Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Prof. Ranjith Pathegama Gamage



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit the learner will gain skills and knowledge on the interaction between the geomaterials and structural components that make up most infrastructure systems. From buildings and bridges, to tunnels, roads/railroads, dams, and embankments, the learner will determine the interaction among various elements, and design appropriate solutions accordingly.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Determine the properties of geomaterials and structural components relevant for the assessment of interaction.
  2. Assess the structural and geomechanical components available to address the expected interaction.
  3. Determine the interaction between structural and geomaterials using computational and analytical methods.
  4. Design appropriate solutions for infrastructure systems by incorporating governing interactions.
  5. Describe the limitations of developed solutions and prepare a formal report.


Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lecture/practice and 9 hours of private study per week.

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