Advanced Soil Mechanics

Online course

50 hours / 6 weeks

Dates: 09/11/2020 to 21/12/2020

Standard Unemployed Or Student
$368 $276

Introduction

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with easy-to-understand introductions to some of the more advanced subjects of geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics.

The level of the subjects covered are second/third year university level and will be easily followed by anyone studying, practicing, or simply interested in, civil engineering. Prior knowledge of the principles of soil mechanics would be an advantage, though not essential.

Following this course the learner will be equipped to take further study if they wish, to develop deeper knowledge and understanding of the various methods and procedures used in the design and construction of geotechnical structures such as foundations, retaining walls  and cuttings and embankments.

The course commences with an introduction to the settlement behaviour of soils underloading, followed by coverage of the key subject of shear strength of soils. Application of the theory in civil engineering is made through the subjects of bearing capacity followed by an introduction to the design procedures of Eurocode 7. The course will conclude by covering the design of shallow foundations in accordance with Eurocode 7.

All subjects are well explained and complemented by many worked examples so that the learner can readily understand the material. Completion of the course will enable the learner to apply their knowledge to their needs, whether they are a student or a practitioner.

Online support is available throughout the duration of the course.


Limited places.

1. Settlement and soil compression

– Recap of total and effective stress
– Stresses induced by surface loading
– Immediate settlement

2. Consolidation settlement

– Consolidation of soils
– Consolidation testing
– Rate of consolidation settlement

3. Shear strength of soils

– Failure mechanism of soils
– Analysis of shear strength
– The Mohr circle diagram
– Cohesion
– Coulomb’s law of soil shear strength
– Modified Coulomb’s law
– The Mohr–Coulomb yield theory

4. Shear strength testing

– Shear box testing
– Determination of undrained shear strength
– Determination of the shear strength parameters from triaxial testing

5. Bearing capacity

– Definition of terms
– Methods of analysis
– Bearing capacity equations
– Determination of the safe bearing capacity
– The effect of groundwater on bearing capacity
– Developments in bearing capacity equations
– Effect of eccentric and inclined loading on foundations
– Estimates of bearing capacity from field tests

6. Geotechnical design to Eurocode 7

– Introduction: Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design
– Partial Factors of Safety
– GEO limit state
– Design Approaches (GEO limit states)
– The over-design factor and the degree of utilisation
– Shallow foundation design to Eurocode 7

Professor Ian Smith

Professor Ian Smith is a freelance geotechnical and educational consultant with over 25 years experience teaching geotechnical engineering. Based in the UK, he is internationally recognised and has taught at universities across Europe and in China, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Qatar. He is the author of the leading textbook, Smith’s Elements of Soil Mechanics – now in its 9th Edition and adopted by almost all UK universities and by many across the world.He is praised for making his subject very easy to understand and has won several teaching awards based on his excellent student feedback. More details can be found at his website and LinkedIn profile.

Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professor in a tailored way, solving questions together, and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.

Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.

This course is aimed at: (i) college and university students who wish to learn or refresh their knowledge of soil mechanics alongside their current studies, and (ii) practitioners (technicians and engineers alike) who need to refresh or update their knowledge of soil mechanics. By studying the course, the learner will fully understand and appreciate the principles involved as well as test and measurement procedures used in the soils laboratory and in the field: not only how to do the test, but the reasons why we need the tests carried out.

The course is also suitable for practicing engineers whose knowledge of the advanced topics of soil mechanics is a bit rusty and in need of refreshing.

The course is delivered in such an easy-to-understand way that all participants will be able to follow all the topics covered and significantly improve their understanding of the subjects and examples of advanced soil mechanics.

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

The course is appropriate for anyone studying or working at any level in the civil engineering sector. An understanding of the mechanical behaviour of engineering soils is important for anyone working in civil engineering. Whether you are a student, a designer, a contractor, an academic, a researcher or working in civil engineering maintenance, knowing the way that different soils will behave under loading or as a result of water movement is important. This course will teach you all of that and more.

Geotechnical engineering is arguably the most important discipline in civil engineering, since all structures are built either onto or into the ground. Thus, knowledge of soil mechanics is a fundamental requirement for all people wishing to succeed in civil engineering.

