10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module is designed to develop your understanding of the concepts behind geotechnical design and how safety and idealisations are built into design calculations to deal with the complexity of subsurface stratigraphy, groundwater, soil behaviour and modelling issues for both Ultimate Limit State (ULS) and Serviceability Limit State (SLS). Through lectures, tutorial sheets, software exercises, and a design project, you will develop your knowledge of design calculations for retaining structures, reinforced soil and foundations in the context of Eurocode 7. You will also develop your ability to use a range of state of the art engineering design concepts and tools.

Staff Contact: SMITH COLIN J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Notes: This module is an option within a degree course accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the I.C.E and I.Struct.E

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