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An Introduction to Identification and Classification of Soil and Rock

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59.90 USD
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Course description

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In An Introduction to Identification and Classification of Soil and Rock, you'll learn ...

  • Pertinent engineering characteristics for different types of soils
  • Definitions of soil components and fractions
  • Methods to identify soils visually and through field testing of samples
  • How to classify soils and rock


Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 24 pages

This course will introduce you to the principles and practices of identification and classification of soil and rock. Identification and classification are the essential first steps in soil mechanics and engineering, and engineering of foundations for structures such as buildings, dams and bridges. Without an understanding of the soil and rock materials you must work with on a specific project, analysis and engineering design cannot proceed. This course will give you an introduction to soils and rock that will allow you to move forward in your knowledge and understanding through use of design manuals and more advanced treatises.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The importance of the geologic origin and mode of occurrence of soils
  • Residual and organic sedimentary soils
  • The different types of aeolian soils and their properties
  • The properties of glacial soil deposits
  • How to identify marine, colluvial and pyroclastic soils
  • The definitions and terminology associated with soil fractions and components
  • The Unified Soil Classification System and how to use it with visual and laboratory classification methods
  • The Standard Penetration Test and Atterberg Plasticity Limits
  • The properties of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock
  • The principles and terminology of rock weathering and discontinuities


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