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Independent Course of Study
GROUND IMPROVEMENT TECHNIQUESCentral aspects of the course1. Soils have been modified to improve their engineering properties for hundreds of years. However, soil improvement technology changes rapidly as new techniques are developed and existing one are tested by actual earthquakes. Therefore, it is important for the geotechnical engineers to gain new knowledge about the latest state-of-the-practice techniques of soil improvement. 2. Advances in soil improvement techniques has been often the result of the initiative of contractors, and research and explanatory theory have helped with the implementation and verification. In this context, there are valuable lessons to be learned from the 2010-11 Canterbury Earthquake sequence. Attention is given to mitigation of seismic hazards, the focus thereby being earthquake-induced soil liquefaction, ground settlement and lateral spreading.This course is to introduce students to the concepts underpinning a range of ground improvement techniques, and an appreciation of how these techniques are applied in practice in challenging projects dealing with problematic soils. This is an ideal course for students wishing to specialise in geotechnical engineering and gain a broad introduction to "Ground Improvement Techniques" and practising geotechnical engineers desiring to learn about latest state-of-the-practice techniques of soil improvement.
Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired- Broad knowledge and understanding of the current theory and practice relating to ground improvement techniques;- Fundamental knowledge leading to interpretation of typical data and measurements from standard soil field testing for the purpose of ground improvement;-Extended knowledge on soil improvement methods for mitigation of seismic hazards.CompetenciesUpon completion of this course, students are able to:- Identify problematic geomaterials and site conditions requiring soil improvement;- Understand the "principle of ground improvement" and explain its importance and relevance to geotechnical problems;- Interpret typical data and measurements from standard soil field testing for the purpose of ground improvement;- Apply soil mechanics knowledge and best practices to address the problems of ground improvement and soil liquefaction remediation;- Review scientific literature and carry out independent research;- Develop an independent and responsible position as a professional soil engineer.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
This is a block taught course on:14-15 March 201828-29 March 2018
A/Prof Giuseppe Modoni (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio)
Prerequisites- Sound knowledge of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering- Proficiency in soil liquefaction assessment - Experience in soil field testing analysis and interpretation
Domestic fee $1,059.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.