Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams: Agenda

June 4, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Registration
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Section A - Welcome, Introduction and Overview
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM: Section B - Weight-Volume and Mass Density Relations of Soils
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Section B - Identification and Classification of Soils: Particle Characteristics & Consistency
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Section C - Compaction

  • Theory of Compaction
  • Field Compaction Equipment
  • Soil Compaction Procedures
  • Measurement of In-Place Density (Unit Weight)
  • Nuclear Soil Density Testing
  • Compaction Specifications

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Section D - Hydraulic Conductivity

  • Darcy’s Law and flow through porous media
  • Measurement of K from Laboratory and Field Tests

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Section E - Dispersive Clay Soils

  • Tests for Dispersive Clay
  • Crumb Test
  • Pinhole Test

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Section F - Geostatic Stresses in Soils
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Section G - Stress Distributions
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Section H - Theories of Consolidation

  • Compression of a Soil Layer
  • Consolidation Stress History
  • Time of Consolidation
  • Collapsing Soils
  • Liquefaction Consolidation Test

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Workshop (Effective Stress and Settlement)

June 5, 2019

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Section J - Shear Strength of Soils

  • Soil Material Characteristics
  • Mohr's Circle
  • Stress Paths
  • Critical Void Ratio, Volume Change and Pore Pressures
  • Failure Criteria
  • Drained vs. Undrained (Total and Effective Strengths)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Section K - Workshop (Mohr's Circle, Determination of Strength Parameters, Selection of Appropriate Shear Strength)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Section L - Laboratory Testing for Shear Strength of Soil

  • Direct Shear Testing
  • Triaxial Testing (incl. Unconfined Compression Testing)
  • Shear Strength Correlations
  • What Tests, When?

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Section M - Lateral Earth Pressures

  • At Rest, Active and Passive Conditions
  • Rankin Theory
  • Coulomb Theory
  • Effects of Wall Friction
  • Procedures for Developing Lateral Earth Pressure Diagram

June 6, 2019

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Section M - Applications of Lateral Earth Pressure

  • Chart Solutions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Section O - Workshop (Shear Strength and Lateral Earth Pressure)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Section P - Field Exploration Methods
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
1:00 PM 2:30 PM: Section P - Field Exploration Methods, Continued

  • Techniques
  • Geophysical Techniques
  • Specifying, Controlling and Data Presentation
  • Methods of Sampling and Sample Disturbance
  • Data Presentation

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Section Q - Field Testing

  • Penetration Testing
    • SPT
    • CPT
  • Other Testing
  • Measurement of Pore Water Pressures
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