CE En 544 - Seepage & Slope Stability Analysis

Winter Semester 2018

Brigham Young University - Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Norm Jones

242L Clyde Bldg


801-422-7569 (office)

Lectures: 234 CB, 9:30 - 10:45 am T-Th

Course Objectives

As the name implies, we will cover two main topics: seepage and slope stability. The two topics are related since seepage and slope stability analyses are often done in tandem.

Seepage analysis can take many forms, but the type of analysis we will be doing in this class is the analysis of seepage through vertical profiles, i.e., vertical cross-sections through dams, levees, embankments, etc. We will look at analytical solutions, graphical solutions (flow nets), and numerical solutions (both finite difference and finite element analysis). We will also look at the uses wells for construction dewatering.

Slope stability analysis is the process of analyzing slopes and embankments to determine the factor of safety against slope failure. It is routinely performed on dams, levees, excavations (cuts for highways, etc.), mine tailings, and embankments. Most stability analyses are performed with the aid of a specialized computer program, but we will look at simple cases that can be solved with charts, equations, or spreadsheets.

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Teaching Assistant

Travis McStraw
Office: 375 CB
E-mail: travis.mcstraw@yahoo.com

Travis will be available to help with homework every Tuesday/Thursday from 8:30-9:30am in room 234 (one hour prior to class)


Required: Soil Strength and Slope Stability, 2nd Edition, Duncan, Wright, and Brandon

We will use text primarily during the second part of the semester.

Optional: Construction Dewatering and Groundwater Control, Powers, Et al.

Good reference on dewatering issues

Optional: Seepage, Drainage, and Flow Nets, Cedergren.

Good, but dated. Last edition published in 1997.

Page last edited: 01/29/2018