Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Course code CIVL4201Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course objectives are:
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.
ContentThe 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.
Replacing Course(s)CIVL4200 Geotechnical Engineering
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in courses CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1 and CIVL3280 Geomechanics 2.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalAny modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CIVL4201