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Course Detail

Course Name Geotechnics for Infrastructure
Course Code 18SC711
Program M. Tech. in Structural & Construction Engineering
Credits Coimbatore
Year Taught 2019


Course Syllabus

Site investigation for infrastructure projects; Principles of exploration; Modern methods of boring and sampling; Sampling records, Soil profiles, various types of field tests; Excavation scheme. – Engineering properties of soft, weak and compressible deposits; Methods of soil improvement using mechanical, chemical; Thermal, electrical methods; – Dynamic consolidation; Vibroflotation – Types of foundations for industrial structures; Sheet piles and cofferdams; Design of dewatering systems. Preloading and vertical drains, Introduction to Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Grouting and Injection. Recent trends in infrastructure projects like soil nailing, reinforced earth, gabion walls.

Text Books

  • Ground Improvement Techniques, Purushotham Raj, Laxmi Publications, 2005.
  • Analysis and Design of Shallow and Deep Foundations, Lymon C Reese, William M Isenhower and Shin-Tower Wang, John Wiley and Sons, 2005.
  • Analysis and Design of Substructures, Swami Saran, Oxford and IBH Publishing, New Delhi, 2008.
  • Design of Foundation Systems, Ninan P Kurian, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, 2005.
  • Text Book on Ground Improvement, Moseley, Spons Architecture Price Book, 2004.
  • Earth Reinforcement and Soil Structure, Jones J.E.P, Butterworths, 1995.


‘Geotechnics for Infrastructure’ is an elective course offered in M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

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