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Soil Properties and Other Strange Things for Non-Geotechnical Engineers

COURSE NO: G02-014
COURSE PROVIDER: Richard Weber, P.E.
Soil Properties and Other Strange Things for Non-Geotechnical Engineers
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the basic properties of soils using simplified and non-exhaustive methods. It provides basic illustrative example calculations, correlations and other interesting information about soil to demonstrate how to arrive at acceptable solutions.


Geotechnical engineering is a fascinating subject.   Unlike many engineering disciplines, it is not a pure science but rather it is an art form that requires both judgment and experience to arrive at a satisfactory solution.  Unlike steel or concrete for instance, soil is quite different.  For instance, geotechnical engineers can arrive at different but equally satisfactory recommendations for bearing capacity or settlement even when given the same information.  Acceptable solutions are dependent upon many soil variables and the methods were used to predict the result.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for a wide range audience and in particular, the non-geotechnical engineer to acquaint him/her with some common properties, correlations and other interesting information about soil.  The topics discussed herein have been simplified and are not exhaustive but they serve to demonstrate several principles.  The interested reader should consult one of many textbooks on the topics discussed herein.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding how does the bearing capacity solution Work
  • Understanding the weight-volume relationship of soil including:
    • Void Ratio
    • Porosity
    • Degree of Saturation
    • Water Content
    • Total Unit Weight
    • Dry Unit Weight
    • Specific Gravity
    • Percent Compaction
  • Learning about soil classification by grain size
  • Learning about the Atteberg Limits, shear strength and sensitivity
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “Soil Properties and Other Strange Things for Non-Geotechnical Engineers” by Richard Weber.
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Soil Properties and Other Strange Things for Non-Geotechnical Engineers (825 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this entire document.
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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