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New CEE course offers hands-on testing

A new course offered this fall will give students the opportunity to conduct field and laboratory geotechnical testing.| Short Read
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The course, CEE 541, is taught by Emeritus Professor Richard Woods. A donation from Conetec made the course possible.

The class schedule includes in-situ van shear testing at the Ann Arbor Sludge Lagoon, standard penetration testing at the North Campus Field Site and many more hands-on opportunities.

“Students will not just see demonstrations, they will have to do the tests themselves,” Woods says.

“This is so exciting. I am just happy to be part of this course. I am here to learn and hopefully contribute” says Professor Dimitrios Zekkos, who will be leading the session on Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) and some of the laboratory testing.

Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos will be helping out with the Cyclic Simple Shear Testing.

“We have been using our new 12” diameter cyclic simple shear device extensively this summer,”  Athanasopoulos-Zekkos  says. “This is an opportunity to use it for teaching purposes too. How often do geotechs see a large simple shear in action?”

To read more about this course, click here.

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