The course has been structured and developed to enable all participants to acquire that knowledge.

Introduction

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with easy-to-understand introductions to some of the more advanced subjects of geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics.

The level of the subjects covered are second/third year university level and will be easily followed by anyone studying, practicing, or simply interested in, civil engineering. Prior knowledge of the principles of soil mechanics would be an advantage, though not essential.

Following this course the learner will be equipped to take further study if they wish, to develop deeper knowledge and understanding of the various methods and procedures used in the design and construction of geotechnical structures such as foundations, retaining walls  and cuttings and embankments.

The course commences with an introduction to the settlement behaviour of soils underloading, followed by coverage of the key subject of shear strength of soils. Application of the theory in civil engineering is made through the subjects of bearing capacity followed by an introduction to the design procedures of Eurocode 7. The course will conclude by covering the design of shallow foundations in accordance with Eurocode 7.

All subjects are well explained and complemented by many worked examples so that the learner can readily understand the material. Completion of the course will enable the learner to apply their knowledge to their needs, whether they are a student or a practitioner.

Online support is available throughout the duration of the course.


Limited places.

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1. Settlement and soil compression

– Recap of total and effective stress
– Stresses induced by surface loading
– Immediate settlement

2. Consolidation settlement

– Consolidation of soils
– Consolidation testing
– Rate of consolidation settlement

3. Shear strength of soils

– Failure mechanism of soils
– Analysis of shear strength
– The Mohr circle diagram
– Cohesion
– Coulomb’s law of soil shear strength
– Modified Coulomb’s law
– The Mohr–Coulomb yield theory

4. Shear strength testing

– Shear box testing
– Determination of undrained shear strength
– Determination of the shear strength parameters from triaxial testing

5. Bearing capacity

– Definition of terms
– Methods of analysis
– Bearing capacity equations
– Determination of the safe bearing capacity
– The effect of groundwater on bearing capacity
– Developments in bearing capacity equations
– Effect of eccentric and inclined loading on foundations
– Estimates of bearing capacity from field tests

6. Geotechnical design to Eurocode 7

– Introduction: Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design
– Partial Factors of Safety
– GEO limit state
– Design Approaches (GEO limit states)
– The over-design factor and the degree of utilisation
– Shallow foundation design to Eurocode 7

Read more

Professor Ian Smith

Professor Ian Smith is a freelance geotechnical and educational consultant with over 25 years experience teaching geotechnical engineering. Based in the UK, he is internationally recognised and has taught at universities across Europe and in China, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Qatar. He is the author of the leading textbook, Smith’s Elements of Soil Mechanics – now in its 9th Edition and adopted by almost all UK universities and by many across the world.He is praised for making his subject very easy to understand and has won several teaching awards based on his excellent student feedback. More details can be found at his website and LinkedIn profile.

Read more

Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professor in a tailored way, solving questions together, and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.

Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.

Read more

This course is aimed at: (i) college and university students who wish to learn or refresh their knowledge of soil mechanics alongside their current studies, and (ii) practitioners (technicians and engineers alike) who need to refresh or update their knowledge of soil mechanics. By studying the course, the learner will fully understand and appreciate the principles involved as well as test and measurement procedures used in the soils laboratory and in the field: not only how to do the test, but the reasons why we need the tests carried out.

The course is also suitable for practicing engineers whose knowledge of the advanced topics of soil mechanics is a bit rusty and in need of refreshing.

The course is delivered in such an easy-to-understand way that all participants will be able to follow all the topics covered and significantly improve their understanding of the subjects and examples of advanced soil mechanics.

Read more

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

Read more

The course is appropriate for anyone studying or working at any level in the civil engineering sector. An understanding of the mechanical behaviour of engineering soils is important for anyone working in civil engineering. Whether you are a student, a designer, a contractor, an academic, a researcher or working in civil engineering maintenance, knowing the way that different soils will behave under loading or as a result of water movement is important. This course will teach you all of that and more.

Geotechnical engineering is arguably the most important discipline in civil engineering, since all structures are built either onto or into the ground. Thus, knowledge of soil mechanics is a fundamental requirement for all people wishing to succeed in civil engineering.

The course has been structured and developed to enable all participants to acquire that knowledge.

Read more

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