Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2300 - Geotechnics (2011)

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MODULE TITLEGeotechnics CREDIT VALUE20
MODULE CODECSM2300 MODULE CONVENERDr Denise Pascoe (Coordinator), Prof John Coggan
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The module provides an introduction to the engineering description of rock, rock mass classification and applied rock engineering. The module develops problem solving skills, team-working skills and provides simulated industrial experience. The module also provides an opportunity for students to design the reinforcement requirements for an excavation based on their own field mapping data. The module provides an introduction to the engineering description of soil, soil classification and a basic knowledge of Site Investigation practice and principles. The module also provides an insight into the ways in which underground workings may affect surface movement.
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SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Introduction and review of applications of rock engineering applied to the geotechnical, civil and mining/minerals industry. Engineering description of rock. Factors affecting the strength behaviour of rock. Rock failure criteria. Design methodology (analytical, observational and empirical). Rock mass classification, geotechnical mapping and application to support design of underground excavations. Visualisation of geological data using stereograms. Rock mass-support interaction and empirical support design. Observational design methodology and associated instrumentation applied to underground excavation design. Development of Hoek and Brown strength parameters for rock masses using the GSI approach. Application of geosynthetics to the geotechnical engineering industry. Aspects of foundation engineering are covered including simple bearing capacity determination for shallow foundations, aspects influencing founding depth and the detrimental aspects of groundwater. The module provides a general review of engineering soil description, soil classification and associated laboratory tests, including tri-axial testing. The concept of effective stress: Effect of groundwater, pore water pressure, engineering material behaviour. Shear strength behaviour of different soil types. Short and long-term behaviour. Site investigation: Principles, objectives and rationale. Stages of a site investigation programme, design and implementation. Test methods used in site investigation, laboratory and field-based. Drilling and sampling techniques. Reporting of results, preparation of site investigation report. Guidance on design and inspection of tips and related structures. Term 1 Week 1 Introdcution – what is geotechnical engineering, applications Week 2-3 Rock strength Week 4 Design methodology Week 5-7 Rock mass classification Week 8 Rock mass mapping Week 9 Observational design, instrumentation Term 2 Week 1 Rock mass –support inteaction Week 2 Application of geosynthetics Week 3 Site Investigation, ground engineering Week 5-6 Soil mechanics Week 7 Groundwater., permeability Week 8 Foundation Design Week 9 Review, context, applications
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 20 ECTS VALUE 10
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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