Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

10 Units

Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering is concerned with applying geomechanics principles to geotechnical and geoenvironmental analysis and design. It covers technical issues including geotechnical and geoenvironmental site investigation, fundamentals of soil consolidation, foundation settlements, fundamentals of pile behaviour, analysis and design of deep foundations and ground improvement methods. The course covers in detail analytical and numerical methods required to treat the aforementioned topics.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify professional issues related to the practice of geotechnical and environmental engineering
  2. Apply conceptual, technical and practical aspects to conduct geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering investigations for the purpose of developing a `geotechnical model’, which forms the basis of subsurface engineering design
  3. Develop practical solutions for the remediation of contaminated sites
  4. Apply advanced numerical methods to geotechnical design
  5. Apply skills for estimating the immediate and consolidation settlement of shallow and deep foundations, and develop practical solutions
  6. Apply skills for estimating the bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations, and develop practical solutions
  7. Apply skills to solve advanced geotechnical and geoenvironmental design problems
  • Investigation of sites for contamination and/or for the design of engineering structures including the procedures, in-situ testing methods and interpretation of the results.
  • Soil consolidation fundamentals and applications.
  • Soil and groundwater remediation strategies.
  • The analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations (including settlement and bearing capacity estimations).
  • The use of analytical and numerical methods for the analysis of geotechnical engineering problems.
  • This course has similar content to CIVL4201. I f you have completed CIVL4201, you cannot enrol in this course.
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate courses in geomechanics: CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1/CIVL3280 Geomechanics 2
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Group Assignment 1: Settlements/Consolidation
  • Written Assignment: Group Assignment 2: Site investigation/Foundation analysis and design
  • Written Assignment: Open-ended analysis and preliminary design of geostructures
  • Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 2

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for CIVL6201
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