Department of Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Design - CE308

Credits : 2

Prerequisites :CE310

Compulsory/Optional : Compulsory

To impart knowledge and skills to perform design of geotechnical structures using design codes (Eurocode 7).
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Analyse the stability of a slope according to Eurocode 7 (EC7) using slope stability analysis software.
  2. Design earth retaining structures conforming to EC7.
  3. Design shallow and deep foundations conforming to EC7 using numerical software.
  4. Identify and recognise geological structures and geohazards and relate them to geotechnical design.
Course content/Course description
  1. Geotechnical design using eurocode 7: Eurocode 7: geotechnical considerations, design of an earth retaining structure, slope stability analysis, design of shallow foundations, design of deep foundations
  2. Design for geohazards: Considerations for landslides, earthquakes, floods and landfills
  3. Geological maps and plans: Interpretation and description of geological maps, description of geological condition of a terrain
Recommended Texts
  1. Barnes, G 2010, Soil Mechanics-Principles and Practice, 3rd edn, Publisher-Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Bowles, JE 1997, Foundation analysis and design, 5th edn, McGraw Hill.
  3. Brinkgreve, RBJ 2002, PLAXIS 3D manual, Version 8.
  4. John, K 2004, Stability modeling with slope/W, 1st edn, GEO-SLOPE International Ltd.
  5. Smith, I 2014, Smith’s Element of Soil Mechanics (Design to Eurocode), 9th edn, Blackwell publishing.
  6. Tomlinson, MJ 2001, Foundation design and construction, 7th edn, Pearson.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 15
Tutorials -
Practical 30
Assignments -
Assessment Percentage Marks
Assignments/Course Work/Quizzes 40
Mid Semester Examination -
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering