Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

Use of case histories provides an important role in Civil Engineering education, presenting an opportunity for students to extend the principles found in textbooks to real world, practical problems. Case histories provide students with a sense of judgment and a sampling of the “art” in geotechnics. The author, an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has used contemporary case history examples related to foundation and geotechnical engineering to supplement and invigorate classroom instruction and prepare students for the workforce. Typical examples related to foundation engineering include: • Design of subsurface investigation programs for structures, wastewater treatment plants, etc., considering the use of conventional test borings, Cone Penetration Tests (CPT), in-situ testing, and laboratory testing. • Evaluation of bearing capacity for shallow foundations based on boring and CPT logs • Estimates of static pile capacities based on boring and CPT logs, including subsequent comparison with load test results. • Settlement predictions based on available boring, CPT, in-situ, and laboratory test data, and subsequent comparison with field measurements, if available. Evaluation of whether predicted settlement is acceptable. • Analysis and design of sheet pile and gravity retaining structures based on boring and/or CPT logs. Example case histories are reviewed, including their role in supplementing textbook instruction. A key component of these problems is that they do not offer a unique solution, but rather a range of solutions depending on selection of suitable design parameters and method(s) of analysis. Feedback from students is also presented.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Use of Case Histories in the Classroom

Arlington, Virginia

Use of case histories provides an important role in Civil Engineering education, presenting an opportunity for students to extend the principles found in textbooks to real world, practical problems. Case histories provide students with a sense of judgment and a sampling of the “art” in geotechnics. The author, an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has used contemporary case history examples related to foundation and geotechnical engineering to supplement and invigorate classroom instruction and prepare students for the workforce. Typical examples related to foundation engineering include: • Design of subsurface investigation programs for structures, wastewater treatment plants, etc., considering the use of conventional test borings, Cone Penetration Tests (CPT), in-situ testing, and laboratory testing. • Evaluation of bearing capacity for shallow foundations based on boring and CPT logs • Estimates of static pile capacities based on boring and CPT logs, including subsequent comparison with load test results. • Settlement predictions based on available boring, CPT, in-situ, and laboratory test data, and subsequent comparison with field measurements, if available. Evaluation of whether predicted settlement is acceptable. • Analysis and design of sheet pile and gravity retaining structures based on boring and/or CPT logs. Example case histories are reviewed, including their role in supplementing textbook instruction. A key component of these problems is that they do not offer a unique solution, but rather a range of solutions depending on selection of suitable design parameters and method(s) of analysis. Feedback from students is also presented.