Module Overview

This module presents an introduction to the fundamental concepts of heavy civil engineering, ranging from classification of rock and soil material, to aggregate production and soil material weight-volume relationships. Finally, factors influencing the soil compaction and the different equipment that can be used for compaction are introduced in this module.

Learning Outcomes

  • Classify different categories of rocks and their origin, including igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, thermal metamorphic rocks and stress metamorphic rocks 
  • Identify aggregate sources, types, and properties
  • Explain and apply the concepts of unit weight, swelling, compaction, and volume capacity as they related to heavy civil engineering projects 
  • Explain the factors influencing the method and level of soil compaction
  • Discuss different compaction equipment and their effectiveness in different soil types 

Explore Module

Please note that this video preview is intended for exploration purposes only. If you'd like to use this interactive module in one of your courses,to ensure playback and tracking, you must upload the SCORM package (downloadable below) to your institution's Learning Management System (ex. Blackboard, D2L, Moodle, etc). 

Type: Illustrations
Title Author Description Copyright
Rock Material Comparison Chart | Download File (5.72 MB)
Particles and Grain Size | Download File (3.57 MB)
Aggregate Strength | Download File (454.03 KB)
Compaction | Download File (535.83 KB)
Compaction Curve | Download File (315.79 KB)
Compaction Equipment | Download File (4.2 MB)
Compaction Tests | Download File (526.65 KB)
Gradation Curve | Download File (653.61 KB)
Nuclear Densometer | Download File (305.22 KB)
Soil Weight Volume Relationships | Download File (309.35 KB)
Volumetric Measure - Bank Volume | Download File (811.59 KB)
Volumetric Measure - Compacted Volume | Download File (805.03 KB)
Type: Modules
Title Author Description Copyright
Principles of Soil Mechanics and Aggregate Production (SCORM package)

This SCORM package can be downloaded, and uploaded into your institution's Learning Management System.

Principles of Soil Mechanics and Aggregate Production (Storyline file)
This Storyline File can be downloaded and modified to your specific learning objectives (within the bounds of the creative commons licensing selected for this file. This is encouraged, but any technical issues are not supported by the University of Toronto.
Type: Video Links
Title Author Description Copyright
Crushing Rocks | Link
Crushed Rocks and Screening | Link