Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams: Agenda

Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams will begin at 10:30 am eastern and end at 7:30 pm eastern each day.

June 22, 2021

  • Section A - Welcome, Introduction and Overview
  • Section B - Weight-Volume and Mass Density Relations of Soils 
  • Section C - Compaction:  Theory of Compaction, Laboratory and Field Procedures
  • Section D - Hydraulic Conductivity: Darcy’s Law and flow through porous media
    • Hydraulic Conductivity: Measurement of k from Laboratory and Field Tests 
  • Section E - Dispersive Clay Soils: Crumb & Pinhole Tests
  • Section F - Geostatic Stresses in Soils
  • Section G - Induced Stress Distributions
  • Section H - Theories of Consolidation
    • Compression, Stress History, Settlement Calculation

June 23, 2021

  • Section I - Workshop on Effective Stress and Settlement
  • Section J - Shear Strength:  
    • Mohr Circle, Envelope, Stress Paths
    • Critical Void Ratio, Volume Change and Pore Pressures
  • Section J - Drained vs. Undrained (Total and Effective Strengths)
  • Section K - WORKSHOP  (Mohr's Circle, Determination and Selection of Strength Parameters

June 24, 2021

  • Section L - Laboratory Testing for Shear Strength of Soil
  • Section L - Direct Shear Testing
    • Triaxial Testing (incl. Unconfined Compression Testing) 
    • Shear Strength Correlations
    • Assign Lab Tests, which/when?
  • Section M - Lateral Earth Pressures
  • Section M - Effects of Wall Friction
    • Procedures for Developing Lateral Earth Pressure Diagram
  • Section M - Review of Lateral Earth Pressure and Applications
    • Chart Solutions
  • Section O - Workshop (Lateral Earth Pressures)
  • Section O - Workshop (Shear Strength)
  • Section P - Field Exploration Methods, Cont
  • Section P - Techniques
    • Geophysical Techniques    
    • Specifying, Controlling and Data Presentation
    • Methods of Sampling and Sample Disturbance
    • Data Presentation
  • Section Q - In-situ Field Testing
    • Introduction
    • Penetration Testing: SPT and CPT
    • Other Field Testing - includes attendee participation
    • Measurement of Pore Water Pressures

June 25, 2021

  • Section M - Review of Lateral Earth Pressure and Applications
    • Chart Solutions
  • Section O - WORKSHOP - Lateral Earth Pressures
    • WORKSHOP - Shear Strength
  • Section P  - Field Exploration Methods, Cont
    • Goals and Objectives
    • Geophysical Techniques
    • Specifying, Controlling and Data Presentation
    • Methods of Sampling and Sample Disturbance
  • Section Q - In-situ Field Testing
    • Introduction
    • Penetration Testing: SPT and CPT
    • Other Field Testing - includes attendee participation
    • Measurement of Pore Water Pressures
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