CIV4248 - Ground hazards engineering - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Malek Bouazza

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Geotechnical engineering concepts applied to solve or minimise geo-hazard problems specific to domestic and hazardous waste containment facilities (landfills), contaminated sites and tailings dams. The unit focuses on geotechnical aspects in the analysis, design and construction of waste containment facilities (landfills), ground improvement, redevelopment of old landfills, and contaminated site remediation.


At the conclusion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the concept of filtration and drainage
  2. Perform basic analytical procedures related to stability,
  3. Understand the importance of ethics and legal matters for Geotech. projects
  4. Gain insight into the importance of minimising the likelihood of failures
  5. Understand the concept of ground improvement
  6. Provide solutions to ground improvement based on sound analytical methods


Mid-semester examination: 30%

Assignments and oral presentation: 70%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

One 2 hour lecture, one 2 hour practice class and 8 hours of site visits.

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