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CS4001 - Foundation Engineering and Rock Mechanics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

Foundation Engineering: foundation analysis and design bearing capacity, two-dimensional consolidation settlement, settlement of shallow foundations on sand; bearing capacity and settlement of pile foundations; earth retaining structures rigid retaining wall, sheet piles, braced excavations and reinforced earth walls; introduction to reliability based design.Rock Engineering: engineering behaviour of rock and rock discontinuities; hemisphere projection technique with applications to rock slope stability; insitu rock stress and its measurement; introductory underground opening design. Case histories and special topics.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply hemisphere projection techniques to assesment of rock slope stability;
  • appreciate the role of case histories in geo-engineering practice;
  • appreciate the role of rock material and discontinuity strength in the behaviour of rock slopes and underground openings;
  • design shallow and pile foundations;
  • estimate consolidation settlements;
  • select appropriate types of earth retaining structures.
Prerequisites: CS3002


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.