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49254 Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design

6cp; 3hpw (lectures and tutorials combined)
Requisite(s): ((120 credit points of completed study in C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)) AND 48360 Geotechnical Engineering)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


The main purpose of this subject is to study the latest theoretical and experimental approaches for solving problems in the broad area of soil mechanics, including stress–strain analysis and consolidation theory as well as design of shallow and deep foundations under combined vertical and horizontal loads. Some of the issues covered in this subject are: critical state soil mechanics, soil plasticity, unsaturated soil mechanics, soil dynamics and earthquake geotechnics, elastic and visco-plastic deformation of footings, pile group and piled raft design, pile driving test and design and construction of caissons. The major group research project/case study allows students to learn critical review of engineering documents/projects and disciplinary research skills.

At successful completion of this subject, students acquire research skills to analyse the behaviour of soils and foundations under complex loading and evaluate accuracy and limitations of various soil models. Students are also able to develop geotechnical models using laboratory test results and field measurements for infrastructure and building design and construction projects under both static and dynamic loadings.

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Spring session, City campus

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