Geotechnical Engineering

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geotechnical Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Application of soil mechanics knowledge to geotechnical engineering analysis & design. Earth pressure; retaining walls; basement excavations; bearing capacity; shallow footings; domestic footings; piled footings; settlement; slope stability; dynamic pile testing.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  understand and estimate the stress and its distribution on a retaining wall
    2  have a knowledge of common types of basement support systems
    3  design a gravity retaining wall
    4  understand bearing capacity theory
    5  understand pile behaviour
    6  design deep and shallow footings and estimate their capacity and settlement
    7  have a competent knowledge of slope stability analysis methods and assumptions and apply these to assess the stability of slopes.
    8  have a good understanding of the fundamentals of soil mechanics

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