ENGCV231-21A (HAM)

Geotechnical Engineering 1

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This course provides an introduction to the basic principles and concepts of geotechnical engineering to aid civil engineering design of structures. As such, the paper covers soil characterisation, soil mechanics, site investigation as well as the bearing capacity of soil.
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Paper Structure

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The paper content is delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory and in-situ soil tests, and tutorials.

Please note that the tutorials and laboratories start in the SECOND week of the semester and are an essential part of the learning for this paper.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe, classify and analyse soil in terms of particle size distribution, Atterberg limits, and phase relationships (WA1, WA2, WA4)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Lab Data Analysis and Intrepretation (1)
    Formal Lab Report (2)
    Test (4)
  • Explain and analyse effective stress (WA1, WA2)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Test (4)
  • Analyse and apply the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for undrained and drained soil shear strength (WA1, WA2, WA4)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Lab Data Analysis and Intrepretation (1)
    Formal Lab Report (2)
    Test (4)
  • Examine and investigate site investigation methods and procedures, such as boreholes, sampling, in-situ testing, SPT, CPT (WA3, WA4, WA9, WA10)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Lab Data Analysis and Intrepretation (1)
    Geotechnical Design Factual and Interpretative Reports (3)
  • Design and evaluate ultimate bearing capacity of shallow and single pile foundations using limit state analysis (WA2, WA3, WA9, WA10)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Geotechnical Design Factual and Interpretative Reports (3)
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Assessment

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The learning outcomes are assessed using a combination of:

Laboratories (35%)

There are a total of three laboratory and in-situ soil tests that are conducted over the semester. You will be required to analyse and interpret data from each soil test (5 % each) and submit one formal report (20 %).

Test 1 (25%) - 2 hours

There will be a closed-book face-to-face test in Week 7 of the semester (the date and time are shown below). The test is worth 25% of your final grade, and the format will be discussed in the lectures before the test.

Geotechnical Design Factual and Interpretative Report (40%)

For this project, you will propose a site investigation and evaluate borehole and laboratory tests data in order to design shallow and deep foundations for structures.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Lab Data Analysis and Intrepretation
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Formal Lab Report
3 May 2021
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Geotechnical Design Factual and Interpretative Reports
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test
12 Apr 2021
6:00 PM
25
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Craig's Soil Mechanics, Ninth Edition, Jonathan Knappett and Robert F. Craig, CRC Press, 2019
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Recommended Readings

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Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, Eight Edition, Braja M. Das and Khaled Sobhan, Cengage Learning US, 2012

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access lecture notes, lecture recordings, and assessment materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc. and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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3 x 12 hours of Lectures

1 x 11 hours of Tutorials

3 x 2 hours of Laboratory Tests

3 x 5 hours of Data Analysis & Intrepretation

1 x 15 hours of Laboratory Report Write-up

1 x 20 hours of Test Preparation

1 x 2 hour Test

1 x 45 hour of Geotechnical Design Report


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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: ENGEN110 or ENGEN112 or ENGG110 or ENMP102

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ERTH352 or EARTH313

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