GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN

CIV3GTD

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is the second of two geotechnical engineering subjects. The focus of this subject is to extend the student's understanding of earth mechanical properties and enable them to design various types of geotechnical structures. The topics covered include field investigation of soils, an introduction to lateral earth pressure and design of retaining structures, design of shallow and deep foundations for strength and serviceability, analysis of slope stability. Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies covered in this subject are: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.6.


SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniela Ionescu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CIV3SOM or CIV3GTA

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CIV4GTB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Foundation EngineeringPrescribedDas B.7th Edn, Cenage Learning.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Appreciate the role of geotechnical site investigation and field testing and the need to deal with uncertainty, and scope and plan site investigation programs and interpret the field test results. Includes EA stage 1 competencies: 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

Activities:
Discussion on field investigation principles and practice will take place in lectures and concepts will be further developed in tutorials, directed study and independent learning. Students are required to demonstrate competency in interpreting and critically assessing the field estimates, to formulate recommendations in team based practical exercises and correctly answer exam questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Interpret the laboratory and field data and estimate the parameters required in the design for strength and serviceability of shallow and deep foundations, assessment of stability of slopes, evaluation of lateral earth pressure and check of stability of retaining structures. Includes EA stage 1 competencies: 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. 1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 2.1 Application of established engineering

Activities:
The fundamental principles are introduced in lectures and are reinforced and practiced in tutorials, direct study and independent learning. Students must be able to assign correct parameters for the design of bearing capacity and settlement of varied foundation types, check of stability of natural slopes and embankments, size and design retaining structures for the set assessment, team-base practical exercises and correctly answer exam questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Recognise the behaviour of soils and analyse their interaction with the foundation systems and/or the supported structure(s) to enable their design. Includes EA stage 1 competencies: 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

Activities:
These are introduced in lectures, are further discussed and practiced in tutorials and reinforced through directed study and independent learning. Students are required to demonstrate competency in completing set assignments, team-based exercises and examination questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Evaluate design options and provide final design recommendations for varies geotechnical structures based on factors such as sustainability, construction feasibility and cost effectiveness. Includes EA stage 1 competencies: 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. 1.6 Understanding the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds for contemporary engineering practice in the specified discipline. 2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Activities:
The fundamental principles are introduced in lectures and are reinforced and practiced in tutorials, directed study and independent learning. Students must be able to design sustainable, feasible and cost effective geotechnical structures in the set assignments, team-based exercises and examination questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Participate effectively as a member of the team in the design and analysis of geotechnical structures and apply ethical principles and professional standards when working in a team with peers. Includes EA stage 1 competencies: 3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. 3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. 3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. 3.4 Professional use and management of information. 3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

Activities:
Students are required to attend team meetings and effectively contribute to the research of specifications and standards, analysis of data and project design. The proper acknowledgement of individual contribution to the group work forms a part of marking criteria for report writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniela Ionescu

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two assignments (equivalent to 600 words)10 01, 02, 03
Two group design projects (equivalent to 750 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Test (equivalent to 200 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two assignments (equivalent to 600 words)10 01, 02, 03
Two group design projects (equivalent to 750 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Test (equivalent to 200 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03, 04