Geotechnical Engineering Questions

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Question 1

Give details of examples of some geotechnical projects as discussed in the class, and also discuss about the evidence to show that one is a Geotechnical Engineer.

Question 2

Please watch the video in the link below and comment on the application of geotechnical engineering in constructing this gigantic structure on the ocean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hIP_88k-g

Question 3

Please watch the video in the link below and comment on the application of geotechnical engineering in constructing this gigantic structure on the ocean. Also please state all the procedures for the construction on the ocean as well as the challenges faced during the construction. Your work must be original as you will be asked to defend your work in class. You are to make two submissions one in word with the detailed analysis and other one in power point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hIP_88k-g

Question 4

Contact the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in your state or province (MD, USA )and find out the requirements for becoming a registered professional engineer. Start planning to take the FE examination when it is given in your area next year. Please site your source of information. What are all the branches of Geotechnical Engineering ? Write a detailed explanation of five of the branches of Geotechnical Engineering

Question 5

Discuss about the learning experience a typical Geotechnical Engineer will gain from the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that occurred in 2011 (Make sure you give detailed engineeringinformation about the earthquake and Tsunami as well diagrams and pictures).

Question 6

What are the special attributes of soil, please illustrate your answers with annotated diagrams. List some geotechnical engineering structural failures you know.

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Question 1

Give details of examples of some geotechnical projects as discussed in the class, and also
discuss about the evidence to show that one is a Geotechnical Engineer.
1. Four Seasons Hotel and Legg Mason, Baltimore, MD
22-Story luxury hotel and condominium tower and a 26-story office tower at Baltimore’s
waterfront with 5-story below grade parking. Construction observation and testing included a
slurry wall, mat foundation, post-tensioned concrete, micro-piles, caissons, and tie-back anchors.
Geotechnical, environmental, and hydro geological services including borings, monitoring wells,
seismic analysis, and in-situ permeability testing.
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Wilmington county club water impoundment structure, Wilmington DE

Wilmington Country Club has a 21 million gallon tank structure for geotechnical engineering.
Services include underground exploration and down hole installation, groundwater monitoring,
slope stability and penetration analysis, and earthwork recommendations during design and
review. Earthmoving and technical advice during construction.
A typical geotechnical project first reviews the project requirements to determine the
properties of the required materials. Then, test the soil, rock, damage distribution and properties
of the rock inside and below the area of interest to determine its technical performance, including
what it will do. Earthquakes... such as earthquakes, landslides, land subsidence, soil liquefaction,
debris flow and falling rocks. As a geotechnical engineer, he has appointed projects of all sizes,
such as high-rise buildings, bridges, large and medium-sized commercial buildings, and small
facilities where ground conditions do not allow for code-based design.
Question 2

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Please watch the video in the link below and comment on the application of geotechnical
engineering in constructing this gigantic structure on the ocean.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hIP_88k-g
Two years of field visits were required before the building is completed, including six months of
geotechnical engineering and testing, as well as one and a half years of excavation and
foundation construction. The geotechnical engineering team faces many architectural challenges,
including the unique architectural design of the building's surface, usually the low floor and
structural overall dimensions of the construction site, creating a huge load on the foundation. The
architectural design behind the building itself creates problems. According to the local flower of
the desert, Hymenocallis has a three-dimensional trace that forms a large square around the
building. The weird design hinders the engineer from using the distribution, which requires a
very personalized analysis of the expected load, and the distribution of each stack is reasonable.
The last problem encountered in the basic design is the high weight and size of the building,
which creates a significant load that must be distributed between the plates and the pile. With an
empty weight of more than 500,000 tons and a height of more than 800 meters as a high-speed
wind lever, the load on the base is astronomical, and up to 37 megatons can be stacked on one
side, equivalent to more than 5 half-air charges on the Airbus A380. One by one. Despite the
sheer weight, the incredible sheet metal work and sheet construction made it impossible to install
the building to three inches.

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Question 3
Please watch the video in the link below and comment on the application of geotechnical
engineering in constructing this gigantic structure on the ocean. Also please state all the
procedures for the construction on the ocean as well as the challenges faced during the
construction. Your work must be original as you will be asked to defend your work in class. You
are to make two submissions one in word with the detailed analysis and other one in power point
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hIP_88k-g
Burj al Arab opened its doors for the guests in December 1999, Just before the new millennium
Burj Al Arab is currently recognized as one of spectacular structure in the history of structural
engineering. Situated in the Arabian Gulf, it is exposed to one of the most hostile environments
across the globe. Every part of this iconic structure is extra ordinary
Before the building could be constructed, two years of ground work had to be laid, including 6
months of geotechnical investigation and testing, and a year and a half of excavation and
foundation construction. There were many challenges faced by the geotechnical team in the
construction of the tower. These included the unique architectural design of the building
footprint itself, the generally weak soil of the construction site and the overall size of the
structure, creating massive loads on the foundation. As with most large buildings, the Burj
Khalifa uses a deep foundation design, consisting of both a 3.7 meter thick raft foundation and
192 bored piles. The purpose of this design is to allow the weight of the building to be spread
over a larger volume of soil, decreasing the load in any given portion. Bored piles are piles cast
into drilled holes in the ground on site. This allowed the engineers of the project to both create

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variable length piles depending on the loads the pile is expected to bear, and to disturb the
already weak soil much less than a traditional driving of piles would.
The architectural design behind the building created a few problems in itself. Based on a
local desert flower, the Hymenocallis, has a three spoked footprint that allows for a very large
plaza around the building. The odd design kept engineers from using a more traditional pile
distribution, needing a very customized analysis of projected loads and careful placement of each
individual pile.Where these piles would go and all their various properties were determined after
very extensive soil testing. 23 boreholes were drilled around the construction site and extensive
testing was performed in the area in and around where the foundation would be placed, including
inside the boreholes themselves. This found that the soil was dominated by loose sands near the
surface, and weak sand stones and siltstones underneath. Because of the weak soil conditions,
many large and very deep piles were needed to properly stabilize th...

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