Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

By Prof. J. N. Mandal   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 2656
This course will show how to conduct the various types of tests used for soil testing. Each experiment of soil testing is presented with brief introduction covering the important details of the experiment, the theory and the purpose for which it is to be performed, followed by the detailed explanation of apparatus required, procedure and specimen calculations. These should enable students to perform the experiment and compute the results of experiments very easily.

Intended Audience Students from Civil Engineering, Earth Science and Engineering Geology

Pre-requisites Basic Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering/ Geotechnical Engineering

Industries Applicable  Larsen & Toubro, Reliance Infrastructure Limited, HCC, TATA Projects, AFCON, RITES Ltd, Gammon India Ltd, Simplex Infrastructure, IVRCL

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 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 Soil Processing and Moisture Content Test, Specific Gravity Test, Field Density Test, Grain Size Analysis
Week 2 Grain Size Analysis, Consistency limits, Laboratory Compaction test, Laboratory Permeability test
Week 3 Laboratory Permeability test, Shear Strength Test
Week 4 Shear Strength Test, Consolidation Test

Books and references

  1. Bowles, J.E. (1979). Physical and Geotechnical Properties of Soils, McGraw Hill Publishers.
  2. BS 1377 (Part 1 to 8). Methods of Test for Soils for Civil Engineering Purposes, British Standard Institute.
  3. Head, K.H. (1982). Manual of Soil Laboratory Testing, Vol. 1,2, 3 Soil classification and compaction tests, Whittles Publishing, Scotland, UK. 
  4. IS 2720 (Various parts). Methods of Test for Soils, Bureau Of Indian Standards. 
  5. Lambe (1951). Soil Testing in Engineering, Wiley & Sons.
  6. Mandal, J.N. and Divshikar, D.G. (1994). Soil Testing in Civil Engineering, Oxford & IBH Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

Instructor bio

Prof. J. N. Mandal

IIT Bombay
Prof. J.N. Mandal is professor of Civil engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Powai, Mumbai, India. The primary area of research interests include geotechnical and geosynthetics engineering, centrifuge, physical and numerical modeling, ground improvement, waste and nano materials, transportation and environmental geotechnics. He founded geosynthetics research and testing laboratory, offered the undergraduate and postgraduate courses on geosynthetics in 1984. Since then the significance growth of world class research and development has focused completely in the fore front of activities in the emerging area of geosynthetics. He is the author/editor of six books and also founded the International Geosynthetics Society chapter for India in 1988. He organized the first Indian Geotextile Conference in 1988 and chairman for International Conference of Geosynthetics and Geoenvironmental Engineering in 2004. He had the privilege of chairing many technical sessions at several national and international conferences in India and abroad. He developed a video film on Geosynthetics Edge in 1986 and focused on turning point program in TV on geosynthetics in 1993. He has previously served as an editorial board/advisory board members of International Journal of Geotextiles and Geomembranes, and International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, respectively and editor of Indian Geotechnical Journal. He was the member of International society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering technical committee TC 9 on Geotextiles and Geosynthetics and International Geosynthetic society Education Committee and Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) of the world city water Forum 2009. Dr. Mandal earned International/national awards for his outstanding contribution on geosynthetics reinforced soil structures. He has supervised many PhD theses and Masters Projects. He has carried out a large number of sponsored and challenging consultancy projects for various industries and agencies. He is also a reviewer for many international/national journals. He has more than 400 research papers to his credit in referred international /national journals/conferences.

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: 25 September 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 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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