Acknowledgments

Author’s Note

Dr. Sahadat Hossain is a Professor of Civil Engineering Department and Director of Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Hossain has more than 25 (twenty-five) years of professional and research experience in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. Dr. Hossain’s research experience includes slope stability analysis, innovative slope stabilization techniques, assessment of geo-hazard potential, and recycled aggregate materials for base and sub-base applications, pavement crack mitigation, and sustainable waste management. One of his most recent successfully implemented projects is slope stabilization with Recycled Plastic Pins (RPP), which is a major signature project in Texas. He also worked on more than 150 (One Hundred and Fifty) geotechnical design and construction projects in Bangladesh, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and USA as a Civil/Geotechnical engineer. His working experiences include foundation analysis and design for building and bridge, excavation support system and retaining structures, cut and cover tunneling, slope stability analysis, design and construction of drilled shaft, contiguous bored pile wall, secant pile wall and diaphragm wall. Dr. Hossain has coauthored two books titled “Sustainable Slope Stabilization using Recycled Plastic Pins” and “Site Investigations by Resistivity Imaging” published by CRC press. Dr. Hossain received his bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India in 1994 and master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand in 1997. He received his PhD degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU) at Raleigh, USA in 2002.

Mr. Md Azijul Islam is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington. He completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He worked as a lecturer and later as an assistant professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, BUET from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Azijul has more than 5 (five) years of professional, teaching and research experience in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. His research interests include ground improvement, foundation engineering, pavement materials, slope stability analysis and landslide prevention, and disaster management. Mr. Azijul has published in journals and conference proceedings. He has been serving as a reviewer in reputed international journals.  He was awarded “Outstanding Civil Engineering Ph.D. Student” in recognition of academic excellence in Civil Engineering in 2018-19 and 2019-20 session. He wants to pursue his career in research and teaching profession.

Faria Fahim Badhon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. Faria has completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Civil & Geotechnical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2015 and 2018, respectively. She has more than 5 (five) years of professional experience in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. She has extensive research experience on bioengineering of slope stabilization techniques during her M.Sc. thesis. Ms. Faria worked as a lecturer in Presidency University from 2015 to 2016. She worked as an assistant engineer in Bangladesh Water Development Board from 2016 till joining to UTA. As a Ph.D. student, Ms. Faria is now working on improving the bearing capacity of weak foundation soil using recycled plastic pins. She was awarded “Outstanding Civil Engineering Ph.D. Student” in recognition of academic excellence in Civil Engineering in 2019-20 session.

Tanvir Imtiaz is a Ph.D. candidate at  the University of Texas at Arlington. Tanvir received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2017. He has been working as teaching and research assistant in the Civil Engineering Department of The University of Texas at Arlington since 2018. His research interest is in recycled pavement materials, microstructure analysis of recycled materials and reusing recycled plastic in pavement construction. Mr. Tanvir has published in different international journals and conferences. He was awarded “Outstanding Civil Engineering Ph.D. Student” in recognition of academic excellence in Civil Engineering in 2018-19 session. He also received 1st price in National Outreach and Engagement Photo Contest Organized by Geo-Institute of ASCE.

The Department of Civil Engineering is fully committed to accommodate all students with online instructions with different modalities during COVID 19 and beyond. This Laboratory Manual is the state-of-the-art online instructional manual for “Properties and Behavior of Soil” published by MAV Open Press.

Ali Abolmaali; Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Texas at Arlington

Lead Author/Editor/Project Manager

MD Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E. – Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Md Azijul Islam – Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Faria Fahim Badhon – Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Tanvir Imtiaz – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Contributing Authors

Niloy Gupta – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Alinda Gupta – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Muhasina Manjur Dola – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

Editors

Ginny Bowers – former administrative assistant for UTA Department of Civil Engineering (retired)

Additional Thanks to…

Michelle Reed, Jasmine Bridges, and Kartik Mann and of UTA Libraries for assisting in the publication of this resource.

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