Note: This unit version is currently under review and is subject to change!
CIVL5452: Foundation Engineering (2014 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||CIVL5452: Foundation Engineering (6 CP)|
Prof Airey, David
|Session options:||Semester 2|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||The objectives of this unit are to gain an understanding of the design process in foundation engineering, to understand the importance of site investigation and field testing, and to learn how to deal with uncertainty. To achieve these objectives students are asked to design foundations using real data. Students will develop the ability to interpret the results of a site investigation; to use laboratory and field data to design simple foundations; develop an appreciation of the interaction between the soil, foundation system and the supported structure. The syllabus is comprised of field testing, site characterisation, interpretation of field data, design pof pile raft and surface footings, support of excavations, soil improvement, and geotechnical report writing|
|Assumed Knowledge:||CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411. Students are assumed to have a good knowledge of fundamental soil mechanics, which is covered in the courses of soil mechanics (settlement, water flow, soil strength) and foundation engineering (soil models, stability analyses; slope stability; retaining walls; foundation capacity)|
|T&L Activities:||Lecture: Lectures will be given to provide background information, new concepts, and theoretical and analytical approaches to foundation problems.
Project Work - own time: Assignments will require work outside class time to complete.
Tutorial: Tutorial exercises will be conducted throughout the semester, to develop analytical skills in foundation design and to provide indication of quiz questions
Independent Study: Study of course material to enable assignments to be completed and concepts understood
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Students have to work from basic soil log data and finally design a foundation. As the data is messy the need to develop judgement and problem solving skills is required. There is no single solution to the design problem.||Design (Level 4)|
|Current methods of design used in industry are taught, and students use current computer programs to perform analysis and design||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)|
|A thorough knowledge of the theories and concepts of soil mechanics, and how these are applied in practice is required in this unit||Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)|
|Students are required to write a professional engineering report for an imaginary client.||Communication (Level 4)|
|Students work in teams to solve the design problems.||Project and Team Skills (Level 3)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 4)
Two Quizzes to test individual understanding of soil mechanics theories and concepts applied to foundation design
Three assignments to demonstrate design and problem solving skills and reporting. These will cover development of a geotechnical model from site investigation data and designs for foundation and retaining walls.
A Final design project will allow students to demonstrate creativity and knowledge
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.|
Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Site investigation|
|Week 2||Soil and rock properties, Developing a geotechnical model|
|Week 3||Shallow foundations - bearing capacity and settlement|
|Week 4||Pile raft foundations and analysis, Design codes|
|Week 5||Axial pile capacity and settlement analysis|
|Assessment Due: Site Investigation Report|
|Week 6||Laterally loaded piles and pile group analysis|
|Week 7||Slope instability, stabilisation and risk assessment|
|Week 8||Retaining structures and gravity wall design|
|Assessment Due: Quiz|
|Week 9||Embedded wall design, excavation induced movements and risk management|
|Assessment Due: Foundation Design|
|Week 10||Earthworks and problematic soils|
|Week 11||Soft ground characterisation, behaviour and improvement|
|Assessment Due: Retaining Wall design|
|Week 12||Ground improvement|
|Week 13||Design Project|
|Assessment Due: Quiz 2|
|Assessment Due: Project|
|STUVAC (Week 14)||This week is free for independent study|
|Exam Period||Final exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 4)||Yes||15%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)||Yes||56.66%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)||Yes||23.33%|
|Communication (Level 4)||Yes||5%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 3)||No||0%|
|Project and Team Skills (Level 3)||Yes||0%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.