University of Vermont

Systems Education in CEE

Geotechnical Principles CE180

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Understanding the behavior of soils is the foundation of Civil Engineering. This class enables students to understand fundamental geotechnical principles. Course work covers the characteristics and classification of soils; physical, mechanical and hydraulic properties of soils; seepage; the effective stress principle; stress distribution, consolidation, settlement; and shear strength. This class has a strong hands-on component — the experiments conducted in the laboratory not only allow students to apply basic principles to practice, but also introduce different field practices.

Two research projects are included in this inquiry-based, research-based class. Technical writing and interpersonal skills are emphasized. The students are introduced to the concepts of physical modeling and computer modeling.


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Students exploring two different methods to estimate Atterberg's limits for a given soil.


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Students compare solutions obtained by three different models on steady-state seepage problems.


Please contact Prof. Dewoolkar (mandar@cems.uvm.edu) for further information and visit his webpage to learn more about his work.

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