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Module Title LM Foundation Engineering
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 26246
Module Lead Dr Gurmel Ghataora
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description This modules covers the following:

(1) Development of fundamental understanding regarding the geotechnics involved with foundation Design and Construction, specifically:
  • Determine how soil responds to foundation loading using: bearing capacity, bound theorems, and plasticity; considering eccentric and inclined loads; soil-structure interaction; settlement analysis.
  • Apply engineering principles to the design of pad and strip footings, rafts, semi-rafts, oil tank bases; building on fill; shrinkable clays; mining subsidence; settlement tolerance of structures.
  • Apply engineering principles to the design of various pile types, their associated uses and installation methods. Evaluate soil response to piles using: bearing capacity by total and effective stress analysis; estimating settlement of single piles and pile groups; considering laterally-loaded piles; exposure to concepts underpinning the pile-driving formulas, load testing and non-destructive testing.
  • Explain and appraise the construction approaches used with foundations (both shallow and deep), including QA/QC procedures, H&S issues.
  • Apply engineering principles to the design of stone columns as a ground improvement alternative to traditional piles; including vibro-flotation and vibro-replacement installation.
  • (2) Earthquake Engineering
    This introduces students to the concepts of designing foundations and other geotechnical structures subjected to earthquake type loading.
  • Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
    • Apply engineering principles to design of both shallow and deep foundations.
    • Apply engineering principles to design of structures in earthquake areas.
    • Distinguish, use and compare empirical, analytical and numerical methods for foundation design and construction
    • Recognise and define the underlying generic concepts considered by the design methods
    • Explain, appraise and evaluate appropriate method of the construction of different foundation systems and be able to assess appropriate QA/QC processes and related H&S aspects.
    Assessment 26246-10 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
    Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 50% Coursework – 50% exam (2hr Centrally Managed)
    Reassessment: 100% exam only (online coursework if Cantrally Managed Exams not possible)
    Other None
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