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What is Geotechnical Engineering?

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, embankments, tunnels, levees, wharves, landfills and other systems that are made of or are supported by soil or rock. The geotechnical research ranges in nature from analytical and numerical study of geotechnical problems to constitutive modeling, experimental modeling and design. Geotechnology plays a key role in all civil engineering projects built on or in the ground, and it is vital for the assessment of natural hazards such as earthquakes, liquefaction, sinkholes, rock falls and landslides.

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