Divisions

The DBTE was established in January 2001 based on the availability of qualified staffs to meet the demand and scale of training. Together with the growth of the Faculty of Road and Bridge Engineering (FRBE), the division has made steady progress, well fulfilled the task of training, scientific research, application, and technology transfer. There are currently 14 faculty members, including 2 Associate Professors - Senior Lecturers, 3 PhD-Senior Lecturers, 11 PhDs, 3 Masters, 2 Ph.D. students in France, 2 Postdoctoral Fellows in the United States and Italy. These are important resources to perform the functions and duties of research and teaching.

Faculty members

In 2011, The Ministry of Education and Training had allowed the training of Master’s Degrees in Bridge and Tunnel Engineering, which later became Master's Degrees in Transportation Construction Engineering in 2015. There are six master cohorts were successfully awarded. Also, the DBTE has coordinated with other divisions in the Faculty of Road and Bridge Engineering to complete the proposal for Doctorate Degrees training. Also, the faculties in the division have advised successfully 04 Ph.D. students.

The faculty members always make the quality of training a top priority in order to maintain the reputation of the FRBE and the university. Based on the learner-centered approach, the contents of the lectures are always supplemented and updated with advanced science and technologies. The learning outcomes of all courses are published online.

Courses offered by the Division of Bridge and Tunnel Engineering

For undergraduate program: Introduction to Bridge Engineering, Reinforced Concrete Bridges, Steel Bridges, Bridge Abutments, Advanced Topics in Bridges, Bridge Operations and Evaluations, Numerical Methods, and Calculus.

For graduate program: Numerical Methods for Structural Engineering, Advanced Structures and Technologies in Bridge Abutment Construction, Prestressed Concrete Structures, Advanced Structures and Technologies in Reinforced Concrete Bridge Construction. Advanced Structures and Technologies in Steel Bridge Construction, Suspension and Cable-Stayed Bridges, Dynamics of Structures, Bridge Structures Analysis, Earthquake for Bridge Engineering.

The research and application of new technologies are our priorities. Up to now, the division has taken eight ministry-level projects, 12 university-level projects, and published about 200 scientific publications in ISI and Scopus indexed journals, national and international conference proceedings. The lectures have also published eight textbooks and reference materials in the publisher: Construction, Transportation, and Education Publishing.

Some results of scientific research have been applied into the practices and consultancy. In recent years, the DBTE has been consulted for typical infrastructures such as Nga Ba Hue traffic junction, Danang-Dung Quat Highway, Nguyen Tri Phuong Bridge - Da Nang, Han River Bridge - Da Nang; and served in the Scientific Advisory Council for: Dragon Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge in Da Nang City and other Bridge construction on National Highway 26, Tra Bong Bridge - Quang Ngai, etc.; won the second prize with the project "Vang Trang Song Huong" at the architectural contest for Nguyen Hoang Bridge - Hue City.

In addition, the DBTE has strong cooperation with Yokohama National University in Japan in term of research and professional training.

Some practical software developed by our lecturers have been applied throughout the country such as DTBK, DTAV, TTXD, QTBK, etc., which has been used for preparation and budget management, bidding, settlement, inspection and auditing in capital construction.

In addition, student scientific research has been focused. Many research topics are highly appreciated at the Faculty, the University of Science and Technology, and the University of Danang (DUT) scientific research conferences. Selected topics were participated at the national competitions and won important awards such as Loa Thanh award; Ministry of Science and Technology award, and VIFOTECH awards.

The DBTE has founded a research group: New Technology in Bridge and Tunnel Construction (TecBRICO) in order to cooperate the strengths of the faculties. This is also the general development strategy of the DUT.

Development orientation in the future

  • Build teams of highly qualified faculties;
  • Recruit and advise more students for the Ph.D. program;
  • Expand the cooperation with universities, research institutes in Vietnam and foreign countries to improve teaching and post-graduate training;
  • Promote scientific research, participate in national and international scientific conferences as well as transfer technology in education, training and industry;
  • Use machines and equipment effectively in laboratories for teaching and scientific research;
  • Build the laboratory for bridge and tunnel engineering;
  • Plan the projects to improve facilities, especially equipment, which help the research teams to perform efficiently.

