Geomechanics involves the study of the behavior of soil and rock. This unit addresses geomechanics as used in civil engineering practice. This unit covers the formation of natural soil deposits, engineering properties of soils, soil exploration, soil compaction and stabilisation, water in soil, stress distribution in soil, consolidation of soil and settlement of structures, shear strength of soil, shallow foundations, pile foundations, drilled caissons, lateral earth pressure, retaining structures, stability analysis of slopes.
The unit is reliant on on-line materials. Students must have reliable access to the internet. Access to high-speed broadband is highly recommended. Students studying in external mode must have access to a scanner to submit assessment items.
Students studying in external mode must attend residential activity at the Casuarina Campus during the mid-semester break. More information about residentials can be found at http://www.cdu.edu.au/engit/residentials.html
Prescribed Text - FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING