Geotechnical Engineering Project

Course code CIVL4571Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

Provides a practical introduction to research and design techniques in geotechnical engineering. An open-ended, integrated, practical problem is considered. Emphasis is on a realistic design problem. Problems are set by practicing engineers.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesA1. To provide a capstone experience in geotechnical engineering by integrating and extrapolating the theory presented in earlier courses to solve a broad range of real problems.

A2. Apply research and design skills to model and understand complex geotechnical systems and to solve open-ended geotechnical problems.

A3. To work as part of a team in the solution of problems, posed and directed, by experienced practising engineers and academics.

A4. To incorporate design tools, such as standards and software, in the formulation of solutions to real problems, and to explore the limitations of these tools.

A5. To be able to critically analyse and communicate outcomes at a professional level, both verbally and as a report.

Conceptual design:
- Identify feasible solutions to an integrated problem
- Identify potential difficulties and consider planning issues

Geotechnical design:
- Philosophies for site investigation and developing geotechnical site models
- Analysis and design of geotechnical structures including soil retaining systems, water exclusion/retention structures, deep and shallow foundations, slope stabilisation and strategies for environmental contaminant investigation and remediation

Management of team activities:
- Student teams are encouraged to maintain a design time sheet/diary in which all members sign off weekly on work done by each individual and time taken to complete that work. The diary may be submitted with the final report.


Exposure to professional and research practice:
- Students are invited to attend a series of seminars by practising engineering specialists and academics on specific topics related to their projects.
- Students are required to undertake a formal review of the work carried out by a fellow group member.
Replacing Course(s)CIVL4570
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCIVL2280, CIVL3280, and CIVL4201.
Students should also refer to the Compulsory Program Component section
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Field Study
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Preliminary report, final report, peer review assessment, viva.

Continuous feedback is provided to students in the course of the analysis, design, and preparation of the final report.

NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Engineering.
Compulsory Program ComponentCIVL4201 Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.
The site invesigation and deep foundations components of this course are essential knowledge for successful completion of the geotechnical design project.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CIVL4571