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This course focuses on description and representation of a rock mass, stress and strain in a rock mass and deformation and failure of a rock mass. These are applied to rock slope stability analysis and design of underground excavations.
This course focuses on description and representation of a rock mass, stress and strain in a rock mass and deformation and failure of a rock mass. These are applied to rock slope and underground excavation stability analysis.
A student completing this course will be able to:1. Apply concepts of stress, strain, elasticity and plasticity to intact rock and rock masses2. Collect rock mechanics data in the field, combine it with laboratory test data and assess the stability of excavations in rock3. Determine likely rock mass behaviours under different excavation and loading conditions and propose mitigation solutions
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
(1) ENCN353 or(2) MATH101 orMATH102 orMATH103 and (3) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences
Students must attend one activity from each section.
This course is delivered as a combination of 1-day blocks with self-directed learning through online course material (see schedule). There is one 1-hour laboratory in groups (your lab will be in one of the lab sessions scheduled below) and a local afternoon field trip. In-class Masteries are assessed (see schedule). Students are expected to be working on the coursework between the scheduled lecture, lab and field trip sessions.
Quizzes and Mastery/Preparation Exercises - 15 % Slope stability group project - 50 % - 28 JuneRock mass behaviour synthesis and evaluation take-home exam - 35 % - 5 July
Brady, B. H. G. , Brown, E. T;
Rock mechanics : for underground mining;
3rd ed. ;
Practical Rock Mechanics;
CRC Press, 2015.
Hoek, Evert,1933- , Brown, E. T;
Underground excavations in rock;
The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 1980.
Hoek, Evert,1933- , Kaiser, Peter Konrad, Bawden, W. F;
Support of underground excavations in hard rock;
Hudson, J. A.1940- , Harrison, John P;
Engineering rock mechanics : an introduction to the principles;
Jaeger, J. C.1907- , Cook, Neville G. W., Zimmerman, Robert;
Fundamentals of rock mechanics;
Muir Wood, David,1949-;
Spon Press, 2004.
Wyllie, D C ; Mah, C W;
Rock Slope Engineering : civil and mining;
Spon Press, 2004.
Prerequisites: 15 points of 100-level MATH
Domestic fee $1,054.00
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 10 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.