In-situ Geotechnical Testing and Tailings Applications
Brief Description
The In-situ Geotechnical Testing and Tailings Applications short course will refresh your knowledge of in-situ geotechnical testing while also introducing you to new developments in the field. The course focuses on the most widely used tests and applications, including the Standard Penetration Test (SPT ), Cone Penetration Test (CPT ), Piezocone (CPTu) and seismic tests. During the course, you will also explore the interpretation of test results and its application in geotechnical problems in further detail to expand your knowledge of and skills in the application of each test based on established parameters, as well as direct and indirect test design methods.
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course, you should have a thorough understanding of the SPT, CPT, CPTu and seismic tests and their application in geotechnical engineering, including an understanding of standard test procedure for these tests interpretation of these tests to derive basic soil properties to be used in indirect design methods flow and consolidation parameters from the CPTu, as well as the application of these parameters small-strain stiffness and its application understand the application of direct design methods such as those developed by Schmertmann, Schultze and Sherif, as well as Burland and Burbidge have an understanding of the application of the derived parameters in design know how and when to apply N, N1 and (N1)60 be able to derive a complex flow regime from CPTu dissipation data carry out consolidation analysis from derived parameters and the determination of the drainage path from CPTu data carry out interpretation of complete as well as incomplete dissipation tests conduct settlement calculation using small strain stiffness, and have a basic understanding of liquefaction analysis using seismic data.Postgraduates students registered for the Honours Degree in Geotechnical Engineering are required to attend the course and pass the examination for Specialised Geotechnical Testing SGS 789. There is no formal evaluation of other course attendees.
Course Content
Detail discussion of SPT, CPT, CPTu CSW, SASW, MASW, cross-hole test and downhole test. Interpretation of these tests to derive basic soil properties. Application of direct design methods. Flow regime and consolidation analysis from CPTu data. Foundation settlement calculation using small strain stiffness.
Entry Requirements
Prospective delegates should ideally hold a degree in civil engineering or engineering geology. Undergraduate knowledge of soil mechanics is required.

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This course is required if you are a postgraduate student studying towards an Honours degree in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. In addition, the course is aimed at civil engineering and engineering geology graduates who have completed undergraduate courses in soil mechanics, as well as senior engineers interested in improving their knowledge of geotechnical in situ testing techniques.
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