1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
3 x 2-hour workshops per semester
2 x 2-hour computer labs per semester
ENGR2832 - Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
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ENGR8931 has been successfully completed
Topic description
Geotechnical engineers study soil and bedrock characteristics of building sites prior to construction. Using specialised equipment to extract earth cores to determine soil strength, composition and moisture content, they then provide information to structural engineers and architects to guide the design of roads, building foundations, dams, and bridges. Topics include site investigation, design and construction aspect of shallow foundations, settlement in soils, piled foundations, earth pressure calculations and earth retaining structure, slope stability analysis, instrumentation, ground improvement techniques, geotechnical aspects of pavements, excavation methods and supporting systems, embankment dams, landfills, and tunneling.
Educational aims
This topic gives students an understanding of the concepts associated with geotechnical engineering.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Determine the strength parameters appropriate to a range of stability problems
  2. Understand the difference between total and effective stress approaches
  3. Evaluate strength parameters from laboratory data
  4. Critically analyse foundation stability and slope stability problems
  5. Use spreadsheets to perform parametric studies and produce design charts for simple geotechnical design problems
  6. Communicate the results of experiments and analyses using methods appropriate for professional geotechnical engineers