, indirect tensile test.

Available instruments:
-Pan type mixer 300L for preparing concrete mixes

-ADR Touch 2000 Standard compression Machine for computing the compressive and indirect tensile strength of concrete specimens.

 -Slump cone and accessories for determining the slump of fresh concrete.

 -Buoyancy balance for determining the specific gravity of coarse aggregates and concrete specimens.

Beirut Arab University (Tripoli campus) soil mechanics and geotechnical laboratory offers its wide range of experimental facilities for education, research and for collaborations with different companies. One can provide identification and complete characterisation of soil behaviour following specific experimental protocols and standards (ASTM, and AFNOR)

Covered topics:

The soil properties that can be determined in BAU Laboratory are:

  1. Physical properties: water content, Grain size analysis, Atterberg Limits
  2. Hydraulic Properties: soil permeability
  3. Mechanical properties: study of the compressibility and shear resistance of soil

Available Equipments:

Automatic sieve shaker and hydrometer:

In order to determine the particle size distribution curve two types of tests are available:

  1. Sieve analysis—for particle sizes larger than 0.075 mm in diameter,
  2. Hydrometer analysis—for particle sizes smaller than 0.075 mm in diameter.

Figure 1: A set of sieves with an automatic sieve shaker, Hydrometer

Liquid Limit test device:

Consistency of fine soils is determined using Atterberg limits 

2: Liquid limit test device and grooving tools

Hydraulic conductivity test: ELE Constant and Falling Head test

The hydraulic conductivity (Permeability) of soil samples can be determined using constant head test or falling head test.

Figure 3: Hydraulic conductivity test

Consolidation test (oedometer):

Consolidation test for the study of consolidation settlement of soil 

4: Consolidation Test

Direct Shear test: (Matest Sheartronic)

Matest Sheartronic is used to determine the shear strength parameters (i.e., c, φ, c’, φ’) of various soil specimens.

5: Direct shear test


Triaxial test: (VJTECH 9000-50kN)

Triaxial Testing System is capable of providing fully automatic total and effective Triaxial testing including Quick Undrained, Consolidated Drained (CD), Consolidated Undrained (CU), Unconsolidated Undrained (UU) and Stress Path tests.


6: VJT 9000-Automated triaxial testing system

This laboratory is equipped to manufacture mechanical parts used in mechanical machines and systems. It is also used to teach students the manufacturing of mechanical products by machining, welding and casting processes.




The Hydraulics Laboratory occupies an area of about 80 square meters in the basement floor of block E. The facility houses the basic equipment used in standard experiments, such as fluid friction in pipes and flow channel, which are normally present in hydraulic laboratories. Laboratory experiments are offered as part of the three basic undergraduate courses: Hydraulics I (CVLE 341), Hydraulics II (CVLE 342), and Thermo-Fluid Laboratory (MCHE 429). Besides laboratory demonstrations, students are divided into groups to perform pre-set standard hydraulic experiments using instruction manuals made available to students.

Laboratory Technician: Walid Arnaout (Ext. 4312)

Available Experiments:
- Osborne-Reynolds' Demonstration Module
Observation of the laminar, transition and turbulent regime,
Reproducing the Osborne-Reynolds’s experiment.

- Hele Shaw Apparatus
Hele Shaw apparatus allows a full study of the low Reynolds number flow patterns through the application of unexpanded polystyrene beads to the water.


- Free and Forced Vortex Module
Study of free vortex,
Study of forced vortex with and without discharge orifice, …


- Flow Meter Demonstration Module
Determination of the error in flow measurements using the Venturi and the orifice plate,
Determination of the Cd factor in the Venturi and in the orifice plate.


- Computer-Controlled Fluid Friction in Pipes
Determination of pressure loss due to friction in rough and smooth pipes of different internal diameters,
Determination of pressure loss in different pipe fittings (45º elbow, narrowing, widening, tee, valves, …).

- Open Channel flow apparatus
Study of uniform flow in inclined channel, verification of Chèzy equation,
Study of flow over triangular hump, plotting of specific energy - depth relationship, study of flow under a sluice gate,
Determination of energy head and power loss at the jump section by means of specific energy considerations, ...



The Measurement and Electronics Lab aims at providing the basic idea for measuring electrical potential, electric current, power and many other parameters with different levels of accuracy and calibration. 



Measurement and Electronics - Covered Topics
    -Resonance Circuits 
    -Maximum Power transfer using Thevenin’s Theorem.
    -Determination of different parameters for two port networks
    -Determination of phase angle for AC circuits using oscilloscope
    -Designing DC power supply using rectifier circuits
    -Amplifiers using FET
    -Amplifiers using BJT
    -Switches using BJT
    -Operational Amplifiers
    -RC phase shift circuits
    -Oscillators using operational amplifiers
    -Filters using operational amplifiers
    -Measurements of resistors, Capacitors and Inductors using bridges.
    -Designing an extending range voltmeters
    -Designing an extending range Ammeters
    -Designing of Ohmmeter
    -Build an Avometer with multiranges
    -Designing Wattmeters

 Measurement and Electronics - Laboratory Instruments
    - Oscilloscopes
    - DC power supply
    - AC power supply
    - Transformers
    - Multi-meters
    - Variable resistor-capacitor- inductor boxes

Lab Instructor: Zein Eddine
Ext:                    4313

Logic Design Lab - Covered Topics 
    -Testing basic logic gates
    -Minimizing Logic Circuits
    -Implementing a full-adder using a multiplexer
    -Realizing a parallel adder/substracter
    -Realizing comparators
    -RS Flip-Flop
    -Flip Flops 
    -Shift counter
    -Up-down counter
    -Johnson-Ring counters
    -Static RAM

Logic Design Lab - Laboratory instruments 
    - Prototyping Board
    - DC power supply
    - Multimeters
    - ICs: 7485 four-bit comparator,  7486 XOR gate, full adder 7483, 7447 BCD decoder, 7730 seven-segment display,  74 LS155 dual decoder, 7474 Dual D-type flip flop , 7476 dual JK flip flops, clock-pulse generator, pulser with push buttons and debounce circuits, 74195 shift register,74161 counter with parallel load.

Lab Instructor: Zein Eddine
Ext:                     4313

Microprocessor Lab - Covered Topics 
    - Adding Two Binary Numbers
    - Comparing two numbers
    - Computing factorial
    - Maximum Number in an Array
    - Sorting an Array in a Descending Order
    - Interfacing stepper motor with 8086 
    - 8x8 LED Matrix Display Module
    - Seven Segment Display
    - Traffic Light Controller
    - Elevator Simulator

 Microprocessor Lab - Laboratory Instruments 
    - PCs and 8086 processor emulator.

Lab Instructor: Zein Eddine
Ext:                    4313

The Computer Labs in the ECE Department are equipped with the latest technologies in computer hardware and software. The incremental renovation in the Lab equipment and facilities provides students with the top-of-the-line hands on experience in the various software packages supporting the course requirements.


 Computer Labs - Covered Topics
A wide variety of topics related to the computer support of the course requirements. 

 Computer Labs - Laboratory instruments
The two main engineering computer labs are located in D 205 and D 206. Each lab hosts 31 Workstations and is equipped with a laser printer, scanner, and data show projector.

Lab Instructor: Eng. Reem Dernaika
Ext:                    4021

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