RSE3010 - Mine geotechnical engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Qianbing Zhang

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)






This unit provides students with an overview of principles and practical application of rock mechanics to excavation design and design implementation (construction management). This includes; behaviour of intact rock and rock mass, in-situ stress and measurement, rock mass classification schemes, time-dependent and dynamic behaviour of rock, ground support and reinforcement, geotechnical instrumentation and empirical excavation design techniques.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Apply rock mass classification schemes and laboratory derived properties to address field scale problems relating to rock excavations.
  2. Apply rock mechanics design methods and appreciate their limitations.
  3. Formulate geotechnical instrumentation and Trigger Action Response Plans.
  4. Analyse monitoring results and provide engineering recommendations.
  5. Appreciate the risk and uncertainty associated rock mechanics decision making.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

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.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours practice class, and 8 hours private study per week

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