15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module will provide students with a greater understanding of geotechnical design underpinning their formative geotechnical engineering courses; but critically, extending to the interpretation, analysis and forensic review of a holistic failed geotechnical system and the governing soil-structure interaction relations. Aspects of uncertainty and risk will be developed pertaining to ultimate and serviceability limit states using a range of historical case histories within published literature. Investigative forensic analysis will be conducted in the context of a student design project, benefiting from simulated site investigation, element and physical modelling (centrifuge) tests, complemented by applications of numerical and analytical analysis.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Project/ portfolio

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