Department of Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Design and Construction - CE523

Credits : 2

Prerequisites : CE310

Compulsory/Optional : Optional

To impart knowledge of how to plan and execute a geotechnical engineering project selecting the best option considering the holistic nature.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Organise and perform a site investigation programme for a selected geotechnical project including field surveys and shallow and deep investigations, locating suitable geotechnical structures where necessary.
  2. Perform and analyse laboratory tests and select the optimum geotechnical engineering solution for the project.
  3. Analyse and design in concept the geotechnical structures proposed considering the holistic nature, constructability and suitable equipment.
  4. Prepare a cost estimate for the project and produce a final report for the project.
Course content/Course description
  1. Planning site investigation
  2. Desk study and report
  3. Site visit
  4. Conceptual design
  5. Detailed site investigation and report
  6. Selection of optimal design (considering natural hazards, constructability and value engineering)
  7. Design of foundations, retaining structures and slopes using computer software, Construction sequence, cost estimation
Recommended Texts
  1. Abramson, LW 2002, Slope stability and stabilization method, John Wiley & Sons.
  2. Kulhawy, FH 1989, Foundation Engineering Current Principles and Practices, ASCE.
  3. Robert, WD 1999, Geotechnical and foundation engineering: design & constructions, McGraw-Hill Professionals.
  4. Robb, AD 1982, Site investigation. Telford, London.
  5. Tomlinson, MJ 2001, Foundation design and construction, 7th edn, Pearson.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 05
Tutorials -
Practical -
Assignments 50
Assessment Percentage Marks
Report/Quizzes 30
Final Report 40
Presentation 30
End-semester -

Department of Civil Engineering