Ground Engineering Challenges Faced in Land Reclamation Projects in Southern Iraq Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on land reclamation in Southern Iraq.
# 151009 | 10,382 words | 76 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on May 18, 2012 in Engineering (Civil and Environment) , Engineering (General)

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This paper deals primarily with land reclamation as it pertains to Southern Iraq, and discusses some of the problems that individuals face when they try to reclaim this land and when they try to build bridges and other structures. The goal is to show that the land reclamation issue is something that can affect people from all areas of the country and the world, not only Southern Iraq. Despite this, however, some countries seem to have more of a problem with this, largely due to the fact that they are built somewhat differently and contain different kinds of soil. The paper also looks at the various data that has been collected, as well as where it came from and how it will be analyzed.

Chapter One: Introduction
Background of Land Reclamation
Statement of the Problem
Aims and Objectives
Importance of the Study
Limitations of the Study
Overview of the Study
Chapter Two: Related Literature and Case Study
Case Study: The Al Rumaitha Reclamation Project
Purpose of the Reclamation Project
Activities for Ground Engineering
Ground Water Condition
Problematic Soil Properties - Gypsum, Sand, and Silt Clay
Dewatering Activities
Soil Transportation and Drainage
Problems with Ground Engineering Activities
Building on Reclaimed Land - What Other Countries are Doing
Chapter Three: Methodology
Research Design and Approach
Collection of Data
Data Analysis Procedures

From the Paper:

"The main objective of this study is to not only show the seriousness of the problem in question, but to come up with ideas that will help to show how this problem can be reduced in size. The best way to do this is to first analyze the problem to determine just how serious it actually is, and then use that seriousness as a wake-up call for those that have been looking the other way and avoiding dealing with the issue. There are many of these individuals, and it is time that this is changed because the reclaiming of land is a serious and difficult issue and has to be done properly so that the land can be put to the use for which it was intended in the reclamation project. Without a serious study of the soil, its makeup and composition, and how it reacts to the reclamation efforts as well as efforts to build on it, there is little that can be determined when it comes to the idea of reclaiming land in Southern Iraq.
"All studies must have a strong purpose and strong aims, and this one affects one of the country's most precious resources - the land that it is built and founded on. There is a great deal of significance to a study such as this one. This is largely because there are so many people that use land reclamation when building homes and other structures for people to live and work in, and also when they need to create bridges and canals and drainage and grow crops. The main aim of this study, therefore, is to determine whether the soil of Southern Iraq is suitable for the proposed land reclamation project and how that country will benefit."

Sample of Sources Used:

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