Civil Engineering

About Civil Engineering

Comprehensive studies in four areas-planning, the environment, information, and mechanics and disaster preparedness-provide an immediate sense of civil engineering’s role in urban settings. These programs endow students with the strong technical skills needed to practice engineering that serves the public, such as providing security in an increasingly aging society with fewer children, identifying urban issues, and transmitting data from cities.

Research Domain

Applied mechanics, environmental loads, architecture, transportation planning, concrete construction, earthquake countermeasures, foundations, waterworks and sewerage, technologies to prevent water damage, super skyscrapers, urban development, waste water recycling systems, the “heat island” effect, fatigue fractures, disaster preparedness, community development, water resources, base isolation construction methods, remote sensing, CAD


Tokyo Metropolitan Rail Network Plan

Seiji Iwakura

The appropriate implementation of the master plan for urban railway network in the Tokyo metropolitan area will provide a highly convenient urban transport system that is fitting for the Tokyo metropolitan area as a world city and diversify future lifestyles. Bringing the plan to fruition will require the cooperation and collaboration of national and regional governments, railway operators, consultant engineers, academics.
In our lab, major studies are demand forecasting models for the urban railway planning, and optimal simulation system for high frequency train operation.
For example, the proposed multi agent simulation model is developed to analyze train knock-on delay in a 48 km track length from suburban station to midtown station. The simulation part consists of a train traffic simulator and a passenger flow simulator with that works in parallel. Some forecasting results of improvement strategies designed to reduce delay can be assessed with great accuracy.
Civil Engineering 01A Multi Agent Simulation Model for Estimating Knock-on Train Delays under High-Frequency Urban Rail Operation
Civil Engineering 02Urban railway network master plan for 2015 in the Tokyo metropolitan area

Propose the advanced civil engineering techniques for safe and comfortable infrastructures

Masafumi Nakagawa

Geoinformatics combines various arts, techniques and systems, such as surveying, Photogrammetry, laser scanning, remote sensing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). We focus on Geoinformatics to support and improve infrastructure management, urban planning, transport network planning and management, location-based service, disaster management, environmental modelling, land use management, agriculture and archaeological reconstruction for construction companies, data scientists and decision makers. In particular, our main topics are 1) urban mapping and 3D modelling using aerial images, aerial laser data and vehicle-borne Mobile Mapping Systems (MMS) data, 2) disaster urgent monitoring and frequent infrastructure monitoring using a drone, terrestrial laser scanner, wearable devices, and satellite sensors for Building/Construction Information Modelling (BIM/CIM), and, 3) indoor-outdoor seamless modelling, positioning, and navigation for location-based services and archaeological reconstruction.
Civil Engineering 03Acquired 3D data in urban areas using a terrestrial laser scanner
Civil Engineering 04Change detection in landslide using 3D data generated from aerial images
Civil Engineering 053D data acquisition in SABO infrastructure inspection using a drone


Lab. Head of Lab. Keyword
Urban and Regional Management Lab. Akira Endo Detail Urban Transportation Planning, Urban Development, Urban Planning, Urban Spatial Analysis, Sustainable, Management
Concrete Structure Lab. Futoshi Katsuki Detail Concrete technology
Mathematics Education Laboratory Hideyo Makishita Detail Math education, Class study, ICT education, Teacher training, Mathematical history, Science and technology education
River and Watershed Engineering Lab. Hitoshi Miyamoto Detail Hydrology, EcoHydraulics, River Engineering, River Basin Management, Stream Channel Design
Laboratory for Earthquake-disaster Mitigation Katsuaki Konno Detail microtremor, site amplification, seismic observation,
Discourse Analysis and its Application to English Education Keiko Kawaguchi Detail Pedagogy, English analysis, English education
Steel Structure Lab. Kengo Anami Detail Steel structure, Metal fatigue, Metal maintenance
Geoinformatics Lab. Masafumi Nakagawa Detail Surveying, Photogrammetry, Laser scanning, Remote sensing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 3D modeling, Indoor 3D, Civil engineering, Construction Information Modeling (CIM), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Veihcle (UAV), Mobile Mapping System, Mobile Interface, Augmented Reality
Urban Environmental Engineering Laboratory Masaru Morita Detail flood risk assessment, flood risk management, urban hydology, conjunctive model,
Sociology of Education Laboratory Rumi Yatagawa Detail Sociology of education, Teacher training, ICT education, Career education, Social research
Transporation Science Lab. Seiji Iwakura Detail Transportation Planning, Travel Behavior Analysis
Geotechnical Engineering Lab. Shinya Inazumi Detail Geotechnical engineering, Geo-environment
Material Design Lab. Takeshi Iyoda Detail Construction material, Concrete technology, Constructive material design
Economics Laboratory Toru Nagahara Detail Finance, Economic system, Statistics, Econometrics
Geomechanics Lab. Tsutomu Namikawa Detail Cement-treated soil, Mechanical properties, Statistical analysis
Social and Educational Psychology Laboratory Yoshiko Okada Detail Teacher training, Education program development, Career education
Hydrology Yukiko Hirabayashi Detail Global environment, Numeric analysis, Hydrologic circulation

Objectives in Education and Research

The vision of the Department of Civil Engineering is to nurture individuals having the following skills, and who are able to understand the entire system comprising the building, the environment, and society, as well as having a strong sense of ones duty within a group.

  1. Multidimensional thinking skills from global perspectives coupled with academic knowledge.
  2. An awareness of the role and responsibility necessary to formulate a sustainable society.
  3. Acquire fundamental engineering and civil engineering knowledge empowering individuals with the abilities to comprehend, pursue, and solve real-life issues and social needs.
  4. Communication skills to actively participate in not only Japan but globally.


The graduates are highly sought after for railway/road construction firms and general construction companies responsible for building design/construction, construction consultants responsible for structural design and local/urban planning, and national/local government officials responsible for planning and managing community facilities for use by the community.