GTQ342 - Geotechniques

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Last revision date Jun 14, 2019 11:31:43 AM
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Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the basic geotechnical techniques used to assess and communicate a soil's engineering properties.  An introduction to field investigation techniques and laboratory tests required for classification of soil for engineering purposes are covered.  Various geotechnical applications are discussed to enhance the students understanding of the role of a geotechnical professional.  These include groundwater use and control, sediment and erosion control, shallow and deep foundation types, as well as the inspection and monitoring requirements of various earthwork projects.

Credit Status
One subject credit in Civil Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Technician programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Visually identify the four basic soil types, clay, silt, sand and gravel;
  2. Calculate soil properties based on mass/volume relationships utilising a phase model diagram and conduct laboratory tests to measure mass/volume data;
  3. Conduct classification tests in the laboratory and classify soil samples by the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) method;
  4. Prepare borehole logs and soil profiles;
  5. Generate a subsoil investigation plan, including sampling strategy and field testing;
  6. Calculate groundwater flow using Darcy’s law and conduct laboratory permeability tests;
  7. Identify soil erosion potential and methods to control erosion;
  8. Identify types of foundations;
  9. Understand the role of site monitoring in earthworks projects.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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