Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

It is well understood that geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that requires most engineering judgment. However, the question remains, how to effectively convey this to the students who are used to learn from typical lectures, using textbook approach, i.e., explanation of basic concepts by the course instructor, solution of a lot of example problems with assumed parameters having straight forward steps and definite answers, solution of additional similar problems by students as a part homework assignments, and traditional exams. Case histories of geotechnical failures could play an invaluable role in training the geotechnical engineers for 21st century. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) offers a unique 3 credit hour course on geotechnical engineering in professional practice which is entirely based on practical aspects of geotechnical engineering. The course contents include learning from geotechnical engineering case histories. This paper presents information about the course and how case histories are used to train geotechnical engineers at SIUC.

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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Geotechnical Failures: an Excellent Tool to Teach Geotechnical Engineering

Arlington, Virginia

It is well understood that geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that requires most engineering judgment. However, the question remains, how to effectively convey this to the students who are used to learn from typical lectures, using textbook approach, i.e., explanation of basic concepts by the course instructor, solution of a lot of example problems with assumed parameters having straight forward steps and definite answers, solution of additional similar problems by students as a part homework assignments, and traditional exams. Case histories of geotechnical failures could play an invaluable role in training the geotechnical engineers for 21st century. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) offers a unique 3 credit hour course on geotechnical engineering in professional practice which is entirely based on practical aspects of geotechnical engineering. The course contents include learning from geotechnical engineering case histories. This paper presents information about the course and how case histories are used to train geotechnical engineers at SIUC.