ENGCV23118A (HAM)
Geotechnical Engineering 1
15 Points
Staff
Convenor(s)
Vicki Moon
9388
DE.1.03
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vicki.moon@waikato.ac.nz

Lecturer(s)
Ali Shokri
4389
EF.2.02
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ali.shokri@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description
This paper introduces students to the basic concepts of soil and rock mechanics. The nature and means of development of strength in soils and rocks are discussed, and concepts of permeability and seepage developed . Field and laboratory work gives students the opportunity to learn practical skills and apply the knowledge gained in lectures.
Paper Structure
This paper is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions and practical exercises. The first part of the paper concentrates on engineering soil materials, addressing basic soil mechanics and seepage, together with methods for measuring soil strength in the field and laboratory. Limit equilibrium stability analysis for slopes is considered using local examples from soil slopes. The later part of the paper deals with the strength of rock materials, considering both intact and mass strength and means of measuring or estimating rock strength. An introduction to site investigation methods is given during a one day field trip.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Assessment
Assessed work involves completing a series of laboratory reports that introduce basic soil mechanics laboratory techniques. Each report is expected to be 3–4 pages long, with original data, graphs and analysis, and a brief interpretation of the results presented.
A field report is prepared and should include a map, soil descriptions, a slope stability analysis, and a discussion of the strength and weaknesses of the methods used.
Further details of submission requirements are included on Moodle.
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.
Required and Recommended Readings
Required Readings
Study guide material will be available on Moodle.
Recommended Readings
Selby M.J., 1993; Hillslope Materials and Processes. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press.
Das B. M., 2012; Principles of Geotechnical Engineering 8th edition. Cengage Learning.
Online Support
Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.
Workload
There are 28 lectures, 17 hours of practical sessions, 1 test, 12 tutorials and 8 hours field work. Three laboratory reports are expected to take approximately 5 hours of individual study each to complete. The field report is prepared during laboratory times and through individual study. It is expected that the field report will require approximately 10 hours of independent work to complete after the field trip.
Linkages to Other Papers
Prerequisite(s)
Prerequisite papers: ENGEN112 or ENMP102