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SHORT COURSE ON IES Academy

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

OBJECTIVES:
PROGRAMME DETAILS
The purpose of the course is to provide a
comprehensive background to the various aspects of Date: 3 April – 29 May 2008
soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. It is Duration: 8 Sessions (Every Thursday)
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm
aimed at those who are involved in as well as provide Venue: IES Academy
support services to the geotechnical engineering CPD Programme: To be advised
design and construction industry, including Organising Committee: C&S Engineering Technical
Committee
government agencies, clients, consultants, Normal Fees: 3 modules or less:
contractors and insurance sector. $80.00 (IES Members)
$100.00 (Non-Members)
6 modules or less:
$70.00 (IES Members)
COURSE BACKGROUND: $85.00 (Non-Members)
More than 6 modules:
Training and continued education is important for $60.00 (IES Members)
$75.00 (Non-Members)
engineers and professionals working in the
construction industry. This is particularly so because • Fees inclusive of GST, course materials, lunch and light
refreshments
soil mechanics & geotechnical engineering is an • Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants with at
least 75% attendance.
important subject in the civil engineering field. There
course will be conducted in 8 modules covering a
wide range of significant topics, which include:
(a) Basic Soil Mechanics; (b) Deep Foundations; (c) Socketed Piles & Laterally Loaded Piles;
(d) Slope Stability; (e) Earth Pressure & Retaining Walls; (f) Deep Excavations;
(g) Soil Improvements; and (h) Instrumentation & Monitoring.
The course presenters are well experienced and eminent practitioners in the industry.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND


This course is ideal for practicing geotechnical engineers, who are preparing to sit for their PE
(Geo) examination as well as civil engineers who are working in the construction and consultancy
sectors who would like to know more about this field as well as young engineers who are keen to
specialize in this field of their civil engineering career. It is also highly suitable to representatives
from client organisations or government agencies or those from the insurance sector, who have a
need to understand soil mechanics & geotechnical engineering best practices.
Course Contents:

Module 1: Basic Soil Mechanics (by A/Prof Chu Jian)


• Lecture 1 – Physical and hydraulic properties of soil;
• Lecture 2 – Settlement, consolidation theory and consolidation properties of soil;
• Lecture 3 - Shear strength theory, total stress and effective strength parameters of soil,
typical drained and undrained behaviour of soil.

Module 2: Deep Foundations (by Dr I.H. Wong)


• Lecture 1 – Introduction. Types of piles, classifications based on material types and
methods of installation.
• Lecture 2 – Design of single piles. Methods based on laboratory tests and in-situ tests
• Lecture 3 – Design of pile groups. Considerations of negative skin friction.

Module 3: Socketed Piles and Laterally Loaded Piles (by Prof C.F. Leung)
• Lecture 1 – Socketed piles
• Lecture 2 – Laterally loaded piles 1
• Lecture 3 – Laterally loaded piles 2

Module 4: Slope Stability (by Asst. Prof Chew Soon Hoe)


• Lecture 1 – Fundamental on slope stability analysis
• Lecture 2 – Limit Equilibrium Method, Force and moment equilibrium, accuracy of
various methods, and analysis/design of slopes using charts and software
• Lecture 3 – Repair and rectification of failed slopes

Module 5: Earth Pressures and Retaining Walls (by A/Prof Anthony Goh)
• Lecture 1 – Overview of earth pressure theory including Rankine, Coulomb and Log-
spiral methods (45 min)
• Lecture 2 – Design of gravity-type retaining walls (45 min)
• Lecture 3 – Design of embedded walls such as free standing cantilever walls and single
propped or anchored walls using free-earth and fixed earth support methods. Various
factor of safety definitions will also be discussed. (45 min)

Module 6: Deep Excavations (by Dr Indrayogan Yogarajah)


• Lecture 1 - Types of Temporary Earth Retaining Structures.
• Lecture 2 - Planning an Excavation from conception to action.
• Lecture 3 - Supervision of Temporary Earth Retaining Structures

Module 7: Soil Improvements (by Dr Ganeshan)


• Lecture 1 – Various Soil Improvement Technique
• Lecture 2 – Vertical Drain & Pre-loading
• Lecture 3 – Jet-Grouting

Module 8: Instrumentation and Monitoring (by Dr Loh Chang Kaan)


• Lecture 1 - Introduction to Geotechnical Instrumentation (15 min)
• Lecture 2 - Commonly used instruments for deep excavation monitoring (60 min)
• Lecture 3 - Planning and Designing of Instrumentation monitoring (30 min)
About the speakers:
Dr Chu Jian is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New
South Wales, Australia, in 1991. He has more than 20 years’ research and consulting
experiences in geotechnical engineering, in particular in the areas of laboratory and in-situ testing,
engineering properties of soils, soil improvement and land reclamation. He is the Chair of
International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical
Committee TC39: Geotechnical Engineering for Coastal Disaster Mitigation and Rehabilitation and
the Coordinator of Working Group C in TC17: Ground Improvement. He is a co-author of the book
“Soil Improvement – Prefabricated Vertical Drain Techniques” and a co-editor of the book “Ground
Improvement – Case Histories”. He has published over 170 technical papers in international
journals and conferences and has been a keynote or invited speaker at several local and
international conferences. He is also a recipient of the prestigious R.M. Quigley Award from the
Canadian Geotechnical Society for publishing the best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical
Journal in 2003.

