The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

CIVL4201

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course draws on the students’ background knowledge from CIVL2282 (previously CIVL2280) and CIVL3280 and expands it by focusing on practical solutions for commonly experienced geotechnical issues. These include geotechnical and geoenvironmental site investigation, soil consolidation theory, foundation settlements, deep foundation theory and design, and ground modification methods. These are explored using both analytical and numerical methods, as appropriate. Finally, this course provides students with a demonstrated capacity to complete the CIVL4571 Geotechnical Project.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Reflect upon professional issues associated with geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering practice.

2. Identify the conceptual, technical and practical issues in conducting geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigations, and develop a geotechnical model for subsurface engineering designs.

3. Illustrate potential solutions for the remediation of contaminated sites.

4. Recognise the roles and limitations of analytical and numerical methods used in geotechnical design.

5. Determine the elastic and consolidation settlement of shallow and deep foundations, and design simple foundation solutions.

6. Determine the bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations, and design simple foundation solutions.

7. Solve geotechnical and geoenvironmental design problems using analytical and numerical methods.


Content

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.
  • Design of shallow and deep foundations (including settlement and strength estimations).
  • Use of analytical and numerical methods for the analysis of the aforementioned topics.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL2282 Introduction to Geomechanics (previously CIVL2280) and CIVL3280 Geomechanics 2.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1 - Calculation of short and long-term settlement of geostructures

Written Assignment: Assignment 2: Interpretation of site investigations and analysis of foundations

Formal Examination: Formal Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2