Geotechnical Applications

Subject CVEN90027 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 44 hours of combined lectures and tutorials together with 4 hours of computer lab sessions per semester
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours per semester
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit



Dr Sam Yuen


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Subject Overview: Topics covered include shallow footings, bearing capacity solutions, settlement on sand and clays; raft foundations, compensated foundations, soil improvement, deep foundations; capacity and settlement of single piles and pile groups; construction methods related to foundations; contaminated soils and effects of chemicals on soil properties; waste disposal systems, site assessment/site selection, remediation techniques, liners, leachate collection systems; deep excavation; and rock mass behaviour.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Analyse for both the bearing capacity and settlement characteristics of foundations subjected to a variety of loadings
  • Apply geotechnical engineering principles to solve contaminated soils and waste disposal problems
  • Describe rock mass behaviour under natural and imposed loads
  • Recognise the construction methods related to foundations and deep excavation
  • A 3-hour end of semester examination (60%)
  • Three 1000 word assignments due at times equally spaced throughout the semester (40%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Environmental Engineering)
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Water Resource Management
Master of Water Resource Management
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment

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