GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING 2

CIV4GE2

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will learn about various specialised geotechnical engineering principles and design methodologies including application of soil testing methods with equipment. Topics covered in this subject include: ultimate soil bearing capacity; Terzaghi#s ultimate bearing capacity equation; effect of groundwater; bearing capacity of sand based on settlement; plate-Load tests; allowable stresses in soils; selection, design and construction of footings systems; piling and anchoring methods; improving soil conditions for foundation use; landfill liners and geosynthetics; advances in the liner systems for landfills; leachate removal systems; in-situ soil testing; standard penetration, cone penetration and field vane test; borehole shear test; and pile testing. Studying through these topics, students will develop an in depth understanding of some advanced geotechnical principles and particularly soil behaviour under various conditions and in different scenarios.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CIV3GE1

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be enrolled in course code SBECT

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Geotechnical Engineering, 7th ednPrescribedDas, B 2010CENGAGE LEARNING, USA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Determine the ultimate bearing capacity of soil and calculate the bearing capacity of soils for different footings systems and soil stress due to different load types to determine behaviour of soils behind retaining walls.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions. Problem solving assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Select, design and construct different footings systems.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Apply the techniques employed for insitu soil testing and measurements in the soil testing laboratory.

Activities:
Students work in small groups to conduct practical experiments as well as to analyse and interpret data and draw conclusions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Explain various pilling and anchoring technologies and their use in engineering projects.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Describe the environmentally harmful substances created by leachate and its removal systems.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Investigate advanced principles of soil mechanics and relted engineering technologies.

Activities:
Students in small groups report on a particular Case Study. The case is on Using Soil Exploration which requires student to conduct research to analyse and interpret data and draw conclusion to verify engineering implications.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJoe Petrolito

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 21
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Weekly tutorial and online activities15 01, 02
Exam (1.5 hours)25 01, 02, 05
Group practical experiement and report (750 words)10 03, 05
Assignment (Geotechnical case study analysis) (1000 words)15 06
Group report and presentation (2000 words and 20 minutes)35 02, 03, 04, 06