Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
ESCI 340
Spring, 2007

Geotechnical Project: How will work be evaluated?                                       Sanders

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Portion of the Project
How It Will Be Evaluated
Step 1.  Description of the topography and geology of the study site.  * Does the work accurately and completely describe the topography at the site and in the general area?
* Does the work accurately and completely describe the sediment at the site and in the general area?
* Does the work accurately and completely describe the bedrock at the site and in the general area?
Step 2.  Fence diagrams and map showing fence diagram lines.
* Are two fence diagrams included in the work?
* Are ground surface, geologic conditions, and water levels (during drilling and at completion of the boring, if appropriate) shown? 
* Are locations of the borings shown (using a single line to show each boring location, the appropriate length so that it represents the depth of the boring)?
* Is the line of cross section (for example, A-A', B-B') drawn on the map and labeled on the cross section?
* Are horizontal and vertical scales (including units) given?
* Does each cross section have a title?
Step 3. 
* Does the work include "Soil Boring Data and Analysis"? 
* Are the boring logs included as an Appendix?
* Does the paper clearly explain how the boring logs were analyzed?
* Does the paper include  "Soil and Rock Conditions" in the Discussion and Recommendations section?
* Does the Soil and Rock Conditions section clearly and accurately describe the conditions and materials that will be encountered during the construction phase?
* Does this section include depths, thicknesses, and descriptions of the layers of subsurface geologic material?
* Does the paper include a section called "Ground Water"? 
* Does the Ground Water section clearly describe the subsurface water conditions that will be encountered during the construction phase?
* If water will be encountered, is it clear at what depths, and whether it will be present year-round or not?
Step 4.
* Are all the following sections included, in this order?
     Cover page
     Introduction
          Scope of work
          General Geology
     Soil Boring Data Analysis and Results
     Discussion and Recommendations
          Soil and Rock Conditions
          Ground Water
          Recommendations
     References Cited
     Figures
     Tables
     Appendices

All Portions of the Project * Are all sources cited?  Are they cited correctly?
* Is the work typed/printed?
* Is it in the proper format?  (double spaced, correct margins, section headings)
* Is each section of an appropriate length? 
* Are errors in grammar and usage minimal?
* Is the work free of typographical and spelling errors?
* Is the writing clear and understandable?
* Is the work written in a scientific/technical style?

© 2007 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated April 26, 2007.