UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CIVL5503 Underground Construction

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides students with practical tools necessary for the design of deep and shallow foundations, basements and tunnels. Numerous case history examples are used to illustrate a wide variety of construction procedures and how they impact and shape the geotechnical design process. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of simple design approaches employing appropriate soil parameters. Students are exposed to typical commercial software used in geotechnical design. The topics covered in the unit include soil parameter selection, basement design, footing and raft design, pile and piled raft design, reinforced embankment design and tunnel design.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) utilise improved interpersonal skills for working in groups; (2) proficiently prepare a design report; (3) discuss limitations of current practice and how improvements can be made; (4) explain how research benefits everyday design practice; (5) apply soil mechanics principles to the design of geotechnical engineering structures such as basements, shallow foundations, piled foundations and tunnels; (6) describe how construction-related issues impact geotechnical designs; (7) proficiently use common soil-structure interaction software; (8) discuss accuracy requirements and limitations; and (9) apply sensitivity studies in design.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class assessment; (2) design assignments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Barry Lehane
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation) and CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics; for pre-2012 courses: (CIVL3120 Applied Geomechanics or CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics) and (CIVL2122 Geomechanics or ENSC3009 Geomechanics)
Incompatibility: CIVL4120 Foundation Engineering Design
Contact hours 49 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/CIVL5503/TS-TP-1/2017

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