Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

An aerial photo of the collapse of a braced excavation in Singapore, April 2004.

The collapse of a braced excavation in Singapore, April 2004. (Image courtesy of Andrew Whittle.)


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Fall 2003



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1.364 examines site characterization and geotechnical aspects of the design and construction of foundation systems. Topics include: site investigation (with emphasis on in situ testing), shallow (footings and raftings) and deep (piles and caissons) foundations, excavation support systems, groundwater control, slope stability, soil improvement (compaction, soil reinforcement, etc.), and construction monitoring. This course is a core requirement for the Geotechnical Master of Engineering program at MIT.

Andrew Whittle. 1.364 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering, Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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