6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Review of soil mechanics model; the geological context of a project; site investigation and laboratory testing techniques; conceptual design of foundations; elastic, consolidation and creep settlement of shallow footings; total and differential settlement; bearing capacity of shallow footings of layered soils; raft foundations; piling options; the relationship between construction techniques and pile performance; axial capacity of single piles in compression and tension; settlement of single piles; capacity and settlement of pile groups; piled rafts; lateral capacity of piles; rational methods for design of rock-socketed piles; static, dynamic, statnamic and integrity testing of piles.
At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Assess geotechnical investigation carried out for a civil infrastructure development project.
- Generate geological models for a development site based on the geotechnical investigation data.
- Predict design parameters for materials of interest from the geotechnical investigation results and existing correlations.
- Design shallow foundations on complex ground profiles using site specific material properties and satisfying limit states requirements.
- Design pile foundations for complex loads and ground conditions based on limit state and serviceability requirements.
- Generate quality reports for geotechnical investigation and design outputs.
Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (2 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. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours practical and 8 hours private study per week.
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