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Undergraduate Course: Foundation Engineering 4 (CIVE10004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIn this course, students develop an understanding of the application of the principles of soil mechanics to geotechnical practice. The application of the principles are made in both the design and construction areas. Topics used to illustrate these aspects include site investigation techniques and new foundation design and construction.
Course description Lectures: Titles & Contents - Total = 18 L

Interpreting Existing Site Investigation (S.I.) Data - 2L
Various stages of a S.I.
Sources of information
Interpret BH logs in relation to possible existing site conditions
Role of risk management in existing SI data

BH Drilling + In-situ Testing - 1L
S.I. drilling techniques
SPT tests
BH errors - e.g dry boring, SPT errors.
Sample disturbance in drilling
Reliability & risk management

Interpretation of Laboratory Tests - 2L
Reasons for choice of tests
Different shear strength tests - QUD & CUD
Errors in QUD & CUD triaxial tests & avoidance
Consequences of sample disturbance in drilling
Analysis of S.I. data including comparative error analysis
Concept of soil stiffness

Piling Systems - 1L
Different piling systems and types & their significance, including settlement characteristics
Piling defects - causes and avoidance
Reliability & risk management
Sustainable solutions

Design of Deep Foundations - Piles - 3L
Load carrying capacity of parallel piles and under-reamed piles
Reliability & risk management
Sustainable solutions

Revision - 1L
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Geotechnical Engineering 3 (CIVE09016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment will be made on the basis of:
Degree examination 100%
Feedback Formative, mid-semester and end-of-course.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Foundation Engineering 42:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an ability to design shallow foundations;
  2. demonstrate an ability to design deep foundations;
  3. plan and undertake a site investigation for both conventional sites.
Reading List
M. J. Tomlinson &, R. Boorman, Foundation Design and Construction, Longman Group United Kingdom; 7th edition (March, 2001)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSite Investigation,Lab tests,Deep Foundtaions,numerical analysis.
Course organiserProf Mike Forde
Tel: (0131 6)50 5720
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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