Head of the division

Hoang Phuong Hoa, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Introduction

The Highways & Traffic Engineering Division was established in 01/2001 from the former Road and Bridge Division back in 1986. After 15 years history, the Division has been increasingly developing to fulfill high demands of undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, innovation, and technology transfer in Transportation and Construction Engineering.

Currently, there are 17 lecturers including 5 PhDs, 6 MScs, 5 PhD students (in France, USA, Germany-Singapore, Japan) and 01 laboratory manager. Among them, 02 are Associate Professors, 02 are high-ranking lecturers and 01 is senior lecturer. Staffed by the academics who are strong in teaching as well as research and professional experiences, the Division has always completed all responsibilities and duties in teaching, research and innovation.

The Division laboratory is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to support teaching and research, which were funded by the TRIG and Increasing Research Capability projects.

Specialization – Education

The Division is responsible for 2 majors in the undergraduate program: Construction of Highway & Urban Street and Urban Streets & Traffic Engineering; and another Transportation & Construction Engineering major in the graduate program. The modules and subjects are as follows:

  • Introduction to Transportation and Construction Engineering,
  • Highway Geometric Design,
  • Pavement Analysis and Design,
  • Roadbed Construction,
  • Pavement Construction,
  • Construction Control and Management,
  • Road Management and Experiments,
  • Highway and Urban Street Aesthetics,
  • Information Technology in Road Construction,
  • Road Special Subject,
  • Urban Traffic and Street Design,
  • Road Constructions,
  • Specialized English for Transportation and Construction Engineering,
  • Transportation and Urban Planning,
  • Traffic Safety and Engineering;
  • Road Geometric and Landscape Design,
  • Urban Street Planning and Design,
  • Project Management for Road Construction,
  • Innovative Materials and Technologies in Road construction,
  • Roadbed-Pavement Constructions;
  • Automatic Road Design,
  • Road Network Analysis,
  • Airfield Planning and Design,
  • Embankment Stabilization over special areas,
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems,
  • Student supervision during Civil Labor Practice, Perception Practice, Graduation Practice, Subject and Graduation projects;

The Division staffs also participate in teaching and supervising graduate students in other civil departments in DUT.

Vision and Mission

Contributing to train and educate high qualified human resources in Transportation and Construction Engineering, providing scientific and technological services; and fulfilling the demand of socioeconomic development of Danang city, central and highland regions and Vietnam. The Division is also focusing on the development and increase of staff capability, investment in state-of-the-art facilities to support teaching, research and technology transfer.

Scientific Research

Division lecturers and researchers are enthusiastic in scientific supervising undergraduate and graduate students. Students have achieved high prizes in the national Students Conducting Research Awards from the Ministry of Education, VIFOTEC Awards and LoaThanh Awards dedicated to construction majors in Vietnam annually.

Scientific research and technology transfer is the Division strength. All Division lecturers and researchers are greatly positive and ambitious in conducting research. There have been 04 research projects in the Ministry of Transportation level, 02 research projects in the Province-City level, 18 research projects in the basic level, 2 patents and other 2 patents for useful solutions. Study results have been presented in national and international conferences, including 178 published conference and journal papers in France, USA, Germany, Australia, Japan, Korea and Thai Lan, etc.

Study results have been applied in practice, in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students. Representative research projects are:

  • Traffic planning and strategy development for urban network in big cities, such as Danang, Nhatrang, BuonMeThuoc, etc. from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Cao Tho;
  • The application and usage of MSE with reinforced retaining walls in consideration of environmental erosion and constructions lifespan; The utilization of ashes and slags from thermoelectricity plant for soft soil stabilization, roadbed and subgrade stabilization; Slope stabilization towards green and sustainable development from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chau Tuong Linh.
  • Patented products and successful technology transfer: Methods for artificial Granite manufacturing using cement as binder material; Methods for trash-racks manufacturing using High Performance Concrete; Methods for high-grade self-leveling bricks using self-compacted concrete; Machine for self-leveling bricks from self-compacted concrete based on pouring-shaking technology from MSc. Nguyen Bien Cuong
  • Other studies on underground and surface erosion from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Hai.

