CEE 345. Geotechnical Engineering (4 credits)
Soil origins, classification and index properties; phase relationships; earth moving and soil compaction; groundwater seepage; compressibility and consolidation; settlement; shear strength and failure; applications to foundations; retaining structures and slopes. Lecture and laboratory.
CEE 542. Soil and Site Improvement (3 credits)
Soil Compaction & Elements of Soil Mineralogy; Admixture Stabilization: Concepts and Surface Methods; Biotechnical and Soil Bioengineering Slope Stabilization; Soil Improvement at Depth (Review of Theory of Consolidation & Advanced Topics; Precompression; Precompression with Vertical Drains; Stone Columns; Deep Mixing/Lime-Cement Columns; Jet Grouting; Electro-Osmosis; Vibro-Compaction Methods; Deep Dynamic Compaction; Explosive Compaction; Soil Improvement for Mitigation of Seismic Risk; Grouting (Chemical or Permeation, Compaction, Jet, Cement or Slurry, Fracture); Geosynthetics for Soil Reinforcement; Reinforced Soil Structures.
CEE 544. Rock Mechanics (3 credits)
Rock identification and physical characteristics; Rock structure characterization; Properties of rocks; Laboratory testing of rocks; Rock failure theories; Strength of rock, rockmass, and joints; Stress-strain-time behavior of rocks; In-situ stresses & measurements; Deformability of rock masses & rock mass modulus; Stereographic Projection; Rock Stability: Plane failure, wedge failure, toppling, slumping; Rock mass stability; Rock fall analyses; Rock slope stabilization; Foundations on rock; Rock excavation, Rock Site Investigation
CEE 549: Geoenvironmental Engineering (3 credits)
The course covers the fundamentals of siting, design and construction of waste containment systems (solid and liquid wastes), solid waste mechanics, design of liquid barriers, use of soils and geosynthetics as liquid barriers or conduits, fundamentals of contaminated site remediation with emphasis on soil remediation technologies (e.g. soil vapor extraction; soil washing; stabilization; electrokinetic remediation; thermal desorption; vitrification; bioremediation; phytoremediation; soil fracturing), as well as other emerging technologies such as reuse of waste materials, fundamentals of bioreactor landfills and post-closure development of landfill. This course intends to be attended by both geotechnical and environmental students so that they can successfully tackle these types of projects that are interdisciplinary in nature. Students from chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, and urban planning have also taken this course.
The Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Post-Disaster Geotechnical Reconnaissance
Webinar as part of the webinars established by the Geotechnical Engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, delivered with colleague Prof. Kevin Franke from Bringham Young University on April 20th 2016.