15 credits at level HE7
This module will provide advanced theory for the design and implementation of geotechnical works including earthworks, slope and retaining walls and introduce instrumentation methods for monitoring.
Although the module has no formal pre-requisites, students must have prior knowledge of soil mechanics, geology, numerical analysis and foundation construction.
- concentric, eccentric and inclined loading
- effect of soil compressibility
- limit state design and partial factors (Eurocode 7)
- pile loading tests: kentledge, tension, lateral
- pile group effects: efficiency; settlement
- large sample testing: Rowe cell
- three dimensional consolidation
- settlement control: surcharging, radial drains
- earth pressure: flexible walls
- embedded walls design: ground anchors, strut loads
- reinforced soils walls
- compaction effects
A combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer based analysis and laboratory practical work. Use will be made of case studies where appropriate
One assignment mark based on laboratory work, numerical analysis and design skills.
One 3 hour examination assessing numerical and design skills.
Indicative Learning Hours:
- Lectures/tutorials 11 x 3 hrs = 33 hours
- Laboratory 3 hours
- Computer analysis 3 hours
- Private study and coursework 108 hours
- Examination 3 hours
TOTAL 150 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have a detailed understanding of the analysis and design of shallow, deep and group foundations to the principles outlined in EC EN 1997 (Eurocode 7) and the National Annex published in 2007.||Select critical data and accurately apply geotechnical analysis methods to solve complex ground engineering problems.|
|2.||Be able to employ a range of appropriate techniques to predict time dependent settlement of foundations and earthworks.||Demonstrate command of design skills to prepare design solutions and to deploy an appropriate range of tools to estimate settlements to acceptable accuracy.|
|3.||Recognise project situations where earth retaining schemes may be deployed using a range of techniques, including reinforced earth, gravity and cantilever retaining walls.||Critically evaluate appropriate earth retaining techniques and apply design analysis to solve demanding technical solutions within give geometric constraints of specific project.|
|4.||Apply principles of health and safety throughout the design process.||Be compliant with relevant statutory guidance and codes of practice governing site safety|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Design submission of the geotechnical aspects of a major civil engineering project including foundations, earthworks/regrading, earth retention, groundwater control and accelerated consolidation of cohesive soils.||3hr end examination|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Sarsby RW (1999) Geotechnics and the Environment, ThomasTelford
Barnes GE (2000) Soil Mechanics, Principles and Practice, MacMillan 2nd Ed
Tomlinson MJ (2001) Foundation Design and Construction, Longman 7th Ed
Whitlow R (2001) Basic Soil Mechanics, Prentice Hall, 4th Ed.
BS 8004 Code of Practice for Foundations. (1986) BSI London
BS EN1997-1:2004. Eurocode 7 Geotechnical Design – Part1
BS EN1997-2:2007. Eurocode 7 Geotechnical Design – Part2
National Annex: NA to BS EN 1997-1:2004 (2007)
A Designers’ Simple Guide to BS EN 1997, Department for Communities & Local Government, 2007
Powrie W (1997) Soil Mechanics Concepts and Applications. Spon
Clayton CRI and Militinski J (1986) Earth Pressure and Earth-Retaining Structures, Surrey Univ Press
Terzaghi K, Peck RB, Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice. (1967) Wiley, 2nd Ed
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