Soils Testing Lab

Soils Testing Lab

The Soils Testing Laboratory includes equipment to perform an array of:

  • index tests
  • compaction tests
  • relative density tests
  • direct shear tests
  • falling and constant head tests
  • rigid wall hydraulic conductivity tests
  • flexible wall hydraulic conductivity tests
  • unconfined compression tests
  • triaxial tests
  • consolidation tests

Major experiments conducted in CEE 3901 include:

  • Index properties of soil
  • Grain size distribution (sieve and hydrometer analysis)
  • Atterberg limits
  • Water content
  • Identification of soils
  • Compaction
  • Unconfined compression
  • Direct shear
  • Hydraulic conductivity (both falling head and constant head)

Laboratory Highlights

Research is conducted in this laboratory as well as the following courses:

  • CEE 3901
    Soil Mechanics Lab
    co-requisite to CEE 3801
  • CEE 4801
    Foundation Design

The CEE 3901 sections use the facility and perform laboratory experiments weekly.

CEE 4801 uses the laboratory occasionally in the fall semester for demonstrations and/or student projects.


Dr. Andrea Welker, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering