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CE481 Soil and Site Improvement

Course Objectives  

Owing to the increased need to utilize marginal sites, coupled with advanced knowledge on many weak soils, the last few decades have seen remarkable advances in soil and site improvement techniques. This course covers the principles, applications, and design procedures of some widely used soil improvement techniques. The specific objectives of the course are: to highlight the need for soil improvement techniques, to present the principles and analysis, and to provide an understanding of design procedures. Since soil improvement techniques are evolving continuously, in addition to the text, state-of-art lecture handouts of the different techniques will form an integral part of the course.

Course Syllabus

  • 08-27-18   Course syllabus [PDF]




  • Handout 03 for Lec03 and Lec04 [PDF]
  • Handout 08 for Lec09 [PDF]
  • Handout 09 for Lec10 [PDF]
  • Handout 10 for Lec10 [PDF]
  • Handout 11 for Lec11 [PDF]
  • Handout solution for Lec10 and Lec11 [PDF]
  • Handout 12 for Lec12 [PDF]
  • Handout 13 for Lec13 [PDF]
  • Handout 14 for Lec14 [PDF]
  • Handout solution for Lec13 and Lec14 [PDF]
  • Handout 19 for Lec17 [PDF]
  • Handout 21 for Lec19 [PDF]
  • Handout 22 for Lec19 [PDF]

Reading Materials

  • Chu et al. (2009) Construction Processes [PDF]
  • Lee and Singh (1971) Relative Density and Relative Compaction [PDF]
  • Chow et al. (1994) Dynamic compaction of loose granular soils: effect of print spacing [PDF]
  • Lee and Gu (2004) Method for estimating dynamic compaction effect on sand [PDF]
  • Leonards et al. (1980) Dynamic compaction of granular soils [PDF]
  • Lukas (1995) Geotechnical Engineering Cicular No.1: Dynamic Compaction (Chapter 3) [PDF]
  • Mayne et al. (1984) Ground response to dynamic compaction [PDF]
  • Mitchell (1981) Soil Improvement: state-of-the-art [PDF]
  • Narsilio et al. (2009) Blast Densification: Multi-Instrumented Case History [PDF]
  • Hachey et al. (1994) Blast Densification of a Thick, Loose Debris Flow at Mt. St. Helen's, Washington [PDF]
  • Soil Mechanics1: 1D Consolidation [PDF]
  • Johnson (1970) Precompression for Improving Foundation Soils [PDF]
  • Asaoka (1978) Observational Procedure of Settlement Prediction [PDF]
  • Mesri and Sarihan (2009) The Asaoka method revisited [PDF]

Term Project

  • Compaction Grouting [PDF]
  • Deep Cement Mixing [PDF]
  • Permeation Grouting [PDF]
  • Liquefaction [PDF]
  • Geosynthetics [PDF]
  • Ground Anchor [PDF]

Exam / Quiz

  • Midterm exam solution [PDF]
  • Quiz solution [PDF]