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Soil and rocks generally consist of three phases: solid particles, liquid water and gaseous air. Existence of water in soils makes geotechnical issue much more complicated and performing precise seepage analysis is a critical step to the success of geotechnical engineering projects. Karl Terzaghi once wrote: “in engineering practice, difficulties with soils are almost exclusively due not to the soils themselves, but to the water contained in their voids. On the planet without any water, there would be no need for soil mechanics” (Terzaghi, 1939). Water-related issues mainly include:
- Dam and levee seepage and stability;
- Slope Stability;
- Inflow to foundation excavation
- Water pressure on retaining structures
- Inflow to tunnel excavation
- Settlement due to groundwater variation
- Corrosive potential to concrete and steel
- Tailing Dam and heap leaching
It can be seen that seepage analysis is highly required by geotechnical and mining projects.
The course is carefully designed for the learners to understand fundamental and principles of water seepage and flow in soil/rock, to perform dam design, dewatering and seepage control with GeoStudio Seep/W, and to perform slope stability by combining Seep/W and Slope/W.