University of Technology Sydney

SMJ10174 Geotechnical Engineering

The Geotechnical Engineering sub-major provides students with a deeper understanding of the engineering behaviour of earth materials. The sub-major builds upon the basics of soil and rock mechanics learned during the core civil engineering subjects by focusing on the design and analysis of strength and stability of foundations of buildings, road and rail embankments, bridges, tunnels, retaining walls and dams. Furthermore, the subjects offered in the sub-major allows students to learn software packages that are being used in industry providing a thorough practice ready experience for a future Geotechnical Engineer. Currently there is a global need for geotechnical engineers for design and construction of built infrastructure projects. Geotechnical Engineering sub-major trains students in a variety of skills such as planning and undertaking geotechnical site investigations and laboratory testing, designing major structures in ground, and designing appropriate ground improvement techniques for problematic soils and contaminated sites.

Assumed study includes 48360 Geotechnical Engineering, 48330 Soil Behaviour and 48370 Road and Transport Engineering.

Completion requirements

Select 6 credit points of options:  6cp
49254  Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design 6cp 
49118  Applied Geotechnics 6cp 
Select 18 credit points of options:  18cp
49254  Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design 6cp 
49118  Applied Geotechnics 6cp 
49257  Geographic Information Systems 6cp 
49258  Pavement Analysis and Design 6cp 
49119  Problematic Soils and Ground Improvement Techniques 6cp 
49106  Road Engineering Practice 6cp 
Total  24cp