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CIVL 340 Geotechnical Engineering 1

CIVL 340  Geotechnical Engineering 1  Units: 4.00  

An introductory course focussing on the fundamental mechanics of soil materials (gravel, sand, silt and clay) applied to geotechnical engineering problems. Topics studied include: phase relationships; index properties of coarse and fine grained soils; one-dimensional steady state seepage; effective stress; one-dimensional compression and consolidation; drained and undrained shear strength; and lateral earth pressure. Theoretical material is applied to examine real engineering issues with a particular focus on developing design skills and engineering judgement. Students will conduct physical experiments to explore soil behaviour. The important role of geology on the mechanics of geotechnical materials is emphasized through classroom discussions and problem sets. PPE will be required for this course at student's cost (see course materials for details).
(Lec: 3, Lab: 0.5, Tut: 0.5)

Requirements: Prerequisites: CIVL 215 or GEOE 281 (GEOL 281), CIVL 230 Corequisites: Exclusions:   
Offering Term: F  
CEAB Units:    
Mathematics 0  
Natural Sciences 0  
Complementary Studies 0  
Engineering Science 36  
Engineering Design 12  
Offering Faculty: Smith Engineering