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Soil Mechanics: Subsurface Exploration

COURSE NO: G08-001
Soil Mechanics: Subsurface Exploration
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course, as a part of soil mechanics series, covers basics of planning and execution of subsurface exploration.


To design a cost-effective structural foundation for a structure to interact favorably with the soil on which it rests, a site- and project-specific subsurface model must be developed.  Subsurface exploration is the first step in building subsurface model.


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:

  1. Understanding the principles and state-of-practice of subsurface exploration
  2. Learning how to plan and execute a:
  • site-specific subsurface exploration program
  • project-specific subsurface exploration program
  1. Learning about the practical guidelines for:
  • selecting proper sampling methods
  • selecting proper field-testing methods
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 3, Subsurface Explorations of the Federal Highway Administration "Reference Manual Volume I, SOILS {C}AND FOUNDATIONS", Publication No. FHWA NHI-06-088.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Soil Mechanics: Subsurface Exploration (3.12 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 3 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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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