Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course provides a practical introduction to investigation and design techniques in geotechnical engineering. The emphasis is on a realistic problem requiring investigation of several options in a multi-objective context and conceptual design. The problem is set by a practising engineer. The course will also facilitate real-world experiential learning via a site visit.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop investigation and conceptual design skills in a multi-objective, multi-option problem framework

2. Apply research and design skills to solve open ended problems in geotechnical engineering

3. Work as part of a design team, in particular by reviewing other team members┬┐ work and providing feedback

4. Produce written documents of professional standard, communicate and interact at a professional level

5. Demonstrate a sophistication and maturity in approach to and execution of a project with evidence of professional level skills and attitudes


  1. Investigation of a range of geotechnical engineering options in a multi-objective context
  2. Project scoping and interpretation of in situ investigations
  3. Conceptual geotechnical design


This course has similar content to CIVL4571. I f you have completed CIVL4571, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in CIVL4201 Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Assessment items

Report: Final Report/Client Proposal

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

This course runs for six weeks over a twelve week period. It runs in weeks 2,4,6,8,10 and 12.