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Michael D. Harney
CEE 524
Seattle Campus

Lateral Earth Pressures and Retaining Structures

Lateral earth pressure theory. Design of temporary and permanent retaining structures including in situ reinforcement. Prerequisite: CEE 523; CEE 527.

Class description

Students can expect to learn a variety of topics on lateral earth pressures and earth retaining structures/systems. These include codes and laws regarding design and construction of earth retaining systems, detailed lateral earth pressure theory, detailed design methodology of commonly used earth retaining structures, general design methodology of infrequently used earth retaining structures, and in class discussions of cases studies and homework assignments.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

General method of instruction is lecturing but includes in class discussion of case studies and homework assignments.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisites for the course should include CEE 522 and CEE 527, but the class can be taken with permission of the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

The first few weeks of homework assignments cover the theoretical aspects of lateral earth pressures. The remaining assignments are design problems of earth retaining systems of actual projects mostly in and around Seattle.

Grades are assigned based on performance on homework assignments, in class discussion and a final exam or project (TBD).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael D. Harney
Date: 03/30/2005