Engineering

ECM3123 - Geotechnics 2 B (MEng) (2010)

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MODULE TITLEGeotechnics 2 B (MEng) CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3123 MODULE CONVENERProf Akbar Javadi (Coordinator), Dr Khurram Wadee
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
To understand the basic principles of geotechnical engineering and their applications to civil engineering problems Fieldwork: Interpretation of geological features in the field while gaining experience of field observation and measurement techniques, site investigation and preliminary design of a civil engineering structure. To develop the essential awareness of ground conditions and general safety on civil engineering sites.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Stresses in soils: Stresses at a point in a soil mass, geostatic stresses, stresses induced by various types of applied load, contact pressure. Lateral earth pressure, Retaining walls, Gravity walls, Cantilever and anchored sheet pile walls, Braced excavations, Diaphragm walls and Reinforced soils Compression and consolidation of soils: immediate settlement, primary and secondary consolidation, Foundation design criteria, degree of consolidation, Terzaghi’s theory of one-dimensional consolidation, governing equations, determination of the coefficient of consolidation, foundation settlement, consolidation during construction, numerical solutions Bearing capacity of foundations: types of foundations, analytical methods for determination of the ultimate bearing capacity, determination of safe bearing capacity, effects of groundwater, effects of eccentric and inclined loading, negative skin friction, in-situ testing for ultimate bearing capacity, bearing capacity of pile foundations, pile groups, ground improvement techniques, ground anchors Slope stability: slopes in granular materials, circular arc analysis under undrained conditions, slopes in soils with two strength parameters, method of slices, derivation of the equation for the method of slices, Felleneous’s method Bishop’s rigorous method, wedge analysis, progressive failure, end-of construction and long-term stability, Choice of strength parameters Fieldwork: The activities will include: Surveying exercise, group discussions about stages of preliminary design of an earth dam, including best location for a dam, water resources study, environmental issues associated with construction of dams, site investigation activities and design of in-situ and laboratory tests. Site reconnaissance, Surveying of the dam site, ground investigation (including drilling boreholes, carrying out in-situ tests, taking samples and carrying out laboratory tests. Analysis of the laboratory and in-situ test results, analysis and preliminary design of an earth dam, writing a report.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Budhu, M Soil Mechanics and Foundations 2nd John Wiley & Sons 2000 978-0471431176 [Library]
Set Craig , R.F Soil Mechanics E and F N Spon (Chapman & Hall) 2012 000-0-419-22450-5 [Library]
Set Das, B Principles of Geotechnical Engineering Thompson Learning 2007 000-0-534-38742-x [Library]
Set Smith, GN and Smith, IGN Elements of Soil Mechanics 7th Blackwell Science 1998 000-0-632-04126-9 [Library]
Set Azizi, F Physical Behaviour in Geotechnics Fethi Azizi 2007 978-0955599620 [Library]
Set Azizi, F Engineering design in geotechnics Fethi Azizi 2007 9780955599613 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM2110
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined