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Course Unit Title : PROJECT PREPARATION IN GEOTECHNICS
Course Unit Code : 01JEO9616
Type of Course Unit : Optional
Level of Course Unit : Second Cycle
Year of Study : Preb
Semester : 255.Semester
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated : 6,00
Name of Lecturer(s) : ---
Course Assistants : ---
Learning Outcomes of The Course Unit : How to use soil boring equipment
How to interpret the Geotechnical report for consistency.
How to evaluate soils for embankment suitability
How to determine the presence of ground water and how it will effect design and construction.
How to interpret seismic velocity diagrams for excavation methods.
Mode of Delivery : Face-To-Face
Prerequisities and Co-requisities Courses : Unavailable
Recommended Optional Programme Components : Unavailable
Course Contents : 1.Introduction: This will identify the project by location and name. It will also briefly outline the scope of the investigation.
2.Project Description: This will give an overview of the structures, with proposed foundation depths.
3.Field Exploration and Testing: This will identify the methods and equipment used to bore and test the soils.
4.Site conditions: This will describe the terrain, prior known land use, general area geology, groundwater, fault proximity, seismic shaking, landslides and other concerns such as sink hole or fracturing problems.
5.Recommendations: The various explorations and tests are translated into specific loading criteria, settlements, dewatering requirements, seismic accelerations, pavement sections and site coefficients.
6.Site observations: This is where the appeal is made that it is important to have Geotechnical experts review the actual excavation procedures and the warning that differing soil conditions may be found.
7.Maps: A general area map with geology and faults is usually included. Site maps with boring log locations are included.
8.Logs: This will contain the boring logs with soil densities, blow counts, ground water elevations, moisture, soil classifications and sample locations.
9.Test results: This section includes sieve analysis, optimum moisture plots, direct shear tests, cone penetrometer, contaminants and other various tests that are deemed necessary.
10.Seismic velocities: This procedure is used when hard rock is expected. The sound speed through rock is a good indicator of what methods will effectively excavate the ground.
Languages of Instruction : Turkish-English
Course Goals : That major projects usually have Geotechnical Reports.
Field Exploration and Testing
Site conditions
Recommendations
Site observations
Field Exploration and Testing
Maps
Borehole logs
Test results
Course Aims : This course introduces the student to the many components that make up a thorough Geotechnical report. The various observations and tests are explained so that an inference to the ground properties can be achieved. The Geotechnical report is a complex scientific document that can be confusing to even highly experienced people.
Owners, architects, engineers, and contractors must be able to understand the implications of the reports in order to achieve an on time, on budget and failure free project.
WorkPlacement   Geotechnical reports are prepared to provide the design engineer and contractor with information regarding the soil conditions at a specific location. These reports are a wealth of information for the person that can properly interpret the information presented. Usually the soil report is primarily written to give the structural engineer the specific information needed to effectively design the structural foundations. Construction methods and contractor concerns are usually addressed as a minor side issue and in gross generalities. Only after a number of site visits and studying several soil reports will you begin to really understand what is being presented by the reports.
Recommended or Required Reading
Textbook : Ulusay,R.,2010, Uygulamalı jeoteknik Bilgiler, TMMOB jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası:38,Ankara
Additional Resources : AASHTO, Manual on Subsurface Investigations, 1988
AASHTO, Standard Specifications for Highway Bridge Design Manual
FHWA, Checklist and Guidelines for Review of Geotechnical Reports and Preliminary Plans and Specifications, FHWA-PD-97-002, 1985
FHWA, Engineering Notebook Issuance GT-15,Geotechnical Differing Site Conditions, May 1996
FHWA, Soils and Foundations Workshop Reference Manual,NHI Course No. 132012,
FHWA NHI-00-045, August 2000
NDOT, Bridge Design and Procedures Manual, Structural Division
NDOT, Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction
Material Sharing
Documents : Ulusay,R.,2010, Uygulamalı jeoteknik Bilgiler, TMMOB jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası:38,Ankara
Bayındırlık ve İskan Bakanlığı, 1999, Afet Bölgelerinde Yapılacak Yapılar Hakkında Yönetmelik, 1997 Deprem yönetmeliği-1998 değişiklileri ile Birlikte, Türkiye Hazır Beton Birliği Yayını,85 s.
Assignments :
Exams :
Additional Material :
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Lectures, Practical Courses, Presentation, Seminar, Project, Laboratory Applications (if necessary)
ECTS / Table Of Workload (Number of ECTS credits allocated)
Student workload surveys utilized to determine ECTS credits.
Activity :
Number Duration Total  
Course Duration (Excluding Exam Week) :
3 14 42  
Time Of Studying Out Of Class :
3 14 42  
Homeworks :
4 6 24  
Presentation :
0 0 0  
Project :
0 0 0  
Lab Study :
0 0 0  
Field Study :
0 0 0  
Visas :
1 25 25  
Finals :
1 45 45  
Workload Hour (30) :
30  
Total Work Charge / Hour :
178  
Course's ECTS Credit :
6      
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Studies During Halfterm :
Number Co-Effient
Visa :
1 60
Quiz :
0 0
Homework :
1 40
Attendance :
0 0
Application :
0 0
Lab :
0 0
Project :
0 0
Workshop :
0 0
Seminary :
0 0
Field study :
0 0
   
TOTAL :
100
The ratio of the term to success :
40
The ratio of final to success :
60
TOTAL :
100
Weekly Detailed Course Content
Week Topics  
1 1. Geotechnical Reference Standards
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
2 2. Report Organization
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
3 3. Maps, Plans, and Cross Sections
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
4 4. Site Location Map
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
5 5. . Regional Geologic Hazard Maps
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
6 6. Site Geotechnical/Geologic Maps
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
7 7. Geotechnical Cross Sections
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
8 8. Technical Support Documentation
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
9 9. Previous Geotechnical Data
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
10 10. Identification and Mitigation of Risks
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
11 11. Geotechnical Exploration Logs
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
12 12. Plans & Cross-Sections
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
13 13. Computer Programs and Analyses
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
14 14. Final Grading Report
  Study Materials: The references to the sources
0 15. Exercises
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