Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams

The objective of this course will be to provide a comprehensive presentation of the significant principles and concepts of soil mechanics to the participants. The material will be presented with emphasis on the basic soil mechanics principles prerequisite to further study for design or rehabilitation of earth embankment dams. This is a basic level course intended as an introduction for those with minimal to moderate knowledge or experience in the application of soil mechanics principles to earth dam design, operation, and rehabilitation. This course is a good prerequisite to the more advanced ASDSO seminars on: Stability Analysis of Embankment Dams, Seepage Through Earth Dams.

Key Take-aways:

  • The significant basic concepts and principles of soil mechanics prerequisite to further courses. related to the use of soil mechanics principles for earth embankment design and rehabilitation.
  • The theory of consolidation related to embankment dam engineering.
  • The concepts of soil shear strength related to embankment dam engineering.
  • The concepts of lateral earth pressure needed for hydraulic structure applications.
  • A basic understanding of phreatic surface, embankment permeability, and drainage systems.
  • Appropriate field investigation techniques needed to evaluate foundation conditions for design and rehabilitation of embankment dams.
  • Appropriate field and insitu testing procedures for existing or new embankment dams.
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