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An Introduction to Seepage and Drainage

J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI

This course covers surface erosion, and analysis of flow quantity and groundwater pressures associated with underseepage. Requirements are given for methods of drainage and pressure relief. Control of soil erosion must be considered in all new construction projects. Seepage pressures are of primary importance in stability analysis and in foundation design and construction. Frequently, drawdown of groundwater is necessary for construction. In other situations, pressure relief must be incorporated in temporary and permanent structures. For erosion analysis, the surface water flow characteristics, soil type, and slope are needed. For analysis of major seepage problems, determine permeability and piezometric levels by field observations.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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