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Soil ExplorationK

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 17:48:19 +0000

Lecture 1 on Soil Exploration: Soil Exploration Part I Lecture 2 on Soil Exploration: Soil Exploration Part II Please note: All figures used have been downloaded from various sources on the internet. Technorati tags: soil investigation, soil exploration, soil testing, SPT, Standard Penetration Test Copyright Kshitija Nadgouda. Advertisements

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Earthquake prediction and structure safetyK

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:55:00 +0000

Predicting earthquakes has been very controversial subject. Seismologists can only predict that movement is “possible” along a certain fault line or it is imminent. The two aspects of the prediction – where and when – are not easy to determine. So typically, what seismologists give, are “forecasts” – not predictions. They give an estimated location, […]

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Earthquake in JapanKJapan quake July 2007Earth CoreHanshin Expressway CollapseSFOdamageBhuj Quake

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 05:33:10 +0000

A 6.8 Magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Monday, July 16, 2007. Considering the high magnitude, the loss of life was small – seven persons dead and hundreds injured. So what exactly is an earthquake? (Image Courtesy: Environment News Service and Japan Meteorological Agency) Wikipedia defines earthquakes as “the result from the sudden release of stored […]

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Construction NetcastK

Sat, 17 Feb 2007 16:39:26 +0000

I recently received an email from Matt Handal of Trauner Consulting Services regarding the use of net casting in the Construction and Civil industry. Check out their online training webpage. It is a one-of-a-kind site that currently offers two training videos: one on “Common Scheduling Terms” (terms used commonly in Critical Path Method Scheduling) and […]

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Earthquake Info for IndiaKindiaquake.jpg

Sat, 27 Jan 2007 11:07:03 +0000

I came across a site created by Mr. Kishor Jaiswal that gives a lot of good information on earthquakes in general and about India in particular. You can take a quiz on earthquakes or view an animation that shows how stress build-up leads to an earthquake. The Seismology Division of the India Meteorological Society deals […]

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Slope stability softwareKGLSOPESLIDE

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 18:15:33 +0000

There is plenty of software available these days to do pretty much everything one can think of. As a geotechnical engineer, the software programs I have used most often have to be the ones available for slope stability or for geogrid design of a (soil) slope, besides using AutoCAD and gINT. Discussing AutoCAD and gINT […]

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Consolidation of soilKSoil-Water Phase

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 02:38:30 +0000

I talked about compaction of soil and how removal of the air voids in the soil makes it more dense. Consolidation is the removal of water from soil. In other words, it is the squeezing out of water from the soil to make it more dense. In case of coarse grained soils like sands and […]

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Soil CompactionKCompactionDynamic CompactionSheepsfoot RollerVibrating plate compactor

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 03:54:31 +0000

I talked about total settlement and differential settlement some time back. One of the major reasons for settlement of a structure is the presence of loose soil. So, to avoid such settlement (total or differential), it is essential to compact the soil. Compaction of soil is the removal of air gaps (voids) from the soil. […]

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Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:19:34 +0000

I have accepted the post of a lecturer in my alma mater. Since it is my first attempt at teaching, I find that it is taking up more time than I expected. I am making the utmost efforts in writing articles, but the frequency has gone down dramatically. It is a promise that my next […]

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IGS – Indian Geotechnical SocietyK

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 16:48:11 +0000

I attended a seminar today, by Prof. Gandhi on “Failures and Remedial Measures in Geotechnical Engineering” organised by the Indian Geotechnical Society (Mumbai Chapter). It was a great learning experience! There are many more seminars/workshops on interesting topics coming up. I will encourage all students of Civil Engineering to find out about such societies as […]

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