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Module Title LM Ground Investigation
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 27094
Module Lead Dr D Chapman
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description 1. Geology for Engineers, including igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, geological sections, geological maps and sections, geological map interpretation, and structures: natural slopes; folds; faults.

2. Engineering Geology, including Processes: tectonics; sea-level change; weathering; mass movement and Environments: fluvial; aeolian; glacial and periglacial; coastal, floodplains and alluvium and mining subsidence.

3. Introduction to rock engineering, including: rock descriptions, rock strength and rock mass strength.

4. Aims of site investigation, stage planning; desk study.

5. Exploration: trial pits, boreholes; geophysical methods; soil sampling, sampling disturbance, soil classification.

6. Ground Investigations: conduct and interpretation of field tests including static cone and Standard Penetration Testing, vane test, pressuremeter and plate loading tests; analysis, correlation and presentation of results, swelling clay soils, location of mine voids and shafts.

7. Instrumentation: instruments and gauges, measurements: load, pressure, groundwater and pore water pressures, and deformations.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Use the basic theories of engineering geology
  • Describe and classify rocks for engineering purposes and carry standard calculations for rock engineering
  • Evaluate geological process and their implication to geotechnical engineering
  • Have knowledge of the format and contents of a site investigation report and the activities associated with obtaining the information contained in such a report.
Assessment 27094-01 : Report : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment: 100% Coursework (in groups up to 4 students depending on numbers) submitted two weeks after the end of the taught week via Canvas.
Supplementary/Reassessment: 100% Individual coursework.
Other None
Reading List Waltham, T. (2009) Foundation of Engineering Geology, 3rd ed, Spon Press;
Clayton C.R.I., Matthews M.C. and Simons N.E., (1995), Site Investigation, 2nd ed.;
Simons N., Menzies B. and Matthews M., (2003), A short course in geotechnical site investigation, Thomas Telford.