Jonathan Fannin is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. He obtained a B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a D. Phil. (Geotechnical Engineering) from the University of Oxford for studies on geosynthetics for soil stabilisation. Thereafter, he joined the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Foundation Engineering Section. He moved to the University of British Columbia, joining the faculty in 1989, and attaining promotion to Full Professor in 2001. Dr. Fannin is the recipient of many national and international 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 most 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, and Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He became a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2013.
Shear wave velocity for the detection of fines loss in soils, internal erosion in earth dams, seepage-induced instability in gap-graded soils, grain shape and the strength of sands, filtration compatibility of woven and nonwoven geotextiles, pullout resistance of geogrids in static and dynamic loading, 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.
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Soil composition and geological factors affecting engineering properties, stress and strain at a point, principle of effective stress, stress-strain relations; theories of primary and secondary consolidation, settlement; shear testing equipment, stress-strain and strength behaviour of soil under static and dynamic loading.
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.