Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory (SERL)
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory (GAGEL)



The Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory (GGEL) is a unique facility that serves both research and teaching functions. The laboratory is used by undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students to determine engineering properties of soils and rocks for the design of geotechnical structures, including building foundations, dams, and tunnels. The laboratory has complete capabilities for both field and laboratory investigations to determine strength and hydraulic properties of geomaterials and to investigate foundation systems during landslides, earthquakes, and flooding. Specialized equipment enable sample preparation, permeability testing, soil dynamic testing, and soil static testing. Computer equipment is also available for data collection and data interpretation.

Specializing in geoenvironmental studies, the laboratory has developed special experience in investigating ways to use waste and recycled materials in civil engineering. The laboratory is also engaged in developing innovative soil and groundwater remediation methods, and designing effective solid and hazardous waste landfills. The laboratory has special experience in determining soil properties for environmental measurements that determine the source and fate of pollutants at hazardous waste sites.

The Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory houses such equipment as:

  • direct shear testing apparatus
  • cyclic simple shear testing apparatus
  • consolidation testing apparatus
  • triaxial shear testing apparatus
  • triaxial hydraulic conductivity testing apparatus
  • large-scale constant head permeameter
  • gas chromotography
  • atomic absorption spectrophotometer

In addition, we extensively use our university Research Resources Center which houses the following equipment:

  • GC/MS
  • IC/MS
  • AA
  • X-ray Diffractometer
  • JEOL 1220 TEM
  • ABI 151A HPLC
  • Novex analytical electrophoresis system