The Division coordinated with FRBE to organize successfully the “National Conference on Transportation Infrastructure with Sustainable Development – TISDC 2014”, The Vietnam-France conference on “Construction and Sustainable Development - CIGOS-1.2010” and “CIGOS-1.2015”.

Other Activities with related Association:

Division staffs are the core members of Danang Road and Bride Engineering Association, The Vietnam Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - VSSMGE and VSSMGE branch in Vietnam Center. The Division has cooperated with FRBE, DUT and the associations to organize professional learning courses for civil engineers in Central and highland regions, together with national and international conferences.

Research Groups

In order to meet the high requirements of teaching and research, two Teaching-Research Teams were established: Teaching-Research Team in Traffic Engineering (TRT-TRAENG) and Teaching-Research Team in Highway Material Technology (TRT-HMT).

  • The TRT-TRAENG research interests are: approaches for road and urban street geometric designs; traffic control and management; green and sustainable development of transportation towards minimizing climate changes; and the application of ITS in maintenance and management of highway and road networks.
  • The TRT-HMT focuses on: innovative materials and technologies for road embankment over soft-soil areas, excavation on sliding areas and high embankment; methods and technologies for manufacturing novel materials and sustainable components based on local climate and available materials; new materials and technologies in construction of flexible, rigid and semi-rigid pavement for roadway and airfield; new methods for quality evaluation of construction, and management of roadway and airfield.

The TRTs are also active in research collaboration with industrial organizations and other research groups for innovation and technology transfer with numerous applications in practice. Besides, TRT members have contributed to develop research ideas, review and participate in road network planning and design in Danang city, central and highland regions.

Division staffs and research interests

TRT – TRAENG TRT – HMT
- Road geometric design. - Traffic control and management, traffic flow and ITS. - Sustainable road network planning (http://scv.udn.vn/thophancao) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Cao Tho Assoc. Prof. Dr. Châu Truong Linh - Roadbed construction materials and technologies. - Roadbed-pavement stabilization - Geotechnical engineering. (http://scv.udn.vn/ctlinh/)
- Calculation and design methods for highway and urban streets. (http://scv.udn.vn/voduchoang) MSc. Vo Duc Hoang Msc. Nguyen Bien Cuong - Road construction materials and manufacturing technologies. - Construction technologies of roadway and airfield (flexible, rigid and semi-rigid pavement). (http://scv.udn.vn/nbcuong)
- Road network planning towards sustainable development. - Public transport planning. (http://scv.udn.vn/vohailang) MSc. Vo Hai Lang PhD. Nguyen Hong Hai - New materials and technologies in construction of roadway and airfield. - Roadbed-pavement stabilization.(http://scv.udn.vn/honghai)
- Road geometric design, traffic control and management. - Road users’ physiological models in highway and urban streets design. (http://scv.udn.vn/tranthiphuonganh) MSc. Tran Thi Phuong Anh MSc. Nguyen Thanh Cuong - Quality evaluation methods for construction and management of roadway and airfield. (http://scv.udn.vn/ntcuong)
- ITS and traffic control and management. - Public transport planning. (http://scv.udn.vn/npqduy) PhD. Nguyen Phưoc Quy Duy MSc. Hoang Phuong Tung (PhD student in USA) - Roadbed construction materials and technologies. (http://scv.udn.vn/hptung)
- Risk management and safety science in road construction and management. (http://scv.udn.vn/pnphuong) MSc. Pham Ngoc Phuong (PhD student in France) MSc. Tran Thi Thu Thao - Roadway and airfield maintenance; - Pavement materials. (http://scv.udn.vn/tttthao)
- ITS and traffic control and management. - Road roughness evaluation approaches. (http://scv.udn.vn/nvtron) MSc. Nguyen Van Te Ron (PhD student in Germany-Singapore) PhD. Tran Trung Viet - Quality evaluation methods for construction and management of roadway and airfield. - Reliability in roadbed-pavement calculation.(http://scv.udn.vn/trantrungviet)
- Passengers based modelling for transport services control and improvement. - ITS and traffic control and management. MSc. Le Nguyen Đinh (PhD student in Japan) MSc. Pham Ngoc Duc (PhD student in Japan) - Health monitoring of road and bridge constructions. - The effects of heating transfer and environmental erosion on road constructions. (http://scv.udn.vn/pnduc)
BSc. Le Đuc Chau - Laboratory manager. - Supervising undergraduate and graduate students. (http://scv.udn.vn/ldchau)

