Geotechnical & Construction Materials


Geotechnical engineers investigate, test, and analyze the properties of soil and rock for projects ranging from dams and building foundations to landfills and the ground below roads. Geotechnical engineering is required in all aspects of civil engineering because most projects are supported by the ground.

Geotechnical and Construction Materials are two wide and varying fields of study. Some areas that they cover include, but are not limited to, are:

  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Ground Improvement
  • Geologic Hazard Mapping
  • Liquefaction
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Soil Improvement
  • Material proprieties
  • Materials maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • Asphalt, Concrete, and composite mechanical testing

Construction Materials

Construction Materials Engineering does a wide variety of things. Some things they do is analyze aggregate properties, i.e. determine what different materials can support various objects. Construction Material Engineers also manipulate and change existing materials to meet different needs. An example of this is concrete; concrete is used to build building but it is also used at the end of airplane runways. If an airplane is going to go longer than what it should the concrete will buckle under the weight of the airplane. Other things construction materials engineers look at is Buckling Restrained Braces (BRBs) that prevent buildings from excessive deformations that could happen in an earthquake.

For a powerpoint slide presentation that is given during CvEEN 3510, Materials Engineering, click here.