Jonathan Fannin received a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a D. Phil. (Geotechnical Engineering) from the University of Oxford. He worked at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, before joining the University of British Columbia in 1989, and receiving promotion to Full Professor in 2001. Dr. Fannin is the recipient of many national and international research awards, including the 4th International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Award for contributions of laboratory and field research to engineering practice, a CGS Quigley Award for the best paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, a Karl Terzaghi Fellowship from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and more recently, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow award from the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering. His professional service has included Chair of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) Geosynthetics Division, Board Member of the North American Geosynthetics Society, Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal, and he is currently a Panel Member on the editorial board of Geotechnique Letters. He became a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2013.
Micromechanics of internal erosion; triaxial-permeability testing; shear wave velocity for the detection of fines loss in soils; internal erosion in earth dams; grain shape and the strength of sands; geosynthetics; debris flow travel distance on steep mountainous terrain; slope stability in engineering practice.
Soil Mechanics I
Soil classification, principle of effective stress, analysis of seepage, filter criteria, introduction to shear strength and slope stability analysis.
Earth DamsPurpose and types of embankment dams; origin and composition of glacial till; construction sequence; compaction; steady-state seepage; internal erosion; filter design; stability analysis; case studies.
Material properties; standard tests data; soil-geosynthetic interaction; design of reinforced soil structures (walls, slopes, embankments); design of filtration and drainage works; design of geomembrane-lined waste containment facilities; regulatory requirements; case history applications.