Expanding on the knowledge gained in Soil Mechanics and Geology, this unit teaches students how to apply this knowledge to design the geotechnical aspects of a range of different projects. Design of building and bridge foundations will be covered, in addition to the design of dams and excavations. Methods of investigating a site and assessing the stability of a slope will be investigated. Computer modelling will be introduced to provide practical working knowledge of techniques used in industry to analyse geotechnical problems.
Unit contentTopic 1: Methods and approaches to geotechnical design including safe working loads, ultimate limit states and interaction with other disciplines
Topic 2: Methods of site investigation
Topic 3: Design of shallow footings
Topic 4: Design of deep footings and pile foundations
Topic 5: Design of foundations for buildings, bridges and other structures including methods to model soil structure interaction
Topic 6: Design of excavations using techniques such as passive soil nailing or rock anchors
Topic 7: Design and construction of dams
Topic 8: Slope stability of soils and rock slopes
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Describe the different approaches to geotechnical design and the issues associated with the interaction with other disciplines such as structural engineering||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, dams and analyse the stability of soil and rock slopes||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||Specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designs||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||Assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problems||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Model typical geotechnical problems using suitable computer modelling techniques||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- Main textbook: Das, B & Sobhan, K, 2014, Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, USA. ISBN: 9781133108672.
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