Dr. Wong Ing Hieng, is a principal consultant with Mitic Associates since early 1998, Dr. Wong is
a registered professional engineer with over thirty nine years of experience in the field of
geotechnical and civil engineering. This experience extends over a wide range of civil engineering
facilities. He obtained a BSc degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours at Imperial
College, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in geotechnical engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was head of the geotechnical services department at
Ebasco Services Inc in New York and project manager and technical consultant at Dames and
Moore in New Jersey, and also an Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering at Columbia University
and at Polytechnic University, both in New York. Dr Wong also taught at the former University of
Singapore and at Nanyang Technological University.

Dr Wong was a geotechnical consultant on a large number of projects involving deep excavations,
underpinning of old buildings, highways, mass rapid transit, wharves, waterfront structures, high-
rise buildings, refineries, tank farms, power plants, dams, wastewater treatment plants and ocean
outfalls.

A noteworthy project Dr Wong was the geotechnical project manager on is the Raffles City
Complex in Singapore where all the high-rise towers, including the 73-storey building, are founded
on rafts and where the hydrostatic uplift problem at the base of the three-level basement was
solved with the adoption of a permanent under-drain system.

Dr Wong has worked on projects located in the United States, Canada, the Middle East,
Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, India, China, Taiwan, Greece, Panama and the
Caribbean islands.

Dr Wong is a Year 2000 winner of the Thomas A Middlebrooks Award from the American Society
of Civil Engineers.

Professor Leung Chun Fai, from the Department of Civil Engineering at the National University
of Singapore, is a registered professional engineer (geotechnical specialist) in Singapore and a
chartered civil engineer in UK. He has served as a geotechnical consultant for many major
projects in Singapore and overseas. He has delivered many keynote/ invited lectures at
international conferences and serves on the Editorial Board of several journals. Professor Leung is
currently a technical committee member of ISO Jackup Foundation Panel. He was the Chairman
of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Techincal
Committee TC2 on Geotechnical Physical Modelling from 2002 to 2005.
Dr. Chew Soon Hoe received his PhD from University of California at Berkeley. He is currently an
Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore, and
also holds the position of Deputy Director, Center for Protective Technology, NUS. His research
interests include geosynthetics, slope engineering, land reclamation, soil improvement, numerical
modeling in geotechnical engineering and geo-environmental engineering. He has been very
actively promoting the use of geosynthetics in civil engineering construction, and has been
engaged as consultant to government agencies and private consultants and contractors on
geosynthetics and ground improvement related projects in this region. He is also actively
consulted in general area of geotechnical engineering including slope stability, pile foundation and
excavation related problem. He is currently the President of the Southeast Asia Chapter of the
International Geosynthetics Society. He was also the member of the International Advisory Board
of the Sixth and Seventh International Conference on Geosynthetics in Atlanta, USA, 1998 and
Nice 2002 respectively. He has published very widely and was invited to deliver a number of
keynote and special lectures, including in the GeoAsia 2000 conference in KL, Malaysia, and the
7th International Geosynthetics Conference in Nice, France, 2002, GeoAsia 2008 in Shanghai,
PRC, and EuroGeo4, 2008 in Edinburgh, UK. He is also currently a council member of IES.

Dr Anthony Goh is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his B.Eng. (1st class Honours) and
Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia. His teaching, research and professional practice have
covered many aspects of geotechnical engineering including earth retaining structures, pile
foundations, slope stability, reliability analysis and soil liquefaction. He has developed and used
various finite element codes for the analysis of retaining wall systems since 1981.

Dr Indrayogan Yogarajah graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Engineering in 1989 with first
class honors from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and went on to complete his PhD in 1993
from the same University. He then went on to work for specialist construction firms for 8 years
where he lead the technical team for the Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and Philippines Offices. In
2001, he started his own consultancy firm specializing in geotechnical works and now leads one of
the largest geotechnical consultancy firms in Singapore. Dr Indrayogan has also introduced
several innovative developments for use in the construction industry and is on several safety and
construction committees for the industry. He also has a LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of
London and a MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. He is
presently a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has obtained his PE(Geo) from the
Singapore PE Board.

Dr Loh Chang Kaan is a director of Tritech Engineering & Testing (Singapore) Pte Ltd. He has
more than 15 years of experience in the design and construction of geotechnical works including
instrumentation works. Instrumentation projects that he involved include the Central SOHO at
Clarke Quay, City Square at Kitchener Road, HDB Bukit Batok Slope Stabilization, PUB DTSS-
Link Sewers, MRT C853, C853A and C856.

Dr Loh holds a MEng and PhD from the National University of Singapore, major in deep
excavation. He is a specialist professional engineer in geotechnical engineering in Singapore and
a professional engineer in Malaysia. He is one of the BCA Academy's existing approved trainers
in geotechnical related courses and seminars.

CV (to be advised)
Dr Ganeshan
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