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Stress-strain behaviour of soils. Critical-state soil mechanics. Approximations and limitations for geotechnical analyses. Piles under axial and lateral loading. Shallow foundations.
The aim of the course is to increase students' understanding of deformational behaviour of soils and fundamental concepts in geotechnical analysis and design. The course focuses on two aspects in particular: stress-strain behaviour of soils, and analysis and design of foundations. The background theme of the course is modelling as a fundamental engineering problem-solving methodology. The coursework includes performing laboratory tests on soils specimens and shake-table experiments on scaled-down soil models, use of analytical and numerical tools for geotechnical analysis, and scrutiny of procedures for design of shallow and deep foundations.
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:(a) Interpret key features of stress-strain behaviour of soils(b) Explain fundamental concepts in modelling of stress-strain behaviour of soils(c) Apply analytical and numerical methods for geotechnical analysis, and discuss their assumptions, approximations and limitations(d) Apply principles of foundation engineering to geotechnical and structural design of shallow foundations(e) Discuss and apply methods for analysis and design of piles under axial and lateral loading(f) Develop understanding for testing of soils in the geotechnical laboratory, and analytical skills required for geotechnical modelling, analysis and design(g) Develop and integrate knowledge and skills required for solving complex problems in geotechnical and foundation engineering.
EMTH210, ENCI199, ENCN201, ENCN213, ENCN221, ENCN231, ENCN242, ENCN253, ENCN261, ENCN281, ENCN353
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course is delivered in 34 lectures, 2 tutorials, and 4 laboratory sessions. The material will be presented using slide presentations and clarification notes on the whiteboard. The latter is an essential component in the delivery of lectures, integrating various concepts and highlighting key content and considerations.The tutorials are used to prepare for and facilitate laboratory sessions. The methods and tools covered are directly used in the homework for the assignments.An independent study including preparation for lectures, scrutiny of concepts and example calculations is an essential component for making this course most effective for you.The anticipated workload for the course is summarized below.Lectures - 34Labs (Geotech & Computational) - 10 (3, 3, 2, 2)Tutorials - 2Independent study - 104Reading - 27Test and exam preparation - 25Assignments and reports - 45Tutorials and lab preparation - 7
1. Final exam: A minimum pass mark of 50% in the exam is required in order for a student to pass the course.2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.3. Aegrotat eligibility: “Aegrotat provisions are intended to assist students who have covered the work of a course but have been prevented by illness or other critical circumstance from demonstrating their mastery of the material or skills at the time of assessment” [UC Calendar].4. All assignments should be done individually.
Coduto, Donald P;
Foundation design : principles and practices;
Prentice Hall, 2001.
Muir Wood, David;
Spon Press, 2004.
Muir Wood, David;
Soil behaviour and critical state soil mechanics;
Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Electronic files of course materials, including assignments, course materials, and any lecture notes will be made available through LEARN. Handouts may be provided during lectures and recommended readings from textbooks may be assigned.
Domestic fee $1,102.00
International fee $5,500.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.