Geotechnical Engineering


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"Geotechnical Engineering" is a PowerPoint designed for primary and secondary students. This presentation provides an overview of the field of geotechnical engineering; it provides definitions, understanding of field components and elaborates on careers associated within geotechnical areas. This lesson can be paired with a "Pudding Road" activity.

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    1. 1. Geotechnical Engineering
    2. 2. What is Geotechnical Engineering? • Geo – • Technical – • What do they do? – Go out to construction sites to test soil – Bring soil back to the lab to test means earth having special knowledge
    3. 3. Questions geotechnical engineers answer… • How tall can we make a building on this ground? • Can we build a road here? • If we cut through this mountain, will the slopes collapse down onto the road?
    4. 4. When do we need Geotechnical Engineers? • Whenever there is construction! – Roads – Bridges – Buildings – Excavations
    5. 5. Geotechnical Engineering Gone Wrong
    6. 6. Geotechnical Engineering Gone Right
    7. 7. Careers in Geotechnical Areas • Salary: $50,000 - $57,000 • Education: Bachelor’s • Experience: 0-2 years Geotechnical Engineer • Salary: $51,000 - $61,000 • Education: Bachelor’s • Experience: 0-2 years Civil Engineer • Salary: $35,000 - $44,000 • Education: Bachelor’s • Experience: 0-2 years GIS Analyst • Salary: $33,000 - $48,000 • Education: High School Diploma/G.E.D. • Experience: 0-2 years Land Surveyor • Salary: $27,000 - $39,000 • Education: High School Diploma/ G.E.D. • Experience: 0-2 years Construction Representative Assistant
    8. 8. Geotechnical Engineer • Prepares and inspects projects involving drilling and exploration • Responsible for geological mapping, report writing, site characterization, numerical modeling and analysis of excavations/supports
    9. 9. Civil Engineer • Designs and supervises construction projects such as airports, bridges, channels, dams, railroads and roads • Responsibilities also include estimating costs and personnel and material needs, preparing proposals and establishing completion dates
    10. 10. GIS Analyst • Utilizes Geographic Information System techniques to provide a better understanding of certain variables in a given geographic location • Extracts data from GIS software and uses varying analysis methods to arrive at results. Recommends appropriate reactionary strategies in response to GIS analysis • Provides maps and data sets to clients to supplement analysis. Knowledgeable of GIS software and technology • Works in conjunction with CADD drafters and technicians
    11. 11. Land Surveyor • Surveys and investigates land surfaces to project precise measurement and location of lines, angles, points, areas and elevations • Performs project research, boundary calculations, and records accuracy of survey data, notes and sketches
    12. 12. Construction Representative Assistant • Observes and inspects construction to ensure adherence to specifications and contract documents • Requires technical knowledge and experience in given field of inspection work • May be responsible for overseeing several disciplines