Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams: Agenda

*All times are Eastern Time Zone 

June 21, 2022

10:30 AM Section A

  • Welcome, Introduction and Overview 

10:45 AM Section B

  • Weight-Volume and Mass Density Relations of Soils 

11:45 AM

  • Identification and Classification of Soils 

15 min break - Q/A 

12:30 Section C  

  • Compaction: Theory of Compaction, Laboratory and Field Procedures                 
  • Measurement of Field Density and Specifications 

1:45-2:45 Lunch Break  

2:45 PM Section D  

  • Hydraulic Conductivity (soil permeability): Theory, laboratory, and field methods 

3:30 PM Section E 

  • Dispersive Clay Soils: Crumb & Pinhole Tests                             

15 min break – Q/A 

4:30 PM Section F 

  • Geostatic Stresses in Soils                                 

5:00 PM Section G     

  • Induced Stress Distributions                                 

15 min break – Q/A (optional) 

5:45-6:30 PM Section H 

  • Theory of Consolidation: Compression, Stress History, Settlement Calculations 

 

June 22, 2022

10:30 AM Section H  

  • Time Rate of Consolidation, Consolidation Test, and Collapsible soils.     

15 min break – Q/A 

11:30 AM Section I  

  • WORKSHOP: Effective Stress and Consolidation Settlement         

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM    LUNCH BREAK 

2:30 PM Section J  

  • Shear Strength:  Mohr Circle, Failure Envelope, and Stress Paths     

3:00 PM 

  • Shear Strength: Critical Void Ratio, Volume Change and Pore Pressures 

3:30 PM 

  • Shear Strength: Drained vs. Undrained (Total and Effective Strengths) 

15 min break - Q/A 

4:15-6:30 PM Section K 

  • WORKSHOP: Mohr's Circle, Determination and Selection of Strength Parameters     

 

June 23, 2022

10:30 AM Section L  

  • Laboratory Testing for Shear Strength of Soil 

15 min break - Q/A 

12:30 AM Section M 

  • Lateral Earth Pressures                                 

1:30-2:30 PM    LUNCH BREAK 

2:30 PM Section M 

  • Lateral Earth Pressures (continued) 

3:30 PM  

  • Lateral Earth Pressures – applications and charts (continued) 

15 min break - Q/A 

4:45-6:15 PM    Section O 

  • WORKSHOP: Lateral Earth Pressures on Walls                                 

 

June 24, 2022

10:30 AM Section O     

  • WORKSHOP:  Soil Shear Strength 

15 min break - Q/A 

12:30 AM Section P 

  • Field Exploration Methods 
  • Techniques:  Drilling and Sampling 
    • Geophysical Techniques 
    • Specifying, Controlling and Data Presentation 
    • Methods of Sampling and Sample Disturbance 
    • Data Presentation 

5 min break  

2:05-3:00 PM    LUNCH BREAK 

3:00-4:30 PM 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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