Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 2006

Quality Geotechnical Testing Workshop and Short Course



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UMR and Fee generated income


Principal Investigator

Richard W. Stephenson
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409

p(573) 341-6549
f(573) 341-4729


Student Involvement

Students will be conducting demonstrations of the laboratory testing equipment and techniques


Project Objective

: After attending this course, the participant will: (1) Know the proper soil specimen handling and preparation procedures for testing; (2) Know the critical techniques required to conduct and present results of consolidation, permeability and shear strength tests; and (3) Know techniques to eliminate or reduce critical testing errors.


Project Abstract

This is a 3-day workshop/short course to teach practicing professionals techniques and procedures for conducting high quality geotechnical laboratory tests. Transportation facility design and construction begins with an investigation of the type, extent and quality of the foundation materials. The determination of the appropriate and accurate parameters is paramount in executing safe and economical design..


Anticipated Benefits

The workshop will improve the quality of geotechnical testing in the profession.


Modal Orientation

(Example) Geotechnical design and evaluation



Project Start Date:

July 11, 2007

Project End Date:

January 31, 2008


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Technology Transfer Activities

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