Geotechnical Engineering-II

By Prof. Devendra Narain Singh   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 1096
Geotechnical Engineering-II, a follow up course of GE-I and broadly designed to help students getting a better picture of practice of geotechnical Engineering to solve the real-life problem. Also this course is highly recommended for practicing consultants and engineers.


PREREQUISITES: Geotechnical Engineering-I.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All companies and organization that deal with the Civil infrastructure development and research.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction; Shear Strength of soils
Week 2: Direct Shear Box Test; Interpretation of Direct Shear Test Results; Kf line
Week 3: Selection of Parameter (SS); Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils
Week 4: Triaxial Test; Interpretation of Triaxial test Results
Week 5: Interpretation of Triaxial test Results(contd.); Pore Pressure Parameters
Week 6: Stress Paths; Plastic Equilibrium in Soils; Mechanisms of Development of Plastic Equilibrium in Soils
Week 7: Earth Pressure Analysis (Trial Wedge) Analysis of Completely Submerged Retaining wall
Week 8: Gravity Walls Supporting Cohesive Soil Mass (Backfill); Sloping Backfill; Earth Pressure Analysis
Week 9: Sheet Pile Wall Introduction; Analysis of Sheet Piles
Week 10: Anchored Bulkheads; Cantilever Sheet Piles; Lateral Earth Pressure Braced Sheet Pile Walls
Week 11: slope stability; Slope Instability
Week 12: Analysis of Finite Slopes; Finite Slopes Friction Circle Method; Slip Circle Method

Books and references

  1. Craig’s Soil Mechanics by J. A. Knappett and R. F. Craig
  2. An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering by Robert T. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, and Thomas C. Sheahan
  3. Soil Mechanics by T. William Lambe and Robert V. Whitman
  4. Fundamentals of Soil Behavior by James K. Mitchell and Kenichi Soga
  5. Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics by Gopal Ranjan and A. S. R. Rao
  6. Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice by Karl Terzaghi, Ralph B. Peck and Gholamreza Mesri
  7. A Guide to Soil Mechanics by Malcolm Boltan
  8. Advanced Soil Mechanics by Braja M. Das
  9. Textbook of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering Series by V. N. S. Murthy
  10. Theoretical soil mechanics by Karl Terzaghi
  11. Soil strength and slope stability by J. M. Duncan and S. G. Wright.
  12. Soil Mechanics for Unsaturated soils by D.G. Fredlund and H. Rahartjo.
  13. Principles of Geotechnical Engineering by B. M. Das
  14. Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundation: Basic Geotechnics by D. F. McCarthy.
  15. Introductory Soil Mechanics and foundation by G. B. Sowers and G.F. Sowers.
  16. Soil Mechanics and Foundation by Muni Budhu.
  17. Mohr circle, stress paths and Geotechnics by R. H. Parry

Instructor bio

Prof. Devendra Narain Singh

IIT Bombay
Prof. Devendra Narain Singh is ‘D. L. Shah Chair Professor for Innovation’ in Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He has obtained his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His research majorly focuses on 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, CCUS and other fields associated with Environmental Geotechnics since 1994. He has guided 40 Ph.D.s and 35 Master students and several are in the process. He is also the editor-in-chief for the Journal of 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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