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Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of engineering dealing with the analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures and other systems that are made of or are supported by soil or rock. The research ranges in nature from analytical and numerical analysis of geotechnical problems to constitutive modeling, experimental modeling and design-oriented research. Historically, the Geotechnical Faculty have continuously maintained a balance between theoretical, experimental and design-oriented research, and this tradition remains true today.

The Geotechnical Engineering area in Civil Engineering is relatively unstructured and provides freedom for students and their graduate committees to develop a plan of study that will meet individual goals. A broad range of courses are available in the areas of geotechnical engineering as well as other areas of civil engineering. Additionally, it is possible for students to take courses in geology, mathematics, chemistry, agronomy and other engineering disciplines. The Geotechnical Facilities provide means for undergraduate and graduate students to examine the nature and validity of strength and compressibility theories and their application to stability and settlement analysis. The Purdue Geotechnical Society enhances the strong bond and working relationship among alumni, faculty, students, and staff of the Geotechnical Engineering group at Purdue University for the benefit of all.


Spotlights

November 8, 2012

Bobet to help guide $5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion

Prof. Antonio Bobet, professor of civil engineering and associate director of the Global Engineering Program, has been chosen to serve on the Geotechnical Advisory Board (GAB) for the Panama Canal. The canal is undergoing a $5.5 billion expansion to double its capacity by 2014. The project will create a new lane of traffic along the canal by constructing a new set of locks.
October 17, 2012

Panama Canal Trip

The Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization (GI-GSO) at Purdue University had an extraordinary field trip to the Panama Canal. The group included nine geotechnical graduate students, members of GI-GSO, and faculty advisors Prof. Bobet and Prof. Drnevich.
April 24, 2012

Prof. Bobet receives National Award from Panama

Dr. Antonio Bobet has received the "National Award for Significant Contributions in Science and Technology - SENACYT Panama" for his contributions to research. The award was presented during the International Congress Panama Canal 2012.
September 20, 2010

Prof. Bobet wins Ralph Peck Award

Congratulations to Prof. Antonio Bobet, selected by the ASCE GeoInstitute Board of Governors to receive the 2011 Ralph Peck Award for his outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession.
April 22, 2010

Making waves in geotechnical engineering: 8th Leonards lecture by Dr. Richard D. Woods and Purdue Geotechnical Workshop honoring professor Vincent P. Drnevich

Highlights from the 8th edition of the Purdue Geotechnical Workshop and 8th Leonards Lecture that took place on Saturday May 1, 2010 on the Purdue campus. This year's PGS workshop is entitled Making Waves in Geotechnical Engineering, and is intended to celebrate the career and accomplishments of Professor Vincent P. Drnevich, who retired in May.
March 31, 2010

Prof. Drnevich named ASCE Distinguished Member

Congratulations to Prof. Vince Drnevich on being named an ASCE Distinguished Member. ASCE only awards this honorary status to 8-10 people per year and is limited to 1 distinguished member per 7500 ASCE members.
March 27, 2009

Bernard Amadei EWB-USA gives 7th Leonards Lecture

On April 24, 2009, the Purdue Geotechnical Society hosted the 7th G.A. Leonards Lecture, in honor of Professor Gerald A. Leonards, a Purdue geotech faculty member from 1946-1991. This year's Leonards lecturer is Prof. Bernard Amadei from the Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, with his lecture entitled "Engineering With a Human Face."
November 8, 2007

Purdue Geotechnical Research leads to new ASTM Standard

Prof. Vincent Drnevich, along with recent master's degree students Adam Prochaska and Aaron Evans, have developed a new method for determination of maximum dry unit weight and water content range for effective compaction of granular soils using a vibrating hammer.
May 14, 2007

Three Geotech Students Receive Outstanding Student Awards

It has been a successful end of the semester for the geotech group at Purdue. Three graduate students, Yiannis Zevgolis, Oliver Colic and Wen-Chao Huang, were honored by the College of Engineering as “outstanding students” for their contributions to their Schools and the College.
March 6, 2007

Strengthening the soil will decrease earthquake damage

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at Purdue University have found that adding small quantities of bentonite to fine sands reduces the risk of liquefaction. This NSF collaborative research project includes Purdue Civil Engineering Professors Antonio Bobet, Vincent P. Drnevich and Marika C. Santagata, Professor Cliff T. Johnston, Agronomy, and Professor Alexander Wei, Chemistry.
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