Environmental Geomechanics

By Prof. D. N. Singh   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 437
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

Civil engineering, Geotechnical engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering
PREREQUISITES : Basics in Geotechnical Engineering
• 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
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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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

Books and references

1. Introduction to Environmental Geotechnology by Hsai – Yang Fang
2. CDEEP, IITB video lectures on course CE 488 and CE 641 by Prof. D. N. Singh
3. Acar, Y.B. and Daniel, D.E., “Geoenvironmental 2000: Characterization, Containment, Remediation & Performance in Environmental Geotechnics, ASCE, NY.
4. Hari, D.S. and Krishna R.R., “Geoenvironmental Engineering: Site Remediation, Waste Containment, and Emerging Waste Management Technologies, Wiley. USA
5. Oweis, I.S. and Khera, R.P., “Geotechnology of Waste Management” 2nd Ed, PSW Publishing Company, USA.
6. Rees, J.F., “Contaminated Land Treatment Technologies”, SCI, Elsevier Applied Science, NY, USA

Instructor bio

Prof. D. N. Singh

IIT Bombay
Prof. Devendra Narain Singh is an D.L. Shah Chair Professor for Innovation 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, modelling of heat migration through soils, utilization of industrial by-products, municipal solid waste management and other fields associated with Environmental Geotechnics since 1994. He guided 40 Ph. Ds and 35 Master students and several are on-going. He is the editor-in-chief for the journal Environmental Geotechnics, 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: 30 October 2022 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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