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Geotechnical Engineering Design

Long Summer Session

Course: CE 4210/6210 Geotechnical Engineering Design

Course Description:
Study of the relationship of local geology to soil formations, groundwater, planning of site investigation, sampling procedures, determination of design parameters, foundation design, and settlement analysis. Preq for CE 4210: CE 3210. Preq for CE 6210: CE 3210 or consent of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Course Material Presentations:
Lecture notes, Lecture videos, Handouts, Detailed course outline

Sample Course NotesDetailed Course Outline Video Lecture Sample

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction & foundation performance requirements
  • Review of prerequisite material
  • Subsoil Exploration
  • Shallow foundations: Bearing capacity
  • Bearing capacity: Special cases
  • Allowable bearing capacity and settlement
  • Shallow foundations: Design
  • Deep foundations: Design
  • Lateral earth pressure & retaining walls: Design


If you submit a homework/project paper past the due date always due midnight (11:59 pm), you will lose 50% of the credit automatically. If you do not submit a paper for a given homework/project, you will get zero credit for that homework/project. No homework will be accepted after the due date of the next homework. Remember that each homework/project is treated like a quiz.

  1. Homework/project paper must be uploaded on blackboard.
  2. Questions regarding the course and material should be sent to the instructor, and questions regarding homework should be sent to TA.
  3. Each homework/project paper should begin with a title page, including the following information: date (day/month/year), Homework/project No., student’s name, and number of pages in your paper. You must also number all pages in your paper. You can submit as an attachment a Word document or a PDF document. If your paper is hand-written, you must assure that it is legible, and then scan it into a PDF document. You must submit your work in an electronic form (PDF document preferred), not hard copy.
  4. All scanned pages should be submitted as one single document. You must ensure that each page is numbered and legible and oriented correctly. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the correct file is being submitted the first time. Multiple homework submission will not be allowed. In fact, only the first submission will be graded.

Homework will be graded before the due date of the next homework. The grade will be posted in the grade book on Blackboard, and the solution will also be posted on Blackboard.


All exams must be taken at a recognized proctoring center such as a college test proctoring center, library etc. There is a form on blackboard which must be filled out and approved by the instructor at least two weeks prior to the first exam.  Exams will be emailed to the proctor on the day previous to the available exam window. Once completed the exam is to be scanned by the proctor (NOT the student) and emailed back to me within 24 hours of the completion of the exam. Any students who are on campus who wish to have me proctor the exam must let me know. I will only offer a single time to take the exam with me during each time window. The student must show proper ID to the proctor when they show up to the exam.

Name: Dr. Ravi Ravichandran
Phone: 864-656-2818

Student Outcomes—(ABET) This course contributes to the civil engineering student outcomes by developing:

2. An ability to apply knowledge of engineering including four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering;
4. An ability to design a system, component, or process in more than one civil engineering context to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability;
6. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
12. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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