C&EE 121

Design of Foundations and Earth Structures

To be co-taught with Dr. Marty B. Hudson, Winter 2015

Course includes major project design content and submission of written materials including project proposal and final project report.

Prerequisite: C&EE 120

Reference materials:

  1. Course reader prepared by Prof. Stewart. Available at ASUCLA store
  2. Holtz, RD, WD Kovacs, and TC Sheahan, 2011. An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Major topics:

Soil mechanics review: emphasis on consolidation and shear strength. 4 lec.

Site characterization. 1 lec.

Earthwork construction: soil compaction, geosynthetics, and soil improvement. 3 lec.

Slope stability: types of landslides, limit equilibrium methods and their limitations.  2 lec.

Earth retaining structures: lateral earth pressures, conventional and reinforced soil wall stability analysis and design. 3 lec.

Shallow foundations: bearing capacity principals, settlement, design considerations, 3 lec.

Deep foundations (driven piles and drilled shafts): Load transfer, construction considerations, axial capacity. 2 lec.