1 x 120-minute lecture weekly 1 x 60-minute tutorial weekly 1 x 120-minute workshop weekly
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This course provides an introduction to Engineering Geology and Geomechanics, and fundamentals necessary for the study of Geotechnical Engineering. This course aims to provide an introductory of geological process and engineering geology; origins and composition of soils; characteristics and classification of soils; compaction; soil permeability and seepage; stresses in soils; principle of effective stress; consolidation, and the stress-strain-strength responses of soils.
All civil engineers, and others working with soils and rocks must understand the range of techniques available for identifying various materials and for determining their physical and mechanical properties. The aim of this topic is to present an introduction to geology, soil mechanics and geological processes as they affect civil engineering.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:
Understand geological process and the significance of engineering geology for ground engineering
Describe and classify soils based on their basic physical characteristics
Understand the behaviour of soil during compaction, compression, consolidation, direct shear and triaxial compression
Understand the importance of water in the soil and the effects of water movement
Understand the difference between total stress and effective stress
Apply the principle of effective stress to calculate the stresses causing soil deformation
Calculate the settlements and rates of settlement by using one-dimensional consolidation theory
Interpret data and determine parameters from a laboratory experiment and report the results of at a professional standard
Determine and apply appropriate soil strength and deformation parameters for typical geotechnical stability and settlement problems and report on them
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
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