The article “CPTu-based enhanced UniCone method for pile capacity” by Fawad Niazi, assistant professor of civil engineering, was published in the September 30, 2016, issue of Engineering Geology.
From the abstract:
The UniCone direct piezocone method by Eslami and Fellenius (1997) for evaluating the axial capacity of pile foundations is reviewed and improved means of evaluating the soil resistance factors are recommended. This method uses all three piezocone penetration test (CPTu) readings in a soil behavioral type (SBT) classification chart and provides estimations of axial pile capacity for a wide variety of pile types installed in different assortments of geomaterials. In this paper, the earlier method is improved using a dataset of 153 pile load tests and CPTu soundings from 52 worldwide sites. An alternative soil classification system using the CPT material index Ic is used to provide improved correlations of higher reliability via continuous functions for estimating the side and base capacity components of driven and jacked piles, and drilled shafts. An analysis is also included to test the performance of the newly proposed design formulations. Finally, a simplified flowchart is presented for convenient application of the enhanced expressions.
A team of undergraduate engineering students won first place among 17 universities in the Environmental Engineering competition of the ASCE Great Lakes Student Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology on April 15 – 16, 2016.
The team included Sankey Everson (captain; senior, civil engineering), Andrew Magsam (senior, civil engineering), Adam Dreihaus (junior, mechanical engineering), and Abby Laudenschlager (junior, civil engineering) from the IPFW Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The faculty advisor was Dong Chen, associate professor of civil engineering.
The competition involved designing wastewater treatment processes and to troubleshoot problems.
Suleiman A. Ashur, professor of civil engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 Students’ Choice Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given annually to someone who has helped engage, impact, and inspire students, and whose dedication to students is evident inside and outside the classroom. “This year, Ashur played a critical role in supporting the new freshmen engineering curriculum and taught several sections of the course. He is extensively involved in academic counseling both formal and informal. This includes being an academic advisor for 40–60 students, advising students in his classes, and regularly meeting with prospective students. Professor Ashur has an open door policy for students to help students with their needs.”