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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
SummaryFE4 introduces students to Ground Investigation techniques and the application of soil mechanics principles to geotechnical practice through the design of deep and shallow foundations. Most importantly, the course emphasizes subjectiveness and uncertainty in geotechnical design: gone are the days of a single solution to a problem!!
Course description Lectures: Titles & Contents

Note that each lecture is related to a design case study, which will be built up throughout the course, and supported by worked examples (in the lectures) and tutorials.

L1. Introduction to Ground Investigations
- Course structure, introduction to the case study, Desk Study, Field Reconnaissance

L2. Geotechnical Investigations: Exploration
- Boring programme, trial pit and bore hole execution, laboratory testing

L3. Geotechnical Investigations: In Situ testing
- In situ testing methods, focusing on SPT, CPT, Pressuremeter, calculation of design parameters

L4. Introduction to Pile design
- GI requirements for piling, pile construction methods, pile axial capacity

L5. Pile design: Displacements
- Pile settlement, pile lateral capacity

L6. Pile design: Introduction to Eurocodes
- Pile axial capacity to EC7

L7. Pile design: Eurocodes cont'd
- Pile displacements and lateral capacity to EC7

L8. Introduction to Spread Foundations
- GI requirements for spread foundations, foundation ultimate capacity design to EC7

L9. Spread foundations: Displacements
- foundation serviceability capacities to EC7

L10. Introduction to Unsaturated Soils: Consequences for modern foundation design
- Description of unsaturated soils, the role of pore air/water interfaces and suction, effects on soil strengths, consequences for foundation design

L11. Overflow, Recapture and Revise
- Students are encouraged to suggest topics for this lecture based on the course's content
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 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
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. plan and undertake a ground investigation;
  2. demonstrate an ability to design deep foundations;
  3. demonstrate an ability to design shallow foundations.
Reading List
Ground investigation and foundation design are enormous topics. Additional reading is suggested in the lecture notes.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGround Investigation,Foundation Design,Unsaturated Soils
Course organiserDr Christopher Beckett
Tel: (0131 6)51 7119
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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