Course Title : Environmental Geotechnics

Code 10A055
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Mon 1st
Location C1-192 / Engineering Bldg.No.8 Kyodo No.1 (Yoshida Campus)
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese/English
Instructor Takeshi Katsumi,Toru Inui,

Course Description

Several issues on environmental geotechnics including geoenvironmental contamination and countermeasure, waste containment and reuse are introduced to understand the contribution of geotechnical engineering to global and local environmental issues. Geoenvironmental issues due to the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami are also introduced.


Continuous assessment including attendance, some assignments, and final report

Course Goals

Students should understand the geotechnics to solve the following geoenvironmental issues; soil & groundwater contamination, waste disposal and waste utilization, and extend this knowledge to the development of concepts and technologies for creating and preserving the geo-environment.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 1 Introduction to Environmental Geotechnics, including goals, outline and grading policy of the course
Waste geotechnics 3-4 Functions and structures of waste containment facilities
Geotechnics on the liner system (Geosynthetics, clay liner, Leachate collection layer)
Post-closure utilization of waste landfill
Remediation geotechnics 3-4 Behaviors of contaminants in subsurface
Mechanisms of soil and groundwater contamination
Remediation of soil and groundwater contamination
Case histories
Geo-environmental issues related to construction works, global environmental issues, and natural disasters 2-3 Mechanisms and remediation of geoenvironmental problems and geo-disasters caused by construction works
Geoenvironmental issues caused by the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Reuse of wastes in geotechnical applications 3-4 Engineering properties of recycled materials in geotechnical applications (Incineration ashes, coal ash, surplus soils, dredged soils)
Geoenvironmental impact assessment and control of waste utilization
Case histories
Presentation and discussion 2-3 Student presentation, discussion, and summary on above topics


Not specified.
Several technical papers related to the course will be distributed.


Geoenvironmental Engineering (Kyoritsu Shuppan Publishing, ISBN: 9784320074293)
Handbook of Geoenvironmental Engineering (Asakura Publishing, ISBN: 9784254261523)
Introduction to Environmental Geotechnics (Japanese Geotechnical Society, ISBN: 9784886444196)


Having knowledge on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering at bachelor level is preferable, but not requirement.

Independent Study Outside of Class

Web Sites

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