Course NumberGE-02-601
PDH Hours4
Subsurface Drilling and Sampling

Subsurface Drilling and Sampling

This course provides an overview of the equipment and procedures commonly used for the drilling and sampling of soil and rock as part of a geotechnical site investigation. The methods addressed in this course are used to retrieve soil samples and rock cores for visual examination and laboratory testing.

The planning, execution, and interpretation of geotechnical site explorations in natural soil and rock are presented with regard to the design and construction of transportation facilities. The role of the geotechnical engineer in subsurface investigation, exploration methods, equipment types and their suitability are discussed. Rotary drilling and rock coring are reviewed in terms of the proper handling, transportation, and storage of soil and rock samples for laboratory testing. The results are summarized in a geotechnical report with available geological, topographical, hydrological, and geotechnical data collected towards the analysis and design of earthwork structures and foundation design.

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:

  • Drilling methods used as part of a geotechnical site investigation
  • Methods used to sample soil and rock
  • Planning requirements for a geotechnical boring program
  • Soil and rock sample handling, transportation, and storage

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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.