Course NumberGE-02-105
PDH Hours4
Lab Testing for Soils and Rock

Lab Testing for Soils and Rock

This course presents the general state of the practice of groundwater investigations and focuses on the laboratory testing methods with regard to the design and construction of transportation facilities. It presents a comprehensive overview of the latest laboratory methodologies and their application to the development of appropriate soil and rock parameters for geotechnical designs.

Geomaterial characterization requires the interpretation and correlation of engineering properties from the acquired field and lab measurements. The role of the geotechnical engineer in subsurface investigation, exploration methods, equipment types and their suitability are discussed. Laboratory index, strength, and stiffness testing are reviewed in complement to the field testing program.

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Selection and Assignment of Tests
  • Index properties (Moisture Content, Specific Unit, Sieve Analysis, Hydrometer, Atterberg Limits, Moisture-Density (Compaction) Relationship, Classification of Soils of Soils, Organic Content of Soils)
  • Strength tests (Unconfined Compressive Strength of Soils, Triaxial Strength (TX), Direct Shear (DS), Direct Simple Shear (DSS) Test, Resonant Column, Miniature Vane, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), R-Value Test, Resilient Modulus)
  • Quality assurance for laboratory testing

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We provide technical courses for PDH credits that meet Board requirements for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors. This course is guaranteed to be accepted in AK, AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY. Before purchasing this course, please confirm that your state Board is listed above.