Future plans in Staffs development – Research and International Cooperation

  • Increasing teaching and research staffs obtained national and international MSc and PhD degrees, focusing on the development of future generation;
  • Continuing to send staffs to study abroad, both long-time postgraduate and short-time internship;
  • Inviting members from professional associations, universities and institutes to give speech to under- and graduate students;
  • Cooperating with related professional associations, universities and institutes to supervise graduate students;
  • Cooperating with international universities from France, USA, Germany, Australia, Japan and Korea in teaching and research.

Future plans in Education:

  • Cooperating with international universities in undergraduate and graduate education; improve Professional Master program beside the existing Science Master program;
  • Opening PhD program in Transportation and Construction Engineering;
  • Providing vocational training in majors of supervision, design, survey, construction control and management, traffic safety evaluation.

Future plans in Teaching and Research Equipment

  • Increasing teaching and research facilities and apparatuses from different funds such as the Research Capability Improvement project and other related research projects. Special items to focus are: devices to measure tensile strength and deformation of roadbed-pavement constructions; surveying equipment in traffic engineering; software for physical and numerical modelling of constructions and vehicle operation;
  • Improving strategical and sustainable cooperation with industrial organizations, especially with software manufacturers, in teaching, research and technology transfer;
  • Sharing teaching and research equipment in cooperation with other departments, lab centers and institutes within the DU, and other national and international entities in research and technology transfer.

Dean

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Châu Trường Linh

Establishment and Development: The Division of Fundamental Technology was established in 2002 based on the Fundamental Technology group (1986) of the Faculty of Bridge and Road Engineering, University Science and Technology - University of Danang. Currently, there are 11 staffs in the division, including 03 staffs with doctoral degrees, 06 staffs with master degrees, 02 staffs doing Ph.D. and 02 staffs studying Master program in Vietnam and abroad.

Subjects: The Division of Fundamental Technology is responsible for some courses such as Geology, Geology practice, Geodesy, Geodetic Practice, Soil Mechanics, Foundations and Foundation Projects for both the full-time and part-time students in the Central and the Highlands regions. In addition, the staffs of the Division also participate in teaching and supervising graduate students in Civil Engineering, Water resource engineering, Bridge and Road Engineering, Architecture and Project management.

Objective and mission: The objective is to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country in general and the Central regions in particular, and is to expand the scale and to improve the quality of training. The DUT always tries to increase the quality and quantity of human resources, and invest new equipment for the geo-laboratory to meet the mission of training, conducting research projects, contributing to the development of society.

Professional work: In the past years, the division has always accomplished the tasks of the University and Faculty such as: conducting a high volume of teaching, participating in workshops, doing researches, applying many modern technologies in teaching and in practice, providing all related material on the internet to support for e-learning process, publishing some books such as: Geodesy (1992), Soil Mechanics (2005), Foundations (2010), Geotechnical Engineering (2013). These activities help to improve the staff’s professional qualifications.

Research: The lecturers of the division have participated in many scientific research projects at all levels: 05 university-level research projects, 06 Danang University-level research projects, 01 Danang city-level project. In addition, the lecturers in the division have published more than 60 papers in national and international journals, workshops, and conferences. Some staffs have participated in many international conferences such as GEOTEC (Hanoi-2011), Young Engineers Asia 7thAYGEC (Japan-2012), Young Engineers Conference International 5thiYGEC (France-2013), 19SEAGC (Malaysia-2016) and one of them received the award from the Southeast Asian Academic Institute MCCC-AAET. Professional Association: The lectures of the division Fundamental Technology have also participated in the Vietnam Geosciences and Engineering Association - VSSMGE and the Central VSSMGE Branch. In recent years, the division has cooperated to the VSSMGE, the faculty and the DUT to organize short courses on soil mechanics, foundations and geotechnics for construction engineers in Centre & Central Highland provinces. The lecturers in the division also organized the Vietnam Geotechnical Day in Danang city. Research team: In the trend of integration and development of the DUT, the division is preparing to set up research group, namely: New technology in Geotechnical - NT.GEOTEC. The group will conduct researches and apply advanced techniques and technologies in design, construction, survey and experiment in the field of geotechnical engineering, transportation, irrigation, meeting the demand of sustainable development of infrastructure system.

