Environmental Geotechnics

By Prof. Devendra Narain Singh   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 1605
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 geotechnical problems. • Understand the relevance of various legal aspects involved in addressing environmental consequences associated with geotechnical issues

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Civil engineering, Geo- technical engineering, Environmental engineering, Geo-environmental engineering
PREREQUISITES  : Sufficient exposure to Soil Mechanics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Several that deal with: power generation, manufacturing, mining, mineral processing, chemicals & pharmaceuticals,                   agriculture, aquaculture, oil and petroleum,dredging, ports, land-filling, construction, infrastructure
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1 : Basic introduction, Scope and Genesis
Week 2 : Contemporary Civil Engineering, Recent Trends
Week 3 :  Contaminant transport and Fate of contaminants, Soil- Water- Environment Interaction
Week 4 : What is waste?, Type of wastes
Week 5 : Applications of Industrial By-products, Geomaterial characterization
Week 6 : Geomaterial characterization
Week 7 :  Geomaterial characterization
Week 8 : Contaminant transport through porous media
Week 9 :   Sorption & Desorption characteristics of geomaterials
Week 10 : Thermal characterization of geomaterials
Week 11 : Electrical characterization of geomaterials
Week 12 : Swelling and shrinkage characteristics of soils

Books and references

1. Introduction to Environmental Geotechnology by Hsai-Yang Fang • CDEEP 
2. IITB video lectures on course CE 488 and CE 641 by Prof. D. N. Singh

Instructor bio

Prof. Devendra Narain Singh
is an Institute Chair Professor in Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He obtained his bachelors, masters and Ph. D degrees from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His research focuses are geomaterial characterization, contaminant- geomaterial interaction, sensors for soil moisture measurement, utilization of industrial by-products, synthesis and characterization of gas hydrates for renewable energy, municipal solid waste management and other fields associated with environmental geotechnics since 1994. He is a fellow of INAE, ASCE and ICE (UK).

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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