Soil and rock form the foundation for all civil engineering structures. Being natural materials, their composition and properties vary significantly depending on the location leading to highly-unpredictable engineering behaviours. Abstract and practical understanding of the concepts of geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics is therefore crucial for civil engineers. This unit will provide students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience in advanced geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics that are essential for civil engineers.
The main topics covered under this unit include Shallow and deep foundation design, Reactive soils and their effects on structures, Rock mechanics and rock engineering, Slope stability for civil engineering and open-cut mine applications, Site investigation and reporting, Design of subsurface excavations and Ground improvement techniques. The students will gain first-hand experience with laboratory testing (e.g. Consolidation test, Shrink-swell index test, Point load index test, etc.), field demonstrations (e.g. site investigation) and numerical simulations (e.g. use of Rocscience software package) relevant to above topics. The relevant up-to-date Australian Standards will be followed during this unit where applicable. Overall, this unit will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skill to face 21st -century civil engineering challenges.