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Unit information: Design of Geotechnical Structures in 2018/19

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Unit name Design of Geotechnical Structures
Unit code CENG30005
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Ibraim
Open unit status Not open

Applied Soil Mechanics (CENG2007)



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


To develop students' understanding of the behaviour of earth retaining structures and building foundations.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will;

1. understand the central place occupied by Limit Equilibrium methods and Modes of Failure in geotechnical design,

2. know about various retaining wall types and be able to analyse typical cases,

3. be able to size shallow foundations and/or assess their safety,

4. be able to estimate the settlement of foundations on clays and sands/gravels,

5. understand time-dependent settlement (consolidation) and the decay of excess pore pressure,

6. understand the mechanisms of load transmission for piled foundations,

7. be able to assess ultimate pile resistance in various soil types and calculate safe working loads.

Teaching details

22 hours of lectures

3 hour revision classes prior to exam

Assessment Details

100% 2hour examination

Reading and References

Craig RF. "Craig's Soil mechanics", 7th Ed. Spon Press, 2004. Now available as an eBook

// NE & Menzies BK. "A short course in foundation engineering", 2nd Ed. Thomas Telford Ltd, 2000.

Tomlinson MJ. "Foundation design and construction", 7th Ed. Prentice Hall, 2001.