Dr. Howie has been a member of the Department since August, 1997. Before joining UBC, he worked as a Geotechnical Engineer in consulting practice from 1978 to 1983 and 1988 to 1997 and pursued Ph.D. research during 1983 to 1987. He has Civil Engineering degrees from UBC (Ph.D., 1991), Queen's University at Kingston (M.Sc., 1978), and the University of Glasgow (B.Sc., 1976). His consulting experience was obtained while based in Scotland, Alberta, Hong Kong, and British Columbia. Dr. Howie's research interests are in the field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, and foundation engineering.
Field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, foundation engineering.
Soil Mechanics II
Consolidation and shear strength of soils, with application to settlement and stability analysis of embankments, retaining walls, shallow footing and pile foundations.
Foundation Engineering I
An introduction to the process of foundation engineering. Empirical and analytical approaches used in current professional practice. Topics include site investigation, preloading, liquefaction assessment, ground improvement, design of shallow and deep foundations, and retaining structures. The importance of geology and technical communication are emphasized.
Foundation Engineering II
Aspects of Geotechnical Engineering. Design considerations illustrated by case histories pertinent to BC. Topics include: site investigation, terrain analyses, in situ testing, groundwater problems, deep foundations, tie back walls and bracing, tailings impoundments, Northern construction, ground ice, dikes and dams engineering. Many case histories presented in part by prominent consulting engineers in BC.
Engineering Design and Analysis II
Integration and application of previously acquired knowledge and skills to find design solutions. Extends the conceptual design of CIVL 445 into detailed design projects.
Experimental Soil Mechanics
Field and laboratory experimental studies of advanced aspects of soil behaviour; compressibility; shear strength; pore water pressure; dynamic tests; advanced instrumentation and measurement techniques; research reports required.
Soil Exploration for Engineering Design
Advanced methods of subsurface investigation; determination of stratigraphy and engineering properties by in-situ testing. Emphasis on field work and interpretation of results.
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