ENG09016 2016 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

General Details

Full Title
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
Transcript Title
Advanced Geotechnical Eng
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian McCann, Patrick Naughton
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_M09 201600 Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EROAD_O09 201600 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering focuses on the analysis and design of geotechnical engineering related structures and the preparation of Geotechnical Engineering related design documentation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Prepare a geotechnical design report for the analysis and design of Geotechnical Engineering related structures.


Analyse and design embankments on soft soil and soil retaining systems


Analyse foundation systems for bridge structures


Analyse soil-structure interaction problems associated with bridge abutments


Analyse and design appropriate temporary works associated with earthworks


Recognise the advantages and limitations of numerical methods in Geotechnical Engineering

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is delivered by lectures. Learners are required to undertake both individual and group projects to gain further insight into topics.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed using projects and an end of module terminal examination. Both individual and group projects will be used. The sizing the slice method of group assessment (Clelford & Hopkins, 20014) will be used to allocate marks to the individual members of the project group. A copy of this method of allocating marks will be given to the students at the start of the module.

The learners are required to pass both the projects and terminal examinatement element of this module.

Clelford, T. & Hopkins, A., 2014. Sizing the Slice: Assessing Individual Performance in Group Projects, CEBE Funded Case Study retrieved on 5/12/2014 from http://www-new1.heacademy.ac.uk/cebe/themes/alldisplay?


Repeat Assessments

Where a learner or group of learners fail the project element of the module they will be required to resubmit the project again for assessment.

Learners who fail the end of module terminal examination will have the opportunity to resit the examination during the repeat examination session.

Module Dependencies

ENG09011 201400 Geotechnical Engineering and Drainage Systems ENG09014 201600 Geotechnical Engineering and Drainage Systems Design
ENG09018 201600 Bridge Structures

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Review of soil mechanics
  2. EC7 and limit state design
  3. Design verification process on site
  4. Awareness of numerical methods in geotechnical engineering
  5. Embankments design, cut/slope design, road foundations at grade, including stability analysis
  6. Embankment construction on problematic soil: peat, floating the road, staged construction, lightweight fill
  7. Soil-structure interaction, foundation and substructure associated with bridge structures
  8. Temporary works design for infrastructure
  9. Soil retaining systems

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project work Continuous Assessment Individual Project 20 % Any 1,2,3,4,5
2 Project work Continuous Assessment Group Project 40 % Any 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Terminal examination Final Exam Open Book Exam 40 % End of Semester 2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 0.33 Weekly 0.33
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.33 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

IS EN 1997‑2 (2007), Eurocode 7 ‑ Geotechnical Design ‑ Part 1: General Rules.

IS EN 1997‑2 (2007), Eurocode 7 ‑ Geotechnical Design ‑ Part 2: Ground Investigation and Testing.

BS 5930 (2015). Code of practice for ground investigations

BS 6031 (2009). Code of practice for earthworks

BS 8002:2015 Code of practice for earth retaining

BS 8004:2015 Code of practice for foundations

BS 8006-1:2010 Code of practice for strength/reinforced soils and other fills

BS 8006-2:2011 Code of practice for strengthened/reinforced soils, soil nail design.

Anon (2016). NRA Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, NRA Standards website/TII Standards.

Anon (2016). NRA Manual of Contract Documents for Roadworks, NRA Standards website/TII Standards.

Knappett, J & Craig, R. F. (2012) Craig's soil mechanics, London : Taylor & Francis

Bowles, J. E. (1995) Foundation analysis and design, New York : McGraw-Hill, 1996. 5th ed.

Anon (2011) Recommendations for design and analysis of earth structures using geosynthetic reinforcements : EBGEO, Berlin : Ernst & Sohn ; German Geotechnical Society

Kempfert, H.G. & Gebreselassie, B. (2006) Excavations and foundations in soft soils, Berlin : Springer-Verlag

Other Resources

Computer software for slope stability analysis will be available for student use through the Kite computers. The software will include Limit State Geo (http://www.limitstate.com/geo) and Oasys Slope (http://www.oasys-software.com/products/engineering/slope.html) or equivalent.