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This course is concerned with the nature and properties of construction materials for civil projects, general design principles and construction practices in rock and soil, and selected case studies (both historical and current). It also considers appropriate engineering geology practice for various surface and subsurface projects, with emphasis on project failures and the implications for sound geotechnical practice. Knowledge of precedent is fundamental to engineering design and construction, and the course content is inherently practical rather than theoretical.
This course is concerned with general design principles and construction practices in rock and soil, the role of water and its control in excavations, selected case studies (both historical and current), and the properties of construction materials for civil projects.
Be able to record field observations faithfully and clearly, and to relate those observations through presentation to an audience.Understand and apply engineering geology philosophy and methodology in the design, construction and maintenance of surface and underground civil and mining structures.Be familiar with design and construction requirements for principal types of engineering works, including dams, canals, tunnels, bridges, slopes and river/coastal protection.Assess material use and design requirements for civil construction.Understand groundwater management on construction sites, including dewatering and related ground improvement techniques.Be able to conduct a literature review using international, peer-reviewed journal sources.Use case studies of past engineering projects as geological precedent for future site investigation and geotechnical construction practice.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
(1) ENGE 410 and (2) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Two lecture sessions per week: Mondays & Tuesdays, 9 am – 1 pm.Field Trips: 29th August – 2nd September: Christchurch Day Trips4th – 8th September: Nelson & Tasman District Residential Field Trip
Lecturers: various practitioners from industry
Bell, F. G;
Engineering geology and construction
Spon Press, 2004.
Prerequisites: Students should have completed ENGE417Recommended preparation: ENGE417 and or GEOL338
Domestic fee $1,120.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
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