Geotechnical Part II
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This geotechnical project allows the student to become familiar with laboratory soil report and construction site maps. Student gain insight to the responsibilities of a Geotechnical Soil Scientist through determining the best use of soils and location for building structures and retention ponds.
The student is the on-site soil scientist/engineer for a construction project. The project is to build a local farm stand. Three site maps are provided: a topographic map of the site, a topographic map showing the location of the building pad and boreholes; a site map showing the topography after the construction is complete. The building pad will be at 27' and be the foundation for the farm stand. In this lab, students will solve problems that typically arise during the design and construction phase of a project. To help complete the lab, students need to create a soil laboratory report (see my activity: Soils as Construction Materials).
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
(1) How to read basic construction site plans
(2) How to create a cross section from a topo map
(3) Determining regions of cut and fill based on topographic maps
(4) Interpret laboratory soil reports to evaluate soils for construction uses
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Description and Teaching Materials
Attached is Part 2 of the Geotechnical Activity. Please see Part 1 (my activity: Soils as Construction Materials) to download all necessary maps and soil data.Part 2 Geotechnical Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 99kB Apr29 13)