Fall 2022 - EASC 413 D100

Resource Geotechnics (3)

Class Number: 1963

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCK 7654, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5035, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Sergio Sepulveda
    ssepulve@sfu.ca
    778 782-5389
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7419
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 313 with a grade of C- or better or permission of instructor.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Application of geotechnics to the resource sector with particular emphasis on forestry and minerals. Topics covered will include: Engineering geological characterization, slope failure mechanisms in soil and rock, methods of slope stability analysis, techniques of slope reinforcement and stabilization, slope monitoring, road construction and deactivation, underground excavations and petroleum geotechnics. Brief case studies will be used to illustrate the influence of geotechnics in the forestry, mining and the petroleum industries.

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Outline:

Application of engineering geology and geotechnics to engineering projects and civil works, with emphasis on the resource sector, including forestry and minerals. Topics covered will include: Engineering geological characterization, slope failure mechanisms in soil and rock, methods of slope stability analysis, seismically-induced landslides, techniques of slope reinforcement and stabilization, slope monitoring, geotechnical site assessment for design and construction of roads, dams, open pits and underground excavations. Brief case studies will be used to illustrate the influence of geotechnics in the forestry, mining and the energy industries.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Identify and classify different landslide types, and run basic analyses to evaluate the stability of slopes.
  • Define and perform the basic geoengineering surveys and analyses required for the design and construction of civil works in the resource industry.

Grading

  • Midterm 25%
  • Laboratory Reports, Seminar 35%
  • Final Examination 40%

NOTES:

"Be aware that during the field trip there will be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs and crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Further details regarding safety, food, housing and field supplies will be discussed prior to the field trip."

Materials

RECOMMENDED READING:

Geological Engineering, Gonzalez de Vallejo, L.I. & Ferrer, M. 2011.  CRC Press, ISBN 978-0-415-41352-7 (hbk).  This book was the EASC 313 required text.

Rock Slope Engineering Civil Applications., Wyllie, D.C.  September 14, 2017 by CRC Press, 568 Pages - 16 Color & 326 B/W Illustrations ISBN 9781498786270 - CAT# K30229.

Turner A.K. & Schuster, R.L. 1996. Landslides. Investigation and Mitigation. Transportation Research Board Special Report 247.

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

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Registrar Notes:

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