Course Details in 2021/22 Session
|Module Title ||LM Ground Investigation|
|School||School of Engineering|
|Department || Civil Engineering|
|Module Code || 04 27094 |
|Module Lead ||Dr D Chapman|
|Level || Masters Level |
|Credits || 20 |
|Semester|| Semester 1|
|Restrictions || None |
|Exclusions || |
|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.
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.|
100% Individual coursework.
|Other || None|
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.