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Principals of Soil Mechanics Laboratory Testing

14 Professional Development Hours

After participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • Learn the principals of basic and advanced soil mechanics laboratory testing
  • Analyse and interpret soil mechanics laboratory test results
  • Determine geotechnical design parameters from laboratory tests
  • Plan and select laboratory tests for geotechnical engineering projects

Soil mechanics laboratory testing and experimentation has now become an integral part of most construction projects for soil characterization, compaction control, seepage analysis, settlement analysis, design of foundations, retaining walls, dam, and slope stability.

This course will start with reviewing basic tests for determining index properties of soils including soil gradation, Atterberg limits, and hydrometer analysis.

This will be followed by an in-depth review of standard and modified Proctor compaction tests and hydraulic conductivity measurement. The course will then focus on measuring compressibility and shear strength of soils using different experiments including incremental-loading and constant rate of strain oedometer tests, direct shear test, triaxial test, direct simple shear and ring shear tests. In addition to describing testing equipment and procedures, the interpretation of experimental results and their application to engineering design will be presented with working examples for each test.

The course will be based on ASTM standard methods whenever applicable.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Basic soil characteristics
  • Measurement of soil index properties using sieving, hydrometer and Atterberg limit tests
  • USCS Soil classification using index tests
  • Soil compaction and Proctor test
  • Fundamentals of hydraulic conductivity and groundwater seepage
  • Constant-head and falling-head hydraulic conductivity testing
  • Principals of soil compressibility and consolidation
  • Incremental loading and constant rate of strain oedometer tests
  • Measurement of soil strength using direct shear, unconfined compression, triaxial, direct simple shear, and ring shear tests
  • Examples of interpreting laboratory tests
  • Questions and Answers and Feedback from Participants

Who Should Attend:
Geotechnical and Civil Engineers • Laboratory Technicians • Contractors • City Managers • Designers • Consulting Engineers • Vendors of Laboratory Equipment

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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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