15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module will provide you with greater understanding of geotechnical design in practice, advancing formative geotechnical engineering courses but critically, extending to the interpretation, analysis and forensic review of failed geotechnical systems and the governing soil-structure interaction relations. Aspects of uncertainty and risk will be developed pertaining to ultimate and serviceability limit states, understanding soil constitutive behaviour and advanced modelling approaches (physical and numerical). Investigative forensic analysis will be conducted by you, in the context of a design project, benefiting from site investigation, physical modelling (centrifuge) observations, verified by numerical analysis that integrate suitable soil constitutive behaviour.

Restrictions on availability: This module requires prior knowledge of fundamentals of geotechnical design.

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

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Civil and Structural Engineering):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK