ENG09031 2019 Soil - Structure Interaction

General Details

Full Title
Soil - Structure Interaction
Transcript Title
Soil - Structure Interaction
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patrick Naughton
Programme Membership
SG_EGEOT_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Engineering in Geotechnical / Structural Engineering Joint Programme SG_EGEOT_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Engineering in Geotechnical Engineering with Structural Engineering SG_ESTRU_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Engineering in Structural Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering SG_EGEOT_E09 202000 Certificate in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering

Geotechnical and structural engineers approach soil - structure interaction differently. Geotechnical engineers focus on the soil, while structural engineers focus on the structural elements. In reality, it is necessary to create models that take into account the real behaviour of both the soil and the structure. This module examines numerical modelling and soil - structure interaction, ranging from the simple to the complex. At the end of this module geotechnical and structural engineers should have a better understanding of soil - structure interaction and be better able to apply numerical techniques to soil - structure problems.

Learning Outcomes

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


Select an appropriate soil - structure interaction model for a given application


Synthesis data from testing and determine appropriate parameters for use in soil - structure interaction models


Develop solutions to soil - structure interaction applications 


Validate solutions obtained from commercially available software packages


Compare and contrast discrete spring and continuum models for soil - structure interaction applications

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered to part-time online learners through a mix of live online lectures and online tutorials. The lectures and tutorials will be recorded and made available to the learners through Moodle.

Workshops will also be used to bring learners together for special lectures or design workshops.

Module Assessment Strategies

This modules is 60% continuous assessment and 40% final examination at the end of the semester. The continuous assessment is by both group and individual project work. Some of the project work is interdisciplinary and link with Design of Building Structures.

The sizing the slice method of group assessment (Clelford & Hopkins, 2014) 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. 

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? type=resources&newid=casestudies/cebe/sizing_the_slice&site=cebe

Repeat Assessments

The learners must pass both the continuous assessment and final examination.

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.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Analytical models
  2. Constitutive modelling
  3. Advance testing and determination of model parameters 
  4. Finite element and finite difference modelling, introduction to discrete element modelling
  5. Subgrade reaction, Winkler spring, models
  6. Beams on elastic foundations
  7. Pile under lateral loading, pile under axial loading, piled raft
  8. Deep basements
  9. Serviceability calculations
  10. Integral bridge abutments
  11. Risk and failure case studies

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 Project 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Live online lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Computer Laboratory Workshop 0.33 Weekly 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.33 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  1. Muir Wood, D. 2004. Geotechnical modelling. Spon Press, London & New York
  2. Budhu. M. 2011, Soil mechanics and foundations, Wiley.
  3. Bowles, J.E. 1996. Foundation analysis and design. McGraw-Hill Companies, London; New York.
  4. Glyn, J.P. 1997. Analysis of beams on elastic foundation using finite difference theory. Thomas Telford, London.
  5. Potts, D. M.; Zdravković, L. 1999. Finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering: theory. Thomas Telford, London.
  6. Potts, D. M.; Zdravković, L. 2001. Finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering: application. Thomas Telford, London.
  7. Ng, C. W. W.; Simons, N. E.; Menzies, B. K. 2004. A short course in soil-structure engineering of deep foundations, excavations and tunnels. Thomas Telford, London.
  8. Beb, D. 2010. Finite element methods, PHI Learning.
  9. Khoury, R. & Harder, D.W. 2016. Numerical methods and modelling for engineering. Springer
  10. Knappett, J., Craig, R.F. Craig's Soil Mechanics CRC Press 2012
  11. Barnes, G. Soil Mechanics Princples and practice, Palgrave, 2016
  12. Powrie, W. Soil Mechanics Concepts & Applications Third Edition CRC Press 2013
  13. Smith, I. Elements of Soil Mechanics 9th Edition 2014
  14. Whitlow, R Basic Soil Mechanics Prentice Hall 2001
  15. Bell, F.G. Engineering Geology Butterworth-Heinemann 2007
  16. IS EN 19972 (2007), Eurocode 7 Geotechnical Design Part 1: General Rules.
  17. IS EN 19972 (2007), Eurocode 7 Geotechnical Design Part 2: Ground Investigation and Testing.
  18. BS 5930 (2015). Code of practice for ground investigations
  19. BS 6031 (2009). Code of practice for earthworks
  20. BS 8002:2015 Code of practice for earth retaining
  21. BS 8004:2015 Code of practice for foundations
  22. BS 8006‑1:2010 Code of practice for strength/reinforced soils and other fills
  23. BS 8006‑2:2011 Code of practice for strengthened/reinforced soils, soil nail design.
  24. Anon (2016). TII Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, TII Standards website.
  25. Anon (2016). TII Manual of Contract Documents for Roadworks, TII Standards website.
  26. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑1 (2012) Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 1: electrical cone and piezocone penetration test
  27. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑2 (2005). Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 2: dynamic probing
  28. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑3 (2005). Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 3: standard penetration test, including Amendment 1 2011.
  29. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑4 (2012) Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 4: menard pressuremeter test
  30. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑5 (2012) Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 5: flexible dilatometer test
  31. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑7 (2012) Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 7: borehole jack test
  32. I.S. CEN ISO TS 22476‑11 (2005). Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 11: flat dilatometer test
  33. I.S. EN ISO 22476‑12 (2009). Geotechnical investigation and testing ‑ field testing ‑ part 12:
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