New major development: Currently, the division and the Faculty of Roads and Bridges Engineering are developing a project to open new major, namely Geotechnical Engineering. This specialized field will train for engineers in survey, design, construction, geotechnical engineering for construction, traffic, irrigation and underground works. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.

Head of division

Dr. Do Huu Dao

The Building Materials Division was established in 1977 (in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering), was merged to the Division Basic Civil Engineering and Geotechnics (in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering and in the Faculty of Roads and Bridges Engineering in 1995). In 2009, the Building Materials Division was established again.

Currently, there are 7 lecturers including 1 doctors, 3 MScs, 2 Ph.D. students (In Vietnam, Korea), 1 laboratory manager.

The Mission of the Building Materials Division

  • In charge of modules or subjects of Building Materials and Testing of Building materials for all Construction Engineering Students.
  • In charge of the modules or subjects of the branch of Technology of Construction Materials including theory, experiment, working practice, internship, graduate internship, course project and graduate project.
  • Organization and implementation of scientific research and technology transfer activities. Since 2007, the Building Materials Division has started to educate the branch of Building Materials and Structural Components Engineering. Currently, name of the branch is Technology of Construction Materials, which has 50-70 students every year. The objectives of the branch: Educate Engineer having working capacity, research, invention, design technology and control the Machine for the production of constructions materials. Research, design, construction, inspection of works in the fields of Construction: Civil, Bridges, Roads, State Hydraulic Works ..., as well as expertise in the field of construction materials.

This is in the first branch in the Central Vietnam (later the National University of Civil Engineering and Ho Chi Minh University of Technology), leading to the initial disadvantages in social awareness about careers, facilities, staffs. Currently, with the efforts of the Division and the attention of the Faculty and University, the disadvantages has overcome gradually and the education is stable and developed. Currently, this branch had six graduated classes, with 150 new engineers who have bachelor degree, about 90% new engineers after 6 months had suitable jobs and good feedbacks. There are not only 3 masters and 3 master students, but also 5 young lecturers. Also, there are four students which have second degree.

There are a lot of equipment in the division laboratory. Among them, there are also various modern equipment which requires for training and research activities and testing the quality of materials and structural components. Every year, the division laboratory conducted the education for thousands of Civil Engineering students and 50-70 students in branch technology of Construction materials about Building Materials, Asphalt concrete, ceramic materials, testing and controlling the quality of works.

Scientific research and technology transfer activities of the Division is developing rapidly. Every year, there are a lot of research topics in University of Da Nang. Participating in scientific conferences with several articles was published in national and international journals. Students got a lot of Certificate of Scientific Research students and obtained achievements: encouraged prize in national talented young scientists (2012), First Prize in the University of Dining (2012, 2014), second prize the University of Danang, University of Science and Technology (2016),

Future plans in Staffs development – Research and International Cooperation

  • Research, adjust the target and curriculum of the branch of Technology of Construction materials for meeting the needs of society in the period of "industrialization" of the country.
  • Expand and strengthen international cooperation in training and scientific research.
  • Improving the quality of teaching, the complete lectures, syllabus of the new modules, documentation for guiding projects, experiments.
  • Promote the scientific research and technology transfer activities, combined with the factory for the application of scientific research products in the works.
  • Increase the number of students participating in scientific research activities.
  • Increase the investment of facilities for experiments to meet the demand of training, research and technology service. Develop the capabilities of laboratories to participate in the accreditation and evaluation of the quality of materials, construction quality.
It is hoped that with uniting together and overcoming all difficulties, the division will successfully complete its tasks, will construct strong staffs and contribute to the education of the Faculty and University in the next time.

Head of Division

Dr. Huynh Phuong Nam