M.Tech. (Geotechnical Engineering)

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering is a core specialization of civil engineering and will be the backbone for any infrastructure development of any Country concerned with the design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining walls, embankments, tunnels, levees, wharves, landfills and similar facilities; and with the engineering characterization and behaviour of the ground and its constituent materials. Geotechnical Engineering plays a key role in all civil engineering projects built on or in the ground. Geotechnical Engineering is vital for the assessment of natural hazards such as earthquakes, liquefaction, sinkholes, rock falls and landslides.  Geotechnical engineering is also related to coastal and ocean/offshore engineering. Coastal engineering can involve the design and construction of wharves, marinas, and jetties. Ocean engineering can involve foundation and anchor systems for offshore structures such as oil platforms and offshore windfarms. The aim of this course is to fulfill this need. Practicing engineers will find the course very useful and interesting. It will enable them to update their knowledge in the field of geotechnical practices. The curriculum so has been designed as to give exposure to the students on areas of Geomechanics, Foundation Analysis and Design, Applied Soil Mechanics, Dynamics of Soils and Foundations, Earth Retaining Structures, Ground Improvement Techniques, Machine Foundations, Geosynthetics Engineering and Forensic Geotechnical Engineering. The course also includes the use of general purpose application oriented computer software in the field of Geotechnical Engineering using finite element analysis and optimization techniques. The students have ample scope for placement in construction industries and educational and research institutions.