please answer the following question with details in geotechnical engineering class

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1) What are the three aspects that define soil as engineering material? Elaborate.

2) Why shear strength is essential in soil mechanics? Why not compression strength or tension strength?

3) By navigating the Internet, identify a major national or international conference that has taken place or will take place this year with focus on geotechnical engineering. Which organization was or is mostly responsible for organizing the conference? Provide examples of topics that were or will be discussed in the conference.

4) Why soil-particle size and shape are important?

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School: Cornell University



Geotechnical Engineering
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Geotechnical Engineering
1. What are the three aspects that define soil as engineering material? Elaborate.
Geotechnical engineering defines soil as a three-phase material made of rock and
minerals, water and air particles. In the ground, there are spaces between the mineral
particles that hold water and air — the main engineering properties of the soil range from
permeability to compressibility and shear strength. Soil classification and identification
depend on the index properties such particle sizes as well as the soil consistency.
The geotechnical soil properties are important in soil engineering. These are the essential
factors that engineers use in deciding on the best soil to use in the works (Yang et al.
2. Why is shear strength essentia...

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