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Module Title LH Geotechnical Engineering 2
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 29645
Module Lead Dr Alexander Royal
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-44 hours
Tutorial-20 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-4 hours
Guided independent study-132 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The objective of this module is to build on the material taught in the 2nd year Soil Mechanics module and introduce geotechnical engineering applications. These applications will consist of shallow and deep foundation design, retaining structures, slope stability, problematic soils and geotechnical engineering in urban environments.

More specifically the module will deal with:
Semester 1
(1) Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering: (Role of soil mechanics, geotechnical parameters, introduction to EC7)

(2) Shallow Foundations: (Bearing pressure, bearing capacity, design principles, settlement predictions, settlement criteria)

(3) Deep Foundations: (Piling (bored, driven and caissons), single pile design, piles in sands and clays, pile group behaviour and pile group design, pile testing)

Semester 2
(1) Retaining structures: (Horizontal stresses, Rankine’s and Coulomb’s theories, Gravity retaining walls, cantilever retaining walls, propped and anchored walls)

(2) Slope stability: (Natural slopes, cut slopes and embankments, design principles, role of ground water and pore water pressures, design methods and design charts)

(3) Problematic soils: (contaminated land assessment and remediation; engineering behaviour and treatment of expansive soils; other problematic ground conditions (collapsibility, highly compressible soils, organic soils, glacial and periglacial soils)

(4) Geotechnical Engineering in urban environments: (use of underground space, geotechnical consideration for use of underground space, utility provision, introduction to tunnelling, future challenges for geotechnical engineering).
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Apply soil mechanics principles in geotechnical engineering
  • Identify a number of commonly used pile types and their relative merits
  • Design hallow foundations in clay or sand
  • Design a pile to be founded in clay or sand using a lumped safety factor method
  • Describe how piles are tested and what types of defects can occur in piles
  • Apply methods of analysis for a variety of commonly used retaining structures
  • Analyse the stability of soil slopes
  • Describe the issues associated with problematic soils
  • Identify geotechnical engineering problems that are commonly found in urban areas, in particular those related to underground construction
Assessment 29645-01 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment (100% module weighting): Assessed in Sem 1. Open book coursework Supplementary: (no routine resit, alternative assessment made available with respect to extenuating circumstances): Open book coursework in supplementary period (August)
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