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Seismic behaviour of retaining walls, shallow and deep foundations, embankments, and slopes. Liquefaction. Case studies, design applications, and advanced methods of analysis.
The aim of the course is to increase students' understanding of deformational behaviour of soils andfundamental concepts in geotechnical analysis and design. The course focuses on two aspects inparticular: stress-strain behaviour of soils, and analysis and design of foundations. The background themeof the course is modelling as a fundamental engineering problem-solving methodology. The courseworkincludes performing laboratory tests on soils specimens and shake-table experiments on scaled-down soilmodels, use of analytical and numerical tools for geotechnical analysis, and scrutiny of procedures fordesign 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 shallowfoundations(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 skillsrequired for geotechnical modelling, analysis and design(g) Develop and integrate knowledge and skills required for solving complex problems in geotechnicaland foundation engineering.
EMTH210, ENCI199, ENCN201, ENCN213, ENCN221, ENCN231, ENCN242, ENCN253, ENCN261, ENCN281, ENCN353
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Notes: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 lecture notes, assignments and course information will be made available through LEARN. Handouts may be provided during lectures.
Course communicationAll communication with the class will be through lectures, Learn and email. Teaching assistants will provide information and feedback on assignments through Learn.Repeating studentsStudents repeating this course are required to complete all of the course assessments
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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.