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THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF SRI LANKA
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Technology (Civil) - Level 6
CEX 6331 Construction Engineering and Management
Assignment 3 - 2016/2017
Submit answers to: The course Coordinator CEX6331,
Department of Civil Engineering, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala,
Nugegoda

Q1.
(a) It is necessary to construct a modern multistoried government administrative building in a
very busy congested area in the suburbs of Colombo after demolishing an old and
independent multistoried building. Briefly explain important aspects which need to be
considered in the demolition of the existing building.
(b)Testing of cement can be brought under two categories; Filed testing and Laboratory testing. Briefly
explain different fields tests carried out when cement is used for minor works.
(c)Write explanatory notes on the following terms related to concrete;
(i)Water/Cement ratio
(ii)Vebe Consistometer
(d) Explain why it is important to remove entrapped air from fresh concrete immediately after
the placement.

Q2.
(a) Explain the important parameters, which need to be considered prior to the design of a
road.
(b) Write explanatory notes on flexible pavements and rigid pavements while highlighting the
differences between the two.
(c) Explain the purpose of having a wearing course for a road with a flexible pavement.
(d) Explain two different methods available for ensuring stability and safety of excavations.
Also discuss their advantages and disadvantages in detail.

Q3.

(a)Describe different types of joints used in water retaining structures. Draw sketches where
necessary to elaborate your answer.

(b)Explain the term cofferdam. Also explain the points that should be kept in mind when
constructing a cofferdam.

(c) Describe the following elements of an earth dam. You may use diagrams to
illustrate your answer.
i) Vertical or inclined filter
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ii) Core trench
iii) Toe filter
(d). Describe different types of cracks in hardened concrete and how they can be identified.

All questions are to be answered. Answers should be presented neatly in readable handwriting while illustrating
answers with diagrams. The students are expected to refrain from reproducing answers of their colleagues and
allowing colleagues to reproduce their answers. If students are found guilty of this both parties are liable to loose
marks. Answer all questions with assumptions stated, clearly and neatly

Date of submission is 02-10-2017.

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