GROUND IMPROVEMENT & GEOSYNTHETICS ENGINEERING

CIV5GI

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The engineering properties of soil at many sites are not good enough to support infrastructure and buildings load. For these sites, some form of soil improvement methods are usually used to enhance the engineering properties of these problematic soils. It is therefore important for civil engineers to know different types of soil improvement methods; the degree to which soil properties may be improved; and the costs and benefits involved. In this subject, the latest state-of the-art techniques in the field of soil improvement will be studied and the fundamentals of its design approach will be covered. Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies covered in this subject are: 1.1,1.3, 2.3B, 3.3.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following courses: SMENC, SMENCB, SMENE, SMENEB, SMENM or SMENMB

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSoft Ground Improvement in Lowland and Other EnvironmentsRecommendedBergado D, et. al. (1996)ASCE Press
ReadingsDesigning with GeosyntheticsRecommendedKoerner, Robert (2012), 6th Ed. Volumes 1 & 2.Prentice Hall

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design a geotechnical site investigation project

Activities:
Studying different borehole drilling techniques, soil sampling methods, and in situ tests.

02. Describe the suitable geotechnical field testing method

Activities:
Understanding the limitations of each soil field testing method. Interpretation of the field test results.

03. Demonstrate understanding of the advantages and limitations of different ground improvement methods

Activities:
Reviewing the principles of different ground improvement methods. Classification of Ground improvement methods

04. Describe the most suitable ground improvement technique based on the geotechnical site investigation results

Activities:
Factor controlling the selection process of ground method. Selection procedure.

05. Demonstrate understanding in the design method of preloading ground improvement technique

Activities:
-Basic concept -Suitability and application -Design parameters and procedure

06. Demonstrate understanding in the design method of PVD ground improvement technique

Activities:
-Basic concept -Suitability and application -Design parameters and procedure

07. Understand design method of thermal ground improvement technique

Activities:
-Basic concept -Suitability and application -Design parameters and procedure

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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-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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three online assignments (each equivalent to 500 words)1500 words total30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 1-hour test20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2-hour end of semester written examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three online assignments (each equivalent to 500 words)1500 words total30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 1-hour test20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2-hour end of semester written examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07