GENG5502 Environmental Geotechnics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit builds on existing knowledge in geotechnical engineering, developing an understanding of how geotechnical structures impact on and interact with the environment. Techniques for improving the engineering properties of geological features are examined and include mechanical and chemical treatments. Techniques for analysing the stability of waste storage sites in the mining and municipal waste sector are dealt with and procedures for monitoring and predicting the potential impact of these facilities on the environment are studied. Conventional theories of saturated soil behaviour are developed to include the mechanics of unsaturated soils. Students are able to apply these theories and understand how the engineering characteristics of residual soils are developed through theory and calculation.
Students are able to (1) compile and prepare design reports; (2) work in a team to prepare design reports; (3) investigate applicability of ground improvement techniques to particular commercial, environmental and social settings; (4) compare environmental standards and quality indicators in different legislations; (5) relate to modelling outcomes; (6) critically analyse the design issues relating to various civil works; (7) explain the processes involved in the transport of contaminants within the ground; (8) use ill-defined data sets to analyse complex geoenvironmental problems; (9) analyse the stability of various waste disposal facilities such as tailings storage facilities and landfills; (10) predict the potential environmental impact of these facilities; and (11) apply the concepts of unsaturated soil mechanics to conventional geotechnical problems and to geoenvironmental applications.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests; (2) group assignment; and (3) a final exam. 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 Andy Fourie
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: none
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
CIVL4121 Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
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