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Overview

A consideration of technical and scientific aspects of key geo-societal issues. Case studies and analysis of current and historic databases will be used to illustrate topics including, but not limited to, impact of climate change, energy resources, water and soil pollution, and health risks posed by heavy metals and emerging pollutants.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student would:
• Have an exposure to interdisciplinary issues pertaining to environment and geotechnical engineering.
• Be trained to develop sustainable and environmentally sound solutions for geoenvironmental issues.
Understand the relevance of various legal aspects involved in addressing environmental consequences associated with geotechnical issues

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Civil engineering, Geotechnical engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering
PREREQUISITES : Basics in Geotechnical Engineering
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :
• Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
• Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Navi Mumbai
• Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai
• Hindustan Lever Limited, Mumbai
• Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi
• Hindalco Industries Pvt. Ltd.
• Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi
• Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
• Municipal Corporations
• Landfill operators
• Mining Industries

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT Week 1 : Introduction, Nature of Soil
Week 2 : Natural and Manmade Environments
Week 3 : Physico-chemical Characterization of Soil
Week 4 : Mineralogical Characterization of Soil
Week 5 : Soil-water-air Interaction
Week 6 : Shrinkage and Swelling
Week 7 : Cracking Characteristics of Soil
Week 8 : Hydraulic Conductivity
Week 9 : Mass Transport Phenomena
Week 10 : Thermal and Electrical Properties of Soils
Week 11 : Thermal and Electrical Properties of Soils
Week 12 : Applications