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Znidarcic, Dobroslav

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Dr. Znidarcic specializes in geotechnical engineering with an emphasis on flow processes in soils, including seepage, consolidation, unsaturated soils and multiphase flow problems. He has over 40 years of professional experience as a researcher, an educator and a consultant. He has been developing novel testing techniques for determining consolidation properties for soft soils that are today routinely used in engineering practice throughout the world, especially in the mining industry and dredging operations. He is also developing comprehensive numerical models for predicting field behavior of soft mine tailings and dredged spoils after deposition and throughout the drying process. His other research and teaching interests include embankment dam and levee design and stability evaluations, unsaturated soil behavior and use of centrifuge modeling in research and education.


  • consolidation of soft soils, mine and dredging spoils disposal, unsaturated soil mechanics


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courses taught

  • CVEN 3708 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Covers basic engineering characteristics of geological materials; soil and rock classifications; site investigation; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties of geologic materials; the effective stress principle; soil and rock improvement; seepage analysis; stress distribution; and consolidation and settlement analyses. Selected experimental and computational laboratories.
  • CVEN 5628 - Seepage and Slopes
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Covers fundamental principles of seepage in soils under both saturated and unsaturated conditions and limit equilibrium solution to slope stability problems. The seepage effects on slope stability are analyzed in detail and both conventional slope stability method and the finite element technique are applied to solving the engineering problems. Recommended prerequisites: CVEN 3708 and CVEN 3718.


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