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Soil Mechanics: Laboratory Testing

COURSE NO: G08-002
Soil Mechanics: Laboratory Testing
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course, as a part of soil mechanics series, covers basics and standards in soil laboratory testing.


Laboratory testing of soils is an essential part for geotechnical projects. A laboratory test program is required to assess, select, and test soil specimens collected during field investigation to provide soil index and performance properties for design and construction.


This 8 PDH online course is applicable to geotechnical, civil, mining, structural, and environmental engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved with the planning, design, and construction of building structures on, in, and with soils.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the principles and precautions in soil testing
  • Learning about the basics and commonly used standards in soil laboratory testing
  • Understanding the fundamentals of soil index and performance property tests
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 5, Laboratory Testing for Geotechnical Design and Construction of the Federal Highway Administration "Reference Manual Volume I, SOILS {C} AND FOUNDATIONS", Publication No. FHWA NHI-088.

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Soil Mechanics: Laboratory Testing (5.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 5 of this FHWA Publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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