Geotechnical and Geoenviromental Engineering


Geotechnical Engineering is concerned with applying the principles learnt in CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1 and CIVL3280 Geomechanics 2 to geotechnical and geoenvironmental design. Technical issues covered include geotechnical and geoenvironmental site investigation, soil consolidation theory, elastic settlements, deep foundation design, pile theory and design, ground modification methods and numerical analysis. Analytical and numerical methods required for the aforementioned topics are described. The course material is illustrated by numerous worked examples and includes an integrated set of assignments.



  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To introduce professional issues related to the practice of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

2. . To understand conceptual, technical and practical aspects of conducting geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering investigations, for the purpose of developing a 'geotechnical model', which forms the basis of subsurface engineering design.

3. To understand the general principles for the remediation of contaminated sites, and develop practical solutions.

4. To appreciate the role and limits of analytical and numerical methods in geotechnical design.

5. To apply skills for estimating the elastic and consolidation settlement of shallow and deep foundations, and develop practical solutions.

6. To apply skills for estimating the bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations, and develop practical solutions.

7. To apply skills for solving geotechnical and geoenvironmental design problems.


The following topics are covered in the course:

  • Investigation of sites for contamination and/or for the design of engineering structures including the procedures, in-situ and laboratory testing and the interpretation of the results.
  • Soil consolidation theory and applications.
  • Soil and groundwater remediation strategies.
  • The design of shallow and deep foundations (including settlement and strength estimations).
  • The use of analytical and numerical methods for the analysis of the aforementioned topics.

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1; CIVL3280 Geomechanics 2.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term