Department of Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering - CE310

Credits : 3

Prerequisites :CE204

Compulsory/Optional : Compulsory

To provide knowledge of how to conduct geotechnical investigations and analyse geotechnical structures such as slopes, retaining structures and foundations.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Analyse stability problems of natural and man-made slopes using limit equilibrium and earth pressure theories and propose appropriate remedial measures including internally or externally stabilised retaining structures.
  2. Analyse isolated or combined shallow foundations in cohesive and cohesionless soils.
  3. Analyse deep foundations in cohesive and cohesionless soils
  4. Organize and perform a site investigation programme to select sites suitable for geotechnical construction and to obtain material profile and parameters required for design.
Course content/Course description
  1. Stability of slopes: Failure surfaces, total & effective stress analyses
  2. Lateral earth pressure & retaining walls: Active and passive earth pressure, Rankine theory, Coulomb theory, retaining structures & stability, internally stabilised walls
  3. Shallow foundations: Foundation types, bearing capacity, allowable bearing capacity, settlement calculation
  4. Deep foundations: Pile types, single pile, pile groups, settlement calculation
  5. Rocks: Engineering classification of rocks, engineering properties of rocks, rock failure criteria
  6. Site selection and site investigation: Site selection for engineering projects, Introduction to geohazards, direct and indirect methods of site investigation, sampling and sampling methods, site investigation report
  7. Ground improvement, sheet piles, braced excavations
Recommended Texts
  1. Abramson, LW 2002, Slope stability and stabilization methods, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons.
  2. Coduto, DP 2011, Geotechnical Engineering: principles and practices.2nd edn, Pearson.
  3. Das, BM 2008, Fundamentals of geotechnical engineering, 4th edn, Nelson.
  4. Robert, WD 1999, Geotechnical and foundation engineering: design & constructions, McGraw-Hill.
  5. Robert, MK 2012, Designing with geosynthetics, 6th edn, Prentice hall.
  6. Bowles, JE 1997, Foundation analysis and design, 5th edn, McGraw Hill.
  7. Tomlinson, MJ 2001, Foundation design and construction, 7th edn, Pearson.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 40
Tutorials 04
Practical 02
Assignments -
Assessment Percentage Marks
Tutorial/Quizzes 20
Mid Semester Examination 20
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering